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Health Care Council Announces 2010-2011 Board of Directors

Health Care Council Announces 2010-2011 Board of Directors
by Nashville Health Care Council | Aug 11, 2010

NASHVILLE – The Nashville Health Care Council announces the appointment of its 2010-2011 Board of Directors. Chairman Joey A. Jacobs, chairman, president and CEO of Psychiatric Solutions, will continue in his second year as chairman of the board. Ben R. Leedle, Jr., CEO, Healthways, continues as vice-chair.

“The Health Care Council makes a significant contribution to the growth and development of Nashville’s dynamic health care community,” Jacobs said. “I look forward to continue to work with other health care leaders to further enhance opportunities for existing and start-up companies, to increase our support for future generations of health care leaders and entrepreneurs, and to raise Nashville’s visibility as the nation’s health care industry capital.”

Four new members joined the board on July 1 for three-year terms. They are Senator William H. Frist, M.D., partner, Cressey & Company; Wayne Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP, president & CEO, Meharry Medical College; Bill Sheriff, CEO, Brookdale Senior Living; and Dee Anna Smith, CEO, Sarah Cannon Research Institute.

The following board members were re-elected to serve three-year terms on the board: Richard M. Bracken, chairman & CEO, HCA; A.J. Kazimi, president & CEO, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals; Jim Lackey, chairman, Passport Health Communications; and Keith Pitts, vice chairman, Vanguard Health Systems.

Eight new members representing health care companies and professional services groups that support the industry joined the 2010-2011 board for one-year terms. They are George W. Bishop III, partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis; Patrick Blake, executive vice president & group president, McKesson; A. Stuart Campbell, member, Stites & Harbison; M. Robert DiGia, global head of Healthcare Banking, UBS Investment Bank; Ric Pennisi, managing director, Marsh; Andrew Quirk, senior vice president, Skanska USA; Tom Walker, partner, Deloitte & Touche; and Thomas C. Wylly, II, senior partner, Brentwood Capital Advisors.

In addition, Melissa Waddey, senior director of Strategic Planning at LifePoint Hospitals and chairman of the Council’s Leadership Health Care group was appointed to serve a one-year term.

“We are honored to have such highly-respected industry leaders serving on the Council’s Board of Directors,” said Council President Caroline Young. “These board members bring world-class industry experience and leadership to the organization, and we are pleased to have their support and participation as the Council continues to grow and expand its program activities.”

The Nashville Health Care Council, founded in 1995 as an initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is an association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. The health care industry is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer, contributing approximately 210,000 jobs and $30 billion to the local economy. For more information on the Council, please visit

The 2010 Information Guide on the Nashville Health Care Industry is now available. This biennial directory contains up-to-date contact information for more than 550 health care companies and professional service firms that have Nashville-based corporate or regional headquarters and operate on a multi-state, national or international basis. Listings are sorted by alphabetical order as well as by industry segment. Free of charge to members, the Information Guide is available for purchase to non-members for $75, please visit

Attachment: 2010-2011 Health Care Council Board of Directors. Board member photographs and biographies are available electronically upon request.

2010-2011 Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors

  • Joey A. Jacobs (Chair), Chairman, President & CEO, Psychiatric Solutions
  • Ben R. Leedle, Jr. (Vice Chair), CEO, Healthways
  • Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • George W. Bishop III, Partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
  • Patrick Blake, Executive Vice President & Group President, McKesson
  • Richard M. Bracken, Chairman & CEO, HCA
  • Gary A. Brukardt, Chairman & CEO, SpecialtyCare
  • A. Stuart Campbell, Member, Stites & Harbison
  • Victor L. Campbell, Senior Vice President, HCA
  • William Carpenter, President & CEO, LifePoint Hospitals
  • Thomas G. Cigarran (Immediate Past Chair), Chairman, Healthways
  • M. Robert DiGia, Global Head of Healthcare Banking, UBS Investment Bank
  • The Honorable William H. Frist, M.D., Partner, Cressey & Company
  • Herbert A. Fritch, Chairman & CEO, HealthSpring
  • Christopher A. Holden, President & CEO, AmSurg
  • A.J. Kazimi, President & CEO, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
  • Jim Lackey, Chairman, Passport Health Communications
  • Samuel E. Lynch, D.M.D., D.M.Sc., President & CEO, BioMimetic Therapeutics
  • Ric Pennisi, Managing Director, Marsh
  • Keith Pitts, Vice Chairman, Vanguard Health Systems
  • Andrew Quirk, Senior Vice President, Skanska USA
  • Wayne Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP, President & CEO, Meharry Medical College
  • W.E. (Bill) Sheriff, CEO, Brookdale Senior Living
  • C. Brian Shipp, CEO Southeast Region, AMERIGROUP
  • Dee Anna Smith, CEO, Sarah Cannon Research Institute
  • Tom Walker, Partner, Deloitte & Touche
  • Thomas C. Wylly, II, Senior Partner, Brentwood Capital Advisors
  • Melissa Waddey (Chair, Leadership Health Care), Senior Director of Strategic Planning, LifePoint Hospitals

Ex Officio

  • James W. Bradford, Dean, Owen Graduate School of Management
  • William C. O’Neil, Jr., Director, Healthways
  • Ralph J. Schulz, Jr., President & CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Caroline Young, President, Nashville Health Care Council

Past Chairs

  • Jack O. Bovender, Jr., Retired Chairman and CEO, HCA
  • Thomas G. Cigarran (Immediate Past Chair), Chairman, Healthways
  • James E. Dalton, Chairman, Signature Health Corporation
  • Thomas F. Frist, Jr., M.D., Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus, HCA
  • Joseph C. Hutts, CEO, BreatheAmerica
  • Harry R. Jacobson, M.D., Co-Founder, TriStar Technology Ventures and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Emeritus, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Ken Melkus, Senior Advisor, Welsh, Carson, Anderson, & Stowe
  • Martin S. Rash, Chairman & CEO, RegionalCare Hospital Partners.
  • H. Rusty Siebert, Chairman & CEO, Winchase Gulf Coast Properties
  • Wayne T. Smith, Chairman, President & CEO, Community Health Systems
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