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HEALTH CARE 2020
Continuity and Change
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Even an overcast December day couldn’t dim the bright future for the region’s healthcare industry as a number of young leaders gathered for the 2020 cover shoot of InCharge Healthcare. This year’s cover image was captured at Nashville’s iconic Parthenon … a fitting setting for our theme of continuity and change. The original Parthenon was completed in 432 BC. Although partially destroyed in 1687, the structure still stands proudly at the Acropolis. Nashville’s version is just a bit younger – having made its debut in 1897 for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition before being recast in concrete to become a permanent part of the city’s landscape. Both the original and replica serve as a celebration of classical architecture. Yet, the monuments to tradition also pay homage to change. In particular, the east and west pediments tell the story of Athena. Zeus swallowed his pregnant wife to try to forestall a prophesy that he would have an offspring greater than he, but the goddess Athena wouldn’t be denied as she sprung whole from his head. The west pediment depicts a competition between Athena and her uncle Poseidon for sovereignty over the region. Athena’s gift of an olive tree won the day and led to the naming of Athens. Happily, most transitions of power are significantly more collegial in Nashville’s healthcare industry. Yet, we loved the imagery of continuity and change as one generation of leaders gives rise to the next. Many of the executives on this year’s cover sit on the board of Leadership Health Care, an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council that helps nurture the talents of future leaders through educational programming and networking opportunities. As is evidenced by these talented professionals, the city’s $92 billion healthcare industry is in good hands for many decades to come!
As part of Middle Tennessee’s healthcare community for three decades now, we hope Nashville Medical News is also an integral part of the region’s healthcare community. Like many of the companies represented in this guide, the paper has gone through a number of leadership and ownership changes over the years, but the dedication to covering important information and insights impacting the industry has remained a constant. This annual edition of the InCharge magazine celebrates many of the thought leaders driving healthcare forward. While much care has gone into creating this list and ensuring its accuracy, we recognize change is constant. We also know there are many other deserving leaders who could be included. Please feel free to help us grow future editions by emailing your thoughts and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On the Cover This year’s cover features a group of young executives who are bringing exciting, new ideas and innovations to Middle Tennessee’s healthcare industry. Picture (L-R) by row are: Front Row: Baxter Lee, Chief Financial Officer, Clearwater; Stephen Smith, Facility Administrator, DaVita; Seema Kanwar, Partner, Waller; Nesrin Tift, Member, Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC; Holley West, Principal, Holley West Consulting Middle Row: Katie Tarr, Shareholder, LBMC; Jessica Wells, Assistant VP, Education & Research, Graduate Medical Education, HCA Healthcare and Chair of the Leadership Health Care Board of Directors; Molly Vice, Director, Leadership Health Care, Nashville Health Care Council; Matt Kroplin, Partner, Burr & Forman, LLP; Emily Carpenter Hellman, Graduate Student, Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management Back Row: Taylor Weis, Senior Associate, Council Capital; Jordan Kendig, Director, Leadership & Organizational Development, HCA Healthcare; Justin Mooneyhan, Senior Director, IT Project Management, AMSURG/Envision Healthcare; Benson Sloan, Director, Business Development, naviHealth; Aadam Hussain, General Manager, MedRx Network, Change Healthcare; Wes Pass, Chief Strategy Officer, CarePayment
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A Andrew Adams Chairman National Health Investors, Inc. 222 Robert Rose Drive Murfreesboro 37129 615.890.9100 nhireit.com Since the company’s inception in 1991, Adams has served as chairman of this publicly traded senior living real estate investment firm, which owns more than 215 properties in 32 states. He was the company’s president until 2009 and CEO until 2011 when he retired from those posts. Until 2004, Adams also served as president and CEO of National HealthCare Corporation and remains on the board.
Clint Adams Executive VP & CFO Ardent Health Services One Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 250 Nashville 37215 615.296.3000 ardenthealth.com Adams, who joined Ardent in 2003, brings more than 20 years of accounting and healthcare experience to the lead financial role for the health services company. At the end of 2018, the company filed an IPO in advance of taking the company public. Previously, Adams was an audit senior manager for Ernst & Young, where he managed large and medium-sized audit engagements of multiple SEC healthcare and technology companies. He also served as controller for PathGroup Inc. and was an audit manager and staff accountant for Deloitte. A CPA, Adams is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Robert Adams Chairman National HealthCare Corp. 100 East Vine St. Murfreesboro 37130 615.890.2020 nhccare.com Adams has served in leadership positions for NHC for nearly four decades and was named CEO in November 2004. In January 2017, Adams retired from day-to-day operations but remained at the helm of the company as chairman of the board. He has extensive long-term care experience, including serving NHC as a healthcare center administrator, regional vice president, COO, and president with his leadership responsibilities increasing as NHC and its affiliates have grown to operate more than 140 facilities and programs in 10 states.
Tim Adams President & CEO Ascension Saint Thomas Senior VP & Tennessee Ministry Market Executive Ascension Health 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 sthealth.com Adams was appointed to lead Ascension Saint Thomas Health in December 2017 when former Tennessee market executive Karen Springer was tapped for a national Ascension post. Previously, Adams served as CEO of the Texas Region of Tenet Healthcare, overseeing 26 hospitals. He joined Tenet in 2012 and previously led the company’s integration
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and operations team. He is a member of the Tennessee Hospital Association Board and the Nashville Health Care Council Board.
Sen. Lamar Alexander Chair, Senate HELP Committee United States Senate 455 Dirksen Senate Building Washington, DC 20510 202.224.4944 alexander.senate.gov A seventh-generation Tennessean, Lamar Alexander served as governor before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002. The Republican leader chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and has worked on a number of bipartisan bills to improve healthcare including the 21st Century Cures Act, which authorized significant funding for research, mental health reforms, expedited review for medical devices, health IT improvements, and state funding to fight opioid abuse. Alexander is currently focused on reducing healthcare costs and addressing surprise billings. Outside of his elected positions, Alexander previously served as president of the University of Tennessee and as U.S. Secretary of Education under President George H.W. Bush. Alexander, who has announced he will not seek reelection, ends his current term at the end of 2020.
Vic Alexander Chief Manager KraftCPAs PLLC 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.782.4241 kraftcpas.com Alexander has served as chief manager of KraftCPAs since 1993 after beginning his career with the large regional accounting firm in 1982. His expertise includes litigation support, business valuation, assisting with start-up and entrepreneurial ventures, business plan development and assessing financing alternatives. A Lipscomb graduate, the certified public accountant is actively involved in the community including serving on the Ascension Saint Thomas Finance Committee Nashville State Community College Foundation Board, Belmont University’s Accounting Advisory Board, and Legal Aid Society as an Advisory Council member.
Jane Allen CEO Nashville Entrepreneur Center 41 Peabody St. Nashville 37210 615.873.1257 ec.co Allen was named chief executive officer of the non-profit Nashville EC in October 2019. An entrepreneur and founder of Counsel on Call and Hanner Clarke, Allen has experience taking a business from idea to a fully scaled, successful company. An attorney by training, Allen received her law degree from the University of Kentucky. After practicing law for several years, she left to start Counsel on Call, now known as Legility. Although she exited the business, she remains on the company’s board and is also on the Board of Business Advisors for Gridiron Capital.
Bill Anderson Chairman & CEO MEDHOST 6550 Carothers Parkway, Suite 160 Franklin 37067 615.761.1000 medhost.com Anderson has been chief executive officer since 2012 and chairman since 2008 of MEDHOST, which was founded in 1984 and provides HIT solutions to better manage the business of healthcare across the care continuum. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the technology and financial industries to this role. Anderson has served as CEO of several companies including Universal Tax Systems, Inc., Bankrate, Inc. and Block Financial Corporation. Anderson has originated a number of innovative technology applications and holds a patent on delivering online financial services using distributed objects. He is on the board of the Nashville Technology Council.
Hal Andrews President & CEO Trilliant Health 8 Cadillac Drive, Suite 450 Brentwood 37027 615.665.4200 trillianthealth.com Andrews brings more than 20 years of experience to his role at the helm of the healthcare analytics company, which helps integrate disparate data to drive a more effective business strategy. A successful entrepreneur, investor and healthcare leader, Andrews has held senior executive positions with Digital Reasoning, Shareable Corporation, Availity, RevPoint Healthcare Technologies, Martin Ventures and Data Advantage. He began his career as an attorney with Waller. Andrews earned two undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University and his law degree from the University of Tennessee.
Anne Sumpter Arney Member Bone McAllester Norton PLLC 511 Union St., Suite 1600 Nashville 37219 615.238.6360 bonelaw.com A third-generation lawyer and active community leader, Arney has more than 30 years of experience working with healthcare companies and medical professionals on a variety of corporate, operational, transactional and regulatory matters. A frequent guest speaker for industry and professional organizations on topics related to healthcare and corporate law, Arney also advises clients on how to start, grow, operate and sell their businesses. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree. Arney earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and her law degree from Washington & Lee.
Mark Awh, MD Founder & President Radsource LLC 750 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 1-260 Brentwood 37027 615.376.7502 radsource.us In 2001, Awh helped found Radsource, a joint venture between United Surgical Partners International and Imaging Specialists that partners with clients to increase diagnostic capabilities and streamline
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 image archiving and communication. Under the leadership of Awh, an authority on magnetic resonance imaging, Radsource has become a leader in subspecialized MRI interpretations to the outpatient orthopaedic and neurological markets. Previously, Awh served as director of MRI at Saint Thomas West and as president of one of the nation’s largest private radiology practices. After completing undergraduate studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., he earned his medical degree from Ole Miss, followed by residency at the University of Chicago and MRI fellowship training at the University of Kentucky.
B Buddy Bacon Senior VP & COO American Physician Partners 5121 Maryland Way, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 855.246.8607 appartners.com Veteran healthcare executive Buddy Bacon joined APP in June 2017. He has operational oversight of the company that works with partners to deploy a proactive emergency department model focused on improving quality and outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and lowering costs. Bacon’s experience includes serving as co-founder and CEO of Meridian Surgical Partner, holding C-suite positions with Medifax-EDI (dba Emdeon), and most recently holding executive positions with CapStar Bank focused on healthcare and business development. He earned his undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University.
Tracy L. Bahl President & CEO OneOncology email@example.com oneoncology.com In his leadership role with OneOncology, Bahl provides oversight and strategic direction across all aspects of the company, which focuses on partnering with community practices to deliver world-class cancer care close to home. Previously, Bahl served as executive vice president of Health Plans at CVS Health and as a special advisor at the global growth equity firm General Atlantic, focusing on activities in the healthcare sector. Other previous leadership roles include serving as CEO of Uniprise, a division of UnitedHealth Group, and several senior executive positions at CIGNA Healthcare. Bahl holds MBAs from Columbia University and the London Business School and undergraduate degrees in business administration, health, and exercise science from Gustavus Adolphus College. He serves on the board of Ttech and is a member of the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees.
Cindy Baier President & CEO Brookdale Senior Living 111 Westwood Place Brentwood 37027 615.221.2250 brookdale.com Baier has served as Brookdale’s president, chief executive and member of the board since February 2018 after having served as chief financial officer since December 2015. She has more than 25 years of broad financial and operational experience and has helped guide private equity-backed ventures, as
well as large Fortune 100 public companies. Baier sits on the Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors and serves on the board of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry. A certified public accountant, she earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting from Illinois State University.
Michael Bailey President & CEO American Health Partners 201 Jordan Road Franklin 37067 615.905.5200 amhealthpartners.com Bailey leads American Health Partners, a privately held company with annual revenues of $275 million and 4,300 employees, that serves more than 11,500 patients annually. American Health Partners owns and operates seven divisions that share a single goal: to improve access to quality healthcare and prevent unnecessary hospital stays. Divisions in Tennessee include American Health Communities (AHC), a network of 29 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers; Tennessee Quality Care, a home health and hospice agency serving 31 counties; five Unity Psychiatric Care hospitals for seniors; and AmPharm, a long-term care pharmacy. In 2017, Baily launched the company’s American Health Plans division, which owns and manages Medicare Advantage plans for individuals living in nursing homes in five states. Bailey, a healthcare executive for more than 30 years, was a founder of Windsor Health Group and MedSolutions Inc. (now Evicore) and previously led Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s health insurance company, VHP Community Care.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Ben Baker Co-founder & COO CareHere 5141 Virginia Way, Suite 350 Brentwood 37027 615.221.5901 carehere.com Baker, who co-founded CareHere in 2004 with Ernie Clevenger, brings 27 years of experience in customer engagement, information technology, quality management and process improvement to his role of operational oversight. CareHere specializes in providing on-site healthcare and manages more than 200 health and wellness centers in 26 states. Baker is the former president of Precision Data Management Systems and is a certified master black belt in the Six Sigma quality management process. Baker earned his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Jeff Balser, MD, PhD President & CEO Vanderbilt University Medical Center Dean Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.936.3030 medschool.vanderbilt.edu A Vanderbilt School of Medicine graduate, Balser joined his alma mater as an associate dean in 1998 and was named chair of VUMC’s Department of Anesthesiology three years later. In 2004, he became the chief research officer, leading expansion that moved Vanderbilt into the top 10 in NIH funding. In October 2008, Balser became the 11th dean of the School of Medicine since its founding in 1875 and was named associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs. Eight months later, he took the role of vice chancellor upon the retirement of Harry Jacobson, MD, who selected Balser as his successor. In 2016, as VUMC separated legally and financially from Vanderbilt University, Balser assumed the role of president and CEO while continuing to serve as dean for the medical school. He sits on the board of the Center for Medical Interoperability and was listed among Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for 2019.
David Bartholomew Executive Chairman Shearwater Health 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 400 Nashville 37215 615.921.9510 swhealth.com Bartholomew joined Shearwater Health in 2009 to lead international and domestic diversification strategies for the company. He has more than 25 years of executive experience in the U.S. staffing industry. He is a past chairman of the American Staffing Association and was inducted into the ASA Leadership Hall of Fame in October 2019. Prior to joining Shearwater, Bartholomew founded Staffmark in 1991 and grew the Nashville-based business from a one-office startup to one of the largest staffing companies in America. A graduate of Rhodes College, Bartholomew sits on the advisory board for several healthcare and staffing organizations.
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Regina Bartlett CEO TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center 355 New Shackle Island Road Hendersonville 37075 615.338.1000 tristarhendersonville.com Bartlett began her career as a staff nurse with HCA in 1978. After nursing leadership positions in Chattanooga and South Pittsburg, Tenn., she relocated to Middle Tennessee in 1998 to take the position of chief nursing and operating officer for TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center. She moved to sister facility TriStar Skyline in 2004 as COO before returning to TriStar Hendersonville in 2007 to take the CEO position with oversight of the 159-bed hospital and eight-bed TriStar Portland ER.
Frank Basile, MD CEO Aegis Sciences Corporation 515 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.255.2400 aegislabs.com Basile has over 20 years of executive leadership in the healthcare and medical industry. Prior to joining the Nashville-based company providing clinically innovative testing and consulting services to providers, he was president and CEO of Miraca Life Sciences. Basile earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne in Australia and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
Katina R. Beard CEO Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center 1035 14th Ave. N. Nashville 37208 615.327.9400 mwchc.org Beard has deep experience in public health and a deep passion for increasing access in underserved communities. After taking on increasingly responsible roles with the non-profit healthcare agency, she was tapped as interim CEO in June 2014 with the position being made permanent the following year. Beard is active in research and reducing health disparities. She serves on the Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Collaborative Advisory Board, Meharry Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core, Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development, and is past chair of the Nashville Health Disparities Coalition and current chair of the Tennessee Primary Care Association. Beard earned her undergraduate degree in healthcare administration and planning from Tennessee State University and her master’s degree in public health from Meharry. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
James Bearden Chairman Emeritus & Executive VP, Healthcare Gresham, Smith and Partners 222 Second Ave. S., Suite 1400 Nashville 37201 615.770.8100 greshamsmith.com Bearden joined GS&P in 1976 as an intern architect and was named CEO in 2007. At the beginning of 2017, he stepped away from his CEO duties but remains active in the firm as chairman emeritus. With more than 30 years of national and international healthcare design experience, Bearden also serves as lead for the company’s large healthcare practice.
Bearden, who graduated from the University of Tennessee, is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a founding board member of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentoring Program.
Yarnell Beatty Senior VP & General Counsel Tennessee Medical Association 701 Bradford Ave. Nashville 37204 615.385.2100 tnmed.org Beatty joined TMA in 2001 as general counsel, was named director of Legal & Government Affairs in 2004, vice president of Advocacy in 2012, and was promoted to senior vice president in 2017. Prior to joining TMA, he served simultaneously as director of Health Related Boards and executive director of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for the State of Tennessee. A graduate of Vanderbilt and Emory University School of Law, Beatty is a frequent speaker and panelist on health law and patient safety initiatives.
Johanna C. Bendell, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Chief Development Officer; Director, GI Cancer Research Program; Director, Drug Development Program, Nashville Sarah Cannon Research Institute 250 25th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.986.4366 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com Bendell joined Sarah Cannon in 2008 and serves as chief development officer, leading the expansion and development of physician, site and pharma relationships across the Sarah Cannon network. Additionally, she serves as director of the GI Cancer Research Program, overseeing the clinical trial menu for GI cancers across the Sarah Cannon network. She also serves as the director of the Drug Development Unit in Nashville, and her work in early drug development has helped guide first-in-human agents through proof-of-concept studies. Bendell received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Chicago and completed her internship and residency in the Department of Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, as well as a fellowship in adult oncology at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is board certified in medical oncology and is a partner at Tennessee Oncology, PLLC.
Gordon Bernard, MD Executive VP for Research & Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 1161 21st Ave. S., T-1208 MCN Nashville 37232 615.343.0077 medschool.vanderbilt.edu Bernard oversees Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s efforts to move research from bench to bedside. He has leadership and oversight responsibility for the offices of the Human Research Protection Program, Office of Contracts Management, the Vanderbilt Institutional Review Board, Clinical Trials Center, the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. Bernard also sits on the board
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Brian Bewley Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.7888 bassberry.com An accomplished healthcare fraud and abuse attorney with years of experience in navigating the complex regulatory landscape, Bewley advises a broad range of healthcare clients – including for-profit, not-for-profit, and private equity clients – on myriad regulatory compliance issues and helps address government and internal investigations to find equitable solutions. Bewley also counsels clients with respect to daily operational issues, joint venture structuring, private equity acquisitions and other business transactions. Previously, he was a shareholder at an AmLaw 100 firm where he co-chaired two healthcare practice areas. Bewley started his career in Washington, D.C., where he served as senior counsel and team leader with the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services. During that time, he was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice. Bewley served as regional program chair for the Health Care Compliance Association (2013-2017) and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
George Bishop, III Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8623 wallerlaw.com Bishop has provided counsel to healthcare companies for over 40 years, and he has served as lead counsel on approximately 200 transactions involving investor-owned and nonprofit healthcare providers. He is nationally recognized for his work in mergers and acquisitions, particularly transactions involving hospitals and other health facilities. He also has extensive experience in joint ventures and syndications, antitrust matters, regulatory issues, securities offerings and venture capital financing. Bishop helped form and was the initial chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Health Law Section. His work has been recognized repeatedly by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and other national, state and local publications.
Andrew Bissonnette Shareholder, Healthcare Audit & Advisory Services LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2209 lbmc.com Bissonnette has been practicing public accounting for approximately 25 years and has spent nearly 20 years serving the healthcare industry. He serves as the client service or technical consulting shareholder on a number of healthcare engagements, including not-for-profit and for-profit hospitals, behavioral health, surgery and imaging centers, continuing care retirement communities, rehabilitation, physician practice management, pharmacy and home health companies. He is an active participant in LEA Global’s Leading Edge Alliance Healthcare Special Interest Group. Bissonnette is a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council and was named a “Health Care Hero” in 2009.
Mike Blackburn Managing Partner Petra Capital Partners 3825 Bedford Ave., Suite 101 Nashville 37215 615.313.5999 petracapital.com A founding partner of Petra Capital, Blackburn has extensive investment experience in healthcare and other industries. Petra has been involved in 64 private company investments across seven different funds and has served as a director on numerous boards in his portfolio. Prior to Petra, Blackburn was a partner at Richland Ventures and an associate with Lawrence, Tyrrell, Ortale & Smith. Both venture capital firms included healthcare as a key investment focus. Blackburn earned both his undergraduate degree and MBA from Vanderbilt.
Velinda Block, DNP, RN CNO TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com In April 2017, Block was appointed the first chief nursing executive for HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Division. She oversees nursing and nursing practice for more than 6,000 nurses supporting 19 hospitals and related care areas in parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. She has over 35 years of experience, most recently serving as senior vice president and system chief nursing officer for KentuckyOne Health based in Louisville. Block earned her undergraduate nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing, her master’s in nursing from Vanderbilt,
and her doctorate from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She also is certified in Nursing Administration, Advanced (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Block is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Marty Bonick CEO PhyMed Healthcare Group 110 29th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 855.331.4999 phymed.com Bonick has more than 20 years of leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit settings. He was named to his current post in September 2017. Previously, Bonick was president of division operations at Community Health Systems with oversight of 36 hospitals and their associated clinics and outpatient centers across six states. Past experience also includes serving as CEO of Jewish Hospital and senior operations roles with both Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare in Louisville, Ky. He has also held various leadership positions with Ardent Health Services. Bonick holds dual master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in healthcare administration and in information management. He sits on a number of boards including the Center for Medical Interoperability.
Denny Bottorff Co-founder & General Partner Council Capital 30 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 576 Nashville 37215 615.255.3707 councilcapital.com In 2000, Bottorff co-founded Council Capital after more than three decades in banking. The private
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Glenn Bradley Senior VP & Private Client Relationship Manager First Horizon Bank 2214 Elliston Place, Suite 304 Nashville 37203 615.514.6054 firsthorizon.com/medical Bradley has worked in the financial services industry since 1985 and focuses on assisting physicians, medical practices and other healthcare-related businesses with their short- and long-term financial goals. Bradley sits on the boards of the Nashville Medical Group Management Association and the Nashville General Hospital Foundation. He earned his degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Robin Bradley COO American Health Partners 201 Jordan Road Franklin 37067 615.905.5200 amhealthpartners.com Bradley focuses on optimizing operational efficiencies and maintaining financial strength across American Health Partner’s seven divisions. She joined the company in 2016 as chief operating officer of the American Health Plans division and was promoted to corporate COO in 2019. An expert in health plan management, Bradley’s career has spanned 20 years and has included claims management, credentialing and network operations. Prior to joining AHP, Bradley was vice president of administration for Unity Physician Partners, Inc. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her MBA and Master of Health Administration from Georgia State.
Stephen T. Braun Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2300 bradley.com As a partner at Bradley, Braun advises hospitals, surgery centers and other providers in transactional and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience involving mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, and stock options and other equity compensation plans. He has been responsible for the negotiation of definitive agreements and securities work on five transactions valued at more than $1 billion each. Earlier in his career, Braun was the senior vice president and general counsel of HCA from 1991 to 1997. His work has been routinely recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.
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Michael D. Brent Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2361 bradley.com Brent chairs the Post-Acute and Long Term Care and Certificate of Need teams within the Healthcare Practice Group at Bradley. His practice focuses on business law, where he represents clients in a wide range of transactional, regulatory and operational issues facing healthcare providers and investors. He is an active member of LeadingAge, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Tennessee Health Care Association. His work in healthcare has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers for healthcare law, as well as the Expert Guide to the “Leading U.S. Healthcare Lawyers.”
John W. Brock III, MD, FAAP, FACS Monroe Carell Jr. Professor, Senior VP for Pediatric Surgical Services, Director of Pediatric Urology & Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way Nashville 37232 615.936.1060 childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org Brock has had roots at Children’s Hospital for more than 30 years. He is professor of urologic surgery and pediatrics at Vanderbilt. In 1992, he became the director of the Division of Pediatric Urology and served as Children’s Hospital’s first surgeon-in-chief for 17 years, during which he established Children’s Hospital as a premier pediatric surgical center. Brock, a Vanderbilt University graduate, earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency at VUMC where he served as chief resident in Urology and has remained at Children’s Hospital since. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons and the Society for Pediatric Urology. Brock is past president of the Society for Pediatric Urology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
Brian Browder Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8636 wallerlaw.com Browder has earned a reputation within the healthcare industry for making difficult deals happen. For more than 20 years, he has served as lead counsel in complex healthcare mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and private equity investments with an aggregate value of more than $4 billion. Browder has been integral in the creation of joint ventures involving investorowned healthcare providers and tax-exempt health systems and academic medical centers. Additionally, he has served as counsel to distressed tax-exempt hospitals in the restructuring and sale of their assets. He is regularly asked to lecture on transactional issues within the healthcare industry and has been recognized for his work by a number of national publications including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. Browder is past chair of the firm’s healthcare department.
Mark Brown COO Nashville General Hospital 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4000 nashvillegeneral.org Brown is a proven change agent with more than 20 years of healthcare management experience within both civilian and military healthcare systems. Prior to joining Nashville General Hospital in 2015, he served as director of Imaging and The Women’s Health Center at West Georgia Health in LaGrange, Ga. He is an active member in the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Healthcare Radiology Administrators, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and American Society of Radiologic Technologist Military Chapter. Brown received his Master of Health Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., and his undergraduate degree from Ottawa University in Kansas. He is a certified radiology administrator.
