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December 17, 2019

Nashvile Health Care Council Announces 2020 Fellows Class

Nashvile Health Care Council Announces 2020 Fellows Class

The Nashville Health Care Council announced today the 2020 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The program’s co-directors, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, M.D., and health care management and economics expert Larry Van Horn, Ph.D., will welcome the class of 31 senior executives from health care companies of all sizes and sectors, who will convene to discuss and address the challenges facing the nation’s health care system.

“Each year, the Council Fellows creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for health care’s brightest minds to come together and have the right conversations at such a pivotal moment in our industry,” said Frist. “Today’s health care environment requires true collaboration to move beyond the complexities and the bureaucracy, and create meaningful change, and I’m excited to welcome this new group of leaders who are sure to move their careers and the industry forward.”

This is the eighth class to be named for the annual initiative. The members of the 2020 Fellows class are:

  • Rob Allen, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Mark Baum, CEO, Harrow Health, Inc.
  • Phil Billington, Senior Vice President, Internal Audit Services, HCA Healthcare
  • Christopher Booker, Partner, Frist Cressey Ventures
  • Carlos Bustamante, Ph.D., Venture Partner, F-Prime Capital
  • Amy Casseri, Vice President, Women’s and Children’s Services, HCA Healthcare
  • Geoffrey Clark, Senior Managing Director, Starr Investment Holdings, LLC
  • Marten den Haring, Chief Product Officer, Lirio
  • Ryan Donnelly, Associate Vice President, Growth Strategy, Premise Health
  • Vicki Estrin, Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group
  • Robert Garnett, President and CEO, Amerigroup Tennessee
  • Amanda Halford, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Covenant Health
  • Larson Douglas Hudson, CEO and Co-Founder, Tend
  • Anne Kelly, Ed.D., Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, Acadia Healthcare
  • William Krause, Vice President, Health System Ventures, Change Healthcare
  • Tommy Lewis, Chief Transformation Officer and Chief of Staff to the CEO, Tivity Health
  • Jillian Marcus, Chief Compliance Officer, Envision Healthcare
  • Morgan McDonald, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Mary Sue Patchett, Executive Vice President, Community and Field Operations, Brookdale Senior Living
  • David Penson, M.D., Urology and Urologic Oncology Chair and Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Jennifer Peters, General Counsel, LifePoint Health
  • Rob Rebak, CEO, Forefront Telecare
  • Michelle Robertson, RN, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, Saint Thomas Health
  • Allison Scripps, Director, Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Christa-Marie Singleton, M.D., Senior Medical Advisor, Population Health and Healthcare Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • John Smithson III, Chief Operating Officer, Rehabilitation Services, Kindred Healthcare
  • Susan Sonnier, Vice President, Strategy and Development, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee
  • Praveen Soti, President, emids Technologies
  • Beth Witte, Vice President, Internal Audit, Community Health Systems
  • Haipeng “Mark” Zhang, D.O., Medical Director, Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Launched in 2013, Council Fellows is a five-month intensive program that uses a customized curriculum for health care’s most influential leaders to take on the most pressing issues and shape the future of the industry.

The initiative kicks off with a two-day orientation retreat, followed by six full-day sessions where class members share industry experiences, explore new ideas and gain the connections and inspiration needed to make a lasting impact on the health care industry. The experience concludes with a two-day closing retreat.

“Nashville is the only city where this one-of-a-kind leadership experience can take place,” said Hayley Hovious, Council president. “Because of the health care ecosystem we have built over the past 60 years in Nashville, the Fellows program is uniquely suited to provide participants exposure to the leaders who created the biggest health care organizations in the world and those who are introducing new models to market.”

Led by a faculty of internationally known experts and thought leaders, the program’s curriculum will address topics such as health care policy, consumerism, transparency, virtual care and home and rural care delivery solutions. The class will also participate in immersion exercises to gain a deeper appreciation for the issues that patients, providers and operators face.

“Council Fellows already have a wealth of knowledge in their respective sectors,” said Van Horn, a leading health care management and economics expert and professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. “Through the program, we’re able to challenge their thinking and how they approach making decisions. It’s a 360-degree view from the front lines of health care. We provide them with a fast track to learn new strategies and expand their network and in turn, transform the way that health care is delivered.”

The Council Fellows program is presented in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Change Healthcare, Community Health Systems, HCA Healthcare, LifePoint Health, Tivity Health and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

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