Vertess, a healthcare M&A advisory firm, has added J. Blake Peart as managing director.

Peart is a former hospital and ambulatory surgery center CEO and joins the firm to provide M&A consulting services to ASCs, physician practices and independent hospital business markets. Peart began his career as a clinician and registered respiratory therapist before moving into administrative positions.

Peart’s experience as both a clinician and CEO affords Vertess a unique perspective when working with business owners.

“As someone who has walked in their shoes, I have chosen this path to support healthcare business owners who select the M+A direction,” Peart stated. “I know that every transaction is unique and must be tailored to a seller’s need in order to get the best deal.”

“We are honored to have Blake join our team,” commented Brad Smith, Vertess managing director. “His far-reaching and respected career in healthcare provides him an advantage few in the healthcare M+A world can claim. Our clients have gained a formidable and compassionate ally in their journey through the transaction process.”