Byron Atkinson Joins B. E. Smith as Vice President, Leadership Advisor

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Experienced healthcare executive boosts leadership team dedicated to Academic Medical Centers and Children’s Hospitals

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Byron’s extensive leadership experience as a healthcare executive provides a foundation to lead academic medical and children’s hospitals through this period of great change.

Responding to increasing demand for interim and permanent leadership in Academic Medical Centers and Children’s Hospitals, B. E. Smith has hired Byron Atkinson as vice president, leadership advisor for the firm’s Interim Leadership and Advisory Services division. An accomplished healthcare executive with more than 35 years of national and international senior leadership experience, he brings a successful track record in leading for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, as well as academic medical centers and large health systems. Atkinson will assume his new duties immediately.

Atkinson joins a dedicated team of executives who specialize in supporting Academic Medical Centers and Children’s Hospitals. He will lead a number of interim and consulting executives nationwide who focus on providing leadership solutions for these important B. E. Smith clients.

“Byron’s extensive leadership experience as a healthcare executive provides a foundation to lead academic medical and children’s hospitals through this period of great change,” said Colleen Chapp, senior vice president of Interim Leadership and Advisory Services at B. E. Smith. “Academic and pediatric organizations value his specific expertise in accreditation readiness, patient care model enhancement, productivity improvement and strategic planning.”

Prior to joining B. E. Smith, Atkinson held leadership positions at several leading healthcare organizations including Indiana University Health System, John Hopkins Health System, Ascension and Provena Health Systems. This experience encompassed positions such as vice president of patient care services, chief nursing officer and vice president of integrated care management.

Atkinson holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida and is certified Six Sigma Green Belt from Villanova University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), American Care Management Association (ACMA), as well as the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL) and the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives (IONE).

Atkinson can be reached at batkinson(at)besmith(dot)com.

About B. E. Smith:
Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare executive search firm and the top-ranked provider of senior-level leadership services including Interim Leadership, Executive Search and Advisory Services. Veteran healthcare recruiters and regional healthcare experts partner with each client to create customized solutions. B. E. Smith’s proven methodology has resulted in the recent placement of more than 900 leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. The firm utilizes a comprehensive sourcing strategy incorporating the latest marketing techniques, association partnerships, social networking and one of the largest databases of skilled senior-level healthcare executives in the industry to deliver immediate results in today’s complex healthcare environment. For more information, visit or call 855-254-8261.

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