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August 26, 2009

Leadership Health Care Announces Board of Directors

Leadership Health Care Announces Board of Directors

NASHVILLE – Leadership Health Care (LHC) has announced its 2009-2010 board leadership and has appointed 14 new board members. All terms took effect on July 1.

An initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council, LHC fosters the talents of Nashville’s next generation of health care industry leaders by creating educational, networking and mentoring opportunities for LHC’s more than 500 individual members.

Nashville is recognized as a health care industry capital and is well-known for nurturing dynamic, innovative health care companies. Decisions made by Nashville’s health care executives are impacting the delivery of care nationwide and their expertise is being tapped during the nation’s current health care policy discussions.

Bo Bartholomew, president & CEO of PharmMD, serves as chairman for 2009-2010, and Melissa Waddey, COO, Summit Medical Center, HCA/TriStar Health System, is vice chair.

“LHC members have a common passion for the continued growth of Nashville’s health care industry,” Bartholomew said. “I look forward to working with our new LHC Board members and the Health Care Council to further Nashville’s reputation as the nation’s health care industry capital.”

The following new members joined the LHC Board: Clint Adams, chief accounting officer, Ardent Health Services; Kelvin Ault, vice president, Tax, Vanguard Health Systems; Chris Bangerter, corporate compliance officer, LifePoint Hospitals; Laura Beth Brown, president, Vanderbilt Home Care Services; Molly Cate, partner, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock; Sarah Cook, director, Account Management, Healthways; Leon Dowling, founder & CEO, IMI Health; Ryan Doyle, manager, business development, Health Care REIT; Jim Kinser, regional director, provider networks, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; James Lakes, senior industry solutions strategist, Healthcare Providers, Microsoft Corporation; Ken Marlow, partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis; Kearstin Patterson, director, Corporate Communications, BioMimetic Therapeutics; and Steve Verner, associate, Gresham, Smith & Partners.

Paul Asper, a student in the Healthcare MBA Program at the Vanderbilt Owen School of Management also joins the group in a one-year student board seat.

“The Leadership Health Care Board truly reflects the diverse nature of Nashville’s health care industry and the wealth of industry talent found here. We are excited to be working with such an active and dedicated group of rising leaders,” said Nashville Health Care Council President Caroline Young.

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Leadership Health Care Board of Directors (2009 – 2010)

Bo Bartholomew (Chair)

Melissa Waddey (Vice Chair)
Summit Medical Center, HCA/TriStar Health System


Clint Adams
Ardent Health Services

Paul Asper
Owen Graduate School of Management,
Vanderbilt University

Kelvin Ault
Vanguard Health Systems

Chris Bangerter
LifePoint Hospitals

Laura Beth Brown
Vanderbilt Home Care Services

Molly Cate
Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock

Will Clark

Sarah Cook

Leon Dowling
IMI Health

Ryan Doyle
Health Care REIT

Jimmy Evans

Neil Heatherly
Community Health Systems

Angela Humphreys
Bass, Berry & Sims

Jim Kinser
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

James Lakes
Microsoft Corporation

Burk Lindsey
Raymond James & Associates

Ken Marlow
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis

Lisa Nix

Kearstin Patterson
BioMimetic Therapeutics

Kim Ramsey
Dialysis Corporation of America

Carrie Teaford
Baptist Hospital

Sunny Turner
Psychiatric Solutions

Steve Verner
Gresham Smith & Partners

Mark Wainner

Dana Zukierski
Ernst & Young

Ex Officio

Jim Lackey
Passport Health Communications

Caroline Young
Nashville Health Care Council

Past Chairs

Hal Andrews
Data Advantage

Michael Drescher
State of Tennessee

Neil Heatherly
Community Health Systems

Chris Howard
Psychiatric Solutions

Teresa Sparks

Paul Wallace
Step Function Partners

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