David Guth – Chief Executive Officer

Expertise in:
  • Behavioral Healthcare Industry
  • Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Integration of Behavioral and Primary Healthcare
  • Information Technology in Healthcare


David Guth is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare providers. With over 40 years of behavioral healthcare experience, 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 $6 million in revenues and 300 staff serving 2,000 individuals to revenues of more than $300 million and more than 5,000 staff serving nearly 180,000 people each year through partnership locations and more than 200 facilities. In addition, Centerstone contracts with over 700 specialty credentialed clinicians nationwide.

The National Council for Behavioral Health published 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 nonprofits 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.

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


  • Nashville Medical News’ In Charge
  • Nashville Post’s In Charge
  • National Council Visionary Leadership award
  • Health Care’s Power Leaders – Nashville Business Journal
  • Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk – University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work

“Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide to Healthy Not-for-Profit Mergers”

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