Preston Smith, JD, FACHE
Preston brings over twenty years of healthcare leadership experience to the Premier Anesthesia and is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Preston began his career as a healthcare attorney representing hospitals and medical practices - specializing in hospital law, medical malpractice defense, physician practices, dispute resolution and litigation. He also served as a Senator in the Georgia General Assembly for four consecutive terms and was the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. As a result of his patient-centered advocacy and healthcare reforms, Preston was designated ‘Legislator of the Year’ by a broad spectrum of healthcare organizations. He was named to the list of ‘100 Most Influential Georgians’ by Georgia Trend and was ranked number one, nationally, by the American Justice Partnership as a ‘National Hero’ of the legal reform movement. Preston originally joined the Jackson Healthcare family of companies as President of Tyler & Company, a healthcare executive search firm, focused on recruiting senior leadership for healthcare systems, hospitals and medical practices. Prior to joining Jackson Healthcare, Preston was President of Anesthesia at a national, multi-specialty professional medical service company, later holding the roles of Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for its parent company.