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September 27, 2023

Inaugural Nashville Health Care Council Sessions Conference Attracts Sold-Out Crowd, Inspires Collaboration and Innovation Across the Industry

Inaugural Nashville Health Care Council Sessions Conference Attracts Sold-Out Crowd, Inspires Collaboration and Innovation Across the Industry

Council brings together top healthcare players from across the country to listen, learn and problem-solve

NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 27, 2023 – Last week, the Nashville Health Care Council (NHCC), a premiere membership association for Nashville’s $97 billion healthcare industry, debuted the Nashville Healthcare Sessions Conference to a sold-out crowd. The NHCC’s board chair, Brookdale Senior Living’s President and CEO Cindy Baier helped make history once again by kicking off the inaugural event.

“I am thrilled with the success of this first annual Sessions event and looking forward to building on the strong foundation as a way to spotlight the incredible work already underway in Nashville as well as our continued innovations,” said Baier.  “Our goal is for Sessions to be an event where relationships are made to further advance healthcare across the country and where real business is done.”

More than 900 attendees from the nation’s preeminent healthcare organizations – providers, payers, investors, startups, and associations – convened for a week of new connections, business opportunities, and innovative ideas in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The conference marked the first time that leaders of so many Nashville-based and Nashville-connected companies shared the stage at the same conference.

Speakers included more than 40 industry leaders, who discussed a wide range of hot topics and issues in today’s healthcare ecosystem, such as AI, value-based care, strategic investments in healthcare, collaboration in healthcare, consumerization, access, and the current state and future of the industry:

  • Sam Hazen, CEO, HCA Healthcare
  • Adam Boehler, CEO, Rubicon Founders
  • Brad Smith, Chairman and CEO, Main Street Health
  • Rob Allen, President and CEO, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Cindy Baier, CEO and Director, Brookdale Senior Living
  • Neil de Crescenzo, CEO, Optum Insight
  • David Dill, Chairman and CEO, Lifepoint Health
  • John Driscoll, Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Healthcare, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Ashima Gupta, Global Director, Healthcare Strategy and Solutions, Google Cloud
  • Tim Hingtgen, CEO, Community Health Systems
  • Chris Hunter, CEO, Acadia
  • Marty Bonick, CEO, Ardent Health
  • Alex Karp, Co-founder and CEO, Palantir Technologies
  • George Renaudin, President, Medicare & Medicaid, Humana 
  • Tom Cowhey, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, CVS Health
  • Nancy Brown, General Partner, Oak
  • Stu Clark, CEO, Premise Health
  • Aneesh Chopra, Co-Founder & President, CareJourney
  • And more!

Nashville Healthcare Sessions, named for the collaborative spirit of Nashville’s music legacy, began with two days of curated content, invitation-only dinners for chief healthcare executives, and a networking reception, along with over 30 associated events hosted by partner organizations across the city throughout the week.

Presenting sponsors for the event were Acadia Healthcare, Brookdale Senior Living, Community Health Systems, HCA Healthcare, Lifepoint Health, and Optum. Kickoff Day Sponsors included Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Bass, Berry & Sims, Epstein Becker & Green, Holland & Knight and LBMC. Finance and Innovation Partners included A16z Bio + Health, Barclays, Google Cloud, and Walgreens.

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