Josh Brummett Shareholder, Healthcare Valuation Services LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2226 lbmc.com One of only 25 CPAs nationwide under age 40 to earn the 2016 AICPA Standing Ovation Award for his contributions to forensic and valuation services, Brummett has extensive experience in healthcare valuation. He serves as the practice leader for Compensation Valuation for LBMC including valuations for employment, medical director services, call-coverage service, and more. Brummett’s healthcare experience includes valuations of physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers and other types of healthcare entities. Additionally, he has worked with healthcare companies for a variety of purposes including due diligence, litigation support and physician compensation consulting.
DeAnn M. Bullock, MD, FAAEM CMO Nashville General Hospital 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4000 nashvillegeneral.org Bullock was named chief medical officer in 2019. In addition to her duties as CMO, the board certified emergency medicine physician, who is part of TeamHealth, serves as medical director for the Emergency Department and for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. A Nashville native, Bullock earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College before completing her residency and serving as chief resident at the Medical College of Georgia in Emergency Medicine. She works tirelessly to develop collaborative relationships, mentor, and facilitate change within a landscape inclusive of public, private and academic stakeholders while providing excellent patient care to a diverse, and largely underserved, population. Bullock is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Ashby Q. Burks Shareholder, Co-Chair Baker Ober Health Law Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.5626 bakerdonelson.com Co-chair of Baker Ober Health Law, Burks serves as a trusted adviser to the leadership of behavioral health providers, academic medical centers, and other health care providers. He has assisted numerous investor-owned and not-for-profit healthcare clients in structuring and executing strategic mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions. He is regularly recognized among national listings including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers. Earlier in his career, Burks was vice president, secretary and general counsel of Quorum Health Group and also served in the legal department of HCA for 11 years. He earned his law degree from Columbia.
Mark Burnette Shareholder-in-Charge, Information Security LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2447 lbmc.com Burnette draws on more than 20 years of experience as a business leader and information security professional to help healthcare clients manage their security program within the context of the overall risk environment. He and his team of nationally recognized security professionals – all of whom provide a real-world perspective to government agencies and contractors, healthcare providers and payers, and other organizations with complex security requirements – were recently honored by CIO Review as one of the “20 Most Promising Cyber Security Providers.” Recognized as an IT security expert by technology think-tank Gartner, Burnette is a published author, frequent speaker and featured subject matter expert on a national stage. In 2019, Burnette delivered a popular TED talk, “The Humanity Behind Cybersecurity Attacks,” and released a book titled “Risky Business.” A Fellow of the Information Systems Security Association, Burnette holds numerous professional certifications including HITRUST CCSFP, CISA, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT QSA and CPA.
Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC President, Clinical Operations & CMO Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com In his roles with Sarah Cannon, HCA’s global cancer institute, Burris leads clinical strategy and drug development, which includes overseeing physicianled, patient-centric integrated cancer services. In 1997, Burris established the first community-based phase I drug development program in Nashville, which became Sarah Cannon Research Institute. Burris has led first-in-human studies for many nowapproved drugs that have changed the standard of care and was named a ‘Giant of Cancer Care’ at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting. Burris currently serves as president
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of ASCO, chairs the ASCO Research Community Forum Council and sits on the ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation Board. He received his medical degree from the University of South Alabama and performed his residency and fellowship in hematology/oncology at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Chuck Byrge President & CEO Harpeth Capital One American Center 3100 West End Ave., Suite 710 Nashville 37203 615.296.9848 harpethcapital.com Byrge has more than 28 years of experience with M&A transactions and raising capital for middle market companies. Previously, he served as senior managing director and head of investment banking for FTN Financial Securities, the investment banking arm of First Tennessee Bank (now First Horizon). He also held senior management positions in M&A for SunTrust Equitable Securities, Morgan Keegan and NationsBanc Capital Markets. He received both his undergraduate and MBA from Vanderbilt. He is a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council and NextGxDx (now Concert Genetics). Currently, he’s on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Council for Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization. Byrge is a 2014 Council Fellow.
C Brian Cahill CEO Cumberland Consulting Group 720 Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 550 Franklin 37067 615.373.4470 cumberlandcg.com Cahill, who has served as a director of Cumberland Consulting Group since 2011, was named CEO of the national strategic advisory firm serving the healthcare industry in January 2015. Previously, he was president and CEO of lifeIMAGE. His more than 20 years of healthcare executive leadership experience also includes eWebHealth, ChartOne and HPR. He holds an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.
Chad Calendine, MD President Premier Radiology CEO AdvancedHEALTH & PhyData 28 White Bridge Road, Suite 111 Nashville 37205 615.356.3999 premierradiology.com Calendine is the president of Premier Radiology and the Saint Thomas Imaging Network. He is also CEO of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (ADI) and AdvancedHEALTH, the region’s largest, multi-specialty private physician group, as well as PhyData, a medical management, billing and IT services company. A board-certified musculoskeletal radiologist, he received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his residency and fellowship training at Atlanta’s Emory University. Calendine is co-chair of the American College of Radiology GRID Committee.
Kevin B. Campbell Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2325 bradley.com Campbell’s practice focuses exclusively on the representation of healthcare providers in transactional, regulatory and operational matters. His clients cover providers and companies in a number of sectors, including acute care hospitals, physician practices, laboratories, imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers and behavioral health providers. He also has extensive experience representing accountable care organizations and other clinically integrated networks. Campbell also was part of the core group that helped launch Leadership Health Care in 2002 and is a former chair of the Tennessee Bar Health Law Section. He has been recognized on a national level for his work in the healthcare arena and has been regularly included in Chamber’s USA and Best Lawyers in America.
Leslie Campbell Executive VP & COO Diversicare Healthcare Services 1621 Galleria Blvd. Brentwood 37027 615.771.7575 dvcr.com Campbell has been with Diversicare, a provider of post-acute care services, since January 2013 and brings more than two decades of experience to her executive role. Diversicare serves patients in approximately 72 skilled nursing and senior housing centers with more than 8,200 licensed nursing beds in nine states. Prior to joining in the publicly traded company, Campbell spent 9 years with Golden Living, where she served in a number of leadership roles.
Ed Cantwell President & CEO Center for Medical Interoperability ONEC1TY 8 City Blvd., Suite 203 Nashville 37209 615.257.6400 center4mi.org Cantwell leads the Center for Medical Interoperability, an organization of health systems and leaders dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing the seamless flow of information among medical technologies. Involved since the Center’s founding, Cantwell previously served as senior vice president at the West Health Institute and as president and CEO of InnerWireless and of SpectraPoint. In addition to more than 25 years of experience leading advanced technology businesses, he served as an Air Force fighter pilot for over a decade. A graduate of Duke University, Cantwell is on the board of the Nashville Technology Council.
Louis Caputo, FACHE CEO TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center 200 StoneCrest Blvd. Smyrna 37167 615.768.2000 tristarstonecrest.com Caputo assumed the role of CEO at TriStar StoneCrest, a 109-bed facility in north Rutherford County, in March 2014. He has more than 14 years
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 of executive leadership in both administrative and operational areas within HCA. Prior to his current role, Caputo served as CEO of Summerville Medical Center in South Carolina for five years. He earned his undergraduate degree from Sewanee – The University of the South and his MBA from Belmont.
Lucy Carter Member KraftCPAs PLLC 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.346.2497 kraftcpas.com Carter, a certified public accountant, joined KraftCPAs in 2015 as a member and is the practice leader of the firm’s healthcare industry team. Working in the healthcare financial industry since 1977, she was previously a founding partner of Carter Lankford, CPAs. Carter is active in several professional organizations including the National CPA Health Care Advisors Association and the Nashville MGMA board. She has authored numerous articles including works that have appeared in the Journal of Accountancy, Healthcare Financial Management and Nashville Medical News. Carter is also a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Michael Cartwright Chairman & CEO American Addiction Centers 200 Powell Place Brentwood 37027 888.970.9104 americanaddictioncenters.org Cartwright is chairman and co-founder of American Addiction Centers and is also an addiction industry author and national speaker with more than 20 years’ experience as a behavioral healthcare entrepreneur, in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. He has been in recovery for more than 25 years. Identified as an expert on program development, integrated care and research-based approaches, Cartwright served on the U.S. Senate HELP Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, a bipartisan Technical Advisory Workgroup and NASADAD/NASMHPD Joint Task Force. He is a founding board member of Dual Recovery Anonymous and currently serves as a member of the National Steering Council on Cooccurring Disorders and the National Association of Behavioral Healthcare Board of Trustees.
Todd Cato Chief Development Officer Narus Health 2525 West End Ave., Suite 925 Nashville 37203 615.610.5430 narushealth.com Cato oversees development for Narus, a company focused on improving care and coordination for seriously ill patients. Prior to joining Narus in 2015, Cato spent more than a decade with HCA Healthcare, most recently serving as vice president of the Special Assets Group, which handles acquisitions and other transactions in a variety of categories, including hospital joint ventures, acquisitions of Parallon, and management of HCA’s in-house innovation and venture capital fund. Cato previously served as in vice president roles for HCA Healthcare and Touchstone Medical Imaging. In 1994 his interest in technology and radiology led him to cofound InPhact, a radiology solutions company dedicated to providing PACs and teleradiology services to non-urban hospitals and outpatient imaging centers. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.
Robert Chamberlain Co-founder, Chairman & CEO Applied Health Analytics LLC 414 Union St., Suite 910 Nashville 37219 615.665.8825 appliedhealth.net Founded in 2009, Applied Health Analytics provides a range of analytics, technology and services to hospitals and health systems that support population health, value-based care arrangements, direct-to-employer strategies and risk-based contracting. In 2014, Chamberlain was named a “Health Care Hero,” and the company was listed as one of the area’s 30 fastest-growing small businesses. Chamberlain, who previously founded Aegis, Inc. and served as CEO for nearly 18 years, has over three decades of experience working with employers and health systems and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurialism and payer-provider partnerships.
Sid Chambless Executive Director/ Managing Partner Nashville Capital Network 3810 Bedford Ave., Suite 110 Nashville 37215 615.454.3950 nashvillecapital.com Since 2003, Chambless has led Nashville Capital Network whose venture capital funds are supported by more than 100 professional investors. In his role, Chambless oversees NCN’s investor network and is responsible for deal flow, investment analysis and due diligence. Chambless is managing partner of NCN’s four venture capital funds. Chambless earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his graduate degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management. He has been a board member or observer for numerous Nashville startups including Aspire Health, Ampersand Health, and Emma.
Beth Chase Senior Managing Director Ankura 2963 Sidco Drive, Suite 101 Nashville 37204 615.371.8612 ankura.com The founder and CEO of c3/consulting prior to its acquisition by Ankura in 2018, Chase has more than 25 years of experience consulting in the areas of strategic planning and execution, complex problem solving, decision-making, and building leadership. She has worked with Fortune 100 companies in a number of industries including healthcare and insurance. Previously, Chase co-founded a technology consultancy and spent 12 years with IBM. She is active on a number of boards including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Health Care Council, and chairs the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Board. Chase is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Scott Cihak, FACHE CEO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com Cihak began his current role leading TriStar Centennial Medical Center on Dec. 1, 2016. He has more than two decades of progressive executive leadership within HCA hospitals in Florida including serving as CEO of Kendall Regional Medical Center,
CEO of what is now JFK North Campus in West Palm Beach, COO of Westside Regional Medical Center, and COO of Palms West Hospital. He earned both his undergraduate degree in health services administration and MBA from Florida International University. Cihak is a member of the American Heart Association Middle Tennessee Board.
Karen Clark Senior VP FirstBank 1817 West End Ave. Nashville 37203 615.986.9308 firstbankonline.com Clark has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. As senior vice president and private banker for FirstBank, Clark works with clients across a number of industries including medical, music and professional practices. Previous experience includes serving in a similar role at Pinnacle Financial partners and SunTrust. She began her banking career in Shreveport, La., after earning an undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA from Louisiana Tech University. She relocated to Nashville in 1989 and is actively involved in numerous organizations, including serving on the boards of The New Beginnings Center and Nashville Medical Group Management Association. A “2018 Woman of Influence” and “Bizwomen Mentor 2019” honoree, Clark was also selected as a research advocate for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Stuart Clark CEO Premise Health 5500 Maryland Way, #120 Brentwood 37027 844.407.7557 premisehealth.com Clark has served as CEO of Premise Health since its inception in 2014. Premise, part of the direct care sector, focuses on access with onsite, near site and virtual care solutions. Clark has held executive roles in the direct healthcare industry for more than 20 years, including serving as the CEO of CHS Health Services. He sits on the board for the Nashville Health Care Council. Clark earned his degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Chris Clarke, RN, BSN Senior VP, Clinical & Professional Practices Tennessee Center for Patient Safety Tennessee Hospital Association 5201 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 615.256.8240 tha.com Clarke’s focus is on leadership and strategic direction regarding clinical issues and the organization’s initiatives on quality and patient safety activities. She joined THA in 2002 and serves as clinical liaison to national and state regulatory agencies, as well as oversees the association’s public policies on hospital quality and patient safety. The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety operates under her leadership and includes the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative and THA’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, among other programming. A registered nurse, Clarke received her degree at Vanderbilt University and has more than 30 years of nursing and industry management experience. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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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
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 on launching tech-enabled healthcare service companies. Previously, he served as deputy director and chief of staff at the Division of TennCare, where he assisted Dr. Wendy Long in managing and driving the priorities of the $12 billion Medicaid agency. Prior to TennCare, Cromer served as Governor Bill Haslam’s special assistant for strategy and policy director, leading the development and implementation of Haslam’s policy agenda and serving as a key advisor and member of the governor’s senior team. Cromer developed legislation, oversaw strategic initiatives, assisted with budget development and served as a liaison to various state agencies and stakeholders, including TennCare and other healthcare-related agencies and organizations.
Dell Crosslin Chairman Crosslin 3803 Bedford Ave., Suite 103 Nashville 37215 615.320.5500 crosslinpc.com In 1987, Crosslin joined three other CPAs to create what is today the national accounting, technology and healthcare consulting firm Crosslin. With more than 40 years of experience, Crosslin has served as a business advisor to a broad range of industries including numerous healthcare organizations. His expertise includes audit, strategic planning, fraud examination, forensic accounting and information technology studies. Active in the community, he currently serves on the board for Saint Thomas Health Services, chairs the finance committee and is treasurer of the executive committee.
Jay Crosson CEO Cumberland Heights 8283 River Road Pike Nashville 37209 615.352.1757 cumberlandheights.org Crosson began his career with Cumberland Heights in 1993 in admissions, taking on increasing management duties in several departments before becoming CFO and then being named to the chief executive spot in 2015. However, his first interaction the nationally recognized alcohol and drug treatment center came four years before his hire date in 1989 when he spent time at Cumberland Heights as a patient. A grateful recovering alumnus, his personal experience in treatment has shaped his leadership principles as he and his staff help others struggling with addiction. Crosson received his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his MBA from Belmont University.
James Crowe Jr., MD Director Vanderbilt Vaccine Center 2213 Garland Ave., 11415 MRB IV Nashville 37232 615.343.8064 medschool.vanderbilt.edu/vvc
as an infectious disease fellowship at Vanderbilt. Crowe, a professor of Pediatrics and Pathology and Microbiology and Immunology, has had his work published in more than 150 journals and publications. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014.
Matt Curley Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.7790 bassberry.com Curley represents and advises healthcare clients in connection with internal and governmental investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings. His perspective is informed by his prior experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he served as Civil Chief and coordinated the office’s civil enforcement efforts in representing the U.S. and its agencies in healthcare fraud and abuse actions arising under the False Claims Act. Curley is an adjunct professor for Vanderbilt Law School where he teaches a course on healthcare fraud and abuse. He also serves as vice president of the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of Tennessee.
A renowned immunologist and pediatric infectious disease specialist, Crowe leads the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, which looks to create new vaccines and discover novel mechanisms to fight infectious disease. Crowe earned his medical degree and completed his pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Afterward, he spent five years of post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the NIH, as well
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D Duncan Dashiff Managing Director, Head of U.S. Healthcare Services & HCITS Investment Banking Canaccord Genuity 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 620 Nashville 37203 615.490.8446 canaccordgenuity.com Dashiff brings 25 years of experience to his role as head of U.S. healthcare services and HCIT investment banking for Canaccord Genuity, a global financial services firm. Throughout his career, Dashiff has provided advice to healthcare companies on multiple fronts with respect to business strategy, M&A and capital markets transactions. His experience ranges across a variety of healthcare sub-sectors with emphasis on clients in the healthcare services and information technology areas. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama.
Ben Davis, MD President & CEO PathGroup, Inc. 5301 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 800.366.5847 pathgroup.com Davis has been at the helm of PathGroup since 1996, the year the company was formed. He also serves as president of Associated Pathologists, a PathGroup affiliate he joined in 1986. Prior to that, Davis was an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt. He served as chairman of the HCA Healthcare Network Institutional Review Board from 1989 to 2008 and as a group leader of the Experimental Pathology Unit, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Molecular Biology Branch, Bern, Switzerland from 1981 to 1983. He earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his medical degree at the University of Arkansas.
Lisa Davis CFO Ascension Saint Thomas 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 sthealth.com Davis was named CFO in 2015. After beginning her career at Ernst & Young, she joined Saint Thomas West in 1998 as an accounting manager. Davis rapidly advanced, taking on increasingly responsible leadership roles for the hospital. By 2005, she had been named corporate controller for the larger system, Saint Thomas Health, and was promoted to vice president of finance and associate chief financial officer in 2013. She received both her undergraduate business degree and master’s in accounting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Davis sits on the board of the Nashville Diocese and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Randy Davis, FACHE President & CEO NorthCrest Medical Center 100 NorthCrest Drive Springfield 37172 615.384.2411 northcrest.com Davis was named president and CEO for NorthCrest in October 2013. He had been part of the medical
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center’s senior leadership team since 2009, including serving as senior vice president and COO and as chief information officer with oversight of health information technology and data management. Davis earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and holds an MBA with a healthcare management concentration from Lipscomb University. Davis sits on the board of the Tennessee Hospital Association and chairs the THA Solutions Group.
Roger L. Davis, PharmD Vice Provost for Health Affairs, Founding Dean & Professor Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences One University Park Drive Nashville 37204 615.966.7161 lipscomb.edu/cphs Davis was named founding dean of the College of Pharmacy at Lipscomb University when the program launched in 2007. In 2010, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was established under Davis’ leadership, bringing together all of the health disciplines including nursing, physician assistants, nutrition, kinesiology and health care informatics. In August 2018, Davis was named vice provost for Health Affairs where he is responsible for integration across health science programs and developing collaborative engagement with community healthcare entities. Davis has more than four decades of industry and academic experience including 28 years on faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, the last 10 as assistant dean for Middle Tennessee. Davis also served as the associate executive director of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association for 23 years and spent more than a decade as a member of the board and president of Pharmaceutical Care Innovations.
Neil de Crescenzo President & CEO Change Healthcare 3055 Lebanon Road Nashville 37214 615.932.3000 changehealthcare.com In September 2013, de Crescenzo was appointed president and CEO of Change Healthcare, formerly Emdeon, a healthcare technology company focused on the triple aim of improving patient experience, enabling positive outcomes and reducing cost through innovative solutions. Previously, he served as senior vice president and general manager of Oracle’s Global Health Sciences business. He also spent a decade at IBM, ultimately serving as senior executive for Global Healthcare Business Consulting Services. Earlier in his career, de Crescenzo held leadership positions with a major hospital system, large physician practice and a major health insurer. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale and his MBA from Northeastern University. He is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council and NashvilleHealth, as well as serving on the executive committee and board of the Healthcare Leadership Council.
Jim Deal CEO Compassus 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.224.8028 compassus.com Deal founded Compassus in 2006. Today, the company is the nation’s largest privately held hospice, palliative and home health provider, serving patients and families in 130 locations across 29 states. With more than 40 years of industry
experience, Deal previously served as president of Diabetes Treatment Centers of America (now Healthways), chairman and CEO of Nashville-based Inspiris and CEO of Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Minneapolis. He earned his MPA in health services administration from the University of Arizona.
Robert Dempsey Shareholder Polsinelli 401 Commerce St., Suite 900 Nashville 37219 615.259.1512 polsinelli.com The large firm’s Nashville office focuses on healthcare, with a cross-disciplined practice in transactions, securities and finance, and an emphasis on distressed investing. Dempsey focuses on buying and selling healthcare and senior living companies, including those that might be struggling. His extensive understanding of the healthcare industry allows him to offer advice in connection with development activities and to assist clients in developing feasible strategies to enhance the strength of their healthcare offerings, as well as business structuring, joint venture, divestiture and other transactions. Dempsey earned his undergraduate degree from Duke and his law degree from Vanderbilt.
Keith C. Dennen Member Farris Bobango PLC 414 Union St., Suite 1105 Nashville 37219 615.726.1200 farrisbobango.com Dennen, who joined Farris Bobango in 2016, concentrates his practice in the areas of healthcare law, intellectual property law, corporate and transactional law and litigation. He has represented clients in a range of matters including in administrative, regulatory and compliance issues, corporate governance, contract disputes, patent infringement, and more. Since 1998, he has served as legal advisor on the executive board of the Nashville Medical Group Management Association. Dennen is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Dennen received his law degree from the University of Memphis.
Elise Denneny, MD, FACS President Tennessee Medical Association 701 Bradford Ave. Nashville 37204 615.385.2100 tnmed.org Denneny, a Knoxville-based otolaryngologist, serves as the 2019-20 president of the state’s largest advocacy organization for physicians. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and attended Rush Medical College, both in Chicago. Denneny completed her residency at the University of Illinois and fellowship at the University of Michigan. She is board certified in otolaryngology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Joshua Denny, MD, FACMI CEO All of Us Director, Center for Precision Medicine Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2525 West End Ave., Suite 1500 Nashville 37203 615.936.3208 vumc.org A professor of biomedical informatics and medicine and director of the Center for Precision Medicine, Denny explores applications of algorithms to accurately identify phenotypes from electronic health record data in an effort to discover genomephenome associations to better understand disease risk and drug response. In late 2019, he was selected by the National Institutes of Health to be CEO of the federal All of Us research program, a landmark study that aims to partner with 1 million participants to accelerate understanding, treatment and prevention of disease. He will relocate to Bethesda, Md., for his new role but will retain adjunct Vanderbilt faculty status.
Wayne DeVeydt CEO Surgery Partners 310 Seven Springs Way, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.234.5900 surgerypartners.com DeVeydt was appointed to his role in January 2018. Previously, he served as executive vice president and CFO of Anthem for nearly a decade, overseeing the financial operations associated with the company’s more than $82 billion in annual revenues. During his tenure with Anthem, he also held several other key leadership roles including chief strategy officer and chief of staff, providing him with broad financial and operational experience. Prior to Anthem, DeVeydt was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. DeVeydt serves on the board of NiSource, Inc.
Natalie Dickson, MD CMO Tennessee Oncology PLLC 4420 Harding Road, S&E Building, Suite 200 Nashville 37205 615.385.3751 tnoncology.com As chief medical officer for Tennessee Oncology, Dickson guides process improvement and safety initiatives supporting consistent clinical performance across 33 clinical sites. She is also responsible for compliance and regulatory affairs and maintains a cooperative working relationship with staff, physicians, hospitals and payers. As Tennessee Oncology participates in the Medicare Alternative Payment Model, the Oncology Care Model, she is focused on prioritizing quality initiatives, reducing unnecessary variation and analyzing and sharing performance metrics. Dickson has maintained an active HematologyOncology practice for the past 20 years with an interest in breast cancer. In addition, she serves as chair for OneOncology’s OneCouncil, the clinical committee of physician leaders from independent community practices that are part of the OneOncology network. Dickson completed a medical oncology fellowship at Georgetown University and a hematology fellowship at Vanderbilt University, where she also earned a Master of Management in Healthcare.
David M. Dill CEO LifePoint Health 330 Seven Springs Way Brentwood 37027 615.920.7000 lifepointhealth.net Dill, who joined LifePoint in 2007, has extensive healthcare experience. Prior to being named CEO in 2018, he served as LifePoint’s executive vice president and chief financial officer before serving in his most recent role as president and chief operating officer. Previously, Dill served as executive vice president of Fresenius Medical Care North America and as CEO in the East Division of Fresenius Medical Care Services. He also served as executive vice president, CFO and treasurer of Renal Care Group. He has served on various governing boards for the American Hospital Association and is currently a member of the board of trustees for the Murray State University Foundation and board of the Nashville Health Care Council. He was listed among Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for 2019.
Margaret Dolan President & CEO Launch Tennessee 211 Seventh Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37219 615.673.4419 launchtn.org In October 2018, Dolan was tapped to lead Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership fostering entrepreneurship with a significant emphasis on healthcare startups. A prominent civic and business leader, Dolan most recently was a principal with independent consulting firm Neil Strategies, LLC. Previously, she served as president and CEO of LocalShares, which was acquired by Worth Group, and of Saint Thomas Health Foundation. Prior to that, Dolan spent more than two decades with Ingram Industries after beginning her career at KPMG. A CPA, Dolan graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and earned an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. An active volunteer, she has donated her time and expertise to numerous corporate and nonprofit boards across Middle Tennessee.
Rebecca Donner Founder & Principal Inner Design Studio 7103 Bakers Bridge Ave., Suite 106 Brentwood 37027 615.321.0696 Innerdesignstudio.com Donner founded healthcare design services firm Inner Design Studio in 1993. For over 25 years, Donner and her team have designed more than 800 healthcare facilities across the country and abroad, including ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding emergency departments, diagnostic centers, occupational medical centers, hospitals, private practice physician groups and medical office plazas. She is known as one of the top designers in the field, taking notes from hospitality and other commercial sectors to create innovative and elegant designs. Donner earned a degree in interior design from the O’More School of Design.
