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September 10, 2019

Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Launches Recruitment for 2020 Class

Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Launches Recruitment for 2020 Class

Officials with the Nashville Health Care Council are pleased to announce that applications are open for the Class of 2020 Council Fellows. Fellows is a five-month intensive program that connects health care’s brightest minds, most influential leaders and top drivers of change by exposing them to exclusive curriculum and diverse perspectives across industry sectors. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 22, 2019.

Launched in 2012 as a response to sweeping industry change and transformation, the Council Fellows program aims to create the space for the most inspiring conversations in health care among a diverse group of leaders poised to move the industry forward. The program is co-chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and Larry Van Horn, Ph.D., professor of health care management and economics at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

“Fellows is one-of-a-kind not only because of the depth and breadth of health care knowledge in the room, but also because it allows industry leaders the opportunity to break down the walls that divide health care’s many different sectors,” said Sen. Frist. “Through our extraordinary curriculum and unparalleled alumni, Council Fellows reignite the inspiration that first attracted them to the industry and develop authentic relationships with likeminded individuals that will move their careers and the industry forward.”

The 2020 class will be selected by the Council Fellows Advisory Committee and announced in December 2019. 


The Council Fellows program annually engages a select group of approximately 30 senior executives in a customized curriculum over the course of six full-day sessions and two retreats. Discussions focus on the challenging dynamics across the U.S. health care system and how leaders from organizations of all sizes and sectors address them.

The 2020 Fellows cover the issues which are critical to the industry’s future including health care policy reform, shifts in reimbursement systems, integrated delivery networks, disruptive and innovative technology, analytics and new models of health care delivery.

Members of the class work together to address these issues by convening in Nashville, the U.S. health care capital, which generates nearly $92 billion in annual revenue globally.

“Nashville is a melting pot of health care providers, health services start-ups and professional services firms,” said Van Horn. “At this pivotal moment in our industry, Council Fellows tap directly into this dynamic local ecosystem to gain access to leaders who created the biggest health care organizations in the world and those who are introducing new models to market. I firmly believe this is the only place in the country that can so readily harness these important perspectives.”


Interested applicants can learn more and take the first step of completing the application on the Fellows website. Applications require information and statements of interest by the applicants, a professional bio and resume, as well as letters of recommendation from the applicant’s CEO and two industry leaders. 

Applications are encouraged and accepted from a wide range of geographies and sectors within the industry, including retail, medical device, pharma, hospital management, managed care, HIT, life sciences, finance, government and more.

All Fellows actively participate in the curriculum and commit to attend all classes and retreats:

  • Opening retreat: January 23-24
  • February 7
  • February 21
  • March 6
  • March 27
  • April 10
  • April 24
  • Closing retreat: May 14-15

“Through the Council Fellows program, class members are able to move beyond the complexities and challenges of the health care industry to create meaningful change in their organizations and beyond,” said Hayley Hovious, president of the Nashville Health Care Council. “There’s never been a better time to invest in your career and realize your full potential here in the nation’s industry capital.”

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