What led you to join Leadership Health Care?
I was nominated by the Chair of the Health Care practice group at my firm when Leadership Health Care (then, known as Young Health Care Leaders) was founded. Now, I serve as Chair of the Health Care practice group at my firm. Funny what 15 years will do for you.
What has been the most rewarding part of being a member of Leadership Health Care?
I can say unequivocally that being a member of Leadership Health Care is the single best thing that I have done to further my career in the health care industry in Nashville. At the core of this is the relationships that I have forged, both personally and professionally.
What is your favorite thing about Nashville?
The individuals who have been successful in Nashville don’t sit on the sidelines. There is a sense of collegiality and willingness to help others that exists within the health care community in Nashville. That is a treasure and something that you just don’t see everywhere.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Clayton McWhorter said at a Leadership Health Care event, “If all else is equal, do business with your friends. If all else is not equal, your friends will understand.” That is the true measure of the spirit that is Nashville and health care in Nashville.
What famous business person do you most admire and why?
Although I have met national and international leaders, I come back to the local – Clayton McWhorter. Clayton achieved tremendous success, and he always stayed true to his roots. If he met you he knew you, and he remembered you wherever he saw you. Making everyone feel special is a gift, and Clayton had that gift. He expected much, but he never demanded more from others than that which he demanded from himself. He was a true leader in every sense of the word.
As you think about the future of the health care industry, what is most motivating to you?
I advise clients every day who are truly trying to make a difference in the lives of the patients they serve. Helping companies who are truly motivated to provide enhanced quality outcomes while bending the health care cost curve is especially motivating to me. I am particularly fulfilled knowing that at the end of the day, we have great clients who are trying to take good care of people while providing an efficient use of resources and expenditure of health care dollars to achieve better outcomes.