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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Phillip Clendenin President AMSURG, an Envision Healthcare Solution 1A Burton Hills Blvd. Nashville 37215 615.665.1283 amsurg.com Clendenin joined AMSURG in March 2009 as senior vice president of Corporate Services and was named division president of Ambulatory Services in 2014. Clendenin has served in various positions within the healthcare industry for more than two decades. Prior to AMSURG he held management positions with Community Health Systems, Triad Hospitals, HCA and National Medical Enterprises. He has a master’s in health administration from Washington University School of Medicine. Clendenin is a 2014 Council Fellow.

Ernie Clevenger Co-founder, President & CTO CareHere 5141 Virginia Way, Suite 350 Brentwood 37027 615.221.5901 carehere.com Clevenger, who co-founded CareHere in 2004 with Ben Baker, has deep experience in the selffunded community, having worked in a variety of capacities including as chairman and president of the Self-Insurance Institute of America and chairman of the Workforce for Electronic Data Interface (WEDI), which advises the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. CareHere manages more than 200 health and wellness centers in 26 states, providing medical services to more than 110,000 employees and 350,000 members. Clevenger earned his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Michael Coggin Executive VP & CFO LifePoint Health 330 Seven Springs Way Brentwood 37027 615.920.7000 lifepointhealth.net Coggin was named executive vice president and CFO in September 2016 after serving as LifePoint’s senior vice president and chief accounting officer since 2008. Previously, he served as CFO of Specialty Care Services Group and in finance leadership positions for Renal Care Group. He began his career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick. Coggin holds both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He serves on the advisory board for Belmont University’s Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics and is a 2016 Council Fellow.

Joanna Conley, FACHE CEO TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center 391 Wallace Road Nashville 37211 615.781.4000 tristarsouthernhills.com Conley was appointed to her current post overseeing the 126-bed hospital and related facilities serving the south Nashville region in April 2017. Conley, who has worked for HCA since 2009, relocated from Florida where she was CEO of Poinciana Medical Center, an HCA affiliate in Kissimmee. Other prior experience includes serving as COO of Poinciana

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and as associate chief operating officer at HCA’s Osceola Regional Medical Center, also located in Kissimmee. Conley earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.

Joe C. Cook, Jr. Co-founder & Managing Director Mountain Group Partners Executive Chairman & President NuSirt Biopharma 3835 Cleghorn Ave., Suite 300 Nashville 37215 615.843.9100 mtngp.com nusirt.com For five decades, Cook has focused his energy on life sciences and biopharmaceuticals. He started his career at Eli Lilly and had risen to group vice president, Global Operations, by the time he retired in 1993. Cook came out of retirement to lead Amylin Pharmaceuticals as CEO from 19982003 and chairman from 1998-2009. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Cook returned to the Southeast and founded Mountain Group Partners, which is focused on investing in and actively guiding companies in the life sciences and technology sectors. A past board chair for Life Science Tennessee, Cook currently serves as executive chair for NuSirt Biopharma and Appello Pharmaceuticals and sits on the boards of several other biotech companies. He is also a current board member and former board chair for the non-profit organization Mercy Multiplied International (formerly Mercy Ministries International)

Jon Cornelius, MD President Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics 2400 Patterson St., Suite 300 Nashville 37203 615.342.6300 hughston.com/tn Cornelius serves as president of Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics, the Middle Tennessee arm of the nationally renowned Hughston Clinic. He joined the practice (formerly Premier Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine) in 2013 and specializes in sports medicine disorders, orthopaedic trauma, joint replacement and MAKOpasty robotic joint replacement. Cornelius, who sees patients in the Lebanon location, is team sports medicine physician for Wilson County Schools and serves on the board of Tennova Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University and completed internship and residency at Michigan State. Cornelius completed his fellowship in joint replacement and sports medicine at the University of Texas health Science Center in San Antonio.

Justin Coury COO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com Coury began his current role at TriStar Centennial Medical Center on Sept. 1, 2017. He as more than eight years of administrative leadership within HCA hospitals, serving as the chief operating officer and ethics and compliance officer for Medical City Denton in Denton, Texas, prior to joining TriStar Centennial. Coury earned his undergraduate degree in marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a master’s in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Richard G. Cowart Shareholder, Chair of Health Law/Government Relations & Public Policy Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.5660 bakerdonelson.com Cowart is the chair of the firm’s Health Law/ Government Relations & Public Policy department. He serves as strategic counsel to healthcare companies and advises providers on business, policy and governance issues, with an emphasis on business transactions. He is widely regarded as a national expert on governance. Cowart is a past president of the American Health Lawyers Association and recipient of its lifetime achievement award. He has been regularly recognized among the nation’s best healthcare attorneys in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers. Cowart, who is widely published, has also been named a “Health Care Hero” in Middle Tennessee.

Bill Crawford Executive VP, Healthcare Banking Cadence Bank, N.A. One American Center 3100 West End Ave., Suite 175 Nashville 37203 615.345.0207 cadencebank.com In 2012, Cadence Bank brought in veteran banker Bill Crawford to launch their healthcare financing group and lead a national push into the industry sector. The bank has since committed in excess of $1 billion to healthcare companies and has significantly expanded the team. Previously, Crawford worked for three years as senior vice president of Healthcare Banking at Regions Bank and as a managing director for SunTrust for more than a decade. Crawford holds an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt. He previously served on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council. 

Christy Tosh Crider Shareholder Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.5608 bakerdonelson.com Crider is chair of the firm’s Health Care Litigation Group and founded the firm’s Long Term Care Group. She concentrates her practice in healthcare litigation, managing the litigation of numerous healthcare facilities around the country, as well as serving as outside general counsel. She represents the Organ Procurement Organizations and tissue banks in several states, long term care providers around the country, one of the largest behavioral health companies in the country, onsite health centers, and many healthcare related organizations. Crider also chairs the firm’s nationally recognized Women’s Initiative. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.

Will Cromer Executive VP & COO Tennessee Hospital Association 5201 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 615.256.8240 tha.com Prior to joining THA in November 2019, Cromer worked at a venture capital firm in Nashville focused

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the leaders who keep Music City’s $92 billion industry humming along