February 22, 2011 – Executive recruiting firm B.E. Smith has named Stephen Burns as vice president and project leader for the firm’s interim leadership and consulting solutions divisions. An accomplished healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience in clinical operations and program development in a managed care environment, Mr. Burns will lead a number of interim and consulting leaders nationwide who provide leadership solutions for B. E. Smith clients. He previously held executive leadership roles including chief nursing officer/senior vice president of patient care services and chief operating officer. “Stephen has improved clinical, financial and operational performance for healthcare providers of all sizes, and at all levels within the organization,” said Deirdre Byrne, senior vice president of interim and consulting services at B. E. Smith. “His ability to drive peak performance and real results in virtually every facet of the organization is a powerful asset for our clients.” Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service leadership solutions firm for healthcare providers.