NASHVILLE – Leadership Health Care (formerly Young Health Care Leaders), a group of health care professionals and entrepreneurs organized in partnership with the Nashville Health Care Council, has announced Elizabeth Calhoun as the 2005 Leadership Health Care Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.

Calhoun, a consultant with the Vanderbilt Center for Better Health (VCBH), is a Leadership Health Care Board member and serves as chairwoman of the organization’s Membership & Marketing Committee.

“Leadership Health Care plays an important role in nurturing future health care leaders and health care entrepreneurs, and I am proud to be a part of these efforts,” Calhoun said. “I am so pleased to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award, and I look forward to working on behalf of Leadership Health Care in 2006.”

The Leadership Health Care Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a member of Leadership Health Care for outstanding service to the organization and support of the group’s overall mission to foster the next generation of health care leaders. Robert M. Coppedge, a senior vice president with Washington-D.C.-based Capitol Health, was the 2004 award recipient.

“Within a very short time Leadership Health Care has become a dynamic organization due in large part to the tremendous work of our member volunteers,” noted Chris Howard, the organization’s chairman and executive vice president at Psychiatric Solutions. “Elizabeth is a truly deserving award recipient. She has been an energetic supporter of our efforts to foster leadership and to promote entrepreneurial thinking and ideas about the health care industry.”

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About Leadership Health Care & Nashville’s Health Care Industry
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 www.leadershiphealthcare.org.

Nashville is widely recognized as a health care industry capital, and is well known for fostering innovative health care companies. Today, Nashville is home to nearly 300 health care companies operating on a multi-state, national or international basis, along with a diverse group of professional services firms (such as banking, legal, accounting and architecture) with wide-ranging expertise in the health care industry. For more information, please visit www.healthcarecouncil.com.