Yvette Doran, FACMPE President & CEO Saint Thomas Medical Partners 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 saintthomasdoctors.com A healthcare executive with more than 20 years of experience, Doran was named to her role overseeing a multi-specialty physician group of nearly 600 physicians/practitioners and 100 locations in late 2017. Previously, she served as the organization’s chief operating officer. Prior to her work at Saint Thomas, she spent eight years with CHS as director of Physician Practice Management. Nationally, Doran served as chair for the 2017-2018 Medical Group Management Association Board of Directors and is on the local advisory board for Habitat for Humanity. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Jim Drumwright COO & Administrator TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center 2300 Patterson Street Nashville 37203 615.342.2201 tristarcentennial.com With more than 25 years of professional healthcare experience, Drumwright joined TriStar Centennial Medical Center in 2007. Previously, he served as chief nursing officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. Since joining TriStar Centennial, Drumwright has helped lead construction of the TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center, which opened in 2012. In addition to overseeing the cardiovascular program, he is involved with numerous community programs and served on the board of the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee for five years.
Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN Executive Chief Nursing Officer Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.322.0735 mc.vanderbilt.edu After earning her master’s degree at Vanderbilt, Dubree joined the academic medical center as a clinical staff specialist and faculty member in 1976. During her career, she has taken on increasingly challenging leadership roles and now has close to 6,000 nurses under her supervision. As executive CNO, she is responsible for the clinical and professional leadership for all nursing personnel with Vanderbilt University Medical Center hospitals and clinics. In addition to strategic planning, recruitment and nurse retention, Dubree also serves as senior associate dean for Clinical Practice at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is a Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow, a member of the American Heart Association Middle Tennessee Board, a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree, and a YWCA 2016 Academy for Women of Achievement inductee.
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E Jim Easter Founding Principal Easter Healthcare Consulting (Ehc) 518 Neilwood Drive Nashville 37205 615.424.3642 easterhealthcare.com Easter is an experienced healthcare planner and programmer with more than 2,000 healthcare master plans and functional programs to his credit. While he works across the healthcare spectrum, Easter has extensive experience in oncology and rural/CAH planning. Prior to launching his consulting firm in 2014, he was a senior vice president and principal with HFR Design (now Wold | HFR Design). He earned both his undergraduate architecture degree and Master of Architecture with Healthcare Emphasis from Virginia Tech. Actively involved in professional and civic engagement, Easter is a member of the AIA Academy of Architects for Health, past board chair of the American Academy of Medical Administrators, and current chair of the membership committee for the American College of Healthcare Executives of Middle Tennessee, among others.
Mitch Edgeworth CAO South TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com Edgeworth was appointed chief administrative officer of the southern area at HCA Healthcare TriStar Division in May 2019. In addition to oversight of Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia markets, Edgeworth works with leadership to expand the service footprint utilizing an integrated approach to network access, regional outreach, hospital operations and strategic planning. A veteran healthcare leader, he previously served as CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s adult hospital and clinics. Prior to joining VUMC, Edgeworth was with Quorum Health Resources where he served as regional vice president with oversight of operational performance for 12 hospitals located across multiple states. Edgeworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University, a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Duke. He is a 2014 Council Fellow.
Dawn Edwards VP, Private Wealth Management Synovus 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.271.2113 synovus.com Edwards is responsible for advising high net worth clients including many in the healthcare industry. In addition to consulting on deposit and loan needs, she and her team provide financial planning, estate and tax planning, and investment strategies. Before being named to her current position, she was an assistant vice president and bank manager with Bank of Nashville. A graduate of Clemson University with a degree in economics, she has more than 15 years of banking experience.
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Greg Eli Shareholder, Healthcare Practice Leader LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2225 lbmc.com Eli, a shareholder in the accounting and assurance practice, brings over 30 years of experience in public accounting and healthcare to his role as leader of LBMC’s healthcare practice. He is responsible for the firm’s strategic direction, development of solutions and service delivery to address the changing needs of the healthcare industry. A CPA, Eli is an active participant in the Leading Edge Alliance Healthcare Special Interest Group of 220 accounting firms worldwide and a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council. He has been recognized by multiple publications for his leadership in the field and as a key decisionmaker in the healthcare industry.
Dan Elrod Attorney Butler | Snow 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 1600 Nashville 37201 615.651.6702 butlersnow.com Elrod is a member of the firm’s Healthcare Regulatory and Transactions Practice and represents providers with certificate of need, licensing, certification and transactional matters. He also has represented domestic and foreign insurance companies with regard to Tennessee regulatory issues. Among his multiple honors, Elrod has routinely been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for healthcare, regulatory and insurance law and honored as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Administrative/Regulatory Law in 2013 and Government Relations Practice, most recently in 2019. He has also been recognized for his healthcare regulatory work by Chambers USA.
Eric Enderle President & CEO CareSpot Express 115 East Park Drive, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.600.4100 carespot.com Enderle joined CareSpot in September 2011 as chief operating officer and was named to the top leadership post in January 2016. He has helped shepherd the company from operating 32 locations in Florida to more than 57 locations in five states and cultivated joint venture relationships with five large hospital systems. Previously, he was a vice president at Renal Advantage and with Ardent Health Services. Prior to moving to Nashville, Enderle worked in healthcare investment banking.
Jane Englebright, PhD, RN, FAAN Senior VP & Chief Nurse Executive HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com A nationally recognized nursing leader, Englebright provides professional leadership for facility chief nursing officers and the approximately 94,000 registered nurses working across HCA Healthcare sites of care. She also leads HCA Healthcare’s CNO Council in advancing a nursing agenda for leader-
ship, operations and outcomes, and professional practice. Englebright joined HCA Healthcare in 1992 as a critical care nurse and took on increasing roles, becoming HCA Healthcare’s first chief nursing officer in 2007. She serves as the at-large nursing representative to the Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners. Englebright, who has served as an investigator on numerous research projects and is broadly published, also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP).
Carol Etherington, MSN, RN, FAAN Associate Professor of Nursing Emerita Vanderbilt University School of Nursing & Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health 2525 West End Ave., Suite 750 Nashville 37203 615.343.3270 vumc.org/global-health Etherington, a 2018 Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame inductee, is a nurse who has worked with traumatized populations in urban and rural areas around the globe. She established one of the first police-based counseling programs in the nation in Nashville and has worked throughout the U.S. during times of natural and man-made disasters. Etherington first served on an international emergency medical team in the aftermath of the Pol Pot genocide and completed four missions in war-torn Bosnia. Since 1996, she has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in numerous countries, spending six years on the organization’s U.S. board, including two years as president – the only nurse to ever do so. Since 2008, Etherington has worked with the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, teaching and mentoring interdisciplinary graduate students in community health, global health, disaster response and caring for victims of violence. She has carried out multiple projects related to refugees/immigrants, domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Etherington has won numerous awards, including the prestigious International Red Cross’ Florence Nightingale Medal.
F Cherae Farmer-Dixon, DDS Dean & Professor Meharry School of Dentistry 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6207 mmc.edu Appointed dean in 2013, Farmer-Dixon is a distinguished alumna of Meharry Medical College, graduating from the School of Dentistry in 1990 and the School of Graduate Studies and Research in 1994 where she received her master’s in public health. A faculty member at Meharry for more than 20 years, her research activities have dealt with oral health disparities, dental caries in low-income children, community outreach and intervention, and addressing minority dental school enrollment. Farmer-Dixon is a past board member of the American Association of Women Dentists, a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and a 2019 Council Fellow.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Gordon Ferguson, FACHE President & CEO Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital President Ascension Saint Thomas Regional Hospitals 1700 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro 37129 615.396.4100 sthealth.com Ferguson, who has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, has held the top spot at Saint Thomas Rutherford since 2006 and was named to his regional role in 2015. He joined the Murfreesborobased hospital in 1998 as senior vice president of support services and subsequently served as senior vice president of operations. In 2004, he was named COO. During his tenure, he has completed a master facility plan and overseen nearly $300 million in construction projects. He earned a master’s degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
J. Tod Fetherling CEO Perception Health 7105 South Springs Drive, Suite 208 Franklin 37067 615.861.1625 perceptionhealth.com
Fetherling founded Stratasan and served as chairman. Prior to that he was president and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council. He also held senior positions with HealthTeacher and Relegent. He earned his degree from the University of Tennessee and is the incoming president for TN HIMSS.
Robert Fish President & CEO Quorum Health 1573 Mallory Lane, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.221.1400 quorumhealth.com Fish has extensive experience in the healthcare industry, including leading operational and business transformations as chairman, president and CEO of several healthcare companies. Just prior to taking the helm at Quorum in May 2018, he served as interim CEO of Millennium Health, LLC. He currently serves as a board member of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation, a philanthropic organization. In connection with his role with St. Helena Hospital, he also serves on the Adventist Health regional finance committee. Fish is a director at LifeCare Health Services, a private long-term acute hospital company, and American Renal Associates, a public dialysis services company. He received his undergraduate degree in sociology from Whittier College, and an MPH in hospital administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Fetherling leads healthcare technology company Perception Health, which utilizes machine learning to solve complex hospital, health system and continuum of care issues to improve coordination of care and outcomes while reducing cost. Previously,
Mark Fisher COO TriStar Skyline Madison Campus 500 Hospital Drive Madison 37115 615.769.5000 tristarskylinemadison.com Fisher oversees operations at TriStar Skyline Madison Campus, a 121-bed behavioral health facility offering treatment for substance abuse and behavioral health issues among adults, seniors and adolescents. He served as the assistant administrator at TriStar Skyline Medical Center for 10 years before being named COO in October 2016. Fisher also oversees ethics and compliance for both TriStar Skyline and TriStar Skyline Madison and sits on HCA’s Ethics and Compliance Officer Advisory Committee.
David Fitzgerald Partner Petra Capital Partners 3825 Bedford Ave., Suite 101 Nashville 37215 615.313.5999 petracapital.com Fitzgerald has more than 20 years of experience managing private equity and venture capital partnerships investing in high growth companies primarily in healthcare. Prior to Petra, he was a general partner at Richland Ventures. Past experience also includes leading market development and acquisitions at diagnostic lab company InformDx. Fitzgerald has extensive executive experience and currently serves on the boards of Urgent Team, SUN Behavioral Health, Clinipace, and Alternative Behavior Strategies, among others. He received his degree from Washington & Lee University.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Stephen Flatt, PhD CEO National HealthCare Corp. 100 East Vine St. Murfreesboro 37130 615.890.2020 nhccare.com After joining NHC in 2005, Flatt became president at the beginning of 2009 and was named CEO and appointed an inside director to the board at the beginning of 2017. Over the last several years, NHC has grown to operate more than 140 facilities and programs in 10 states. For eight years prior to joining NHC, Flatt served as president of Lipscomb University and held a number of other leadership roles at his alma mater. A 2013 Council Fellow, Flatt is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council, The Community Foundation and Nashville Inner City Ministries.
Ben Fordham Executive VP, General Counsel & Assistant Secretary Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net Fordham, who was named to his current post in April 2017, originally joined CHS in 2007 as vice president and senior litigation counsel with 29 years of private practice experience in litigation, mergers and acquisitions, general business and health law. During his tenure with CHS, he has taken on increasing responsibilities and leadership roles. Fordham received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he was a scholarship football player. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt and was a Patrick Wilson Merit Scholar.
Patrick Forrest, MD CMO PhyMed Healthcare Group 110 29th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 855.331.4999 phymed.com Forrest, who also sits on the PhyMed Board of Directors, has clinical oversight of the anesthesia practice management firm’s operations and quality programs. A practicing physician with Anesthesia Medical Group since 1999, Forrest has held multiple administrative roles within the practice, which falls under the PhyMed umbrella. Previously, he was president of the AMG Board for six years and chief of anesthesiology at TriStar Centennial for two years. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama and completed his residency and fellowship at Emory.
Wes Fountain CFO TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com A 30-year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Fountain was named TriStar Health’s chief financial officer in August 2018 after serving as CFO with healthcare facilities in both Texas and Florida. Most recently, he served as the CFO at Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, Texas, the largest provider of healthcare in South and Central Texas with 28 facilities including nine acute care hospitals. Fountain earned his undergraduate degree in accounting
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from the University of West Florida and his MBA from Auburn University.
Paul Frankenberg Founder & Managing Partner FOCUS Search Partners 5501 Virginia Way, Suite 120 Brentwood 37027 615.432.0500 focussearchpartners.com Frankenberg founded FOCUS Search Partners in 2001 as a national healthcare executive recruitment firm. Since then, he has completed more than 600 corporate executive, senior management and board of director search assignments for healthcare clients. Modern Healthcare recently recognized Frankenberg for leading one of the “Top 25 Retained Healthcare Executive Search Firms in the USA.” Frankenberg, who is co-author of the book, Burn Your Resume, serves on the on the Owen Graduate School of Management Alumni Bboard and the Children’s Hospital Champions Board. He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Martin Franks Healthcare Leader, Tennessee Wold | HFR Design 214 Centerview Drive, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.370.8500 woldae.com hfrdesign.com Franks has over 12 years of experience in healthcare planning, design, and construction of multi-million dollar projects, acting in the past as a lead architect, senior project manager, and building information modeling (BIM) specialist. He prides himself on taking a hands-on approach with clients to design facilities that meet their goals. Through the use of technology, Franks aims to increase efficiencies in the design process and built environment. He currently serves as principal and account manager for several national healthcare contracts, ranging from small renovations to large replacement facilities.
David Frederiksen CEO & Founder PatientFocus 3011 Armory Drive, Suite 320 Nashville 37204 855.661.4384 patientfocus.com Since 2008, Frederiksen has been at the helm of PatientFocus, which concentrates on patient-pay collections after insurance and before bad debt. Previously, he served as COO of Insight Healthcare Financial and as co-founder and COO of Pine Creek Healthcare Capital. He is a founding board member of Leadership Health Care, founder and past president of the Vanderbilt Healthcare Alumni Association, and a 2014 Council Fellow. Frederiksen has been honored as a ‘Most Admired CEO’ and a “Health Care Hero.” He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Senator Bill Frist, MD Partner & Executives Council Chairman Cressey & Co. 2525 West End Ave., Suite 1250 Nashville 37203 615.369.8400 cresseyco.com Founder & Chairman NashvilleHealth 8 City Blvd., Suite 203 Nashville 37209 nashvillehealth.org The former U.S. Senate Majority Leader wears many hats in the healthcare ecosystem. He is chairman of the Executive Council for health service private equity firm Cressey & Co., helped launch Aspire Health and multiple other innovative healthcare companies, sits on numerous boards, mentors the next generation of healthcare clinicians and executives, and leads medical missions around the globe. In 2015, he founded and launched NashvilleHealth to address population health needs in his hometown. Frist also co-leads the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Initiative to prepare healthcare executives to lead the industry with creativity and innovation. During his 12-year tenure (1994-2007) in the U.S. Senate, Frist held seats on the Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, the renowned transplant surgeon, who founded the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center where he performed more than 150 heart and lung transplants, is also an adjunct professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt and a clinical professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College. He serves on the corporate boards of Select Medical, Teladoc, Aegis and MDSave, among others. Additionally, he is actively involved in a number of national public health efforts and serves on the board of directors for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation and Bipartisan Policy Center. Frist was inducted into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame in 2017.
Robert A. Frist, Jr. Chairman & CEO HealthStream 500 11th Ave. N., Suite 1000 Nashville 37203 615.301.3100 healthstream.com Frist, co-founder of HealthStream, has served as CEO and chairman since 1990. Over the last 29 years, he has steadily grown the company into a leading provider of workforce development, talent management and provider solutions within the healthcare industry through strategic partnerships and acquisitions. He is also a co-founder of Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center and serves as chair of the Nashville Health Care Council Board. Frist earned his business degree from Trinity University.
Thomas Frist III Chairman HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com Thomas Frist III became chairman of the HCA Healthcare board on April 26, 2019 and has served on its board of directors since 2006. Frist is the founder and managing principal of Frist Capital, LLC, a Nashville-based investment firm he founded in 2002 that makes long-term equity investments in public and private companies. He also serves on the board of Verisign Inc., a NYSE traded company
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 based in Reston, Va. Previously, Frist was a managing member of FS Partners II, LLC in New York and worked at Rainwater, Inc. He graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Business School.
G Tim Gary Of Counsel Dickinson Wright 424 Church St., Suite 800 Nashville 37219 615.780.1105 dickinson-wright.com CEO Crux Strategies 3100 West End Ave., Suite 225 Nashville 37203 615.742.4623 cruxstrategies.com Gary, a nationally recognized healthcare and governmental relations attorney with Dickinson Wright, called upon his legal and operational expertise as a former healthcare executive to launch the fullservice healthcare consulting group in conjunction with the law firm in 2015. Gary’s prior experience includes serving as assistant attorney general for the State of Tennessee, vice president and general counsel for Volunteer State Health Plan, senior vice president and COO of a national health and wellness company, chair of the healthcare practice for a regional law firm, and a past member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board. He earned his law degree from Samford University and his MBA from Vanderbilt.
Vic Gatto Co-Founder & CEO Jumpstart Foundry 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 211 Nashville 37206 615.478.2188 jsf.co Gatto has deep experience in the commingled worlds of venture capital and entrepreneurship. After co-founding and selling a venture-backed software company, he transitioned to the funding side and served as a partner in Massey Burch Capital Corp. and later at Solidus Company. Maintaining his passion for entrepreneurship, Gatto and co-founder Marcus Whitney created Jumpstart in 2009. After starting out as an incubator, Jumpstart segued into to a seed stage healthcare innovation fund and was later joined by Jumpstart Capital, which invests in the growth of proven, transformational healthcare companies. Gatto and Whitney also launched Health:Further, which advises health systems on strategic leveraging of innovation. He earned his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Gatto, who sits on a number of boards, is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Paul Gentuso, MD, FACP CMO Heritage Medical Associates 222 22nd Ave. N. Nashville 37203 615.255.2139 heritagemedical.com As chief medical officer, Gentuso works with physicians and administrators to help ensure the delivery of quality patient care across the 14 offices of one of Middle Tennessee’s largest, independent multispecialty physician practices. Before becoming CMO in 2010, Gentuso practiced internal medicine
at Heritage Medical Associates for six years. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, he completed his residency at Vanderbilt. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a certified physician executive.
Tina Gerardi, MS, RN Executive Director Tennessee Nurses Association 545 Mainstream Drive, Suite 405 Nashville 37228 615.254.0350 tnaonline.org Gerardi brings 30 years of experience as a healthcare practitioner, advocate and leader to her role with the TNA. Prior to assuming leadership for the state’s professional nursing organization on Jan. 1, 2018, Gerardi served as deputy director with the American Organization of Nurse Executives in Washington, D.C. During her 14-year tenure with the New York State Nurses Association, she served as deputy director and chief executive officer. Gerardi received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the State University of New York Plattsburgh and her master’s from SUNY Binghamton. Gerardi is a certified association executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives and holds a certificate in labor studies from Cornell.
Fred Goad Partner Voyent Partners LLC 112 Westwood Place, Suite 110 Brentwood 37027 615.373.1727 Goad co-founded the venture capital firm Voyent Partners in 2001 with Jim Kever. With more than 40 years of experience, Goad has an extensive resume in the management and funding of healthcare and information services. He previously founded and served as president and co-chief executive of Envoy Corporation with Kever. Following the sale of the electronic transaction processing services company for the healthcare industry to Quintiles in March 1999, Goad and Kever stayed on in leadership roles for Quintiles and then served as co-chief executive officers of the transaction services division of the WebMD. Goad currently sits on the board of Relevance Capital and SOC Telemed (formerly Specialists on Call), as well as several private companies. He is a founding member of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Joel Gordon Principal The Gordon Group 3102 West End Ave., Suite 650 Nashville 37203 615.385.3541 A leader in the healthcare services industry for more than 40 years, Gordon founded his private investment firm in 1996. Almost 30 years earlier, in 1969, he founded General Care Corp., helping pioneer today’s hospital management sector. Two years after General Care was acquired by HCA in 1980, he co-founded Surgical Care Affiliates, a developer of freestanding ambulatory surgery centers. When HealthSouth acquired SCA in 1996, Gordon stayed on as a HealthSouth director and later served as interim chairman, helping lay the foundation to turn around the company following the Richard Scrushy scandal. He is a member of Avondale Partners’ Advisory Board and a 2017 inductee in the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame.
Jill Grandas Corporate Executive Director DCI Donor Services, Inc. Executive Director Tennessee Donor Services 1600 Hayes St., Suite 300 Nashville 37203 615.678.1786 dcids.org Grandas, who has worked in the organ and tissue procurement industry for more than 30 years, is Tennessee’s leading advocate for organ and tissue donation. She leads DCI Donor Services (DCIDS), a Nashville-based nonprofit that oversees organ procurement in Tennessee, New Mexico and Northern California. She and her team of 400 save lives daily by working quickly and compassionately with both transplant hospitals and grieving families to match available organs with people in desperate need. In 2018, Grandas spearheaded the creation of the successful #BeTheGift campaign designed to raise public awareness of the need for more donors. A registered nurse, she began her career working in neurological intensive care. Grandas joined Tennessee Donor Services in 1997 and was named corporate executive director of DCIDS in 2005. A certified procurement transplant coordinator (CPTC), she has impacted both state and national policy through her work with the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.
F. Anthony Greco, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Co-founder Sarah Cannon Research Institute 250 25th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.986.4366 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com Greco co-founded Sarah Cannon Research Institute in 1993 along with John D. Hainsworth, MD, to create the first community-based clinical trial program outside of an academic setting. Greco received his undergraduate degree in 1968 and medical degree in 1972 from West Virginia University. He completed his internal medicine internship at the University of California, Los Angeles and residency at West Virginia University Medical Center. He then earned a fellowship in medical oncology from the National Cancer Institute and is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Dustin Greene, FACHE CEO TriStar Horizon Medical Center 111 Highway 70 East Dickson 37055 615.446.0446 tristarhorizon.com Greene has led TriStar Horizon Medical Center since December 2014. During this time, TriStar Horizon has expanded clinical capabilities through recruitment of key physicians, earned Level III trauma designation by the state of Tennessee, developed and opened a Level II Neonatal ICU, expanded interventional cardiology, developed an IP specialty consult platform using telemedicine, and opened a free-standing emergency department at the TriStar Natchez location, and opened a 12-bed unit dedicated to orthopedic joint replacement surgery. Greene’s 18 years with HCA most recently included serving as COO at TriStar Skyline Medical Center, and prior to that as COO at HCA’s Eastside Medical Center in Georgia. Greene earned his MBA from Belmont University, is a certified public accountant, and serves on four community boards.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Keith Gregg Chairman & CEO JRG Ventures 205 Powell Place Brentwood 37027 615.312.8233 jrgventures.com Gregg specializes in assisting entrepreneurs and executives implement growth strategies to accelerate ideas and monetize assets. He has over 28 years of operational and advisory experience in high growth life science, HIT, and educational environments. Prior to founding JRG, he held executive positions at several biotechnology, diagnostic and specialty pharmaceutical companies. Gregg received his master’s in finance and marketing from the University of Maryland, his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt. He holds a certificate in executive business strategy from The Wharton School and is a member of multiple health technology, life science and EdTech boards.
David Gregory, PharmD, BCPS, FACHE Dean Belmont University College of Pharmacy 1900 Belmont Blvd. Nashville 37212 615.460.6748 belmont.edu/pharmacy Gregory, who began his role in spring 2018, has oversight of the College of Pharmacy, which includes approximately 300 students and 29 faculty members. He succeeded the program’s founding dean Phil Johnston, PharmD, who was promoted to vice provost for academic affairs at Belmont. Gregory, a Nashville native, returned home after serving as associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Prior to his work at Ole Miss, he held a number of positions with increasing responsibility at Vanderbilt in pharmacy and hospital administration, including spending five years as VUMCs director of pharmacy for education, drug policy, research and clinical pharmacy services within the Department of Pharmaceutical Services. He currently serves as an accreditation surveyor for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and has won numerous accolades throughout his career. Gregory earned both his undergraduate and pharmacy degrees from the University of Mississippi.
Tonya Mitchem Grindon Shareholder, Chair of Business Development Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.7322 bakerdonelson.com Grindon chairs the firm’s Business Department and is a member of the board of directors. Her practice concentrates in securities and corporate finance, corporate governance and business transactions. She has represented major healthcare companies in a number of large business transactions, including representing Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE) in its IPO and follow-on offerings, representing a public pharmaceutical company in a secondary $10 million offering, and representing Amedisys (NASDAQ) with its $550 million credit facility and refinancing. Grindon serves as outside SEC counsel to several other public healthcare companies, including Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE), an operator of general acute hospitals, and Cumberland Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ), a specialty pharmaceutical company. She is regularly included among national listings such as Chambers
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USA and Best Lawyers and was named among the ‘Top USA Women Dealmakers” by Global M&A Network in 2019.
David C. Guth Jr. CEO Centerstone 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org Guth is CEO and co-founder of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit behavioral healthcare providers. Headquartered in Nashville, the organization serves nearly 180,000 individuals annually in communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee and includes a national network of healthcare professionals. With more than 40 years of behavioral health experience, his expertise includes a range of both business and clinical issues with a focus on strategic growth, tactical execution and operational oversight. Guth received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and a master’s in social work from the University of Tennessee.
