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December 16, 2011

Leadership Health Care Awards Significant Contributions

Leadership Health Care Awards Significant Contributions
by Leadership Health Care | Dec 16, 2011

NASHVILLE – On the eve of its 10th anniversary year, Leadership Health Care (LHC) recognizes members and corporate supporters for significant contributions in the categories of Health Care Emerging Leader, Volunteer of the Year and Supporting Organization of the Year.

“Leadership Health Care was founded a decade ago to foster the talents of emerging health care industry leaders,” said Melissa Waddey, LHC chairwoman and senior director of the Strategic Resource Group for LifePoint Hospitals. “With the outstanding member support that we are highlighting with these awards, the organization has become the premier development forum for rising executives.”

Leon Dowling, founder and CEO of IMI Health, was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the Health Care EmergingIMG_0205_Reduced_1 Leader of the Year. Noted for his entrepreneurial spirit and active participation in a range of LHC events, Dowling has encouraged the same eagerness to get involved in fellow LHC members.  He serves on the board of LHC and chairs the Events & Education Committee.

Volunteer of the Year is John Davis, senior associate at Council Capital. Over the past year, Davis has played an important role in developing strategies to recruit more than 650 of the Nashville health care industry’s brightest future talents to LHC. Davis is also a member of LHC’s board and Membership & Marketing Committee.

LifePoint Hospitals was named the Supporting Organization of the Year for its broad support of LHC throughout the year and for its ongoing internal commitment to enrich the next generation of health care industry leaders. LifePoint Hospitals has been an active sponsor of LHC events as well as Council programs, and has hosted events at its Brentwood headquarters.

(Pictured at right: John Davis, Melissa Waddey, Leon Dowling)

“The contributions of members like Leon Dowling and John Davis and organizations like LifePoint are integral to LHC’s record growth and successful programs in 2011,” said LHC Director Judith Byrd. “It is through engagement like these over the past 10 years that LHC has become known as the foremost group for emerging leaders in the health care industry.”

LHC celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012 as the leading organization for future leaders in Nashville’s health care industry. Membership is now open for new members to join or existing members to renew for 2012 at

About Leadership Health Care
Leadership Health Care was formed in 2002 as an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council to foster the next generation of health care leaders by creating educational and networking opportunities for members. The organization’s mission is to cultivate the talent of health care professionals into the health care leaders of tomorrow. For more information on LHC, please visit

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