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Nashville Health Care Council Launches 2015 Fellows Recruitment

Nashville Health Care Council Launches 2015 Fellows Recruitment
by Nashville Health Care Council | Sep 08, 2014

Recruitment for the 2015 Fellows class-an annual initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council-opens today. Now in its third year, this nationally unique program brings together senior health care leaders to explore strategies to meet the industry challenges of today and the future.  Applications will be accepted through October 27.

Created in response to the unprecedented change and transformation occurring in health care, the Fellows initiative brings together leaders from a wide range of sectors, including provider, payer, technology, finance, population health and government. It leverages the expertise of the industry’s founding leadership in Nashville, as well as nationally known figures and leading academic institutions, to create a forum for thought leadership for the health care industry.

“The Fellows program is a highly valuable opportunity to learn and actively exchange ideas with the best and brightest of the health care industry,” said Fellows Co-Director and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. “It is an experience that only Nashville – with its strong foundation of health care leadership and exciting community of health care innovators and startups – can provide.”

Application and class details

The Fellows initiative engages a diverse group of approximately 30 senior leaders to explore new business strategies to meet the challenges facing U.S. health care today. The work of the class includes collaborative discussion, individualized leadership development and in-the-field immersion with leading health care organizations.

Through eight full-day sessions, the 2015 Fellows will participate in a specially designed curriculum, focused on business strategies, creating value, driving industry growth and effecting change, on both local and national levels. Discussions address the following critical industry issues:

  • Value-based health delivery systems
  • State and federal health care policy reform
  • Fundamental shifts in reimbursement systems
  • Population health management
  • Clinical advancements in genomics and personalized medicine
  • Consumerism
  • Crisis management
  • Integrated delivery networks
  • Disruptive innovation in technology
  • Health care analytics

“Open dialogue is critical to understand what’s going on in health care,” said 2013 Fellows graduate Bill Rutherford, CFO and executive vice president, HCA. “Leaders need the opportunity to share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues in order to ensure their work has meaning and their organization is able to thrive in an industry that’s experiencing so much change.”


Launched in 2013, the Fellows program began amidst historic and sweeping reform that impacted every corner of the health care industry. Two years later, change continues to be a centerpiece of health care and the need to build a more sustainable system remains paramount. Those at the forefront of the industry are tasked with identifying critical issues, finding solutions and deploying smart strategies to drive industry growth in this shifting environment.

“Navigating today’s health care industry demands more of leaders,” said Fellows Co-Director Larry Van Horn, a leading expert in health care management and economics, and professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. “Health care is in the middle of disruptive transformation, and leaders must drive change in their organizations in order to stay ahead of the market – a task that requires deep knowledge and commitment.”


Interested applicants can find more information or begin the application process by visiting the Fellows website:

Applications open today and will be accepted through October 27. All applications will require information and statements of interest by the applicants, a professional bio and resume, as well as letters of recommendation from each applicant’s CEO and an industry leader.

Applications are encouraged and accepted from a wide range of sectors within the industry-from privately held startups to publicly traded corporations-including service delivery, hospital management, managed care, HIT, life sciences, technology, finance, government and communications. To be considered, applicants must be employed by a member company of the Council, a government employee or a practicing clinician.

All Fellows must commit to the following 2015 class dates:

  • January 30
  • February 13
  • February 27
  • March 13
  • April 2
  • April 24
  • May 1
  • May 22

The 2015 class will be selected by the Council Fellows Advisory Committee and announced in early December 2014.

About the Council Fellows

The Council Fellows are a diverse group of senior industry leaders who are passionate about solving health care’s most complex problems in a way that supports organizations of all sizes.  A new class is brought together each year to engage in a nationally unique discussion guided by renowned thought leaders who educate and foster leadership among those who will carry the industry forward through an era of unprecedented change.  The program has a lasting impact on its graduates, offering consistent alumni engagement and collaboration opportunities following completion of the class. To learn more or apply, visit

About the Nashville Health Care Council

The Nashville Health Care Council is an association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than $70 billion in revenue and 400,000 jobs. It is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit



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