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July 27, 2016

Nashville Health Care Council Announces Additions to Board of Directors

Nashville Health Care Council Announces Additions to Board of Directors

The Nashville Health Care Council announces the appointment of new and renewing members to its 2016-2017 board of directors. C. Wright Pinson, M.D., deputy CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and CEO, Vanderbilt Health System, will serve as chairman of the board for a two-year term. Pinson, the board’s former vice-chairman, succeeds William Gracey, former president and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, who served as Council chairman from 2015-2016, and who remains on the board as a director. R. Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO, HCA, was selected to begin a two-year term as vice-chairman of the board.

Click here to view headshots of the new and renewing Council board members.

Click here to view a list of the full Council board.

“The Council plays an integral part in promoting the growth of Nashville’s $73 billion health care industry. As Council chairman, I look forward to working alongside the other directors and members to continue this important work,” Pinson said.

New and renewing at-large directors include, David L. Black founder, chairman and CEO, Aegis Sciences Corporation; Christopher A. Holden, president and CEO, AMSURG; R. Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO, HCA; T. Andrew Smith, president and CEO, Brookdale Senior Living; and Carl Whitmer, president and CEO, IASIS Healthcare.

Nine new directors are joining the board for one-year terms:

James W. Bearden, CEO, Gresham, Smith and Partners; Darrell S. Freeman, chairman and CEO, Zycron; Jay Hardcastle, partner, Bradley; James E.K. Hildreth, M.D., president and CEO, Meharry Medical College; Allen Moseley, general partner, Noro-Moseley Partners; Mike Musick, assurance office managing partner, BDO USA; Vincent P. O’Leary, senior vice president, health care private banking, Brown Brothers Harriman; Clay Richards, CEO, naviHealth; and Tammy N. Wolcott, CEO, W Squared.

Marc Watkins, M.D., CMO, The Little Clinic, has been elected to the board for a one-year term. He serves in a director seat for an outstanding alumnus of the Council Fellows initiative.

In addition, Will Howorth, vice president, strategic business growth, HCA Urgent Care, and chairman of the Council’s Leadership Health Care initiative, was elected to serve a one-year term on the board.

“The Council is fortunate to be led by a strong, engaged board of directors with diverse experiences across the industry,” said Hayley Hovious, Council president. “Coupled with a talented team, I am confident we will continue to produce top-notch programs and strategic opportunities for our members that will enable growth.”

About the Nashville Health Care Council

The Nashville Health Care Council is a premier association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Supported by nearly 300 corporate members, including local and national health care companies, the Council serves as a trusted source for information on trends that influence the health care industry. The organization provides members with one-of-a-kind networking opportunities and access to Nashville’s elite health care business community.

Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than 500,000 jobs and $73 billion in annual revenue. The industry is Nashville’s largest and fastest-growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit



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