Leadership Health Care (LHC), an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council to nurture the talent of Nashville’s emerging health care leaders, has announced its 2016 award winners in the categories of Health Care Emerging Leader of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and Supporting Organization of the Year. The awards were announced at LHC’s annual holiday and awards reception, attended by more than 200 LHC members.

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Photo credit: © 2016, Maureen Iselin

Dave Anderson, assistant vice president for financial operations at Envision Healthcare Corp., was named the Health Care Emerging Leader of the Year. Anderson is an active member of the LHC board of directors and played an integral role in developing new agenda offerings for the 2017 LHC D.C. Delegation, to be held in March 2017. In addition, Anderson has gone above and beyond by attending numerous LHC events throughout the year, hosting LHC meetings at his company’s office and working behind the scenes on LHC financials.

Scott Mertie, president of Kraft Healthcare Consulting, received the Ambassador of the Year award. This award recognizes an individual member who has shown dedication and commitment to LHC and serves as a positive reflection of the organization’s mission and goals. During 2016, Mertie served as a major recruiter for LHC, coordinated event sponsorships and hosted a number of LHC board meetings. Having been part of the Nashville health care community for nearly 25 years, Mertie is a key champion of LHC, always making sure to promote the Council and LHC when traveling outside of Nashville.

PwC was named the Supporting Organization of the Year for its ongoing commitment to LHC and enriching the next generation of health care industry leaders. Over the past year, PwC has been a key sponsorship and programming partner with LHC. In addition, LHC members from PwC have served on the LHC board and been prominent recruiters for LHC membership.



(l. to r.) Kelly West, director of talent development, Nashville Health Care Council;
Scott Mertie,  president, Kraft Healthcare Consulting;
Will Howorth, LHC board chairman and vice president, strategic business growth, HCA Urgent Care;
Dave Anderson, assistant vice president for financial operations, Envision Healthcare Corp.;
and Kelvin Ault, tax partner, PwC


“Over the past year, LHC has done an exceptional job of nurturing the talents of up-and-coming health care leaders, as evidenced by this year’s outstanding and well-deserving award recipients,” said Will Howorth, LHC board chairman and vice president, strategic business growth, HCA Urgent Care. “It is through the dedication and commitment of LHC members, and their companies, that we are able to continue to foster such a robust pool of future industry leaders here in Nashville.”

“LHC is pleased to recognize Dave, Scott and PwC for their achievements over the past year. Our team is excited for 2017, and our continued growth and impact on Nashville’s emerging health care leaders,” said Council Director of Talent Development, Kelly West.

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