Initiative convenes industry executives to explore innovative solutions for health care’s greatest challenges

Today, the Nashville Health Care Council and Fellows co-directors former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and health care economist Larry Van Horn, revealed the 2017 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The class of 31 senior executives from various sectors of the health care industry will address challenges facing the nation’s health care system and collaborate toward positive transformation.

“The members of this and past Fellows classes are the ones who will shape the direction of the nation’s health care,” said Frist. “In this time of great change and uncertainty, it is more important than ever for leaders to come together to learn, collaborate and find solutions that will create a better, more efficient system in the years ahead. I look forward to our work together.”

This is the fifth class to be named for this annual initiative. The members of the 2017 Fellows class are:

  • Chris Baxley, Senior Vice President Market Strategies and Client Partnerships, Healthgrades
  • Jay Brown, Partner, Office Leader, Mercer
  • Amber Cambron, President and CEO, BlueCare Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Jim Corum, Vice President Business Development, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Julie Cox-Kain, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services and Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Health Department, State of Oklahoma/Oklahoma Department of Health
  • Harrison Frist, Senior Vice President, naviHealth, Inc.
  • Tom Gallucci, Managing Director, Cain Brothers
  • J.R. Greene, CEO, Psychiatric Medical Care, LLC
  • Ray Guzman, Chairman and CEO, WPC Healthcare
  • Matt Hayes, Senior Vice President of Operations, Quorum Health
  • Melissa Hendricks, Vice President, Marketing Strategy, Cerner Corporation
  • Shubhada Jagasia, M.D., Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Tedrick Johnson, Group Vice President, HCA
  • Ulya Ahmed Khan, Chief Operating and Product Officer, Tivity Health, Inc.
  • Ryan Kocher, Vice President, Cigna
  • Kimberly Lamar, Ph.D., Chief Population Health and Quality Officer, Metro Nashville General Hospital
  • Aaron Lewis, Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth, RCCH Healthcare Partners
  • Rob Metcalf, CEO, Concert Genetics
  • Rebecca Whitehead Munn, Vice President and Managing Director, Healthcare Services, InfoWorks, Inc.
  • Nick Muscato, Senior Director of Strategy and Corporate Development, Amedisys
  • Colby Paxton, Area President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Claire Pearson, Director, Barclays
  • David Pontius, Principal, MTS Health Investors
  • Shane Reeves, CEO, Twelve Stone Health Partners
  • John G. (Gabe) Roberts, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Division of Health Care Finance and Administration, State of Tennessee
  • Tim Scarvey, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development, HCA TriStar Health
  • Diane Seloff, Chief Transformation Officer, Aspire Health
  • Manish H. Shah, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Community Health Systems
  • Ute Strand, Chief Operating Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee
  • Praveen Thadani, Vice President, Innovation and Partnerships, Humana
  • Melissa Waddey, President of Ambulatory and Operations Services, LifePoint Health

The Fellows Initiative
Founded by the Nashville Health Care Council, the Fellows initiative is changing the way the industry meets today’s most critical health care challenges.

The Fellows will meet for a two-day orientation retreat and eight full-day sessions to delve into new ideas to address the obstacles facing the U.S. health care system in years ahead. The annual initiative engages these top professionals to better implement business strategies, create value, drive growth and effect change.

“Nashville’s health care industry has led the nation over the past 50 years, creating a diverse ecosystem where entrepreneurism thrives and collaboration is paramount,” said Hayley Hovious, Council president. “The Council is proud to convene such an impressive group of Fellows, who will combine their expertise and creativity to improve the delivery of patient care across the globe.”

The comprehensive curriculum will address topics such as new care delivery models, consumerism, disruptive innovation, reimbursement shifts, population health management and globalization.

“The Fellows initiative challenges these executives to think differently about the business of health care, and empowers them with the knowledge to transform the way they operate,” said Van Horn, a leading expert in health care management and economics, and professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. “I am proud to continue this meaningful dialogue and exploration, as we build a network of unmatched expertise through Fellows.”

Fellows has an enduring impact on its graduates, and the alumni program ensures that members continue collaboration long after their graduation. Each graduating class joins a distinguished group of alumni already applying their Fellows experience in the field.

“Through the Fellows program, my horizons have been expanded; the passion for improvement in health care is real,” said Anna-Gene O’Neal, CEO, Alive Hospice and 2015 Fellows graduate.

The Council Fellows program is presented in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, HCA, Healthways, LifePoint Health and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Visit www.healthcarecouncilfellows.com for more information.

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Contact:        Katie Schlacter
615-743-3147