Jan 10, 2020

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Represents Strategic Management Decisions in Acquisition by Press Ganey


ATLANTA (January 10, 2020) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the firm served as legal counsel to Strategic Management Decisions (SMD), a leading health care HR consulting and predictive analytics company, in its acquisition by Press Ganey Associates, a pioneer and thought leader in patient experience measurement and performance improvement solutions.

Using proprietary technology, SMD enables health systems to optimize their talent acquisition and talent management efforts and realize measurable improvements in key HR performance metrics. The acquisition of SMD complements and extends Press Ganey’s Workforce and Engagement Solution with analytic insights that pinpoint and prioritize opportunities to achieve cultural alignment, drive engagement, and build caregiver resilience. The combination of Press Ganey’s and SMD’s state-of-the-art practices will enable one integrated solution that redefines how human resources operates and how leaders act on caregiver feedback to enhance performance.

The SGR legal team included Nicholas Rueter, partner, along with associates Erin McCallum and Audria Crain in the Atlanta Corporate Practice. Partner Brandon Sherlinski of the Jacksonville Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice assisted.

Leonis Partners served as the financial advisor to SMD.

About Strategic Management Decisions
Strategic Management Decisions (SMD) is an employee survey and assessment company that delivers results, not just insights, via its patented cloud-based technology, SMD Link. SMD identifies the cause-effect relationships between talent assessments and business outcomes to ensure the surveys translate into analytics-based, actionable ways everyone down to the front line can work to improve specific business outcomes. The company recently launched its results-based pricing model, which guarantees business outcomes such as turnover reduction and improved patient satisfaction scores. For more information, please visit

About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s 250 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including aviation, corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, banking, real estate, construction, employment law, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta; Austin; Jacksonville; London; Los Angeles; Miami; Munich; New York; Southampton, U.K; and Washington, D.C.

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