Karen Bedford serves as a member of Horton's Healthcare Practice, bringing over 29 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Horton's Healthcare Practice is a team of dedicated risk management, employee benefits and insurance specialists who focus on serving medical professionals and healthcare facilities. Ms. Bedford is responsible for providing clients with comprehensive, cost-effective and innovative solutions to their most complex, risk-related challenges. Karen Bedford joined The Horton Group in November 2013 as Sales Executive.
Karen's experience working with physician groups across the country paired with her medical background has provided a rich education on the needs of a practice. She realizes that no two physician groups are exactly the same. “Each practice has its own set of unique challenges, I focus addressing the needs of that group based on the specialties and number of physicians rather than providing a ‘one-size-fits-all' type of solution,” said Karen
“The rapidly evolving climate of healthcare insurance means I need to help my clients adapt at a pretty fast pace,” explained Karen. “I'm very comfortable doing that. When I ran my own insurance agency, we focused on educating clients about physician's liability insurance. As a result, our clients were better insurance consumers and risk management consumers.”
Karen received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of North Carolina. Then at Indiana University, she earned a Masters in Social Work with a healthcare focus.
“I never thought I would be in insurance,” said Karen. “But after working as an underwriter for state medical associations, I never looked back.”
Karen's nearly 30 years of experience includes working as a nurse, an underwriter, a broker, a marketing professional, a consultant, and speaker, and the head of her own agency.
“Now that I'm back contributing at The Horton Group, my career has come full circle,” said Karen. “I have been very fortunate to have all of these roles in my career, as each experience builds upon the others.”
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of North Carolina - Greensboro, NC
Masters of Social Work, Indiana University, Bloomingdale, IN
The Horton Group Sales Executive 2013 to present
Forest Partners Insurances Services, Ltd. - member of The Horton Group President and Owner 2002 to 2013
Aon Corporation Senior Vice President, Aon Healthcare Specialists 1993 to 2002
McDonough Caperton Insurance Group Senior Account Executive 1989 to 1993
CNA Insurance Companies Senior Account Executive 1986 to 1989: Underwriter 1983 to 1986
Social Work and Nursing Positions
Licensed Property & Casualty Producer
Licensed Life & Health Producer
Registered Nurse (RN)
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Volunteer, Lake Forest High School
Co-Chaired BoysҠGolf Team
Volunteer, Spirit of 67 Foundation, Home Tour/Program Book Committee