The Nashville Health Care Council announced today that Katie Schlacter has been promoted to vice president, program development and director, Fellows.

In her new role, Schlacter will oversee thought leadership strategy on behalf of the organization to develop distinctive offerings for the Council’s 300 high-level corporate members. In addition, she will direct Council Fellows, an annual initiative that engages select industry executives to explore solutions to meet the challenges facing the U.S. health care system. Founded by Senator Bill Frist, M.D., Fellows convenes the nation’s top leaders to explore innovative business strategies, create value and bring meaningful change.

“Katie is an engaging leader, having influenced the Council’s work in many capacities over the years to inspire collaboration and innovative thinking in health care,” said Council President Hayley Hovious. “We are thrilled to put her expertise to use in this new role. I know her contributions will bring value to our members and further our mission.”

The Council is widely known as a trusted source for information on trends that shape the health care industry. Its acclaimed, member-only programs provide executives with unparalleled access to national policymakers, industry innovators and thought leaders.

Schlacter most recently served as senior director of communications and content strategy for the Council. Prior to joining the staff in 2012, she was a senior executive with MP&F Strategic Communications. A Nashville native, Schlacter graduated from Vanderbilt University.