Brad Benton Joins Dixon Hughes Goodman Atlanta Office as National Healthcare Leader

Brad Benton

Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) announces the appointment of Brad Benton as National Healthcare Leader, based in the firm’s Atlanta, Georgia office. A 30-year industry veteran, Benton will focus on strategy, structure and growth goals for the firm’s rapidly expanding healthcare practice. He succeeds Larry Hughes, DHG’s founding healthcare industry leader for the past 25 years.

“We sought a seasoned industry leader with the reputation and experience we believe is required to lead the growth of our audit, tax and consulting healthcare practice for the future,” said Ken Hughes, CEO for Dixon Hughes Goodman. “We are confident that the combination of our significant legacy of success, our current team’s capabilities and Brad’s leadership will result in accelerated growth for DHG Healthcare and enhanced opportunities for our healthcare team.”

Prior to joining DHG, Brad was the National Account Leader for a Big Four firm’s healthcare practice, where his role included market-facing leadership responsibility for the firm’s healthcare national advisory practice.  His career experience is principally in the healthcare industry, and he has provided leadership of professional services for a broad range of healthcare industry stakeholders throughout the United States.

Throughout his career, Brad has served as the lead audit engagement partner or concurring review partner on a number of notable healthcare organizations.  Most recently, he has served as engagement partner on various consulting projects at large health systems, and as the lead account partner for one of the largest private operators of healthcare facilities in the world.

Brad’s entire 30-year career was spent with the previous firm, having started in the Jackson, Mississippi office upon graduation from Millsaps College in 1982.  He relocated to Atlanta in 1998, and prior to his national leadership role he served as the healthcare practice partner-in-charge for the Southeast and as the regional audit partner-in-charge for overall audit practice in the Mid-South.

Brad is currently active on several levels in the professional and business environment, including serving as a frequent speaker on healthcare industry topics such as corporate governance, transformation, reform, and other matters unique to healthcare organizations.

“The firm celebrates the highly successful legacy leadership that Larry has provided our healthcare practice,” said Ken Hughes. “Succession planning has been a key focus of our firm-wide leadership efforts, and the addition of Brad is an important step in identifying investments that will energize our growth expectations in today’s tremendously opportunistic healthcare marketplace.”

About the Dixon Hughes Goodman Healthcare Group

The Dixon Hughes Goodman Healthcare Group, ranked as one of the Top 20 U.S. healthcare management consulting firms by Modern Healthcare, has more than 200 dedicated healthcare industry professionals led by 29 healthcare industry focused partners. The group has more than 30 years of experience providing audit, tax and advisory services to more than 2,000 hospitals, physician groups, senior housing and care facilities, and home health and hospice providers.

About Dixon Hughes Goodman

With more than 1,700 people in 30 offices in 11 states, Dixon Hughes Goodman is the largest certified public accounting firm headquartered in the Southern U.S. and the 14th largest in the nation. In addition to comprehensive accounting and advisory services, the firm focuses on eight major industries and serves clients internationally and in all 50 states. Visit www.dhgllp.com  for additional information.

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