David Guth

Tom Willis in conversation with David Guth

David Guth

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David Guth is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare providers. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, serves more than 140,000 individuals in communities nationwide through the operation of outpatient clinics, residential programs, the use of telehealth, an inpatient hospital, and through its national provider network.

Guth has served in the capacity of chief executive for Centerstone since 1991. With over 43 years of behavioral healthcare experience, 36 in executive leadership, his experience and expertise comprise a vast number of areas, both business and clinical. He has presented extensively before national and international audiences on the adoption of information technology in the healthcare industry, the integration of behavioral and primary healthcare, and the importance of improving the field of behavioral health through research-driven protocols. His insights on these topics and others have been featured in numerous professional journals. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from $6M in revenues and 300 staff serving 2,000 individuals to revenues of nearly $300M and 3,800 staff serving more than 140,000 people each year through 1,250 partnership locations and 170 facilities. In addition, Centerstone contracts with over 700 specialty credentialed clinicians nationwide.

The National Council for Behavioral Health publishes Guth’s first book on mergers entitled, “Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide to Healthy Not-for-Profit Mergers. He has provided merger presentations through both the National Council and state trade associations and has consulted extensively with not-for-profits exploring mergers and with both for-profits and not-for profits in the areas of managing growth and business development. He is currently working on his second book on non-profit mergers.

He is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the National Council 2010 Visionary Leadership award, and is annually recognized as one of Health Care’s Power Leaders in the Nashville Business Journal. As well, David received the 2016 Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk from the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work.

Guth serves on the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Guth received his BA in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and his MSSW in Social Work Administration and Planning from the University of Tennessee.


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