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June 1, 2016

2016 Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Class Celebrates Commencement

2016 Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Class Celebrates Commencement

Fourth class graduates from nationally unique program designed to engage and educate industry leaders

NHCC Fellows Graduation Dinner on Friday,  May 27, 2016 at The Bridge Building in Nashville, Tenn.  Photos by Donn Jones Photography.

The Nashville Health Care Council is pleased to announce the commencement of its 2016 Health Care Council Fellows class, following an intensive five-month period of immersion projects, case study work and engaged dialogue on the future direction of the health care industry.

Click here to view the full list of 2016 Council Fellows graduates.
Click here to view select photos from the class and graduation.

An annual initiative, Council Fellows is co-led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and Larry Van Horn, associate professor of management and executive director of health affairs at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. It provides a rare, highly collaborative experience that leverages deep knowledge of the industry’s founding experts as well as nationally known figures and leading academic institutions. The class engages participants to better implement business strategies, create value, drive growth and effect change.

“The 2016 Fellows class serves as an unmistakable testament to the bright future of our industry and the high caliber of passionate, innovative thought leaders in this community,” Frist said. “After just four years, I am thrilled to already see the impact this program is having on the delivery of health care across the country.”

“When we started this program, our goal was to create an environment where the top health care minds are able to come together and establish a collaborative vision for creating meaningful change,” Van Horn said. “Executives from across the country recognize Fellows as a unique, highly valuable opportunity to learn and exchange ideas among those who will create the health care industry of the future.”

Through eight daylong sessions, 30 Fellows from a wide variety of industry sectors completed a specifically designed curriculum that featured nationally renowned speakers in leadership, health care, economics and business strategies. The class format leveraged the power of discussion and ideas exchange, as well as immersion activities. This year’s topics included:

  • The rise of the health care consumer
  • State- and federal-level health care policy reform
  • Population health management
  • Fundamental shifts in reimbursement systems
  • Disruptive innovation in technology
  • Increasing role of the employer in health care
  • Integrated delivery networks
  • Health care analytics
  • Care delivery and financial modeling

Guest faculty for the 2016 Fellows classes included, among others:

  • Governor Phil Bredesen
  • Troyen Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health
  • Zane Burke, President, Cerner Corp.
  • David Cordani, CEO, Cigna
  • Rushika Fernandopulle, M.D., Co-founder and CEO, Iora Health
  • Robert Galvin, M.D., CEO, Equity Healthcare
  • Roger Holstein, Former CEO, Healthgrades
  • Mark Johnston, Director of Global Business Development, Amazon Web Services
  • Shiva Kumar, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Watson Health at IBM
  • Charlie Martin, Founder and Chairman, Martin Ventures
  • Travis Messina, CEO, Contessa Health
  • Michael Neeb, President and CEO, HCA International
  • Devi Shetty, M.D., Founder, Narayana Health
  • Dexter Shurney, M.D., Chief Medical Director and Executive Director, Global Health and Wellness Benefits, Cummins, Inc.

“As a Fellow, I engaged in frank, constructive conversations with the nation’s brightest health care leaders. This unique setting allowed us to elevate the dialogue to the level it needs to be to face the issues of our industry,” said 2016 Council Fellow Neal Patel, M.D., chief medical informatics officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Recruiting the 2017 Fellows Class

The 2017 Fellows will bring together the next class of senior executives with demonstrated potential to drive the industry forward.

Recruitment will begin in fall 2016. All applications will require information and statements of interest by the applicants, as well as letters of recommendation from each applicant’s CEO. The 2017 class will be selected by the Council Fellows Advisory Committee and announced in December.

“Inspiring thought leadership and innovation are paramount for the Council as we nurture Nashville’s dynamic health care community,” said Hayley Hovious, Council president. “We are proud to equip these executives with the education and network that will enable them to move health care forward.”

For more information, visit or email Fellows Director June Manning at

The Fellows initiative is presented in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, HCA, Healthways, LifePoint Health and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

About the Nashville Health Care Council

The Nashville Health Care Council is a premier association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Supported by nearly 300 corporate members, including local and national health care companies, the Council serves as a trusted source for information on trends that influence the health care industry. The organization provides members with one-of-a-kind networking opportunities and access to Nashville’s elite health care business community.

Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than 500,000 jobs and $73 billion in annual revenue. The industry is Nashville’s largest and fastest-growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit


Media Contact: Katie Schlacter

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