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May 26, 2015

Nashville Health Care Council Celebrates Commencement of 2015 Fellows Class

Nashville Health Care Council Celebrates Commencement of 2015 Fellows Class


Third class graduates from nationally unique program designed to engage and educate industry leaders

The Nashville Health Care Council is pleased to announce the commencement of its 2015 Health Care Council Fellows class following an intensive period of rigorous coursework and engaged dialogue on the future direction of the health care industry.

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An annual initiative, Council Fellows is co-led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. and Larry Van Horn, associate professor of management and executive director of health affairs at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. It provides a rare, highly collaborative experience that leverages “real-world” knowledge of the industry’s founding experts as well as nationally known figures and leading academic institutions. The class engages participants to better implement business strategies, create value, drive industry growth and effect change.

“When we started this program, our mission was to create an environment where the top health care minds are able to come together and establish a collaborative vision for creating meaningful change,” said Senator Frist, co-director of the initiative. “In just three short years, we are already seeing the impact this program is making on our nation’s health care industry. Executives from across the country recognize Fellows as a unique, highly valuable opportunity to learn, examine and exchange ideas among those who will shape health care’s future for years to come.”

Through eight, day-long sessions, 36 Fellows from a wide variety of industry sectors completed a specifically designed curriculum that featured nationally renowned speakers in leadership, health care, economics and business strategies. The class format leveraged the power of discussion and ideas exchange, as well as industry immersion activities and small-group leadership training and development. This year’s topics included:

  • The rise of the health care consumer;
  • State and federal-level health care policy reform;
  • Fiscal challenges;
  • Population health management;
  • Fundamental shifts in reimbursement systems;
  • Disruptive innovation in technology;
  • Clinical advancements in genomics and precision medicine;
  • Integrated delivery networks;
  • Health care analytics; and
  • Care delivery and financial modeling.

The speakers on these topics included, among others:

  • Governor Phil Bredesen
  • Jonathan Bush, President and CEO, athenahealth, Inc.
  • Bill Carpenter, CEO, LifePoint Health
  • U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper
  • Henry DePhillips, CMO, Teladoc
  • Dr. Paul Farmer, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
  • Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • David Goldhill, CEO, Game Show Network and author, “Catastrophic Care”
  • Professor Regina Herzlinger, Harvard Business School
  • Elizabeth Holmes, Founder and CEO, Theranos
  • Bob Henkel, President and CEO, Ascension Health
  • Frank Luntz, Political Consultant, Pollster, and Strategist
  • Charlie Martin, CEO, Martin Ventures
  • Mike Neeb, President and CEO, HCA International
  • Marcus Osborne, Vice President of Health and Wellness, Payer Relations, Walmart

“At this important time for our industry, the Fellows program is able to bring together many diverse perspectives on the challenges we are all facing,” said Saurabh Sinha, a member of the 2015 class and co-founder, president and CEO of the health care technology company, emids. “The conversations are honest, passionate and tremendously insightful for any leader of a health care organization.”

Recruiting the 2016 Fellows Class

The 2016 Fellows will bring together the next class of senior leaders with demonstrated potential to drive the industry forward.

“With this next class, we are looking for industry executives who are passionate about finding solutions to health care’s greatest challenges as we continue to explore ways to inspire industry growth and effect real change,” said Larry Van Horn, co-director of the Fellows.

Recruitment will begin in fall 2015. All applications will require information and statements of interest by the applicants, as well as letters of recommendation from each applicant’s superior. The 2016 class will be selected by the Council Fellows Advisory Committee and announced in December.

“When I think of the Council’s impact on Nashville’s dynamic health care community, the Fellows program is one of the things we are most proud of,” said Hayley Hovious, executive director of the Fellows program and incoming president of the Nashville Health Care Council. “We are equipping these leaders for the future, not only in terms of education and experiences but also in the distinguished network they are joining. Fellows will help strengthen Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital.”

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About the Nashville Health Care Council

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, 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, 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 400,000 jobs and $70 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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