The Council has hosted more than 250 health care leaders representing nearly 80 companies on 12 international health care trade missions. These executive-level missions have provided delegates the opportunities to:

  • Gain first-hand knowledge of the health systems and develop business opportunities abroad.
  • Meet in small settings with U.S. Embassy leaders and government dignitaries.
  • Establish high-level contacts among global private industry leaders, financial services executives and entrepreneurs, professional service organizations and industry associations.
  • Gain expertise from other U.S. companies already doing business internationally.
  • Benefit from the unparalleled leverage and access provided by an executive-level mission.

To date, Council missions have visited 18 cities in 16 countries, including Germany and the UK (1999), France and Spain (2000), Belgium and Italy (2002), the UK and the Netherlands (2003), Hungary and the Czech Republic (2004), Poland and Austria (2006), Sweden and Germany (2008), England and Scotland (2010), Chile and Argentina (2010), France (2013), Cuba (2015) and the UK (2017). To read the Council white paper from the 2017 International Health Care Mission to the U.K., click here. The Council and Chamber also hosted a virtual trade mission to India in 2009 and participated in the State of Tennessee’s 2007 and 2009 missions to China.

Jack Bovender, former chairman and CEO of HCA, Senator Bill Frist, M.D. and Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO of HCA have served as mission leaders for the Council’s international visits.

The opportunity to learn from our colleagues around the world and share some of the innovative health care developments taking place in Nashville is invaluable. These international study missions are what the Council is all about — inspiring global collaboration to improve health care.”

— Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO, HCA, and 2017 Council Mission Leader