NASHVILLE — Leadership Health Care, a group of health care professionals and entrepreneurs organized in partnership with the Nashville Health Care Council, recently announced board leadership for 2006, as well as the appointment of six new board members. All terms take effect on January 1, 2006.

Paul Wallace, senior vice president for Corporate Development at American Healthways has been appointed chairman, and Neil Heatherly, CEO of StoneCrest Medical Center, will serve as vice chairman.

“Since 2002, Leadership Health Care has grown from a small group to a dynamic organization of health care industry leaders who are passionate about understanding the issues facing the health care industry today, and contributing to the solutions of tomorrow,” Wallace said. “Working in concert with the Health Care Council, Leadership Health Care will continue to focus on fostering the next generation of health care leaders and reinforcing Nashville as the nation’s health care industry capital.”

In addition, the following six new members will join the Leadership Health Care Board for three-year terms: Michael W. Blackburn (Petra Capital Partners), Kevin Campbell (Boult Cummings Conners & Berry), LeToia Crozier (Meharry Medical College), Eb LeMaster (Ardent Health Services), Michael O’Neil (HealthSpring), and Teresa F. Sparks (Symbion).

“The Leadership Health Care Board serves as a valuable reflection of the dynamic and diverse health care industry here in Nashville. We are excited to be working with such an active and dedicated group of leaders,” said Caroline Young, LHC executive director and Health Care Council vice president.

About Leadership Health Care:
A group of emerging health care executives and entrepreneurs in Nashville came together to form the Young Health Care Leaders (YHCL) in March 2002. The group, now known as Leadership Health Care, works in partnership with the Nashville Health Care Council to foster the next generation of health care leaders in Nashville by creating educational, networking and mentoring opportunities for the group’s more than 250 members. For more information, please visit