Stu Clark

Stu Clark has served as CEO of Premise Health since its inception in 2014. He has held executive roles in the direct healthcare industry for more than 20 years, including serving as the CEO of CHS Health Services, Inc., headquartered in Reston, Va.  

Stu and his teams have helped lead the evolution of the direct healthcare industry, also known as employer-sponsored healthcare, from the early days of occupational health-only programs to today’s fully integrated, direct primary care models. This integrated approach connects members and their families to acute and urgent care, family medicine, pharmacy, fitness, and many other primary services, creating value by helping them be healthier. As direct healthcare has evolved, the one consistent theme has been its focus on directly contracting with self-insured employers to design specific programs that address the unique needs of their workforces.  

Under Stu’s leadership, Premise has focused on clinical quality, national scale and infrastructure, and technology, while working to build a transparent culture anchored in accountability and merit-based career advancement. The company is consistently recognized as an employer of choice in communities where it operates employer-sponsored health centers, and in the greater Nashville area where it is headquartered.  

Stu is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he received a BA. He is currently a council board member for the Nashville Health Care Council, a CEO council member and limited partner for Council Capital, and a limited partner and advisor for Nashville Capital Network.  

Fahad Tahir

Fahad Tahir, FACHE, serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Ascension Saint Thomas. In this role, he leads strategy and service lines across the market, responsible for clinical program development in partnership with physicians, hospitals and co-management boards. His responsibilities include partnering with physicians, health plans and stakeholders to advance the integrated delivery systems managed care and value-based care strategy. Fahad’s focus IS developing and sustaining a culture of trust among physicians, clinicians and associates.

Prior to his current role, Fahad served as President and CEO of Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital, Midtown and West. Fahad brought a deliberate approach to the role with a commitment to clinical program development, growth and innovation. This effort brought Midtown and West together as an integrated hospital, designed and launched a $300M capital investment in clinical programs, an overall campus master plan, and expanded services in partnership with physicians and health plans.

Previously, Fahad served as President and CEO of Ascension Medical Group-TN, where he oversaw clinical, operational and financial performance of one of the region’s largest medical groups as well as physician network strategy, recruitment, service line development and managed care/value-based care. During his tenure, Fahad structured physician-led governance, integrated multiple practices into a unified medical group and led a period of growth through recruitment, acquisitions and primary care capital investments

Fahad has been part of the Ascension since 2003. Prior to joining Ascension Saint Thomas, Fahad held leadership roles in Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee, Wisconsin responsible for medical groups, value-based care, physician development and obtained three CMS Innovation awards.

Fahad earned his MBA from Loyola University Chicago and his bachelor’s degree in Finance From the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Fahad is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Fellow of Washington DC’s Health Care Advisory Board and a Fellow of Nashville Health Care Council. Fahad is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and American Public Health Association.

Neil de Crescenzo

Neil de Crescenzo is president and chief executive officer of Change Healthcare, a NASDAQ-listed company (CHNG). Neil leads teams working across multiple healthcare segments to help
customers achieve their clinical, operational and financial objectives, as well as providing solutions that enable people to better maintain or improve their health.

Change Healthcare has over $3 billion in revenues and 14,000 team members serving over 30,000 customers — the vast majority of U.S. healthcare payers and providers as well as hundreds of healthcare software and services companies. For decades, the company has been a leader in working across the healthcare ecosystem in delivering superior customer experiences, driving increased efficiency and accuracy for financial transactions in healthcare, and delivering solutions that optimize decision making for its customers on their journey to value-based care.

Before joining Change Healthcare, Neil was senior vice president and general manager of Oracle’s Global Health Sciences business. Prior to joining Oracle in 2006, he spent a decade at
IBM Corporation, including his last role as a senior executive for Global Healthcare Business Consulting Services. Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions in a major hospital system, a
large multi-specialty group practice, and at a major health insurer.

Neil earned a B.A. in political science from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. He currently serves on the board of the Middle Tennessee American Heart Association
and is immediate past-chairman and a current member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the Healthcare Leadership Council. He is a member of the Aspen Group, a
Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board, and a member of the CED’s Healthcare and Technology & Innovation Committees.

Nikul Patel

 Nikul is a Managing Director in the Healthcare Investment Banking group at J.P. Morgan, with an exclusive focus on Healthcare Services and Healthcare Technology. 

Nikul has more than 15 years of Healthcare Investment Banking experience advising clients on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, equity, equity-linked and debt financings.  His focus spans an array of earlier stage to late stage companies which are both public and private. 

Nikul received his B.S. in Business Administration with honors from Drexel University.