Bobby Guy Shareholder Polsinelli 401 Commerce St., Suite 900 Nashville 37219 615.259.1511 polsinelli.com The large firm’s Nashville office focuses on healthcare, with a cross-disciplined practice in transactions, securities, compliance and finance. Guy is a healthcare deal lawyer, and in 2016 and 2017, he led the two largest skilled nursing spinoffs in the country each year. In the post-acute and behavioral space, his team has bought and sold more than 500 healthcare facilities in the last three years. A frequent national speaker and author on healthcare-related topics, he is the chair of the Healthcare Dealmakers Conference in Dallas each year, and the host of The 10 Minute HealthBizCast podcast. Guy has been routinely recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and others. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt.
H Brian Haile CEO Neighborhood Health 2711 Foster Ave. Nashville 37210 615.227.3000 neighborhoodhealthtn.org Haile was tapped to lead the network of community health centers in 2018 after long-time CEO Mary Bufwack announced her retirement. Previously, he served as deputy chief operating officer for the Division of TennCare where he worked with federal officials and advised on technical development of InsureTN, designed and led implementation of newborn and hospital presumptive eligibility programs, among other projects. He also previously served as senior vice president for healthcare policy at Jackson Hewitt and as executive director of the Insurance Exchange Planning Initiative for the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s in health economics from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkley, and his law degree from Georgetown where he was a Public Interest Law Scholar.
Claire Cowart Haltom Shareholder Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.7322 bakerdonelson.com A shareholder in the Baker Donelson’s Health Law department, Haltom has spent over a decade advising healthcare companies on complex business transactions and public policy matters. She is an active leader in the Nashville healthcare community. She recently served on the board of directors of the Nashville Health Care Council and is a past board chair for Leadership Health Care. Haltom previously served as chairman of the Academic Medical Centers Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association and on the leadership team of the Nashville Council of Health Care Attorneys. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and sits on the boards of Faith Family Medical Center and Centerstone Military Services.
Erika P. Hamilton, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Director, Breast Cancer & Gynecologic Cancer Research Program Sarah Cannon Research Institute 250 25th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.986.4366 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com Hamilton joined Sarah Cannon in 2013 and is director of the breast and gynecologic cancer research program for Sarah Cannon. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and completed her medical degree and residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Hamilton received her fellowship training in hematology and oncology from Duke University. She is board certified in internal medicine and oncology. Her practice focuses on women with breast and gynecologic malignancies receiving standard therapies, as well as caring for patients on clinical trials including both late and early drug development.
Kevin Hamilton, MD, FACOG CMO TriStar Summit Medical Center 5655 Frist Blvd. Hermitage 37076 615.316.3000 tristarsummit.com Hamilton, who was named TriStar Summit’s first chief medical officer in November 2017, has been on the medical staff for more than 20 years. As CMO, he focuses on hospital quality initiatives, facilitating medical staff services and promoting physician relations. In addition to maintaining a private OB/ GYN practice, Hamilton previously held physician leadership roles at TriStar Summit including serving as medical staff president and as a Board of Trustee member. Hamilton earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed residency at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.
INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2020 Charlie Hannon Executive VP, Healthcare Banking Group/Healthcare Sponsor Finance First Horizon Bank 211 Franklin Road, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 629.208.2039 firsthorizon.com Hannon, who has 30 years of financial services experience, has led the corporate healthcare banking group for nearly a decade. Previously, he was senior vice president and manager of corporate banking group offices in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Louisville. Prior to joining First Horizon in 2004, Hannon was senior vice president and manager of commercial banking for AmSouth (now Regions) for the Central Alabama region. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alabama and holds the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation. An active volunteer, he serves on the board of the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Nashville Chamber’s Partnership 2020 Economic Development Committee, and is a 2016 Leadership Nashville graduate..
Jay Hardcastle Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2386 bradley.com Hardcastle has a national reputation in healthcare law and advises surgery centers, hospitals, hospices, home health agencies, long-term care providers, imaging centers, cancer centers and other participants in the industry with regards to mergers and acquisitions, alternative payment arrangements, joint venture formation, regulatory issues, and general corporate matters. Hardcastle serves on Bradley’s Board of Directors and is the immediate past chair of the Healthcare Practice Group. He’s also a past chairman of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section and of the Nashville Bar Association Health Law Committee. Hardcastle is also a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council. His work in healthcare, M&A and corporate law has been repeatedly recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.
Chelsia Harris, DNP, MSN, RN Executive Director Lipscomb University School of Nursing One University Park Drive Nashville 37204 615.966.6650 lipscomb.edu/nursing Harris joined Lipscomb University as the associate director of nursing for degree development in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 2017 and was named executive director of the School of Nursing in June 2019. Prior to joining the faculty at Lipscomb, Harris taught for eight years as an associate professor of nursing at College of the Ozarks in Missouri. Her clinical experience includes practice in medical-surgical acute care, outpatient cardiology, preventive health, primary family practice, and occupational and home health. Harris earned her undergraduate nursing degree from Arkansas Tech University, her master’s as a family nurse practitioner from Vanderbilt, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Matthew Harrison Senior VP, Team Lead, Private Client Relationship Manager First Horizon Bank 2214 Elliston Place, Suite 304 Nashville 37203 615.514.6055 firsthorizon.com/medical Harrison has worked in the financial services industry since 2004. He works with physicians, practices and other medical and dental-related businesses to meet financial goals through lending, cash management and wealth management. Harrison, who earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from Mississippi State University, is a Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC). He is a director for the ALS Association Tennessee Chapter and an ambassador for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Tammy Hawes CEO & Founder Virsys12 278 Franklin Road, Suite 350 Brentwood 37027 615.800.6768 virsys12.com Hawes is CEO and founder of Virsys12, a rapidly growing Salesforce Gold Consulting Partner focused on healthcare innovation nationwide. She launched the company in 2011. Previously, she worked in varying roles for HCA, Theraphysics and Behavioral Healthcare (now Ardent). Hawes also held chief information officer and chief technology officer positions for organizations including Central Parking and Paradigm Health. Bringing her business, technology and healthcare background to Virsys12 has led to multiple accolades for the company and Hawes including winning the 2018 Nashville Technology Council Award for “Team of the Year” and being recognized in 2019 as “Enterprising Woman of the Year” by Women Enterprising Magazine. Hawes, who received a degree in computer science from East Tennessee State University, is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Samuel N. Hazen CEO HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com Hazen serves as CEO of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services with 184 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers and physician clinics in 21 states and the United Kingdom. A 36-year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Hazen was appointed to his current post on Jan. 1, 2019 after serving as president and COO since 2016. Hazen has served in various senior positions for HCA Healthcare, including president of operations from 2011-2015. Hazen has also served as president of HCA Healthcare’s Western Group, which included all operations west of the Mississippi River and represented approximately one-half of the company’s revenue. He is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council, Federation of American Hospitals and the HCA Foundation. Hazen was listed on Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for 2019. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and his MBA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Robert Henry President & CEO Pierian Biosciences 405 Duke Drive, Suite 240 Franklin 37067 615.567.0200 pierianbio.com Henry joined Pierian Biosciences (formerly DiaTech Oncology) in 2013 to take the advanced diagnostic company to the next level as a thought leader and significant player in the precision oncology care market. He has more than 30 years of healthcare management experience in developing, implementing and evaluating opportunities in managed care. Previously, he was senior vice president of development at Symbion, president and CEO of American Endoscopy Services and COO of Physician Alliances. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
J.D. Hickey, MD President & CEO BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee 1 Cameron Hill Circle Chattanooga 37402 423.535.5600 bcbst.com Hickey was tapped to lead the state’s largest insurer in September 2015. Previously, he served as BlueCross executive vice president and COO. During his career, Hickey has drawn on his training as a physician and attorney while serving in executive leadership roles in healthcare. Before joining BlueCross, he led strategic healthcare consulting and management teams as a principal with McKinsey & Company. Prior to that, he served on Gov. Phil Bredesen’s cabinet as director of the TennCare Bureau. He has also held executive positions with HCA and Qualifacts. Hickey earned his medical and law degrees from Duke University. He sits on the board for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the National Institute of Health Care Management.
John S. Hicks Shareholder Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.7337 bakerdonelson.com The former chair of Baker Donelson’s Health Law and Medical Professional Litigation Groups, Hicks has represented health providers in various business litigation, as well as having represented officers and directors in healthcare and other businesses in shareholder litigation. He previously served as a member of the firm’s board of directors and acts as ethics counsel and general counsel for the firm. Hicks is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and has won numerous regional and national accolades. His work has been recognized nationally, and Hicks has regularly appeared on prestigious rosters including Best Lawyers and Chambers USA.
James E.K. Hildreth, PhD, MD President & CEO Meharry Medical College 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6904 mmc.edu Hildreth, an internationally-renowned HIV/AIDS researcher, has served as Meharry’s 12th president and CEO since 2015. As the leader of one of the
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nation’s oldest historically black academic health science centers, Hildreth is committed to ensuring the college produces the finest physicians, dentists, scientists, researchers and public health professionals – many of whom go on to serve the underserved. In 2018, Hildreth spearheaded several initiatives that changed the course of the college and city for the better. Specifically, he launched Meharry’s Data Science Institute; forged historic partnerships with HCA Healthcare and the U.S. Army; and established a Stakeholder Work Group to rethink, transform and elevate healthcare delivery in Nashville. Hildreth also serves as chair of Nashville’s ‘End the Epidemic Task Force’ to end the HIV epidemic in Nashville/Davidson County.
Brent Hill Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8602 wallerlaw.com Recognized by clients and colleagues as a skilled negotiator, problem solver, and closer, Hill has served as counsel on acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures to a range of providers in physician services, behavioral health, outpatient services, and home health. Over the past few years, Hill’s practice has increasingly concentrated on the representation of hospital-based physician specialty practices in sales to investor-owned healthcare companies. To enhance outcomes and protect client interests, Hill focuses on the determination and equitable allocation of risk between buyer and seller while navigating the regulatory issues that complicate healthcare transactions. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his experience in corporate and healthcare law and by Chambers USA for his experience in healthcare law in Tennessee.
Mike Hill Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.6249 bassberry.com Hill has spent his nearly 30-year career assisting healthcare clients to meet objectives within the confines of a heavily regulated industry by advising on matters including corporate, transactional and operational issues. His client base includes health systems, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health providers, large physician practices and other medical providers. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Hill previously was a shareholder and healthcare leader for Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner. He is a past member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board and a 2013 Council Fellow.
Tim Hingtgen President & COO Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net Hingtgen oversees the organization’s operating divisions and strategic growth initiatives. He joined CHS in 2008 as a vice president of Operations, was promoted to president of Division IV Operations in 2014, and was then promoted to his current role in 2016. Previously, Hingtgen served as COO or CEO of several hospital facilities. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his MBA from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Laura Hobson President & CEO Faith Family Medical Center 326 21st Ave. N. Nashville 37203 615.341.0808 faithmedical.org After earning a degree from Vanderbilt and having been a licensed real estate agent for several years, Hobson made a mid-career change and earned a master’s degree from the UT College of Social Work in 2007. The following year she was tapped to lead Faith Family, which provides primary care to the uninsured and underinsured. Additionally, Hobson provides pet therapy to the elderly.
Christopher Holden President & CEO Envision Healthcare 1A Burton Hills Blvd. Nashville 37215 615.665.1283 evhc.net Holden was named to his current role in December 2016, following the merger of Envision Healthcare with AMSURG, Previously, the healthcare industry veteran served as director, president and CEO of AMSURG from 2007-2016. Before joining AMSURG, Holden was a senior vice president and division president for Triad Hospitals, which he helped found in May 1999. Prior to that, Holden held several officer positions with Columbia/HCA. He holds both a law degree and master’s degree in healthcare administration from Washington University in St. Louis. Holden is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council and is a director for Envision Healthcare. He was listed on Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for 2019.
Russell “Rusty” Holman, MD CMO LifePoint Health 330 Seven Springs Way Brentwood 37027 615.920.7000 lifepointhealth.net Holman leads LifePoint’s initiatives to advance quality, patient safety and clinical effectiveness across the company’s hospitals, clinics and communities nationwide. In 2018, as a result of his leadership, the company was awarded a John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award. Prior to joining LifePoint, Holman served as chief clinical officer for Cogent HMG (now Sound Physicians). He also served as medical director of hospital services for HealthPartners Medical Group & Clinics in Bloomington, Minn., where he created one of the nation’s first postgraduate fellowship programs in Hospital Medicine. He is a past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, which in 2011 appointed him one of only 10 Masters of Hospital Medicine in the nation. Holman is a 2015 Council Fellow.
Steve Holman CFO Centerstone 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org Holman, who joined Centerstone in 2013, has financial oversight of one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral healthcare. He has more than 25 years of senior financial experience in the healthcare and insurance industries. Previously, Holman served as CFO for Precedent Health, worked at Heritage Health Systems/Universal American Corp. where nashvillemedicalnews.com
he was CFO for the Medicare Advantage HMO division with operations in several states. He also has held executive management positions in finance at Lakeside Community Health, FHP International Corporation and Deloitte & Touche. He earned his accounting degree from the University of Southern California.
Dana Holmes CEO & Managing Member 2nd Generation Capital, LLC 618 Church St., Suite 430 Nashville 37219 615.846.7650 2ndgeneration.com Holmes leads the investment banking and advisory services firm, which is an affiliate of KraftCPAs. He joined 2ndG in 2006 after serving as a founding principal of Phoenix Partners, LLC. He has extensive M&A experience, as well as expertise in strategic consulting, private placement of equity and debt instruments, work-outs and turnarounds. Holmes has extensive experience working with physician practices. He has also served on several healthcare and technology company boards. Holmes received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and MBA from Florida State.
David Hout, PhD President & COO Insight Genetics 2 International Plaza Drive, Suite 510 Nashville 37217 615.255.8880 insightgenetics.com
leadership responsibilities in 2019 after serving for the last several years as vice president of research and development. Hout has been committed to advancing the development, validation and performance of both qPCR and Next Generation sequencing clinical assays for precision cancer care. A licensed laboratory supervisor in the state of Tennessee with extensive experience with CLIA and CAP guidelines and compliance, Hout has more than 15 years of experience in assay development and design. He received his doctorate in molecular virology at Vanderbilt University, where he also trained as a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry.
Hayley Hovious President Nashville Health Care Council 211 Commerce St., Suite 100 Nashville 37201 615.743.3140 healthcarecouncil.com Since 2015, Hovious has served as president of the Nashville Health Care Council, a premier association of healthcare industry leaders inspiring global collaborations to improve healthcare by serving as a catalyst for leadership and innovation. Previously, she served as director of the Council Fellows initiative. Prior to joining the Council in 2014, Hovious served as trade director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Hovious earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College and her MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Angela Humphreys Member & Chair of Healthcare Practice Group Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.7852 bassberry.com As chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group, Humphreys leads the firm’s national Healthcare Practice and co-chairs the firm’s Healthcare Private Equity Team. She represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies, publicly traded companies and nonprofit organizations in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and regulatory and compliance matters across multiple industry sectors, including hospitals and health systems, health plans, surgery centers, behavioral health, laboratories, home health and physician practice management. During her career, Humphreys has served as counsel on transactions valued in excess of $75 billion. She serves as chair of the Health Care M&A Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section. She also sits on the board of directors of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, the Tennessee chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and a 2014 Council Fellow.
J Grant Jackson Managing General Partner Council Capital 30 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 576 Nashville 37215 615.255.3707 councilcapital.com Jackson, who joined Council Capital in 2009, has been involved in all aspects of private equity investing since 2001, focused entirely in the healthcare services and healthcare IT sectors. His venture capital investment background includes board-level experience and involvement in all stages of the portfolio company life cycle. Before joining Council, Jackson led healthcare services and healthcare IT investing efforts for The Aurora Funds in Durham, N.C. Jackson sits on a number of boards for Council portfolio companies including emids, EspriGas and Experience Wellness. Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Florida State and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a 2013 Council Fellow.
Tom Jackson CFO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com Jackson began his role as the chief financial officer in July 2019. Previously, he served as market CFO with HCA Healthcare’s Parkridge Health System in Chattanooga for six years. He has nearly 20 years of financial management experience and started his career as a senior auditor for Ernst & Young LLP. A CPA, he earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Lipscomb University and his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
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Madan Jagasia, MBBS CMO Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 3927 The Vanderbilt Clinic Nashville 37232 615.343.5374 vicc.org Jagasia, who specializes in stem cell transplant for hematological malignancies, was named chief medical officer of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in 2018. Jagasia joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2001 and has held a number of leadership posts including serving as co-leader of the VICC Translational Research and Interventional Oncology program, heading up the bone marrow transplant team and establishing the long term transplant clinic. Jagasia focuses on translational clinical research with a focus on graft-versus-host disease. He earned his medical degree from King Edward Memorial Hospital-College in Mumbai, India followed by internship at Nassau County Medical Center and residency at the University of Tennessee, Methodist Hospital. Jagasia relocated to Nashville for a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Vanderbilt and later completed both a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Master of Management in Health Care at Vanderbilt.
Shubhada Jagasia, MD Professor of Medicine & Chief of Staff Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Clinics 1161 21st Ave. S., D3100B MCN Nashville 37232 615.936.2104 medschool.vanderbilt.edu Jagasia was recruited to VUMC in 2001 and has served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility. In addition to serving as vice chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine, she was the medical director of three Vanderbilt endocrinology clinics, in addition to serving as the inpatient medical director in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. Jagasia has been responsible for numerous advancements in diabetes care at VUMC. She received medical degree from King Edward Memorial Hospital -College in Mumbai, India. After residency training at the University of Tennessee Baptist Hospital, she completed fellowship training in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and postdoctoral fellowship training in the Department of Biochemistry at St. Jude’s Research Hospital. She also earned a Master of Management in Health Care from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.
Greg James, MD Chief Clinical Officer Ascension Saint Thomas 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 sthealth.com James joined Saint Thomas Health in February 2016. Previously, he spent more than 20 years with St. Vincent’s Health System in Birmingham, which is also part of Ascension. At St. Vincent’s, James served on numerous committees and was named chief medical officer in 2010. The neurologist graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and did his internship in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee Hospital. He completed his residency in neurology, serving as chief resident, at the University of Alabama Hospitals. He also holds an MBA from Auburn.
Yolanda James Director of Fellows Director of Content Strategy Nashville Health Care Council – Council Fellows 211 Commerce St., Suite 100 Nashville 37201 615.743.3144 healthcarecouncil.com In addition to managing the Fellows initiative, James plays a key role in the Council’s strategy development and works with staff in program planning, addressing subject content and speaker selection. Before joining the Council, James was the director of public relations and strategy for Tennessee Hospital Association. She also provided oversight of THA’s Agenda 21, an internship program for minority students. She has nearly 20 years of experience in public relations, social marketing and grassroots advocacy. James holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in women’s studies from Miami of Ohio University.
Jim Jenkins Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.6236
bassberry.com Jenkins, who joined Bass, Berry & Sims in 1994, is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and served as chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group until 2015. He works with clients providing counsel on mergers and acquisitions, public equity and debt offerings, private placements of securities and strategic relationships. He has led hundreds of healthcare transactions for hospitals, managed care plans, physician group practices and surgery centers, including AMSURG Corp.’s $15 billion merger with Envision Healthcare. Jenkins also provides counsel on operational matters including corporate governance. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Melissa Johnson, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Associate Director, Lung Cancer Research Sarah Cannon Research Institute 250 25th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.986.4366 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com Johnson’s work supports the growth of the phase 2/3 Lung Program clinical trial portfolio, while also furthering the development of early phase compounds for thoracic malignancies in the Drug Development Unit. Prior to joining Sarah Cannon, Johnson was on faculty at Northwestern University and Feinberg School of Medicine, where she was a founding member of the Northwestern Medical Developmental Therapeutics Institute. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, she did her fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she served one year as chief fellow. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Michele Johnson Executive Director Tennessee Justice Center 211 Seventh Ave. N., Suite 100 Nashville 37219 615.255.0331 tnjustice.org In 1996, Johnson joined Gordon Bonnyman to launch the Tennessee Justice Center, a nonprofit law firm providing services to low-income clients, particularly those struggling to find access to healthcare. At the beginning of 2014, Johnson succeeded Bonnyman as executive director of TJC. The focus of her nationally recognized legal work has been children with special healthcare needs. Prior to founding TJC, she worked with low-income families to help them obtain needed medical care through the Lynhurst Foundation. Johnson, who graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law, sits on the board of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Saint Thomas Mission and Advocacy Committee. Johnson is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and was recognized by Tennessee Voices for Children with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy.
Patrick Johnson Senior VP, Institutional Advancement Meharry School of Medicine 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6061 mmc.edu Johnson, who joined Meharry’s leadership in 2016, is instrumental to the growth and advancement of Meharry, one of the nation’s oldest historically black academic health science centers. In his role, Johnson provides strategic counsel to Meharry President Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, leads the school’s government relations efforts at the federal level, and guides philanthropic partnerships, community outreach initiatives, and infrastructure improvements and expansions at Meharry. Most recently, Johnson oversaw communications with city leaders, which led to the creation of a Stakeholder Work Group to rethink, transform and elevate healthcare delivery in Nashville.
Ed Jones President & CEO HealthTrust 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 1100 Nashville 37203 615.344.3000 healthtrustpg.com Jones, who has more than 30 years of healthcare experience, oversees all outsourced and consulting supply chain solutions and manages the overall financial and operational functions of HealthTrust, a $30 billion global group purchasing organization serving 1,500 hospitals and health systems and more than 31,000 other locations including ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and longterm care sites. Previously, Jones served as COO for HealthTrust and as a supply chain vice president for HCA. Jones is a founding board member of the Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium and has served as chair of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association Board of Directors. He is a 2015 Council Fellow.
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Pam Jones, DNP, RN, FAAN Senior Associate Dean
for Clinical and Community Partnerships & Associate Professor Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 461 21st Ave. S., GH 215 Nashville 37240 615.341.1561 nursing.vanderbilt.edu Jones directs the Vanderbilt School of Nursing faculty practices division, which provides nurse-led community and medical center-based care in more than 10 locations around Middle Tennessee. In that role, she also manages VUSN’s partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center regarding advanced practice and nurse-led clinics. Jones has more than 30 years of progressive leadership experience with academic, faith-based and forprofit health systems, as well as entrepreneurial and community programs for vulnerable populations. An expert on advanced practice provider innovation, business planning, leadership, and empowerment, she recently received a $2.1 million federal grant to create a nurse practitioner residency program for rural and underserved areas.
Suzanne Jones, PharmD Senior Director, Scientific Director, Strategic Development Sarah Cannon Research Institute 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com Jones joined Sarah Cannon in 1998. Her responsibilities over the management of the institute’s scientific portfolio include the oversight of novel agents, trial opportunities, publications and presentations, as well as pharmaceutical and biotech relationships. She received both her undergrad and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her residency and fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Audie L. Murphy Veteran’s Hospital and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Previously, Jones served as director, Investigational Drug Section at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio and as a senior clinical research scientist in Oncology Clinical Research at Glaxo.
Tim Jones, MD CMO Tennessee Department of Health 710 James Robertson Parkway Andrew Johnson Tower, Fifth Floor Nashville 37243 615.741.3111 tn.gov/health An internationally renowned epidemiologist, Jones first came to the Tennessee Department of Health in 1997 as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemic Intelligence Service assignee. Following his assignment, he stayed on with TDH and was named state epidemiologist and director of the TDH Communicable Environmental Disease and Emergency Preparedness division in 2007. He was promoted to assistant commissioner in 2012 and named chief medical officer in late 2019. As CMO, Jones will serve as an advisor to the commissioner on matters of health policy and assist in setting priorities for the department. Jones, who has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, has received multiple accolades over his
career and often serves as a subject matter expert at a national and international level. Jones received his medical degree from Stanford and completed postgraduate training in family medicine and maternal and child health.
K Paul Kappelman, FACHE Executive VP & COO Ardent Health Services One Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 250 Nashville 37215 615.296.3000 ardenthealth.com Kappelman joined Ardent in March 2017 following the Nashville company’s purchase of Texas-based LHP Hospital Group. Kappelman had served as president of hospital operations for LHP since 2010 before being named interim CEO prior to the acquisition. Earlier experience included the CEO role at two Arizona hospitals. He earned his undergraduate degree and master’s in healthcare administration from Tulane.
