Dr. Larry Benz Honored as a Most Admired CEO by Louisville Business First
Most Admired CEOs: Dr. Laurence ‘Larry’ Benz
Dr. Laurence “Larry” Benz
Job title: CEO and president, Confluent Health
Years in the industry: 36
Years in current job: 7
Hometown: Wickliffe, Ohio
Hobbies: Running, reading, golf
Number of Louisville-area employees: 136
Briefly describe your company and what it does. Confluent Health is a private physical therapy company with related businesses in education, occupational medicine and provider network management. Our holdings include over 345 outpatient physical therapy centers under several industry-leading brand names, education and training companies with university partnerships, and a national provider of onsite workplace injury prevention services.
We exist to transform health care into more effective care. Functioning as a family of companies, Confluent Health focuses on creating a health care system that recognizes physical and occupational therapy providers as the best first choice for preventing and managing musculoskeletal and movement disorders. This focus is achieved by strengthening private practices, developing highly effective clinicians and lowering health care costs through workplace wellness and injury prevention.
What’s the best thing about being CEO? What’s the worst? The best thing about being CEO and president of Confluent Health is being a part of a thriving organization that’s expanded its breadth of musculoskeletal service and business while doing meaningful work that impacts lives. It’s important that our physical therapists show compassion, openness and proactivity in their field, to treat physical therapy as a helping profession. I’m humbled and honored to be a part of an organization that instills that into our team members.
The worst thing about being CEO and president of Confluent Health is navigating the burdensome environment that is our health care system. While our team has worked to change the narrative on the billion-dollar opioid epidemic within the United States and spearheaded the onboarding of virtual reality programs for chronic pain and opioid patients, it hasn’t been easy. But seeing our VR programs prevail in 13 partner physical therapy groups across the nation makes the fight that much sweeter.