GS&P Names James Bearden Executive Vice President of Healthcare

Industry Veteran to Elevate Firm’s Commitment to Value-Added Design, Drive Growth Strategies

January 12, 2017   |   Nashville,  Tenn.   |   People

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces James Bearden, AIA, has been named to lead the firm's Healthcare market. Bearden most recently served as CEO of GS&P. As Executive Vice President of Healthcare, Bearden will provide leadership and direction for implementing value-added design for clients and expanding the firm’s market share and geographical growth.

“I am truly excited for James and our firm to have an individual with the character, passion and knowledge of U.S. healthcare systems to lead our healthcare market. The healthcare industry has been instrumental in GS&P’s business and represents 30 percent of the firm’s revenue,” commented Al Pramuk, chairman and CEO, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “James’ long-standing involvement with multiple healthcare systems and healthcare boards is invaluable as we continue partnering with our clients in the highly competitive and evolving healthcare space.”

“I look forward to this opportunity to provide leadership in a collaborative manner with our staff regarding value-added design and exceptional service to our healthcare clients,” commented Bearden, chairman emeritus and executive vice president of Healthcare. “The staff at GS&P are among the best and brightest within the industry. I look forward to being a part of the dynamic design and consulting solutions that are generated out of this team, and partnering with our clients as a trusted advisor.”

Bearden has more than 40 years of national and international healthcare design experience. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an executive committee member of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, a member of the Nashville Healthcare Council and a founding board member of Architecture, Construction, Engineering (ACE) Mentoring Program. He is former Chairman of the Board of Saint Thomas Health, a family of Tennessee hospitals that are a part of Ascension Health. He has been recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the United Way Board of Trustees and the American Heart Association Executive Leadership Team. Bearden is a former member of the Advisory Board for the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, his alma mater.

GS&P offers value-added design solutions that improve Healthcare clients’ performance across six key indicators: patient safety, operational efficiency, integration of technology, adaptability/resiliency, sustainability and the human experience. This commitment to value-added design helps clients assess and prepare for inevitable market shifts during this transformational time for the healthcare industry. 

“I look forward to this opportunity to provide leadership in a collaborative manner with our staff regarding value-added design and exceptional service to our healthcare clients. The staff at GS&P are among the best and brightest within the industry. I look forward to being a part of the dynamic design and consulting solutions that are generated out of this team, and partnering with our clients as a trusted advisor.”

James Bearden, chairman emeritus and executive vice president of Healthcare at GS&P
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