Beecher Carlson Announces Healthcare Practice Leadership Changes: Promotes Berni Bussell and Kevin Gabhart

January 10, 2019

ATLANTA (January 10, 2019) – Beecher Carlson Insurance Services, LLC (“Beecher Carlson”), a specialized large account insurance broker, announces the promotion of Berni Bussell to National Healthcare Practice Leader and Kevin Gabhart to Healthcare Property and Casualty Practice Leader. They, with the support of the Healthcare Practice executive committee, will lead the expansion of the practice and focus on the development of innovative solutions in five major areas: self-funded employers, risk bearing provider organizations, healthcare providers, health plans and insurers, and association programs.

“Beecher Carlson is committed to growing our healthcare practice across the country. As one of the strongest and most innovative healthcare risk specialist in the country, we help our customers deal with emerging issues and manage evolving risks,” says Joe Siech, CEO of Beecher Carlson. “Under Berni and Kevin’s leadership, we will continue to support our customers and grow the practice.”

Bussell has been with Beecher Carlson since 2005, most recently as Beecher Carlson’s National Healthcare Practice’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, Bussell was the president of Gallagher Healthcare Insurance Services Northeast Division, led Aon’s Northeast and New York healthcare divisions, and served as COO of Aon’s national healthcare practice. Additionally, he served as a hospital CEO and CFO for various community hospitals in the Northeast and specialized in hospital turnarounds in conjunction with HCA Management Company and Quorum Health Resources.

Bussell is a graduate of Boston University and received his MBA from Northeastern University. A Registered Professional Liability Underwriter, he is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM).

Since joining Beecher Carlson in May 2007, Gabhart has been focused on the development of financial and risk management solutions for complex property and casualty accounts with an emphasis on the healthcare industry.  In addition to leading Beecher Carlson’s national Healthcare Workers’ Compensation Benchmark Study for the last ten years, Gabhart has been involved in production, service, and brokerage for Fortune 1000 clients in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, energy, and hospitality, leveraging his specialized expertise gained through more than 30 years in the industry.

Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, Gabhart served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Aon Risk Services, Inc. of Tennessee.  He also led Aon’s Nashville Healthcare team, where he had direct involvement and responsibility for the design, evaluation, submission, marketing, placement, and administration of complex property, casualty, executive protection, and alternative risk programs. Gabhart spent several years with HCA, Inc. in its corporate Risk and Insurance Department.  Prior to that, he managed property and casualty claims for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

Gabhart is a member of RIMS and ASHRM, and is a graduate of Georgetown College.

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