Seth Karp, MD, FACS Professor & Chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences, Surgeon-in-Chief, Vanderbilt University Hospital, & Director, Vanderbilt Transplant Center Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1161 21st Ave. S., D-4313 MCN Nashville 37232 615.343.2735 vumc.org/surgical-sciences Karp joined VUMC in 2011 as director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center and was appointed chair of the Department of Surgery in 2015. Three years later, he was named surgeon-in-chief of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the sixth chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences in its nearly 100-year history. Active in transplantation, Karp has held leadership positions in the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, including chairing the Organizing Committee for the American Transplant Congress. Karp also maintains an active basic research lab and has lectured around the world. He earned an undergraduate degree in physics and astrophysics, followed by a master’s in astrophysics from Harvard. Karp then earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School as part of a combined program between Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
A.J. Kazimi Chairman & CEO Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2525 West End Ave., Suite 950 Nashville 37203 615.255.0068 cumberlandpharma.com In 1999, Kazimi founded Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, a specialty company that develops and acquires select pharmaceutical products to address poorly met medical needs. Kazimi has more than 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including an 11-year stint as president and COO of Therapeutic Antibodies Inc., where he oversaw operations in three countries while steering the company through its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. He then started Cumberland and took it public on NASDAQ. Kazimi
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 is also chair and CEO of Cumberland Emerging Technologies (CET), a biopharmaceutical accelerator program to identify and advance innovative product candidates from the lab to the marketplace. He earned his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame and his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Kazimi serves on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Jordan Katzman & Alex Fenkell Co-founders SmileDirectClub 150 Fourth Ave. N. Nashville 37219 800.688.4010 smiledirectclub.com Katzman and Fenkell (pictured L-R) co-founded Nashville-headquartered SmileDirectClub in an effort to “democratize orthodontics.” Founded in 2014, SmileDirectClub now represents 95 percent of the doctor-directed, at-home clear aligner industry. The entrepreneurs have been incubating companies with Camelot Venture Group since age 17. David Katzman, who is the founder and managing partner of Camelot Venture Group, serves as CEO and chairman of SmileDirectClub. The company went public in September 2019.
Paul H. Keckley, PhD Independent Healthcare Strategic Advisor & Managing Editor The Keckley Report 615.351.0265 paulkeckley.com Keckley is a widely known healthcare researcher and policy analyst. He authors the weekly Keckley Report and is a frequent speaker and advisor to healthcare organizations. The industry expert has published three books and more than 250 articles on healthcare. Previously, he served as managing director of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis. He has also served as executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, held executive leadership positions at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was CEO of PhyCor Management Corporation, and managing partner of The Keckley Group, a healthcare research and policy analysis firm he ran for two decades. Keckley completed his undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University, his master’s and doctorate at Ohio State, and a fellowship in economic policy at Oxford University.
Tom Kendrot CEO Shearwater Health 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 400 Nashville 37215 615.921.9510 swhealth.com Kendrot oversees all operations including delivery of services from the company’s operations centers in the Philippines and healthcare recruitment services to the U.S. He has overall financial responsibility for Shearwater including P&L management and accounting/finance. Kendrot has more than 20 years of experience in the business services sector with a focus on outsourcing and consulting business. He previously served as head of Corporate Development/Mergers & Acquisitions at Bearing Point, a 17,000-employee, global consulting firm. Additional experience includes portfolio manager roles at JP Morgan Investment Management, Pequot Capital, and Minot Capital. He earned an accounting degree from Providence College.
Andrew Kennedy, MD, FACRO Physician-in-Chief, Radiation Oncology & Director, Radiation Oncology Research Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com Kennedy, who joined Sarah Cannon in 2012, is responsible for strategic development of radiation oncology services for the HCA Enterprise and development of radiation oncology research within Sarah Cannon Research Institute. Kennedy is a graduate of the Loma Linda School of Medicine in California and completed residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an internationally renowned radiation oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal cancers, as well as cancers of the breast and lung. Nationally, he served as a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology Board of Chancellors and is a Fellow of the organization.
Cindy Kent Executive VP & President of Senior Living Brookdale Senior Living 111 Westwood Place Brentwood 37027 615.221.2250 brookdale.com Kent joined Brookdale in January 2020 as executive vice president and president of Senior Living. She previously served as president and general manager of the 3M Infection Prevention Division from 2016 to 2018 and as president and general manager of 3M’s Drug Delivery Systems Division from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that, Kent held senior leadership roles at Medtronic. She earned an MBA in marketing and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. Kent also holds an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern University, earned certification in Strategic Finance from the Harvard Business School and is Six Sigma green belt trained.
Jim Kever Partner Voyent Partners LLC 112 Westwood Place, Suite 110 Brentwood 37027 615.373.1727 Kever co-founded the venture capital firm Voyent Partners in 2001 with Fred Goad and is also on the board and a general partner in Relevance Capital. Prior to launching the private investment company, Kever spent 18 years in the leadership of Envoy Corporation, which provided electronic transaction processing services for the healthcare industry. He joined the company in 1981 as treasurer and general counsel and served as president and co-chief executive with Goad by the time Envoy sold to Quintiles in March 1999. He also served in the executive leadership of Quintiles and WebMD prior to launching Voyent. He currently serves as board chair for Concert Genetics, on the advisory board for Nashville Capital Network and on the board of Luminex. A certified public accountant, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas and his law degree from Vanderbilt.
Matt King Managing Partner FCA Venture Partners 110 Winners Circle, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.326.4848 fcavp.com As managing partner of Clayton Associate’s FCA Venture Partners, King oversees the fund’s investment process including identifying potential investments, due diligence, investment structuring, syndicate leadership, portfolio management and dispositions. FCA has a long history of investing in successful healthcare entrepreneurs. King has more than 35 years of business experience, the last 17 of which have been focused exclusively in the venture capital industry. He has participated in over 55 venture capital and private equity investments since 1992 and currently serves on the board of directors for MediQuire and Clinical Ink among others. King previously served as vice president of SunTrust Bank and its predecessor Third National Bank.
Thomas Klaritch, FHFMA Executive VP, Chief Development & Operating Officer HealthPeak Properties Inc. 3000 Meridian Blvd., Suite 200 Franklin 37067 615.324.6900 Healthpeak.com Klaritch leads HealthPeak’s medical office segment and is responsible for development and redevelopment projects. He served as executive vice president of medical office properties from 2008 to 2017 and as senior vice president from 2003 to 2008. Prior to joining HealthPeak, Klaritch was a founding member and CFO of MedCap Properties LLC. He has over 36 years of operational and financial management experience in the medical office and hospital sectors and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
David Klements President & CEO Qualifacts Systems, Inc. 315 Deaderick St., Suite 2300 Nashville 37238 866.386.6755 qualifacts.com In 2006, Klements took the helm of Qualifacts, now the largest provider of Software-as-a-Service and web-based electronic health records for the behavioral health and human services market. Previously, he held a number of leadership positions with various early-stage technology concerns and was vice president with SunGard Availability Services and general manager of Inflow. Klements is a past recipient of the NEXT Entrepreneur of the Year (2011) award and sits on the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Board.
Stacey Garrett Koju Founding Member & Board Chair Bone McAllester Norton PLLC 511 Union St., Suite 1600 Nashville 37219 615.238.6350 bonelaw.com Koju is a founding member of Bone McAllester Norton and serves as chair of the firm’s board of directors. She concentrates her practice in the areas of higher education, healthcare, corporate transactions, immigration and government affairs. Koju represents physicians, medical practice groups and other healthcare entities and counsels clients
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Shaheed Koury, MD CMO & President, Clinical Operations Quorum Health 1573 Mallory Lane, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.221.1400 quorumhealth.com As chief medical officer, Koury combines his medical and healthcare management experience in his clinical leadership role for hospital company Quorum Health. Prior to the spinout from Community Health Systems, he served as vice president for Quality and Clinical Transformation at CHS. As a clinician, Koury’s expertise was as an emergency department physician. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky and completed an emergency medicine residency at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Koury also holds an MBSA with a focus in healthcare management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a 2018 Council Fellow.
Philip Krebs Managing Partner Avondale Partners 40 Burton Hills Blvd. Suite 450 Nashville 37215 615.467.3482 avondalepartnersllc.com Krebs, a co-founder and managing partner of Avondale, has 30 years of investment banking experience. Krebs was formerly managing director and head of investment banking at SunTrust Equitable Securities, which he joined in 1996. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Lehman Brothers in New York in a variety of leadership positions. Earlier experience includes Blyth Eastman Paine Webber and Accenture. Krebs is immediate past president of the Centerstone Foundation Board of Trustees. Krebs earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Kroplin Partner Burr & Forman, LLP 222 Second Ave. S., Suite 2000 Nashville 37201 615.724.3248 burr.com Kroplin is a partner in the firm’s healthcare and business litigation sections with experience representing healthcare companies and providers, DME suppliers, product manufacturers, financial institutions and other business entities. Areas of focus include representing clients in healthcare-related litigation and administrative actions, certificate of need issues, facility and licensure matters, telemedicine, cybersecurity, regulatory compliance and general advice on federal and state laws impacting the healthcare industry. Kroplin, who has written for a number of publications including Nashville Medical News, earned his law degree from Vanderbilt. Prior to law school, Kroplin spent several years with the Tennessee General Assembly. Kroplin is on the board of the Nashville Medical Group Management Association and Leadership Health Care.
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Neil Krugman Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8849 wallerlaw.com With deep experience in regulatory compliance and transactional matters, Krugman often provides counsel to healthcare, managed care and health insurance companies and systems. He assists with a broad range of actions from the formation of companies and new product and service rollout to licensing, joint ventures and contract negotiations. Previously, Krugman served as assistant general counsel of Equicor, as a vice president and assistant general counsel for Cigna Healthplan, and as counsel to the Committee on Education and Labor for the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Paul Kusserow President & CEO Amedisys 209 10th Avenue S, Suite 512 Nashville 37203 615.928.5450 amedisys.com Kusserow leads home health, hospice and personal care services giant Amedisys, which moved its executive team to Nashville from Louisiana in 2015. Previously, he was president and vice chairman of Alignment Healthcare, a California clinical risk-taking delivery company for ACOs and plans. Prior to that, he served as a senior executive focused on strategy and corporate development with Humana. Kusserow’s experience also includes serving as managing director and chief investment officer of the Ziegler HealthVest Fund, managing director of San Ysidro Capital Partners, LLC, managing partner of Roaring Mountain, LLC, and senior vice president of strategy and ventures with Tenet Healthcare. Kusserow sits on multiple corporate boards, as well as the board of the Nashville Health Care Council. He received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and his master’s from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
L Mark Lamp President & CEO American Pathology Partners 103 Continental Place, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.916.3200 ap2.com Lamp took on his current role with the network of anatomic pathology laboratories in April 2016. Previously, he served as president and CEO of American HomePatient, which was acquired by Lincare. Lamp has 30 years leadership experience including serving for four years as president and COO of Guardian Homecare. He was also president and CEO of Medical Metrics and president and general manager of the former ADAC Healthcare Information Systems. Lamp has an undergraduate and master’s degree in electrical and biomedical engineering from Purdue and an MBA from San Jose State. Lamp is a 2015 Council Fellow.
Fletcher Lance Executive VP Vanderbilt Health Professional Solutions 3401 West End Ave., Suite 300 Nashville 37203 615.875.8672 mc.vanderbilt.edu Lance helps facilitate the growth of Professional Solutions Services, a new VUMC subsidiary coordinating the development and management of emerging business enterprises. Lance works with leaders of both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network to identify new concepts for business development. Previously, he served as managing director and global healthcare lead for North Highland Worldwide Consulting. He earned both his undergraduate degree and MBA from Vanderbilt and is a 2013 Council Fellow.
Justin Lawson CEO Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopaedics & MPOWER Performance 2004 Hayes St., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.324.1600 eliteorthopaedic.com mpowermd.com Lawson, along with Burton Elrod, MD, David Moore, MD, and Jeffrey Willers, MD, founded Elite Sports Medicine in 2006. The practice now has nearly 250 employees across five locations and is the official sports medicine partner of Belmont University, Lipscomb University and Lipscomb Academy athletic programs, along with maintaining a partnership with Harding Academy. In 2011, Lawson began MPOWER, which now operates in three locations with a fourth opening in 2020. MPOWER provides a holistic approach to health and wellness through integrating physical therapy, personal training, massage therapy, nutrition, and concierge medical coordination. Lawson received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his MBA from Belmont.
Kevin Lavender Executive VP, Head of Corporate Banking Fifth Third Bancorp 424 Church St., Suite 700 Nashville 37219 615.687.3103 53.com After overseeing Fifth Third’s national healthcare lending group for nearly three years, Lavender was named the leader of National Corporate Banking in 2008 with oversight of six divisions including healthcare. Previously, Lavender served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions. He was co-founder and executive vice president of MediSphere Health Partners and began his career as group vice president of corporate healthcare lending at SunTrust Bank. He serves as board chair board for the National Museum of African American Music, a board member for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation and on the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Board of Trustees.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Jamie Lee COO Nashville Health Care Council 211 Commerce St., Suite 100 Nashville 37201 615.743.3148 healthcarecouncil.com Lee is responsible for the Nashville Health Care Council’s internal processes and service lines, including events, sponsorships, marketing, communications and operations. Previously, she worked in marketing and public relations for Cross Country Education, a national continuing education company for healthcare professionals. She also served as a vice president with Envision, Inc., which produces educational video programs for the healthcare industry. Lee earned her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech.
Fred LeMaistre, MD Senior VP, Market Operations & Physician-in-Chief of Blood Cancers Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com LeMaistre, who joined Sarah Cannon in 2012, is responsible for clinical operations of the Sarah Cannon markets and leads development of the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network, which provides a multidisciplinary approach to standardize blood cancer therapies including blood and marrow transplantation (BMT). Previously the medical
director for Texas Institute of Medicine and Surgery, LeMaistre is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He is a founding member and former president of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, and he established the first community-based BMT program in 1993. LeMaistre received his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Texas and performed a fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center with training in BMT at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle.
Amy S. Leopard Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2309 bradley.com Leopard advises a diverse array of clients in healthcare and information technology law. She provides counsel to healthcare providers, entrepreneurs, and service providers on licensing, payment, regulatory compliance, and privacy and technology issues. As a former hospital executive, Leopard has unique industry knowledge and insight. Leopard serves on the board of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). She is co-chair of AHLA’s eHealth and Telemedicine Affinity Group and a past chair of the Health Information Technology Practice Group. Leopard has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for her contributions to healthcare law since 2006 and was named the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year,” Nashville. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Rebecca Leslie Executive Director Nashville Academy of Medicine 3301 West End Ave., Suite 100 Nashville 37203 615.712.6236 nashvillemedicine.org Leslie joined the state’s oldest professional organization for physicians in August 2014 as executive director. An experienced nonprofit leader, she previously was vice president of talent development for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce where she crafted or had oversight of a number of significant initiatives supporting workforce development in Nashville. Previously, Leslie worked with Alpha Omicron Pi and Pointelle Enterprise. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her MBA from Lipscomb University. Leslie is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Ralph Levy, Jr. Of Counsel Dickinson Wright PLLC 424 Church St., Suite 800 Nashville 37219 615.620.1733 dickinson-wright.com Levy is a senior partner in the Healthcare practice for Dickinson Wright. His practice encompasses healthcare law, M&A, corporate governance, and taxation. He has assisted numerous healthcare clients in joint venture agreements, acquisitions, divestitures, contract negotiations, and succession planning. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Middle Tennessee Estate Planning Council. Levy has twice served as
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 chair of the Nashville Bar Association Tax Committee. The majority of his 40-plus-year career has been spent in private law practice with the exception of a 10-year period when Levy served as general counsel, executive vice president and secretary for Gambro Healthcare, a national provider of dialysis services.
Nora Liggett Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8908
wallerlaw.com Liggett assists CEOs, CFOs, and development officers in structuring corporate and system transactions in compliance with federal and state healthcare regulations. Liggett is recognized in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers for her experience with compliance issues including Medicare fraud and abuse and physician self-referral prohibitions, HIPAA and EMTALA. Additionally, she provides counsel on day-to-day operational issues.
Travis G. Lloyd Partner, Healthcare Group Practice Chair Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2306 bradley.com Lloyd chairs Bradley’s Healthcare Practice Group. His practice focuses on complex regulatory matters, particularly in the areas of fraud and abuse and reimbursement, provider enrollment and reimbursement, health information privacy and security, and the licensure and accreditation of healthcare facilities. Lloyd holds leadership positions in various professional organizations, including the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section, and the Tennessee Bar Association’s Health Law Section. His work has earned numerous plaudits, including recently being selected as one of five attorneys across the country as a “Rising Star” in healthcare by Law360 and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America. In addition to his law degree from Georgia State, Lloyd holds a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.
Jennifer Lockman, PhD CEO Centerstone Research Institute 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org Lockman was announced as chief executive of Centerstone’s research arm in May 2019. She joined Centerstone in 2007 and oversaw the Research Institute’s clinical research program, serving as a liaison with external researchers and establishing new methods for measuring clinical outcomes. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Purdue University and completed her psychology internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a competitive research postdoctoral fellowship at the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention.
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Wendy Long, MD President & CEO Tennessee Hospital Association 5201 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 615.256.8240 tha.com Long leads the state’s premier organization representing the interest of hospitals and health systems in delivering accessible, cost-effective, quality care. THA supports member hospitals through advocacy, education, technology, products and services, and workforce development with a special emphasis on efforts to improve patient safety and support rural hospitals. Previously, Long was director of TennCare, managing the state’s $12 billion Medicaid enterprise serving 1.4 million Tennesseans. Before becoming director, she held key executive positions within TennCare, including deputy director and chief medical officer. Long is a past president of the Tennessee Public Health Association, a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and a 2015 Council Fellow. She has been involved in health policy at the national level through the efforts of several organizations, including serving as a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Standards Committee and the Health Advisory Panel of the Congressional Budget Office. Long earned her medical degree from Ohio State University and completed a preventive medicine residency and master’s degree in public health at the University of South Carolina.
James E. Looper, Jr. Partner Hall Booth Smith PC 424 Church St., Suite 2950 Nashville 37219 615.313.9911 hallboothsmith.com Looper represents healthcare clients on numerous aspects of their business including malpractice defense, alternative dispute resolution and state board compliance issues. Prior to law school, he attended graduate school in pharmacology and medical school, adding a unique perspective to his health law practice. He is the co-managing partner of the firm’s Nashville office and assistant chair of the firm’s medical malpractice practice group. Looper, who received his law degree from Mercer University, is on the board of the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration and Hospital Hospitality House, for which he is a past chair.
Alfred Lumsdaine Executive VP & CFO Quorum Health 1573 Mallory Lane, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.221.1400 quorumhealth.com A healthcare finance veteran, Lumsdaine joined Quorum in 2018 as CFO. Previously, he was president of Population Health for Sharecare. Prior to that, Lumsdaine joined Tivity Health (formerly Healthways) as controller and chief accounting officer in 2002 before being named CFO in 2011. Earlier in his career, he held senior financial positions with Logisco, Aegis Therapies and Theraphysics. He began his career in the Nashville office of Ernst & Young where he was part of the external audit practice and focused primarily on the healthcare industry. A CPA, he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Tennessee.
Rodney Lunn Founder & CEO PhyBus 215 Jamestown Park Road, Suite 205 Brentwood 37027 615.620.9300 phybus.com Considered one of the pioneers of the contemporary ambulatory surgery center concept, Lunn was a founding member of AmSurg. With PhyBus, Lunn is utilizing his more than 40 years of experience to develop and manage surgery centers and handle the revenue cycle and other back office operations for ASCs and physicians. During his career, he has served in numerous executive management roles for a range of healthcare companies including American Medical Centers, INA Healthplan of Texas (now Cigna) and HealthAmerica of Florida.
Samuel Lynch, DMD, DMSc Founder & CEO Lynch Biologics 800.874.2334 lynchbiologics.com Lynch has been deeply involved in Middle Tennessee’s life sciences industry for two decades. He now leads Lynch Biologics, a biotech company that manufactures and sells GEM 21, a growth factor product invented by Lynch to promote bone and tissue regeneration following dental surgery. The company is also developing novel therapies to promote healing of chronic, as well as large acute, wounds. Previously, Lynch was founder, president and CEO of BioMimetic Therapeutics, which focused on the development and commercialization of products to promote the healing of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. He sold the company to Wright Medical Group in 2013. In addition to serving on the executive committee for Life Science Tennessee, Lynch sits on the governing board for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has over 250 publications and patents to his name and numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health supporting his focus in the field of regenerative medicine. He received his dental degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and a second doctorate with a specialty in periodontology from the Harvard Medical and Dental Schools.
M Scott MacKenzie CEO RevSpring 4640 Cummings Park Drive Antioch 37013 866.676.2739 revspringinc.com MacKenzie, who has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and information technology, took the reins at revenue cycle management company RevSpring in March 2019. Previously, he was CEO of M*Modal and of Passport Health from 2009 until its acquisition by Experian Health in 2013. Prior to that, he was president of RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions, a division of McKesson, and held various executive positions with Cerner, AT&T, General Electric and EDS. He sits on the board of MEDHOST.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Veronica T. Mallett, MD Senior VP, Health Affairs & Dean, School of Medicine Meharry School of Medicine 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6000 mmc.edu Mallett joined Meharry’s leadership team in March 2017. Previously, she served as professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. She also has served on the faculty of Northwestern University, Wayne State University and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Mallett has been recognized for her work in the treatment of urinary incontinence and genital organ prolapse and research related to health disparities. She earned her medical degree from Michigan State and also holds a master’s degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University. Mallett is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive pelvic surgery. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and a 2018 Council Fellow.
John Manning, PhD COO, Corporate Chief of Staff Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.322.2422 medschool.vanderbilt.edu In June 2009, Manning assumed operational oversight of the medical center. Between 2000 and February 2008, Manning served as executive director for Research Operations at VUMC and was then promoted to vice president. Under his leadership, funded research from federal and private sources more than doubled. He earned his MBA at the University of Chicago and his doctorate in environmental health engineering from Notre Dame.
Brian Marger, FACHE CEO TriStar Summit Medical Center 5655 Frist Blvd. Hermitage 37076 615.316.3000 tristarsummit.com Marger was tapped to lead TriStar Summit in April 2017 after overseeing operations for TriStar Centennial for three years. Marger, who has been with HCA since 2003, also previously served as vice president of Operations for Sarah Cannon Research Institute and as COO for Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his MBA with an emphasis in finance and healthcare from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Marger began his career at Ernst & Young in healthcare consulting. He is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Ken Marlow Partner & Chair, Healthcare Department Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8111 wallerlaw.com Marlow chairs Waller’s Healthcare Department, which includes more than 190 attorneys, and he also serves on the firm’s board of directors. Healthcare
providers across the country have engaged Marlow to form numerous joint ventures among hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers. He has guided clients through more than 50 acute care hospital transactions with an aggregate value of more than $14 billion. Additionally, he advises boards on corporate governance matters and has represented accountable care organizations. His breadth of expertise expands to ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers and other outpatient facilities and has significantly expanded the firm’s focus, depth and knowledge in the post-acute care industry. Marlow sits on the Nashville Health Care Council Board.
Larry Marnett, PhD Dean, Basic Sciences Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.322.0907 medschool.vanderbilt.edu Marnett is a professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacology and the Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research. He leads the medical school’s basic science departments – Cell and Developmental Biology, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry – and associated basic science centers, institutes and programs. A highly distinguished cancer researcher, Marnett also directs the A.B. Hancock Jr. Memorial Laboratory for Cancer Research, which focuses on the causes of cancer development of novel agents for cancer prevention and treatment. He received his doctorate in chemistry from Duke University and did post-doctoral work at the Karolinska Institute and Wayne State University where he began his academic career before joining Vanderbilt in 1989.
Charles N. Martin, Jr. Founder & Chairman Martin Ventures 40 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 100 Nashville 37215 615.829.7300 martinventures.com The well-known investor and entrepreneur founded Martin Ventures in 2009 to provide capital, operational support and mentoring to early-stage companies primarily focused on healthcare and technology initiatives. He joined Martin Ventures full-time in 2013 after Tenet Healthcare paid $4.3 billion to acquire Vanguard Health Systems, which he founded in 1997. Prior to Vanguard, he was the chairman, president and CEO of OrNda HealthCorp, which he grew from $450 million in revenues to $3 billion in a span of four years. Martin’s previous experience also includes executive leadership positions with General Care Corp., HealthTrust, and HCA.
Linda Marzialo President & CEO Gould Turner Group 4400 Harding Pike, Suite 1000 Nashville 37205 615.297.3122 gouldturner.com A registered architect in 43 states, Marzialo has more than 30 years of experience focused on healthcare architecture. She joined the firm, which has designed healthcare facilities across the country, in 1981 as a project manager and was named president a decade later and CEO in 2005. Marzialo is one of a very few architects in the state who also holds certification by the American College of Healthcare Architects. She began her career as an intern with Earl Swensson Architects and Yearwood & Johnson. Marzialo is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
David Mason Founder & CEO Health Connect Partners 65 Business Park Drive Lebanon 37090 615.449.6234 hlthcp.com Mason is co-founder and CEO of HCP, which connects providers and suppliers through educational meetings and conferences. HCP was founded in 2006 and conducts educational conferences each year in five hospital disciplines: pharmacy, OR & surgery, supply chain, radiology & imaging, and healthcare IT. Previously, Mason led the acute care hospital supply automation company BCX Technology as president and founder before selling it in 2003 to Omnicell.
Mark Mattson Executive VP, Healthcare Group Manager CapStar Bank 1201 Demonbreun St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.732.6414 capstarbank.com Mattson, who has more than 25 years of banking experience, leads the bank’s efforts in the healthcare industry. He also was instrumental in creating CapStar’s credit policies and infrastructure prior to the bank’s opening in 2008. Before joining CapStar, Mattson was a managing director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey where he was responsible for new business development in the healthcare sector throughout the U.S. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee Tech and holds an MBA from Texas A&M.
Mike Mauldin Executive Managing Director, Head of Healthcare Regions Bank 150 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 1500 Nashville 37219 615.770.4241 regions.com Mauldin was tapped to lead the Healthcare Specialized Industry Group at Regions Bank following the retirement of John Barton at the end of 2019. Mauldin joined Regions in 2016 as managing director of the Healthcare Group. He has more than 30 years of healthcare industry experience, including leadership and executive roles with healthcare providers, health systems and healthcare consultants. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor of accounting in the Massey School of Business at Belmont University. A CPA, Mauldin earned his master’s in accounting from Florida State and his Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.
