NASHVILLE — The Young Health Care Leaders (YHCL), a group of health care professionals and entrepreneurs organized in partnership with the Nashville Health Care Council, recently announced an organizational name change, along with new leadership for 2005.

“We are very excited to move forward under the name of Leadership Health Care. Leadership Health Care more appropriately reflects both our diverse membership and our mission to mentor the next generation of health care entrepreneurs and executives,” YHCL Chairman Hal Andrews said.

The organization will formally shift from the name of Young Health Care Leaders to Leadership Health Care beginning in January 2005.

The YHCL also recently elected Chris Howard, a member of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis as 2005 chairman of the board, and Paul Wallace, senior vice president for Strategic Development at American Healthways as vice chairman.

“Within a very short time the Young Health Care Leaders has become a dynamic organization of health care professionals who are passionate about continuing the growth of Nashville’s health care industry,” Howard said. “Under the banner of Leadership Health Care, we look forward to partnering with the Health Care Council to further develop the next generation of health care leaders and to ensure Nashville remains the nation’s health care industry capital.”

The YHCL Board of Directors also elected the following four new members to serve on the board for three-year terms: Alfredo Arguello, senior executive and general manager, GE Healthcare; Teresa Broyles-Aplin, director of Internal Audit, LifePoint Hospitals; Drew Crawford, senior vice president, Caremark Rx; and Neil Heatherly, CEO, StoneCrest Medical Center. All terms are effective January 2005.

“The YHCL’s board of directors serves as a valuable reflection of the dynamic and diverse health care industry here in Nashville,” said YHCL Executive Director Caroline Young. “Our group is truly committed to working together to foster leadership and to promote entrepreneurial thinking and ideas about the health care industry.”

About the Young Health Care Leaders & Nashville’s Health Care Industry
A group of emerging health care executives and entrepreneurs in Nashville came together to form the Young Health Care Leaders (YHCL) in March 2002. The YHCL, in partnership with the Nashville Health Care Council, works to foster the next generation of health care leaders in Nashville by creating educational, networking and mentoring opportunities for the more than 250 YHCL members.

Nashville is widely recognized as a health care industry capital, and is well known for nurturing innovative health care companies. Today, Nashville is home to nearly 300 health care companies operating on a multi-state, national or international basis, along with a diverse group of professional services firms (such as banking, legal, accounting and architecture) with wide-ranging expertise in the health care industry. For more information, please visit www.yhcl.org.