Senator Preston Smith Named Senior Vice President of ApolloMD Affiliate ValorMD
September 1, 2008 – ApolloMD is excited to announce that Senator Preston Smith (R-52) has been appointed Senior Vice President to head the operations of ApolloMD affiliate ValorMD, a leading provider of professional liability insurance, effective immediately.
Prior to joining ValorMD, Sen. Smith served as a partner with the Rome, Georgia law firm of Cox Byington, P.C. He has practiced in an array of healthcare related areas including healthcare law, medical malpractice defense, litigation, and physician practice contracts and business organization. In addition to leading ValorMD, Sen. Smith will continue to serve as State Senator in the Georgia General Assembly, representing Northwest Georgia’s 52nd District. Currently entering into his fourth legislative term, Sen. Smith serves as the Chairman of the Senate judiciary committee. He also serves on the appropriations committee and health and human services committee.
“We are thrilled to have Preston join ValorMD,” says ApolloMD CEO Dr. Chris Krubert. “We formed ValorMD to combat the skyrocketing insurance rates being given for high-risk specialties like emergency medicine. Preston’s track record speaks highly to his commitment to improving patient care in Georgia by bettering the availability and affordability of healthcare in the state. His experience and expertise coincide quite well with the underlying mission of ValorMDs, and we are honored to have him join our team.”
Sen. Smith’s contributions to healthcare reform are numerous. In 2005, Sen. Smith was the chief sponsor and principal author of the statewide reforms to Georgia’s medical liability laws. Designated as the first act of the 2005 legislative session, Governor Perdue signed the bill into law with Sen. Smith at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital in February of that year. The sweeping reforms to Georgia’s medical liability laws have been the single biggest factor in the increased availability and affordability of healthcare in the state. Since its passage, Georgia has seen an increase in market competition for professional liability insurance, driving down the physicians’ cost of insurance resulting in a greater number of doctors staying in Georgia at lower costs to patient care.