David McClellan Managing Director Heritage Group LLC 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 150 Nashville 37215 615.665.8220 heritagegroupusa.com McClellan co-founded Heritage Group in 1986 and has served as a managing director of the firm since 1989. Heritage Group is a privately held investment and advisory firm focused on early-stage healthcare opportunities. Over the past 33 years, McClellan has served in numerous executive positions within Heritage Group’s portfolio of companies and currently sits on the board of Ingenious Med, among others. He began his career with HCA. McClellan received his master’s in hospital and health administration from the Medical College of Virginia. Nashville Medical News 29
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Mark McConnell President & CEO Onlife Health 9020 Overlook Blvd., Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.844.2100 onlifehealth.com McConnell joined the data-driven wellness solutions company in January 2015 as vice president of health and wellness solutions before being tapped as CEO in October 2016. Previously, he served in senior executive positions with remote patient-monitoring company AMC Health, Healthcare Bluebook, Health Fitness Corporation and Healthways, where he founded the Employers Solution Group. McConnell earned his undergraduate degree from Muskingum College and his MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Andrew McDonald, FACHE Shareholder & Practice Lead, Healthcare Consulting LBMC & LBMC Physician Business Solutions 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2474 lbmc.com With over 30 years of experience as either a full-time healthcare executive or consultant to a broad range of healthcare organizations, McDonald has honed his expertise in providing revenue cycle management, provider integration, valuation, compliance, strategic planning, human resource management, financial analysis, IT assessment, practice development, and general administration services to healthcare organizations. McDonald, who earned his master’s in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, also has worked in the hospital, home care, hospice and practice management environments. He was named a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1994 and is past president of ACHE of Middle Tennessee.
James R. McKnight, Jr. CEO, President & Director Diversicare Healthcare Services 1621 Galleria Blvd. Brentwood 37027 615.771.7575 dvcr.com McKnight joined the publicly traded post-acute care service provider in August 2012 as chief financial officer and was named to his current post in July 2018. Diversicare serves patients in approximately 72 skilled nursing and senior housing centers with more than 8,200 licensed nursing beds in nine states. Previously, McKnight served as CFO of NuScriptRX. He also held executive financial roles with Take Care Health Systems, Employer Solutions Group, and its predecessor company I-trax, Inc. McKnight earned his accounting degree from Louisiana Tech University and is a certified public accountant licensed in multiple states.
Cory Mead COO TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center 391 Wallace Road Nashville 37211 615.781.4000 tristarsouthernhills.com Mead assumed his current post overseeing operations for the 126-bed hospital in October 2017. Previously, he served as associate chief operating
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officer and co-ethics and compliance officer at HCA Healthcare’s Reston Hospital Center in Virginia where he significantly expanded surgical services. Prior to that, Mead worked with HCA facilities in Kansas City, Mo. He earned his undergraduate degree and master’s in health administration from the University of Iowa. Mead, who has worked with HCA for seven years, is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Jim Meadows, MD CMO Narus Health 2525 West End Ave., Suite 925 Nashville 37203 615.610.5430 narushealth.com Meadows has devoted his career to patient advocacy through the improvement of quality of life. Prior to joining Narus Health, he worked as director of palliative medicine for Tennessee Oncology. A Nashville native, Meadows completed his undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University before earning his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Returning to Nashville, he served as medical director for Alive Hospice, Sumner Hospice, and as national medical director for Gentiva Health. Meadows twice chaired the Tennessee Hospice Organization and maintains an active role in policy development for palliative and end-of-life needs. He is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Eric Mendelsohn President & CEO National Health Investors, Inc. 222 Robert Rose Drive Murfreesboro 37129 615.890.9100 nhireit.com Mendelsohn joined NHI at the beginning of 2015 and was named CEO in October 2015. He has more than two decades of healthcare real estate experience. Previously, Mendelsohn was with Emeritus Senior Living for nine years where he rose to senior vice president overseeing corporate development. Prior to that, he was a transaction officer focused on medical properties with the University of Washington and worked as a practicing transaction attorney after completing law school at Pepperdine. He also has a master’s in banking and finance from Boston University.
Kurt Merkelz, MD Senior VP & CMO Compassus 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.224.8028 compassus.com As chief medical officer, Merkelz leads the company’s quality and clinical initiatives in the 130 communities Compassus serves across the country. He was named to his current role in 2017 after previously serving as medical director for the Compassus program in Houston. Triple-board certified in hospice and palliative care, family practice and geriatrics, Merkelz received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Scott Mertie, FHFMA President Kraft Healthcare Consulting, LLC 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.782.4292 krafthealthcare.com Mertie, who has served as president of the KraftCPAs affiliate since it was founded in 2009, consults on various reimbursement and operational issues for healthcare clients throughout the United States. He also provides litigation support as an expert in the healthcare field. Active in a number of local and national professional organizations, Mertie sits on the boards of Saint Thomas Health Foundation, Neighborhood Health, Visitation Hospital Foundation, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Medical Group Managers Association, and the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration. He has also participated in and led various healthcare trade missions. Mertie, who graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in accounting, is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, a certified medical practice executive, a certified healthcare financial professional, a certified physician practice manager, a certified cost reporting specialist, a certified internal forensic healthcare auditor, and a certified HIPAA compliance officer.
Rob Metcalf CEO Concert Genetics 810 Crescent Centre Drive, Suite 280 Franklin 37067 615.861.2634 concertgenetics.com Metcalf is an experienced software and information services executive who is using his background to expand Concert Genetics’ offerings to advance precision medicine by providing the digital infrastructure for the rapid, reliable, cost efficient deployment of genetic testing. Prior to becoming CEO in 2016, Metcalf led cognitive computing company Digital Reasoning as president and COO. He earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a 2017 Council Fellow.
Jason Meyer CEO Frost-Arnett Company 2105 Elm Hill Pike Nashville 37210 615.256.7156 frost-arnett.com In 2015, Meyer was named chief executive at the accounts receivable management company that traces its history back to 1893. He brings more than two decades of experience in finance and healthcare to his role with Frost-Arnett. Previously, he held executive director posts with Nomura, RBC and J.P. Morgan. He began his career as a certified public accountant with KPMG. Meyer earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington and his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Ben Middleton COO for Clinical Services, Tennessee Centerstone 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217 615.463.6600 centerstone.org Middleton oversees all of Centerstone’s Tennessee region clinical operations, including outpatient clinic
INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2020 services; co-occurring disorder treatment; adult, adolescent and child case management; continuous treatment team; intervention services; and court services. He specializes in alcohol and substance use disorder treatment and services for those with mental illnesses. Middleton graduated from Alabama A&M University with a master’s in clinical psychology.
Julie Miller COO Williamson Medical Center 4321 Carothers Parkway Franklin 37067 615.435.5000 williamsonmedicalcenter.org Miller has been with Williamson Medical Center for 13 years and has broad responsibility for operational management of the growing medical center in her role as chief operating officer – from EMS and imaging to pharmacy and property management. Prior to WMC, she worked in accounting & finance for 10 years. She received her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and her MBA with a concentration in healthcare administration from Lipscomb University.
Richard Miller Chairman & Principal ESa 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.9445 esarch.com
architect, rising through the ranks to be named president in 1973, a role he continued until 2017. ESa has won numerous accolades for creating innovative healthcare facilities nationwide, including the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Moffitt Cancer Center. Miller, a veteran architect, lecturer and author, has co-written two books on hospital and healthcare facility design with ESa’s founder Earl S. Swensson. Healthcare Design magazine named Miller one of the nation’s “25 most influential in healthcare design.” He is a member of the AIA College of Fellows and sits on multiple boards, including Hospital Hospitality House. Miller has also been honored as a “Health Care Hero.”
Russ Miller CEO Tennessee Medical Association 701 Bradford Ave. Nashville 37204 615.385.2100 tnmed.org Miller was named TMA’s chief executive officer in January 2013. He leads efforts to advocate on behalf of approximately 9,500 physician members across the state on a variety of legislative, educational, practice and public health issues. Miller has held increasing leadership positions with TMA since joining the organization in 1987. A graduate of Auburn University, Miller earned his certified association executive (CAE) designation in 2008 from the American Society of Association Executives.
Miller serves as chairman of this nationally recognized architecture firm known for seamlessly joining form and function in healthcare design. He began his career at ESa in 1967 as a young project
John Mize, FCAS President & CEO State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company 101 Westpark Drive, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.377.1999 svmic.com Mize was tapped to lead SVMIC, a large insurance company by physicians for physicians, in January 2013. Headquartered in Brentwood, the company serves physicians in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and several other southeastern states. Before accepting his current role, Mize was a managing director with Towers Watson where he led the southern division for the company’s risk consulting and software business and co-led the professional liability practice area. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Don Moody Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8852 wallerlaw.com Dental and healthcare companies, along with private equity investors, rely on Moody to advise them on their complex M&A, private equity and other corporate and healthcare transactions. Moody, who leads Waller’s DSO practice, has served as lead or regulatory counsel for some of the biggest M&A and private equity investments in the dental industry. Moody was recently named one of “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry,” by Incisal Edge magazine. He has
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Justin Mooneyhan Senior Director, IT Project Management AMSURG, an Envision Healthcare Solution 1A Burton Hills Blvd. Nashville 37215 615.263.8053 amsurg.com Mooneyhan is a rising leader in healthcare IT with nearly a decade of experience in the industry sector. At AMSURG, an Envision Healthcare Solution, he focuses on leading a team that plans, manages, and executes a multimillion-dollar IT department project portfolio and is also involved in several strategic growth and innovation projects for the company. Previously, he served as director of Clinical Technology at LifePoint Health. Active in the community, the Nashville native serves on the boards of TN HIMSS and Leadership Health Care. He holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from Belmont University, his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and is a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS).
Jonathan Morphett Managing Partner Avondale Partners 40 Burton Hills Blvd. Suite 450 Nashville 37215 615.467.3533 avondalepartnersllc.com Morphett joined Avondale in 2004 to launch Avondale Partners’ healthcare investment banking group. Today, as an investment banking boutique firm, Avondale Partners provides comprehensive transaction and advisory services to healthcare companies across the U.S. Previously, Morphett was CFO of Austar United Communications and is a former managing director of investment banking at Morgan Stanley. Morphett is currently vice chair of the Centerstone Research Institute Board and is a former board member for the Nashville Health Care Council. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Rock Morphis Managing Director Heritage Group LLC 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 150 Nashville 37215 615.665.8220 heritagegroupusa.com Morphis co-founded Heritage Group, an investment and advisory firm focused on early stage healthcare opportunities, in 1986. Over the past 33 years, Morphis has served in a number of executive positions within Heritage Group’s portfolio of companies and currently sits on the board of MDLive, among others. He served as chairman, president and CEO of Heritage Health Systems from 1995 until the company was acquired for $98 million in 2004. Similarly, he led Surgical Health Corporation for three years before it was acquired for $240 million.
David Morris, MD, FACS President Urology Associates 2801 Charlotte Ave. Nashville 37209 615.250.9200 urologynashville.com Morris is president for this large group of urologists who provide service through 10 main offices and five satellite clinics in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Vanderbilt and completed residency training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a special interest in genetics that predict the aggressiveness of prostate and bladder cancers. He has authored and co-authored multiple scientific papers and presented research findings at regional and national meetings. Morris helps coordinate the Advanced Therapeutics Center for prostate cancer therapies and UA’s clinical research trials.
Brian Moyer, FHIMSS President & CEO Nashville Technology Council 500 Interstate Blvd. S., Suite 200 Nashville 37210 615.873.1284 technologycouncil.com Moyer was named president and CEO of the state’s largest technology trade association in September 2016. Previously, he served as executive vice president and chief information officer for GAFFEY Healthcare and HealthTechS3. A serial entrepreneur, Moyer has founded and grown a number of technology companies over the past 25 years. A past president of the Tennessee HIMSS chapter, he is a HIMSS Fellow and a certified professional in healthcare information & management systems.
Leif Murphy President & CEO TeamHealth 320 Seven Springs Way, Suite 450 Brentwood 37027 800.342.2898 teamhealth.com Murphy joined Knoxville-based TeamHealth as president and chief executive officer in September 2016 and is also a member of the TeamHealth Board of Directors. Splitting his time between Knoxville and his home city of Nashville, Murphy leads the strategy and vision of the clinician services organization, which has approximately 20,000 affiliated clinicians serving more than 3,200 acute and post-acute facilities and physician groups nationwide. Prior to TeamHealth, he held numerous executive-level positions in healthcare, business development and finance, including executive vice president and CFO for LifePoint Health and president and CEO for DSI Renal, Inc. Murphy was listed on Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for 2019.
Andrew J. Murray Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2366 bradley.com Murray’s practice focuses primarily on healthcare mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and on the regulatory issues impacting healthcare providers. He represents publicly traded and privately held
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companies across the continuum of care, including several national hospital and surgery center companies. He also counsels clients on a variety of operational and regulatory matters, including compliance with federal and state anti-kickback and self-referral laws, reimbursement, and licensing and provider enrollment issues. Murray has served as chair of the Education Committee for the Nashville Council of Health Care Attorneys and as vice chair of the Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group for the American Health Lawyers Association. He has been recognized for his work by Best Lawyers and Chambers USA.
Mike Musick Assurance Southeast Regional Managing Partner BDO 414 Union St., Suite 1800 Nashville 37219 615.493.5610 bdo.com Musick is one of BDO’s Healthcare Practice leaders and a member of the firm’s Center for Healthcare Excellence and Innovation. In addition, he is the managing partner for assurance for BDO’s Nashville office. Musick has more than 25 years accounting and business advisory experience. He has broad healthcare experience, particularly in long-term care, senior housing and behavioral health. Previously, he was director of SEC services for Carr, Riggs & Ingram. He began his career at Ernst & Young.
N Thomas Nantais Executive VP, Ambulatory Operations Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1301 Medical Center Drive, 3805 TVC Nashville 37232 615.343.5013 vumc.org Nantais joined VUMC in 2018 as leader for all of the Medical Center’s ambulatory services. In fiscal year 2019, VUMC’s adult ambulatory clinics, currently located across 22 Tennessee counties plus locations in Southern Kentucky and Northern Alabama, experienced nearly 2.4 million patient visits. Previously, Nantais was with the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) for 35 years. He most recently served for 14 years as the chief operating officer of the Henry Ford Medical Group (HFMG), one of the nation’s oldest and largest medical groups based in metropolitan Detroit.
Bruce Naremore CFO Nashville General Hospital 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4000 nashvillegeneral.org Naremore joined Nashville General in 2017. He has an extensive 30-year healthcare career in hospital finance and operations and seven years in finance leadership with a major health plan. A CPA by training, Naremore holds both an undergraduate and master’s degree from LSU, as well as a Master of Accounting Degree from the University of New Orleans. Prior to joining Nashville General, Naremore served as senior vice president and CFO of East Jefferson General Hospital. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Hospital Financial Management Association.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Lisa Nix Shareholder & Practice Leader, Transaction Advisory Services LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2288 lbmc.com Nix brings over 20 years of experience in public accounting and healthcare to her role overseeing the firm’s transaction advisory service delivery to address the changing needs of the healthcare industry. The CPA also has over 12 years of experience leading healthcare M&A transaction services teams for both strategic and financial buyers on deals ranging from several million to more than $7 billion. She has led and managed assurance and advisory services for healthcare companies, including not-for-profit, for-profit private and public entities. Nix has been named a “Power Leader in Accounting” and “Woman of Influence,” as well as being recognized as “Leadership Health Care Volunteer of the Year.” Nix is also a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN Dean & Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 461 21st Ave. S., GH 111 Nashville 37240 615.343.8876 nursing.vanderbilt.edu Norman has spent more than four decades in nursing education, spearheading curricular innovations in blended learning, interprofessional education, quality improvement and distance learning. As dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Norman sets the school’s strategic direction and leads its academic, clinical practice, research, fiduciary, and administrative initiatives. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in nursing education, evaluation and research. Norman serves on various nonprofit, professional and corporate boards and frequently consults on curriculum and evaluation. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Kevin Norton COO Centerstone 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org Norton is COO of Centerstone, a national not-forprofit behavioral healthcare service provider, where he provides day-to-day leadership and management to Centerstone’s regional CEOs. Norton joined Centerstone in 2018 and brings 25 years of experience in behavioral healthcare, having begun his career as a therapist. He has served as a board member for the National Council on Behavioral Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition to his undergraduate degree from State University of New York Fredonia, Norton also has a master’s in counseling and an MBA.
Sareda Nur, MD CMO TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center 391 Wallace Road Nashville 37211 615.781.4000 centerstone.org Nur was appointed chief medical officer of TriStar Southern Hills in November 2019. In this role, she oversees quality of care and patient safety, development of clinical information systems, implementation of GME, and integration of physicians in strategic planning. She brings over 15 years of clinical experience to the position. Nur received her medical degree from Fatima Jinnah Medical College and completed her residency in internal medicine at Meharry Medical College.
O Bond Oman CEO OGA 2932 Foster Creighton Drive Nashville 37204 615.313.9201 oman-gibson.com Oman has been in the medical real estate business since 1985 and has developed more than 250 medical office buildings in 35 states. His projects cover the spectrum of ambulatory facilities from surgery, dialysis and cancer centers to urgent care clinics, stand-alone ERs and behavioral treatment facilities. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Oman is a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council.
Anna-Gene O’Neal Division President, Health Care Services Brookdale Senior Living 111 Westwood Place Brentwood 37027 615.221.2250 brookdale.com O’Neal became division president of Health Care Services in August 2019, after having joined the company as division vice president of BHS Hospice in June 2019. She came to Brookdale from Alive Hospice where she had served as president and CEO since 2012. Prior to that, O’Neal held a number of leadership roles including senior vice president of CogentHMG and vice president of Hospital Operations and Clinical Quality for Essent Healthcare, Inc., a multistate for-profit hospital system. O’Neal is a registered nurse and received BSN, MSN and MBA degrees from Vanderbilt University. A 2015 Council Fellow, O’Neal is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Debbie Osteen CEO Acadia Healthcare 6100 Tower Circle, Suite 1000 Franklin 37067 615.861.6000 acadiahealthcare.com Osteen was named chief executive officer of the publicly traded Acadia Healthcare in December 2018. Previously, she served as executive vice president of Universal Health Services and president of UHS’ behavioral health division, which she led to become the largest system of freestanding behavioral healthcare facilities
in the United States. She is a past president of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (now known as the National Association of Behavioral Healthcare) and also served on the executive committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Osteen was listed on Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for 2019. She also sits on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Charles Overstreet, FHIMSS Global Segment Leader, Health Solutions FTI Consulting 155 Franklin Road, Suite 210 Brentwood 37027 615.324.8535 fticonsulting.com A global segment leader for FTI Consulting Health Solutions, Overstreet has deep expertise across the healthcare continuum and has led performance improvement and operations restructuring engagements throughout the United States and beyond. He also has detailed experience in the development of corporate compliance programs. Previously, Overstreet was with Booz Allen & Hamilton and also held leadership positions at Arthur Andersen and KPMG. Prior to consulting, he worked at a large academic medical center and an urban community hospital. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Overstreet is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
P Christopher Palombo, FACHE CEO Dispensary of Hope 2700 Brick Church Pike Nashville 37207 615.736.5075 dispensaryofhope.org In 2011, Palombo was named CEO of the Dispensary of Hope, a not-for-profit social venture that seeks to provide sustainable access to medication for the uninsured and underinsured. Previously, Palombo worked as an independent healthcare consultant and as an internal program development consultant with Ascension Health. He is also the former executive director of the Medical Care Access Coalition in Marquette, Mich. His expertise includes integrating safety net healthcare resources, nonprofit fund development, and the creation and evaluation of large-scale population health programs. Palombo has a master’s in healthcare management from Lindenwood University.
Parker Panovec, MD CMO Faith Family Medical Center 326 21st Ave. N. Nashville 37203 615.341.0808 faithmedical.org Panovec became chief medical officer of the safety net clinic at the beginning of 2014. He most recently worked for the Jackson Clinic in Jackson, Tenn., in outpatient medicine and wound care. Previously, the board-certified physician practiced both inpatient and outpatient family medicine at the University of Tennessee. A graduate of Lipscomb University and UT Memphis College of Medicine, his focus is on family medicine.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 P. Martin Paslick SVP & CIO HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com Paslick is senior vice president and chief information officer of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. He has been with HCA Healthcare for more than three decades and leads the company’s Information Technology Group (ITG), which provides IT strategy and support for HCA Healthcare and its 184 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care. ITG has more than 5,800 employees across the U.S. and includes five data centers and 15 division support centers. Paslick is past chairman of the Nashville Sports Council and the Nashville Technology Council and also a past board member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. He holds two undergraduate degrees and an MBA, all from the University of Louisville.
Jeffrey Patton, MD CEO Tennessee Oncology PLLC President, Physician Services OneOncology 615.333.2481 tnoncology.com oneoncology.com Patton serves as CEO and chairman of the board for Nashville-based Tennessee Oncology, one of the largest community oncology practices in the country. He is also president of Physician Services and a founding member of OneOncology, a partnership of oncologists and industry-leading experts driving the future of community-based cancer care in the United States. Patton is nationally recognized in the oncology community for his extensive clinical trial research and scholarly publications and has published eight manuscripts and nearly 20 clinical trial abstracts. An early advocate for healthcare payment reform policy, he is passionate about bringing exceptional oncology care to patients within their own communities. A member of multiple professional organizations, he serves on the board for the Tennessee Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and executive committee of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA). Patton completed his internship, residency and fellowship in hematology/oncology at Wake Forrest University and specializes in all adult malignancies.
Keith Payet President & CEO UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee 8 Cadillac Drive, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.493.9614 uhcommunityplan.com/tn In December 2017, Payet was tapped as CEO of the 482,000-member Medicaid and Dual Special Needs health plan with leadership responsibilities for strategic vision and operational/financial performance. Payet relocated to Nashville in 2015 to lead UnitedHealthcare’s Long Term Services and Supports program, which flourished under his leadership. Previously, he was with Integra Managed Care in New York where he served as COO. Payet earned his undergraduate degree from State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and his CAS/MBA from the College of Saint Rose. He sits on the Nashville Health Care Council Board and the Pinson Hospital Hospitality House Board.
Susan Peach Market President HIghPoint Health System CEO Sumner Regional Medical Center 555 Hartsville Pike Gallatin 37066 615.328.6695 highpointhealthsystem.com Peach, a veteran hospital administrator with more than 30 years of experience, was named to her current role with HighPoint Health System in July 2012. Under her leadership at Sumner Regional, the hospital has achieved quality milestones by earning a number of specialty accreditations and designations. She has also led the hospital through more than $60 million in capital projects. Peach came to HighPoint from LifePoint’s Hospital Support Center. As chief nursing officer of the company’s Delta Division, she provided clinical leadership and oversight for nine hospitals, including the four that make up HighPoint Health System. Prior to joining LifePoint, Peach held key leadership positions with Catholic Health Initiatives, Quorum Health Resources, and Rockdale Regional Medical Center. She received her nursing degree from Clayton College and her MBA from Georgia State University.
J. Edward (Eddie) Pearson President & COO HealthStream 500 11th Ave. N., Suite 1000 Nashville 37203 615.301.3100 healthstream.com Pearson has served on the executive team since joining HealthStream in 2006. He was named COO in August 2011 and president in May 2018. Previously, he served as president and CEO of DigiScript, Inc. Pearson also held executive positions with Inforum, HIE, empactHealth.com, and Medibuy. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, he began his career with the accounting firm of William Puryear & Company. He is a 2014 Council Fellow.
Joey Peay CEO Murfreesboro Medical Clinic 1272 Garrison Drive Murfreesboro 37129 615.893.4480 mmclinic.com Founded in 1949, MMC is one of the area’s oldest and largest practices, made up of more than 20 different specialties. Today, there are nearly 600 associates on the staff of the multi-specialty practice, which sees about 50,000 patients a year and includes the SurgiCenter and walk-in clinics. Peay has been at the helm since 2003, overseeing a period of rapid growth and construction of a new facility. He was CFO for four years before that. A CPA, he spent the first 10 years of his career with KPMG. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Peay is a certified medical practice executive by the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
Ronnie Pennell Executive VP & COO PhyBus 215 Jamestown Park Road, Suite 205 Brentwood 37027 615.620.9300 phybus.com Pennell has more than 20 years of experience with healthcare and related industries and has
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worked with some of the nation’s largest healthcare companies. Since 2009, he has been focused on the business operations of ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). PhyBus is a development, management, and revenue cycle company focused exclusively on ASCs. Previously, Pennell served as director of Institutional Investment Solutions for SunTrust Bank and as vice president of Retirement Services & Endowment and Foundations with AmSouth Bank. He began his career with the Institutional Consulting Group at Dean Witter Reynolds.
Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, FACMI President, Clinical Services & CMO HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com As president, clinical services and chief medical officer of HCA Healthcare, Perlin is responsible for clinical strategy and performance of the company’s 184 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care. Before joining HCA Healthcare in 2006, Perlin was Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is still active in healthcare and health policy on a national stage. He is a past chairman for the American Hospital Association and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Perlin has served previously on numerous boards and commissions including the Joint Commission and the National Patient Safety Foundation and currently serves on the Meharry Medical College Board and the National Quality Forum. He was the inaugural chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health IT Standards Committee. Perlin is a Master of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.
