The Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors announced today that Apryl Childs-Potter has been named the new President of the organization, effective May 16, 2022.
Childs-Potter joins the Council from the Greater Memphis Chamber, where she served as Chief Marketing Officer, leading the economic development team’s business intelligence and marketing functions. She also served as Executive Director of the Chamber’s Center for Economic Competitiveness, a public-private partnership that engages top business, academic, and elected leaders in collective action to improve local competitiveness and galvanize the region’s pursuit of quality jobs.
“The Board is excited to welcome Apryl into one of the most dynamic health care communities in the world, and we are confident that the Council is poised for a vibrant future under her leadership,” said David Dill, Chairman of the Council’s Board of Directors and Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Health. “Given her entrepreneurial experience leading data-driven strategies, community building and alignment, and economic development, she is uniquely positioned to successfully guide the Council through this moment of rapid growth and transformation. We look forward to watching her build on the Council’s strong foundation to further align the Nashville health care community, shape the Council’s impact at the local, national and global levels, and help us usher in a new era of growth and innovation for health care in Nashville.”
Childs-Potter’s introduction follows a thorough, national search process and comes at a momentous time for the Council and Nashville’s expanding health care community. According to the Council’s latest economic impact report, the total number of core health care establishments in Nashville has increased by 600 in recent years to reach a more than 3,700, including 18 publicly traded companies. The study found that Nashville’s health care ecosystem represents a $66.9 billion industry annually.
In her roles at the Greater Memphis Chamber, Childs-Potter worked to promote Memphis and Shelby County’s strong economic assets globally. Key accomplishments during her tenure at the Chamber include launching Memphis Moves, the region’s first national economic development marketing initiative, and helping to secure Memphis as one of three markets selected to participate in the Brookings Institution’s Inclusive Economic Indicators Lab, a project aimed at developing tools for tracking and driving inclusive economic outcomes for cities.
“I’m thrilled to join the Nashville Health Care Council at such an important time for the city and the health care industry,” said Childs-Potter. “With rapid change underway, and with the Council’s 25th anniversary just behind us, now is the time to set our sights on how our organization can help shape the growth of Nashville’s dynamic health care community for the next 25 years. I look forward to working alongside the Council’s highly-respected board and strong team to think big about how we continue to grow Nashville’s unique reach and influence in the health care sector.”
Prior to joining the Chamber, Childs-Potter founded and led customer insight and brand strategy firm Hyphen Market Solutions, where she worked with leaders across nine regional health care organizations to create a strategic plan for the Memphis Medical District.
Childs-Potter is a Mississippi native and graduate of the University of Mississippi. She and her husband have one daughter. She replaces former Council President Hayley Hovious, who served in the role from 2015 until stepping down earlier this year.