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January 22, 2013

Health Care Council, Frist Announce Inaugural Fellows Class

Health Care Council, Frist Announce Inaugural Fellows Class
by Nashville Health Care Council | Jan 22, 2013

The Nashville Health Care Council and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., announced today the inaugural class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows.  These 33 members will begin addressing industry transformation this spring.

“We set out to assemble a class whose intellect, experience, diversity and industry focus spanned the full spectrum of health care,” said Frist, co-director of the Fellows. “These individuals, pulled from the best and brightest our industry has to offer, have a challenging task ahead, and we look forward to their work.”

The Fellows initiative, announced in early November, engages industry leaders in clearly defining health care’s greatest challenges, and exploring new strategies to meet these issues facing the U.S. health care system today.

“Our goal for this program is to create a forum for thought leadership and help guide the future of the health care industry – in Nashville and around the country,” said Ben Leedle, president and CEO of Healthways and chairman of the Council.

The members of the 2013 Fellows class are:

  • Merrick Axel – Partner, Cressey & Company
  • Bo Bartholomew – CEO, PharmMD
  • Laura Beth Brown – Vice President, Vanderbilt Health Services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Molly Cate – Partner, Co-Founder, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock
  • Chris Cigarran – Market President, Employer Division, Healthways
  • John Doulis, M.D. – CIO, MedCare Investment Group
  • Todd Falk – Division Vice President, DaVita
  • Adam Feinstein – Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, LabCorp
  • Stephen Flatt – President, National HealthCare Corporation
  • Darin Gordon – Director, Health Care Finance and Administration, State of Tennessee
  • Michael Hill – Attorney and Shareholder, Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner
  • Grant Jackson – General Partner, Council Capital
  • Hans Kestler – Vice President, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, BioMimetic Therapeutics
  • James Lakes – Director, Business Strategy and Operations, Microsoft Corporation
  • Fletcher Lance – Global Healthcare Leader, North Highland
  • Ted Lomicka – Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, Community Health Systems
  • Evans Looney – President, Tennessee and North Mississippi, Humana
  • J.L. Osei Mevs – Senior Associate Vice President, External Affairs, Meharry Medical Center
  • Shawn Morris – President, Development and Innovation, HealthSpring
  • Frank Moser – President, Aegis Sciences Corporation
  • Miriam Paramore – Executive Vice President, Strategy and Product, Emdeon
  • Jim Parrott – Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Clay Phillips – Director, Provider Relations and Communications, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Alan Poenitske – Senior Vice President, Financial Operations, MedSolutions
  • Bill Rutherford – COO, Clinical and Physician Services Group, HCA
  • Michael Ryan – Managing Director, Avondale Partners
  • Jeff Seraphine – President, Delta Division, LifePoint Hospitals
  • Andrew Smith – Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Brookdale Senior Living
  • Bryanie Swilley – Eastern Division President, IASIS Healthcare
  • Chris Taylor – Executive Vice President and CFO, Parallon Business Solution
  • Brent Turner – President, Acadia Healthcare
  • Mark Wainner – Vice President, Financial Operations, AmSurg
  • Paul Wallace – Managing Director, Heritage Group

The Council Fellows Initiative

The Fellows is the next step in building Nashville’s rich health care legacy of leadership, innovation and creativity.  The initiative will engage these key professionals to better implement business strategies, create value, drive industry growth and effect change.

“In this era of unprecedented change, it’s critical we take a deliberate approach to shaping the health care industry – and especially training its leaders – so that Nashville continues on a strong path forward,” said Caroline Young, Nashville Health Care Council president.

The eight day-long sessions, held between March and June, will leverage the expertise of the industry’s founding experts in Nashville, as well as nationally-known figures and leading academic institutions.  Topics as part of an integrated curriculum include: industry trends, strategic opportunities, leadership skill development, change management, innovation, entrepreneurship and globalization. Personalized leadership training and a unique immersion component are also hallmarks of the specially-designed curriculum. The sessions will be hosted at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

“This is the right time and Nashville is the right place for the Fellows initiative,” said Larry Van Horn, co-director of the Fellows. “The convergence of this curriculum, these regarded speakers and this impressive list of class members will foster meaningful discussion that we cannot delay any further.”

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

More information, including class member biographies, curriculum information and biographies of speakers, will be posted throughout the next month at


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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. Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than $70 billion in revenue and over 400,000 jobs, and is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit

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