Daniel Phillips, MD President Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance ONEC1TY 8 City Blvd. Nashville 37209 615.329.6600 toa.com A skilled general orthopaedic surgeon capable of treating most concerns, Phillips is president of TOA where he has practiced for nearly 30 years. He maintains a special interest in foot and ankle treatment, shoulder surgery, joint replacement and sports medicine. The board-certified surgeon is an active member of the American Foot and Ankle Society and is on the North American Faculty of AO (Society for the Study and Advancement of Trauma Treatment). Phillips played football for Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude. He completed medical school, internship and surgical residency at Vanderbilt.
Mariann R. Piano, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA Nancy & Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing, Senior Associate Dean for Research & Postdoctoral Fellowship Director Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 461 21st Ave. S., GH 415 Nashville 37240 615.343.2936 nursing.vanderbilt.edu Piano leads Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s research program, responsible for supporting
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 faculty scholarly endeavors and expanding its research function. She also directs the school’s postdoctoral program. Piano has a distinguished career in substance abuse research concentrated on understanding the adverse impact of alcohol drinking patterns on the cardiovascular system. Her current research examines the effects of binge drinking on cardiovascular function and risk factors in young adults. Her research has been supported by the American Heart Association, NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research and NIH’s National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Piano is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association and a 2019 inductee into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
Lisa Piercey, MD, FAAP, FACHE Commissioner Tennessee Department of Health 710 James Robertson Parkway Andrew Johnson Tower, Fifth Floor Nashville 37243 615.741.3111 tn.gov/health
Piercey began her role as the 14th commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health in January 2019. Previously, she spent a decade in health systems operations, most recently as executive vice president with West Tennessee Healthcare where she had oversight of five rural acute care hospitals, two inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, a behavioral health hospital and eight community mental health centers and the system’s population health initiatives. Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both general pediatrics and the specialty field of child abuse pediatrics, she is a faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Piercey has been president of the Mid-South Healthcare Executives chapter, as well as the national chairman of the Management Series Editorial Board. She received her undergraduate degree from Lipscomb and her medical degree and pediatrics residency training from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine. She also holds an MBA from Bethel University.
Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, FAAAS Executive VP for Research Vanderbilt University Medical Center Director Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 2220 Pierce Ave. 652 Preston Research Building Nashville 37232 615.936.1512 vicc.org A renowned researcher, Pietenpol has led the NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2007. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Cancer Policy Forum, co-chief scientific advisor for Susan G. Komen, a founding member of the national advisory committee for the Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research and a past presidential appointee for a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board. In 2016, she was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts and cancer leaders advising the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Pietenpol has received numerous awards, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Pietenpol, who has been on faculty at Vanderbilt since 1994, is also a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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C. Wright Pinson, MD, FACS Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.343.9324 mc.vanderbilt.edu Pinson wears many hats at Vanderbilt with broad oversight of adult and pediatric care. Formerly the health system’s chief medical officer, Pinson began assuming greater leadership responsibilities in 2009 as part of the executive team established by Jeff Balser, MD. In addition to his administrative duties, Pinson is a renowned surgeon in the specialty of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and liver transplantation. He is a past president of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. Pinson, who received his medical degree from Vanderbilt and his MBA from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Business Administration, has been on faculty since 1990. He is immediate past chair of the Tennessee Hospital Association Board, sits on the boards of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and is a past chair of the Nashville Health Care Council Board. On Jan. 1, 2020, Pinson began a three-year term as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees, the organization’s highest policymaking body.
David Posch Executive VP for Population Health Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network 3401 West End Ave., Suite 300 Nashville 37203 615.343.6319 mc.vanderbilt.edu In June 2015, Posch was named to a newly created position to strategically guide population health efforts across Vanderbilt Health System and help establish population health strategies for the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network. He has held a number of leadership roles within Vanderbilt, most recently serving as CEO for the adult hospital and clinics, as well as overseeing Vanderbilt Medical Group. Prior to Posch’s arrival at Vanderbilt in 1999, he held administrative positions with the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
James Powell Managing Partner KPMG LLP 1201 Demonbreun St., Suite 1100 Nashville 37203 615.244.1602 kpmg.com An audit partner, Powell is the managing partner for KPMG’s Nashville office, which has deep experience in the healthcare industry. Powell has served clients in KPMG’s Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Atlanta and Nashville offices. He was admitted to partnership in 2005 and has more than 20 years of experience providing financial statement audit and audit of internal control services.
Patsy Powers Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8808 wallerlaw.com Powers works with healthcare clients to solve problems including structuring compliant transactions and physician relationships, conducting internal investigations and, when necessary, the disclosure of violations of Stark and anti-kickback violations. As a past leader of Waller’s healthcare regulatory group, Powers has advised hospital leaders, their counsel and compliance departments in all manner of complicated regulatory problems. Powers rejoined Waller in 2015 after serving as senior associate general counsel at Vanderbilt University. Chambers USA and Best Lawyers have recognized Powers for her healthcare experience. She is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Al Pramuk Chairman & CEO Gresham, Smith and Partners 222 Second Ave. S., Suite 1400 Nashville 37201 615.770.8100 greshamsmith.com Pramuk, who has been with the architectural design and engineering firm for more than 25 years, exchanged his title of chairman and chief strategy officer for chairman and chief executive officer at the beginning of 2017, taking over day-to-day leadership of the large national firm, which includes healthcare as a major focus area. Pramuk has been on GS&P’s board since 2011 and was elected chairman in January 2016. The licensed professional engineer earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering and construction management from the University of Michigan and his master’s from the University of Texas at Arlington. Pramuk is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Amber Price, DNP, CNM, RN COO TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital & The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial 2201 Murphy Avenue Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com & thechildrenshospital nashville.com Price started her career as a NICU nurse. She received her executive doctorate in nursing from The Johns Hopkins University with a focus on change leadership. Prior to joining TriStar Centennial Medical Center, she was vice president of HCA’s Women’s Hospital at Henrico Doctors’ in Richmond, Va. Price served as state president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in Virginia and currently serves on several state executive boards in Tennessee, including the Maternal Mortality Review board and the Perinatal Quality board. She was nominated for Birth Advocate of the Year in 2015 and was the recipient of the Monarch award for Innovation in Nursing in 2017. A popular speaker and author of numerous articles, Price published a chapter on women’s voice in maternal healthcare in 2018 in “Nobody Told Me about That,” a guide to the first six weeks postpartum.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Gina Pruitt Member-in-Charge KraftCPAs 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.782.4207 kraftcpas.com Pruitt is the member-in-charge with KraftCPAs’ risk assurance and advisory services (RAAS) team where she oversees a variety of IT audit, consulting and risk management services. She has more than 30 years of experience with considerable time spent providing services in the healthcare industry. Previously with a Big Four firm, Pruitt served as the national healthcare industry partner for enterprise risk services (ERS) and was southeast regional director for internal audit services. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Leadership Health Care, and multiple other professional organizations. Pruitt is also a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
R David Raiford, MD Chief of Clinical Staff Vanderbilt Health System 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.875.8721 mc.vanderbilt.edu Raiford took over as chief of clinical staff in July 2014. In this role, he is responsible for patient and physician advocacy, as well as operations of the inpatient medical practices at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also serves as senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Raiford joined Vanderbilt in 1991 to help found and lead an interdisciplinary program in liver disease and continues to maintain a clinical practice in hepatology. He is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology.
W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD Deputy Director for Research Integration & Director, Division of Hematology and Oncology Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 2220 Pierce Ave., 777 Preston Research Building Nashville 37232 615.875.9731 vicc.org A leading figure in the field of cancer research specializing in the area of kidney cancers, Rathmell is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, serving as vice president and as a former editorial board member of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. She is the recipient of the American Association for Cancer Research Innovator Award for her discoveries in kidney cancer and the prestigious 2019 Eugene P. Schonfeld Award, the first woman to receive this honor. Rathmell has led or contributed to nearly every project of The Cancer Genome Atlas, a national effort to create a comprehensive molecular and genomic map of cancer. Rathmell is also a clinician who is internationally sought for her opinion on complex cases of kidney cancers. She has been named to the list of Best Doctors in the U.S. every year since 2009 and is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.
Cynthia Reisz Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.6283 bassberry.com A member of the firm’s Healthcare and Corporate Practice Groups and former chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group, Reisz represents hospitals, ancillary service providers, provider networks and practice management companies in a variety of specialties such as joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and other contractual arrangements, as well as regulatory and operational matters including fraud and abuse analyses, physician self-referral, fee splitting issues, and value-based payment structures. Reisz is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She has served on the American Health Lawyers Association Board of Directors since 2013 and has served in leadership roles for the organization for nearly 20 years. In 2019 she was selected as president-elect of AHLA. Reisz is also a member of the American Bar Association’s sections on business law and health law and is a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council. Nationally recognized for her industry acumen and over 30 years of experience, she has written and lectured nationally on current healthcare matters. Reisz received both her undergraduate and law degrees with honors from Vanderbilt University.
Karen Rhea, MD, FAPA CMO, Tennessee Centerstone 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217 615.463.6600 centerstone.org As CMO for Centerstone’s Tennessee region, Rhea oversees medical services and ensures that psychiatric services are effectively integrated within the organization’s service lines throughout Middle Tennessee. Her specific interest is in providing treatment in a manner that considers the interface of the patient’s physical and mental health issues. She has also been a longtime facilitator of the VanderbiltCenterstone collaboration around teaching, research and clinical care. Rhea, a triple-boarded physician, received her medical degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by internship and residency in pediatrics, psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbilt. Rhea is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Clay Richards CEO naviHealth 210 Westwood Place, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.577.1900 navihealth.us Partnering with health plans and health systems, naviHealth uses data-driven analysis of post-acute care (PAC) services to determine appropriate setting, improve outcomes and quality, and achieve savings while helping plan members navigate the PAC experience. Richards, who has been with the company since its January 2012 founding, has led the company through exponential growth, serving clients nationwide. Previously, he held several leadership roles at Healthways including senior vice president and general counsel. Before joining Healthways, Richards practiced law at Bass, Berry & Sims. He earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi and serves on several community boards.
Brian Roark Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.7753 bassberry.com As head of the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force, Roark concentrates his practice on representing healthcare clients in responding to governmental investigations and defending False Claim Act lawsuits. He has successfully litigated and resolved numerous healthcare fraud matters involving hospitals and health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, hospices, home health companies, drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers, and other healthcare providers. Roark also represents clients in connection with Medicare audits and overpayment disputes. He is an adjunct professor for Vanderbilt Law School where he teaches a course on healthcare fraud and abuse.
Gabe Roberts Director Division of TennCare 310 Great Circle Road Nashville 37243 615.507.6444 tn.gov/tenncare Gabe Roberts is the Deputy Commissioner and Director of TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. In his current role, Roberts manages a $12 billion healthcare enterprise that provides services to 1.4 million Tennesseans. Before becoming director, Roberts served as the deputy director and chief operating officer of TennCare. He also previously served as general counsel. During his tenure at TennCare, Roberts has been instrumental in the design and implementation of many of the agency’s initiatives including the Tennessee Health Care Innovation Initiative, the Employment and Community First CHOICES program, and the agency’s strategy to combat the opioid epidemic in Tennessee. Before joining TennCare, he practiced law at Sherrard, Roe, Voigt & Harbison where his focus was corporate and business law.
Michelle Robertson COO & CNO Ascension Saint Thomas 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284-7847 sthealth.com Robertson was named chief operating officer in 2017, overseeing operations for Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health system. In 2019, she accepted a dual role as the system chief operating and chief nursing officer. An Ascension associate for 29 years, her experience includes serving as chief executive officer of Seton Family of Hospitals and chief operating officer of Ascension Texas. Robertson earned her nursing degree from the University of Arizona and her MBA from the University of Colorado. An active volunteer, she sits on the board of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and the American Heart Association.
Todd Robinson, FAIA President & Principal ESa 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.9445 esarch.com Robinson joined ESa as a project architect in 1981 and was named president of the large design firm in 2017 after taking on increasing leadership roles.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 The Nashville native and University of Tennessee graduate has said his passion for healthcare design was informed at an early age when his mother succumbed to a terminal illness. His personal experiences help inform his work to combine form and function with end users in mind. He has worked on new, renovated and expanded healthcare facilities across the nation. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robinson is a charter member of Planetree’s Design Advisory Council and remains an active participant in the Planetree Visionary Design Network. Robinson has also been honored as a “Health Care Hero” and is actively involved in Leadership Health Care, as well as serving on the board of the AIA Middle Tennessee.
Heather Rohan President TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com Rohan has over 30 years of extensive healthcare experience, serving in a variety of leadership roles in both administration and patient care areas within HCA Healthcare. As the president of HCA’s TriStar Division, she oversees a total of 19 hospitals and related care settings that are supported by approximately 2,600 physicians and over 16,000 employees – including more than 6,000 nurses. Previously, Rohan served as president and CEO at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. Prior to relocating to Nashville, she served as CEO of HCA’s Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, Fla., for seven years and has held other CEO posts at Palms West Hospital and Pompano Beach Medical Center. Rohan is currently serving as chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She is a board member of the Tennessee Hospital Association and American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Jason Rose CEO AdhereHealth 5200 Maryland Way, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.346.0880 adherehealth.com Rose has served as CEO of medication management and adherence company AdhereHealth (formerly PharmMD) since March 2018. He has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare technology and is known as a serial HIT entrepreneur focused on disruptive technology to drive digital health innovation. Previously, he served in executive positions with Cerner, Gap Gemini Ernst & Young, Inspiris and Ardent Health Services. Rose earned his undergraduate degree from Radford University and a Master of Health Services Administration from George Washington University.
Meg Rush, MD Interim President, Chief of Staff & Executive Medical Director Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way Nashville 37232 615.936.1000 childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org Rush, a neonatologist and professor of clinical pediatrics, has served as Children’s Hospital chief of staff since 2007, added the responsibilities of executive medical director in 2012 and was named
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interim president in 2019. She assists in the development and implementation of clinical operations and practice standards, strategic planning, and oversight of medical staff governance together with the pediatrician-in-chief and surgeon-in chief. Rush earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati followed by internship, residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt, where she joined the faculty in 1990. She earned a Master of Management in Health Care (MMHC) in 2014. Rush is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
William Rutherford Executive VP & CFO HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com Rutherford is chief financial officer and executive vice president of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. Rutherford has management responsibility for the company’s Treasury Department, Office of the Controller, Information Technology, Government Programs, Development, Investor Relations, Parallon and HealthTrust Purchasing Group. Immediately prior to his current role, Rutherford served as COO of the Clinical and Physician Services Group, helping to provide leadership oversight of physician employment, recruiting and practice management for over 3,000 providers. Rutherford’s current board membership includes Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS). Past board memberships include Center for Non-Profit Management and YMCA Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center. A CPA, Rutherford received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Tampa. He is a 2013 Council Fellow.
Grant Rutledge Chief Development Officer TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com Rutledge, who was announced as chief development officer in late 2017, is charged with working in conjunction with division leadership to develop and implement growth strategies and initiatives including program and service line development, collaborative arrangements with other healthcare systems, physician groups and payers, joint ventures and new business. He joined HCA Healthcare in 2016 as vice president of Practice Operations in the Physician Services Group. Previously, he was president of BCP Group, an orthotic and prosthetic clinic company. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Atlanta offices of Bain & Company, Arcapita, and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Rutledge earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a 2019 Council Fellow.
John Rutledge President & CEO American Physician Partners 5121 Maryland Way, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.928.6275 appartners.com Rutledge founded APP in 2015. The company works with partners to deploy a proactive emergency department model focused on improving quality and outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and lowering costs. The company has enjoyed exponential growth since its founding. In its first year, the company worked with 215 providers,
which has now grown to more than 1,300 providers across 14 states. Healthcare veteran Rutledge brings decades of operational experience to APP. Previously, he helped found and lead RegionalCare Hospital Partners (RCCH Healthcare Partners before the 2018 merger with LifePoint Health) and served as COO and president of Province Healthcare. Rutledge graduated from Lipscomb University.
Patrick Ryan, MD, FACS Founder & CEO Nashville Vascular & Vein Institute 330 23rd Ave. N., Suite 100 Nashville 37203 615.321.6100 nashvillevascularandvein institute.com Ryan, who is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery, has deep experience in the full range of vascular treatment options. He holds several national roles focused on quality. A member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, he is on the Quality Metrics and Performance Committee and is one of a small number of practices to fully participate in the national Vascular Quality Initiative. After completing his studies at the Medical University of South Carolina, he undertook both his internship and residency at Carilion Health System followed by fellowship training at the University of Kansas. Ryan was recognized as a 2017 “Health Care Hero.”
S A. Dexter Samuels, PhD Executive Director Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy Senior VP, Student & Faculty Affairs Meharry Medical College 1005 D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6435 mmc.edu In his role as senior vice president, Samuels directs the offices of admissions, the registrar and student life. As executive director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry, he oversees a program dedicated to leadership in health policy along with research and reform on national, state and local levels, supporting Meharry’s mission to the underserved. He also is a member of Meharry’s executive management team. Previously, Samuels served as vice president for Student Affairs at Tennessee State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State, his master’s from Western Kentucky and his doctorate from TSU. He is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Ivanetta Davis Samuels Senior VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Meharry Medical College 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6419 mmc.edu In her leadership role at Meharry, Davis Samuels is an is an essential advisor to Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, the college’s president, providing strategic legal and regulatory expertise. In 2017, she shepherded the process that led to a historic partnership between Meharry and HCA Healthcare. Samuels is a veteran attorney in Nashville with nearly 25
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 years of experience practicing both criminal and civil law. Prior to joining Meharry, she was an attorney in the Metro Department of Law, handling regulatory, administrative, legislative and a variety of legal issues for the city of Nashville and Davidson County. Davis Samuels earned her law degree from Vanderbilt.
Warren Sandberg, MD, PhD Professor & Chair of Anesthesiology & Chief of Staff for Perioperative & Critical Care Services Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1211 21st Ave. S., Medical Arts Bldg. #722 Nashville 37212 615.936.1595 mc.vanderbilt.edu/ anesthesiology Sandberg came to VUMC from Harvard in 2010. He has responsibility for the administrative, research, educational and clinical activities of the Anesthesiology Department, which is home to more than 140 anesthesiologists, 130 nurse anesthetists and 120 trainees. A prolific researcher interested in processes, workflow and technology, Sandberg has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkley and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Chicago, followed by his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Sandberg completed residency and fellowship training in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital.
William Schaffner, MD Professor of Preventive Medicine, Department of Health Policy & Professor, Division of Infectious Disease Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1500 21st Ave. S. Village at Vanderbilt, Suite 2600 Nashville 37212 615.322.2037 vumc.org/health-policy A 2018 inductee into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame, Schaffner is one of the nation’s pioneers of rigorous infection control programs in hospitals with his Nashville program becoming the standard of excellence nationwide. His career has spanned creating new epidemiologic science, translating that science into progressive national health policy and communicating these advances and critical public health issues to the public and medical professionals around the globe. Schaffner is a national leader on the subject of adult immunizations, having contributed more than 300 original research papers and 200 invited chapters, reviews and editorials. He was president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and is now its medical director. He is a founding member of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) of which he is past president. Schaffner received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.
Mavis Schorn, PhD, CNM, FAAN, FACNM, FNAP Senior Associate Dean for Academics & Professor of Nursing Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 461 21st Ave. S., SON 278 Nashville 37240 615.343.5876 nursing.vanderbilt.edu Schorn provides overall academic leadership for Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s master and doctorate of practice programs, responsible for curriculum, admissions, financial aid, clinical placement and student affairs for its more than 800 students. She is active in interprofessional education efforts and serves as co-director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Interprofessional Collaboration. A Certified Nurse Midwife, Schorn has published extensively on midwifery care with a research focus on the third stage of labor. She recently received a $1.4 million federal grant to develop sexual assault nurse examiner education. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American College of NurseMidwives and National Academy of Practice.
Eric Schuck, MD CMO TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center 200 StoneCrest Blvd. Smyrna 37167 615.768.2000 tristarstonecrest.com Schuck serves as chief medical officer for TriStar StoneCrest. With more than 20 years of clinical
experience, Schuck previously served as medical director of the emergency departments at three Florida Hospitals – Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, West Florida Hospital in Pensacola and Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee. He received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics at Wright Patterson Air Force Base/ Wright State School of Medicine.
Nancy Schultz Vice President, Nashville North Highland Company 5105 Maryland Way, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.370.2790 northhighland.com Schultz has more than 28 years of management consulting experience across multiple industries including healthcare, retail and hospitality. Prior to North Highland, she worked for “Big 5” consulting firms in project management, packaged systems design and implementation, and process reengineering, including manufacturing, distribution, and financials. Schultz, who earned her degree at Vanderbilt University, is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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Richard C. Shelton, MD Chief Science Officer Centerstone 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org Shelton serves as chief science officer of Centerstone. Previously, he served as CEO of Centerstone Research Institute, during which time he elevated the role of science in the care being delivered around the nation. A veteran researcher and educator, Shelton served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine and at the medical center for nearly three decades. In 2012, he joined the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as the Charles Byron Ireland Professor, vice chair for Research and head of the Mood Disorders Research Program. He maintains his UAB appointment along with his Centerstone role. Shelton earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville.
Pat Shepherd Managing Partner Avondale Partners 40 Burton Hills Blvd. Suite 450 Nashville 37215 615.467.3533 avondalepartnersllc.com As co-founder and managing partner at Avondale Partners, Shepherd began his career as assistant general counsel to Heinhold Commodities, Inc in Chicago before moving to Nashville, where he spent 17 years at J.C. Bradford & Co. as a general partner and the firm’s general counsel. Along the way he held served on and chaired the FINRA (formerly NASD) District 5 Committee and was a member of FINRA Membership Committee. Shepherd also has been active with SIFMA (previously the Securities Industry Association), serving on the executive committee for the Compliance and Legal Division, and as a member of its Federal Regulation Committee. He received his finance degree from the University of Notre Dame before earning his law degree from DePaul University Law School.
James Shill CEO Heritage Medical Associates 222 22nd Ave. N. Nashville 37203 629.255.2139 heritagemedical.com Named CEO of Heritage Medical Associates in 2019, Shill carries more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, most recently as CEO of Ferguson Medical Group in southeast Missouri. Prior to that, he held leadership positions with multiple healthcare organizations in Alaska, including the state’s largest locally-owned medical clinic. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Utah State University and his MBA from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business in Salt Lake City.
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Divya Shroff, MD, FHM CMO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com Shroff has been chief medical officer at Centennial since December 2013. In this role, Shroff oversees the quality and clinical leadership of the 733-bed campus with 1,680 physicians, APPs, CRNAs and more than 3,000 employees. Her direct oversight includes pharmacy, BMT services, quality, medical staff and clinical informatics. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and completed her residency in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Shroff is board certified in internal medicine, a Fellow of Hospital Medicine, and a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Prior to joining TriStar Centennial, she served as the chief clinical transformation officer and vice president in the clinical services group for HCA. Shroff is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and sits on the boards of the Adventure Science Center and Friends of Radnor Lake.
Rhonda Sides Principal – Healthcare & Forensic/ Valuation Services Crosslin 3803 Bedford Ave., Suite 103 Nashville 37215 615.320.5500 crosslinpc.com Sides is principal for healthcare services, forensic/ valuation and litigation support services for Crosslin. For more than two decades, she has specialized in business valuation, financial fraud and forensics, and physician practice management issues including compliance, compensation, practice valuations, and financial feasibility issues. A CPA, Sides has co-authored three books, contributed articles to numerous publications, and is often called upon to lecture nationally. A past president of the Tennessee Healthcare Executives Association, she also is active in a number of state and national professional associations. Sides is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and has been recognized by area publications for her expertise, including twice being named a “Health Care Hero.”
Rob Simmons CEO Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance ONEC1TY 8 City Blvd. Nashville 37209 615.695.7736 toa.com Simmons was named CEO of Tennessee’s largest orthopaedic surgery group in June 2018. Previously, he served as chief operating officer at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis. Simmons earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Lynn Simon, MD President of Clinical Operations & CMO Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net Simon has leadership responsibilities for clinical services, quality and safety, nursing, and case management. She oversees medical staff relations, physician practice management, clinical integration initiatives and medical informatics. Before joining CHS in 2010, Simon was a practicing neurologist in Louisville, Ky. and served as vice president of Medical Affairs at Jewish Hospital and senior vice president and CMO of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” for the past three years. Simon also serves on the board for Kindred Healthcare.
