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September 14, 2015

Council Fellows Initiative Launches Recruitment for 2016 Class

Council Fellows Initiative Launches Recruitment for 2016 Class

Applications open today for the 2016 Fellows class, an annual initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council. This nationally unique program brings together senior health care leaders to explore strategies to meet the industry challenges of today and the future.

Fellows is co-directed by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and Larry Van Horn, a leading expert in health care management and economics, and professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Created in 2013 in response to the unprecedented change and transformation occurring in health care, the program leverages the expertise of the industry’s founding leadership in Nashville, as well as nationally known figures and leading academic institutions, to create a forum for thought leadership for the industry.

“Fellows cultivates cross-pollination between the nation’s best and brightest from all sectors of the health care industry, challenging them to become disruptive, solutions-oriented leaders in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. There is no better place than Nashville, the nation’s health services capital, to host this annual initiative to move our industry forward,” said Senator Frist.

Fellows helps leaders define complex problems, develop actionable solutions and foster leadership skills to support organizations of all sizes.

“Being successful in today’s health care industry requires more collaboration among leaders than ever before,” said Van Horn. “Fellows stands alone in bringing together thought leaders to lend their diverse perspectives to a number of major issues, and to work together toward solutions that will have a lasting impact on the U.S. health care system.”

The Fellows initiative engages a group of approximately 30 senior executives each year. The work of the class includes collaborative discussions, individualized leadership development and in-the-field immersion with leading health care organizations.

Through eight day-long sessions, the 2016 Fellows will participate in a specially designed curriculum, focused on business strategies, creating value, driving industry growth and effecting change, on both local and national levels. Discussions address the following critical industry issues:

• Clinical advancements in genomics and personalized medicine
• Consumerism
• Value-based health delivery systems
• State and federal health care policy reform
• Fundamental shifts in reimbursement systems
• Population health management
• Crisis management
• Integrated delivery networks
• Disruptive innovation in technology
• Health care data analytics

Click here for more information on Fellows curriculum.

Interested applicants can find more information or begin the application process by visiting the Fellows website,, or contacting Fellows Director June Manning,

Applications are open and will be accepted through October 26. These will require information and statements of interest by the applicants, a professional bio and resume, as well as letters of recommendation from the applicant’s CEO and an industry leader.

Applications are encouraged and accepted from a wide range of sectors within the industry, including service delivery, hospital management, managed care, HIT, life sciences, technology, finance, government and communications. To be considered, applicants must be employed by a member company of the Council, a government employee or a practicing clinician.

All Fellows must commit to the following 2016 class dates:

• January 28-29 (orientation)
• February 5
• February 19
• March 4
• March 18
• April 8
• April 22
• May 6
• May 27

The Council Fellows Advisory Committee will select and announce the 2016 Fellows class in December 2015.

About the Council Fellows
The Council Fellows are a diverse group of senior industry leaders who are passionate about solving health care’s most complex problems in a way that supports organizations of all sizes. A new class is brought together each year to engage in eight days of discussion guided by renowned thought leaders who educate and foster leadership among those who will carry the industry forward through an era of unprecedented change. The program has a lasting impact on its graduates, offering consistent alumni engagement and collaboration opportunities following completion of the class. To learn more or apply, visit

About the Nashville Health Care Council
The Nashville Health Care Council is an association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than $73 billion in revenue and 500,000 jobs. It is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit

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