Amber Sims Chief Strategy Officer Ascension Saint Thomas 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 sthealth.com In her role as chief strategy officer, Sims is responsible for developing and advancing the strategic direction of Ascension Saint Thomas including leading business and strategic partnership development. Her passion is to lead efforts in transforming the healthcare delivery system and enhance the health of our communities. Sims began her career at Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown and progressed through various roles including director of Physician and Product Development before being named to the director of Clinical and Support Services. In 2008, she assumed the role of COO for Ascension Saint Thomas Medical Partners. In 2013, Sims was named vice president of the Ascension Saint Thomas Alliance, where she created a new organizational business development model focused on growth and alignment with key strategic partners across the healthcare continuum. Sims is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Saurabh Sinha Co-founder & CEO emids Technologies 318 Seaboard Lane, Suite 110 Franklin 37067 615.332.7701 emids.com As co-founder and CEO of the healthcare IT company, Sinha has led emids to several awards including recognition in BusinessTN’s “Hot 100” and the Nashville Chamber’s “Future 50.” He focuses on the company’s global delivery capabilities with an emphasis on service. Prior to the company’s founding in 2000, he was with Wipro Technologies. He is a board member of Abe’s Garden and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Sinha is a past “Entrepreneur of the Year” honoree by the Nashville Chamber and Entrepreneur Center. He is a 2015 Council Fellow and serves on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Chapman Sledge, MD CMO Cumberland Heights 8283 River Road Pike Nashville 37209 615.352.1757 cumberlandheights.org Sledge has served as chief medical officer at Cumberland Heights since 2009. That same year, he was among the first group of physicians to receive certification by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). in 2015, ABAM awarded Sledge with the title of Distinguished Fellow, and he now serves on the organization’s credentialing committee. Sledge is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. In addition to his work at Cumberland Heights, he also serves as an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.
Dee Anna Smith CEO Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com Appointed CEO in 2006, Smith is responsible for carrying out the overall strategic mission and vision for Sarah Cannon, HCA’s global cancer institute with cutting-edge clinical research as the foundation to its integrated cancer programs, which provide access to world-class cancer care across the U.S. and U.K. Joining Sarah Cannon Research Institute in 2005 in an executive capacity, she previously was founder and CEO of Summit Research Solutions. Smith received her accounting degree from Pepperdine University and has been recognized for her healthcare contributions. She received Pepperdine University’s 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award and was recognized by Nashville-based Operation Andrew as a Rodgers Award recipient for making an impact on lives and communities in Middle Tennessee and beyond in October 2017. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree, a 2013 “Health Care Hero,” and recipient of Lipscomb University’s 2013 “Heroes in Business Award.” Smith is chair of the Pepperdine University Board of Regents and serves on the boards of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Nashville Health Care Council.
Kevin Smith, MD, PhD, FACP President-Elect Tennessee Medical Association 701 Bradford Ave. Nashville 37204 615.385.2100 tnmed.org Smith, a primary care physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will be inducted as the 2020-21 TMA president in May. When he isn’t seeing patients, he teaches general internal medicine at Vanderbilt. Previously, Smith was in private practice at Ascension Saint Thomas West Hospital. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and also earned a master’s degree in healthcare management from the Vanderbilt Owen School of Management. Smith has also served as president of the Nashville Academy of Medicine and treasurer of the Tennessee American College of Physicians.
Marty Smith Executive VP & COO Quorum Health 1573 Mallory Lane, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.221.1400 quorumhealth.com Smith has oversight of operations for Quorum Health’s hospitals and outpatient centers across 16 states. Previously, he served as Division III President of Operations for Community Health Systems with responsibility for 35 affiliated hospitals in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. He joined CHS in 1998 as a hospital CEO in Cleveland, Tenn. before being promoted to leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Smith holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee.
Wayne Smith Chairman & CEO Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net Smith joined CHS in 1997 as president and CEO and was named chairman in 2001. He is nationally recognized as a healthcare leader with more than 35 years of executive level experience in the industry. Prior to joining CHS, Smith was with Humana Inc., where he held a variety of senior management positions, including president and COO. He has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” every year since the list’s inception. Smith currently serves on the boards of the Nashville Health Care Council and Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and is a past chair of both. He’s also on the board of the Center for Medical Interoperability and is the immediate past board chair of the Federation of American Hospitals.
Teresa Sparks Executive VP & CFO Envision Healthcare 1A Burton Hills Blvd. Nashville 37215 615.665.1283 evhc.net Sparks, a healthcare finance veteran with extensive experience in both public and private companies, joined Envision Healthcare in December 2018. Most recently, she served as interim CFO for Brookdale Senior Living. Prior to that, she was executive vice president and CFO for Nashville-based Surgery Partners and its predecessor company Symbion. Sparks is on the Trevecca Nazarene University Board of Trustees and previously chaired the Nashville Health Care Council’s Leadership Health Care program. Sparks earned her degree in business administration and accounting from Trevecca.
David Spigel, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Chief Scientific Officer & Director, Lung Cancer Research Program Sarah Cannon Research Institute 250 25th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.986.4366 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com Spigel joined Sarah Cannon in 2003 and oversees all scientific aspects of the clinical trial program. He serves as a primary contact for pharma and
biotech partners, as well as the strategic site physicians with whom Sarah Cannon conducts cancer research. Spigel earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. After completing an internal medicine and chief residency at Indiana University Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He is board certified in medical oncology.
Karen Springer President, Healthcare Operations Ascension Health 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284-7847 sthealth.com At the beginning of 2018, Springer, the former president and CEO of Saint Thomas, was promoted to a new role with the parent organization overseeing operating performance and excellence for hospitals in Ascension’s small and medium markets. While her office base is in St. Louis where Ascension is headquartered, Springer maintains an office in Nashville and divides her time between the cities. A past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree, Springer remains active in the local community.
Chase Spurlock, PhD Founder & CEO Decode Health 209 10th Ave. S., Suite 404 Nashville 37203 855.899.9551 decodehealth.ai Spurlock founded healthcare analytics company Decode Health in 2019 and its predecessor company IQuity in 2015. He is responsible for driving the company’s mission to help reduce the cost of healthcare through identification of uncontrolled, misdiagnosed and undetected chronic diseases. After previously developing and commercializing machine learning tools in genomics, he currently leads Decode Health’s efforts building AI that can predict chronic disease risk and provide actionable information to care management and technology companies. These insights enable proactive clinical decision-making leading, better patient outcomes and lower costs. Spurlock is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of the South and received his doctorate from Vanderbilt, where he also serves on the medical school faculty.
Tom Starling, EdD CEO Mental Health America of the MidSouth 446 Metroplex Drive, Suite A-224 Nashville 37211 615.269.5355 mhamidsouth.org Starling is a veteran at leading health-related nonprofits in Middle Tennessee. Since 2009, he has directed the efforts of MHA MidSouth, which provides a range of behavioral health resources including suicide prevention, Alzheimer’s caregiver support, professional CEUs, advocacy and community education throughout the region. His previous experience includes leading the Middle Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association and the United Way of Rutherford County. After earning an undergraduate degree from Baylor in psychology, Starling completed a master’s in theology and ethics from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a master’s in bioethics from Vanderbilt, and a doctorate
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Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD CMO Vanderbilt Medical Group Chief Patient Experience Officer Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2311 Pierce Ave., Suite 1209 Nashville 37232 615.936.1453 mc.vanderbilt.edu A renowned retina specialist, the board-certified ophthalmologist maintains an active academic and research program in addition to his clinical practice. Along with leading the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Sternberg extends his expertise to broader patient populations through his role as CMO. In 2014, chief patient experience officer was added to his list of duties. Sternberg earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his medical degree from the University of Chicago followed by residency at Johns Hopkins and a fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Duke.
Riley Sweat Managing Director & Co-Head of Health Care Raymond James & Associates 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 505 Nashville 37203 615.645.6775 raymondjames.com Sweat joined Raymond James in 2001. From 1989 until 2001, he served as managing director and head of healthcare investment banking for SunTrust Equitable Securities. Prior to that, he spent five years working for First Union Bank, where he was involved primarily in mergers and acquisitions. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and an MBA in accounting and finance from Vanderbilt University.
T Fahad Tahir, FACHE CEO Saint Thomas Midtown & West Hospitals 4200 Harding Road Nashville 37205 615.222.2111 sthealth.com In late 2017, Tahir was appointed to the top leadership post of Saint Thomas Health’s flagship hospitals In Nashville. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of Saint Thomas Medical Partners, which enjoyed unprecedented growth under his leadership. Tahir, who has been with Ascension Health since 2003, is known for his ability to build partnerships with both physicians and payers. Prior to moving to Nashville, he held leadership roles at health systems in Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. Tahir earned his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. He also sits on the Nashville Health Care Council Board and is a 2019 Council Fellow.
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Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN Dean Belmont University Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing 1900 Belmont Blvd. Inman Building 301 Nashville 37212 615.460.6781 belmont.edu/healthsciences Taylor joined Belmont as dean of the Health Sciences College in February 2012 after serving as assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Services Administration and as a consultant to China’s Ministry of Health where she contributed to the re-design of China’s rural healthcare delivery system. Earlier, she served as a faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and as director of the MeharryVanderbilt Alliance Disease Management Program. Her research interests include preventing long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences, discovery of best practices for preparing the next generation of healthcare providers and healthcare policy. Taylor holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree, a 2014 Council Fellow, immediate past president of the Tennessee Public Health Association and was recently appointed by Governor Lee to serve on the Tennessee Chronic Disease Prevention task force.
Jerry Taylor Partner Burr & Forman, LLP 222 Second Ave. S., Suite 2000 Nashville 37201 615.724.3247 burr.com A veteran healthcare attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the area of regulatory compliance, Taylor joined Burr & Forman’s Health Care Practice Group in January 2015. In addition to helping clients navigate the certificate of need and regulatory approvals process, Taylor also has significant experience in professional and facility licensing, and Medicare and TennCare reimbursement. Earlier in his career, he served as an assistant state attorney general and as general counsel to the Tennessee Health Facilities Commission earlier in his career. Taylor sits on the board of the Tennessee Justice Center and is a past member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors.
Pam Tenpenny CEO Life Credit Union 2010 Church St., Suite 204 Nashville 37203 615.230.5433 lifecu.org Tenpenny has led Life Credit Union, which is a financial cooperative that is solely dedicated to serving those who work in and for the healthcare community, for three decades. She is an active member of the Healthcare Credit Union Association and also serves on the Elder Abuse Prevention Advisory Committee with the Tennessee Credit Union League. Tenpenny earned her degree from Lipscomb University.
R. Jason Thurman, MD, FAAEM CMO TriStar Skyline Medical Center 3441 Dickerson Pike Nashville 37207 615.769.2000 tristarskyline.com Thurman, who serves as chief medical officer for TriStar Skyline, previously served in a variety of leadership roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, including with quality and safety, the emergency medicine residency program, and stroke. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, followed by residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and is a certified professional in patient safety.
Alex Tolbert Founder & CEO Bernard Health 618 Church St., Suite 310 Nashville 37219 615.528.3399 bernardhealth.com Tolbert founded Bernard Health in 2006 driven by a desire to improve the U.S. healthcare system. Today, the fast-growing benefits business has 75 team members and a presence in seven states. BerniePortal, the web-based HR platform built by brokers for brokers, was launched out of Bernard Health in 2008. From 2006 to 2010, Tolbert worked primarily as a group health insurance broker. Starting in 2011, his primary duties became related to the ongoing development of BerniePortal. He earned degrees in finance and international studies from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School followed by a law degree from Vanderbilt and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management. Tolbert has also passed all three levels of the CFA designation and is fluent in Spanish.
Corina Tracy Executive VP & COO Compassus 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.224.8028 compassus.com Since 2003, Tracy has held a number of leadership positions within the company, including director of clinical services, executive director, regional director of operations, senior vice president of clinical services, and now chief operating officer. Tracy serves on the Regulatory Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is a member of Leadership Health Care, and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Donato Tramuto CEO Tivity Health 701 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin 37067 800.869.5311 tivityhealth.com A member of the Tivity Health (formerly Healthways) board since 2013, Tramuto was named chairman the following year. In November 2015, he stepped into his current chief executive role to lead daily operations of the international population health improvement company. In late 2018, the company announced its intention to acquire weight management product provider Nutrisystem to offer a fully integrated suite of
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 fitness, nutrition and social supports. Tramuto has more than 35 years of healthcare experience and is the founder and former CEO and chairman of Physicians Interactive Holdings (now Aptus Health). Tramuto co-founded drug development services company Protocare (now Constella Health Strategies) and held executive positions with i3 and Caremark. He is also founder of nonprofit organization Health eVillages, which brings mobile health technology to medically underserved regions of the world. Tramuto is a past winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award and the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps Embracing the Legacy Award.
U Jeffrey Upperman, MD Surgeon-in-Chief, Chair of the Department of Pediatric Surgery Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way Nashville 37232 615.936.1057 childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org Upperman, a national leader in pediatric trauma and disaster preparedness, joined Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Nov. 1, 2019. He earned his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School, completed his internship and residency at University Hospital in New Jersey, followed by a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Upperman, who has published more than 180 peer-reviewed publications, 200 abstracts and 20 book chapters, focuses on sepsis, inflammation, trauma and disaster preparedness, He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Red Cross. A retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps, he served as chief of Surgery during operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in 2004.
Mike Ussery President & COO National HealthCare Corp. 100 East Vine St. Murfreesboro 37130 615.890.2020 nhccare.com Ussery, who has served as COO since 2009, added president to his title at the beginning of 2017. Ussery joined NHC in 1980 as a facility administrator before moving into corporate leadership in increasingly responsible roles, including regional vice president and senior vice president of operations. He sits on the board of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and its foundation, as well as the board of the Christy Houston Foundation. He is a 2019 Council Fellow.
V Arthur Van Buren Shareholder-in-Charge, Healthcare Tax Practice LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2292 lbmc.com Van Buren brings more than 28 years of experience to his leadership of the firm’s healthcare tax practice. He has extensive experience in delivering
value-added tax services to clients in a wide range of other industries, including healthcare technology, business services, distribution and information technology. Van Buren has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions; due diligence; federal, state and local tax planning; and managing tax engagements to both public and private companies. His service to clients has included assisting several in their process of SEC registration and subsequent financial tax accounting and tax return filings.
Larry Van Horn, PhD Associate Professor of Management & Executive Director of Health Affairs Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management 401 21st Ave. S., #317 Nashville 37203 615.322.6046 owen.vanderbilt.edu A national expert and researcher on healthcare management and economics, Van Horn co-leads the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program with Senator Bill Frist, MD, in addition to his work with graduate students at Owen. A prolific researcher, Van Horn’s interests include nonprofit conduct, governance and objectives in healthcare markets and the measurement of healthcare outcomes and productivity. His research has appeared in leading academic publications from the Journal of Health Economics to the Harvard Business Review. He holds two master’s degrees from the University of Rochester and a doctorate from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Tama VanDecar, MD CMO TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com VanDecar was named TriStar Health’s chief medical officer in June of 2017 and is responsible for physician administrative and operational oversight of approximately 2,600 physicians that provide patient care at 19 hospitals and related care areas serving communities in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Chattanooga, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Atlanta. Following a distinguished 20-year military career, VanDecar joined HCA Healthcare’s Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Florida, first as vice president of Medical Affairs and was named the hospital’s CMO a year later. VanDecar earned a bachelor’s degree from Carlton College in Northfield, Minn., and her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. She continued her medical education in San Antonio, Texas, completing an internal medicine internship and anesthesiology residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, followed by an obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center.
David Vandewater President & CEO Ardent Health Services One Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 250 Nashville 37215 615.296.3000 ardenthealth.com Vandewater has more than three decade’s experience in healthcare management. He joined the company as chairman of Behavioral Health Corporation, Ardent’s predecessor, in early 2001.
Later that same year, he was appointed president and CEO and expanded the company’s focus to include acute care hospitals and health systems. Today, Ardent includes 31 hospitals across seven states with more than 25,000 employees. At the end of 2018, Ardent filed an IPO in advance of taking the company public. Previously, Vandewater served as president and COO of Columbia/HCA. He is a past chair and current board member of the Federation of American Hospitals.
Robert N. Vero, EdD Regional CEO, Tennessee Centerstone 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217 615.463.6600 centerstone.org Vero serves as the Centerstone regional CEO, Tennessee. He has worked in behavioral healthcare since 1976 and is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Psychological Examiner. He has also worked as a psychological consultant to the Nebraska State Highway Patrol and the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. In May 2018, he was named to the Community Behavioral Health and Wellness Advisory Council, which will advise the mayor in setting priorities around behavioral health, mental illness and substance use issues. Vero is a two-time winner of the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organization’s Volunteer Leadership Award and has served three terms as the organization’s president. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology and his master’s in counseling from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Vero earned his doctorate in human development counseling from Vanderbilt.
Molly Vice Director of Leadership Health Care Nashville Health Care Council – Leadership Health Care 211 Commerce St., Suite 100 Nashville 37201 615.743.3151 leadershiphealthcare.com Vice is the director of Leadership Health Care, an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council to develop the talents of emerging industry leaders through educational programs and networking opportunities. Vice joined the Council staff in 2014 and most recently served as director of events and sponsorship fulfillment. Previously, she was an event manager for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Vice was a member of the Young Leaders Council Class 68 and begun serving as a Young Leaders Board Intern for Alive Hospice at the beginning of 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.
John Voigt Member Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 1100 Nashville 37201 615.742.4200 srvhlaw.com Voigt heads the firm’s healthcare practice, spending the majority of his time representing providers and provider-owned and affiliated entities of all types from physician groups and hospitals to ambulatory centers and medical malpractice insurance companies. He has broad experience across a spectrum of legal issues ranging from regulatory compliance to hospital-physician integration to mergers and acquisitions. Voigt earned his law degree from Emory and his MBA from Wharton. He is a member Nashville Medical News 43
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W Hays Waldrop Founder & President Institute of Healthcare Executives & Suppliers 101 Hampstead Lane Franklin 37069 615.794.2501 ihesllc.com Waldrop founded the Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers and the Council of Supply Chain Executives in 2002 to serve as an educational platform for corporations to test and share ideas and strategies and to allow facilitated access to leading hospital executives. In late 2015, he launched the Council of Pharmacy Executives and Suppliers. The organizations currently work with more than 115 hospital CEOs and 50 leading healthcare corporations from across the country. Involved in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years, Waldrop is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been routinely recognized as a healthcare leader in Middle Tennessee and is a past “Health Care Heroes” honoree.
Nick Walker Practice Leader & Nashville Managing Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 1400 Nashville 37201 615.503.2860 pwc.com/us/en/industries/ health-industries.html Walker is the managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Nashville office, as well as the firm’s Healthcare practice leader in both Nashville and across the Southeast. He has more than 25 years of experience serving a broad range of clients including SEC-registered healthcare providers and payers, as well as privately held and non-profit healthcare entities. In addition to recurring audit and financial reporting, he has had significant involvement in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, due diligence, restructuring activities, internal control review and optimization assessments, and securities offerings/ registrations under the Securities Acts. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he is a past vice chair of the Health Enterprises Network and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Paul Wallace Managing Director Heritage Group 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 150 Nashville 37215 615.665.8220 heritagegroupusa.com In 2011, Wallace joined Heritage Group, a venture capital firm with strategic investors representing some of the nation’s largest healthcare organizations. Previously, he worked with a number of investing firms including Petra Capital, Lazard Asia, and Gilbert Global. He also served as a senior vice president with Healthways. Wallace received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is a 2013 Council Fellow. He sits on a number of portfolio company boards.
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Leigh Walton Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.6201 bassberry.com Walton, who has helped develop the firm’s national healthcare practice, counsels healthcare providers in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and collaborative business agreements. She is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s 5,000-member M&A Committee and currently serves on the ABA’s Corporate Laws Committee. In 2019, Walton was elected as a member of the 2019 Class of Fellows by the prestigious American College of Governance Counsel. She has been recognized by Lawdragon Magazine as one of the top 500 lawyers in America for the past 10 consecutive years. In addition, the Vanderbilt Law School graduate has won numerous national and international accolades. A member of the American Health Lawyers Association, she speaks nationally on healthcare business and legal issues and is teaching a course on healthcare M&A at Vanderbilt Law School. Walton is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Ming Wang, MD, PhD Founder & Director Wang Vision 3D Cataract and LASIK Center CEO Aier-USA 1801 West End Ave., Suite 1150 Nashville 37203 615.321.8881 wangcataractlasik.com The well known laser eye surgeon graduated from Harvard Medical School and is one of the few cataract and LASIK surgeons to also hold a doctorate in laser physics, a degree he earned at MIT. He has performed more than 55,000 procedures and has debuted a number of new procedures and technologies in Tennessee. Wang is widely published, holds multiple patents for biotechnology vision innovations and heavily participates in ophthalmic research. He established the nonprofit Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration, which has helped patients from more than 40 states and 55 countries with surgeries to restore vision performed at no charge. Additionally, he is involved in expanding healthcare options in his native China and is the founding president of the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, he was named CEO of Aier-USA, to lead expansion efforts of China’s Aier Eye Hospital in the United States. Aier already has more than 170 locations in China and more than 75 locations in Europe.
Laura Watkins, FACMPE President Nashville Medical Group Management Association Senior Medical Practice Consultant State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company 101 Westpark Drive, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.846.8291 svmic.com Watkins leads the local chapter of the national MGMA organization, which focuses on member education and fosters networking with other administrators and suppliers through monthly meetings. In her work with SVMIC, she assists physicians and their staff with revenue cycle and financial
assessments, billing, coding, HIPAA, and OSHA. Watkins has over 30 years of healthcare experience with 21 years specializing in billing and revenue cycle management. She received her undergraduate degree from Murray State University and is a board certified medical practice executive, Board Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and certified as a professional coder from the American Academy of Professional Coders.
Marc Watkins, MD, FACOEM CMO & VP Kroger Health 2620 Elm Hill Pike Nashville 37214 615.425.4186 krogerhealth.com Watkins was tapped as chief medical officer for Kroger Health in August 2018, supporting all lines of health including retail and specialty pharmacy, clinic business, nutrition and dietitian programming and the company’s employee health plan. Previously, he served as chief medical officer of The Little Clinic under the Kroger Health platform. Prior to that, he spent six years with Concentra Health Services in a number of physician leadership roles. Watkins earned his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross in Massachusetts and his medical degree and master’s in public health from Meharry. The board-certified physician is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. He is also the two-time recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal, having spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, serving exclusively with the U.S. Marines. Watkins is a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council and a 2016 Council Fellow.
Alan Watson, FACHE CEO Maury Regional Medical Center 1224 Trotwood Ave. Columbia 38401 931.381.1111 mauryregional.com Watson, who joined Maury Regional in February 2010 as COO, became CEO of the 275-bed facility in 2012. He has more than 30 years of healthcare experience including prior experience as CEO at St. Mary’s Medical Centers in Campbell and Scott counties, Baptist Hospital West in the Knoxville area, and Bradley Memorial Hospital in Cleveland, Tenn. He has an undergraduate degree in nuclear medicine technology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and a master’s degree in community health administration from California College for Health Sciences. He sits on the Tennessee Hospital Association Board and is a past chair.
Jennifer Weaver Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8116 wallerlaw.com Weaver focuses her practice on False Claims Act/ qui tam litigation, healthcare fraud investigations, Medicare audits and appeals, and corporate compliance issues. She has extensive experience representing healthcare providers in both federal and state False Claims Act litigation across the country, securing numerous legal victories. Weaver has defended pharmacy providers, hospitals, behavioral healthcare companies, long term care facilities, home health providers, laboratory companies, ambulance providers and medical device manufacturers in False Claims Act cases. She is also a frequent writer and speaker on False Claims Act and healthcare fraud and abuse issues.
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Don Webb, FHFMA CEO Williamson Medical Center 4321 Carothers Parkway Franklin 37067 615.435.5000 williamsonmedicalcenter.org Under Webb’s leadership, WMC has launched a multi-specialty physician group, opened the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center and completed a massive renovation and expansion of its operating rooms and surgical space. Webb also spearheaded a strategic alignment with the Vanderbilt Health Network. He has been with WMC for 30 years and was named CEO in 2012. Webb is a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and sits on the Tennessee Hospital Association Board.
Joseph Webb, DSc, FACHE CEO Nashville General Hospital 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4000 nashvillegeneral.org Webb became CEO at the beginning of 2015 following a nationwide search for an executive to lead Nashville General Hospital. A veteran healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience, Webb previously was COO for Common Table Health Alliance in Memphis, COO for Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, and held a number of executive leadership positions during 17 years with Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare. In addition to a master’s in health and physical education from Tennessee State University, Webb also has a master’s and doctorate in hospital and health services administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He sits on the Tennessee Hospital Association Solutions Group Board.
Steven Webber, MBChB, MRCP Chair, Department of Pediatrics & Pediatrician-in-Chief Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way, Nashville 37232 615.322.3377 childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org Webber joined the faculty as the James C. Overall Professor and pediatrician-in-chief in August 2012. After a national search, he came to Nashville from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and affiliated children’s hospital where he led the pediatric cardiology program and was medical director of the Pediatric Heart and Heart-Lung Transplant Program. Webber received his medical degree and residency training in the United Kingdom and completed additional training in the United States and Canada. He currently leads the second largest department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and one of the largest pediatric departments in the country.
Sam Weinstein, MD CEO Specialty Care 3 Maryland Farms, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.345.5400 specialtycareus.com Weinstein joined clinical services provider company Specialty Care in 2015 as chief medical officer and was promoted to president and CMO the following year. In September 2017, he was elevated to his current role as CEO of the company that supports more than 400,000 procedures across the nation annually. Previously, Weinstein served as a medical operations consultant to a variety of healthcare companies. He has completed 30 mission trips around the world as a board member and surgical director for Heart Care International, which teaches congenital cardiac surgical techniques and management skills to local physicians in economically challenged countries. Weinstein earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also holds an MBA from Fordham University. He is a 2018 Council Fellow.
Jessica Wells Chair Leadership Health Care AVP, Education & Research, GME HCA Healthcare 2000 Health Park Drive Brentwood 37027 615.309.2084 hcahealthcare.com Well serves as board chair for Leadership Health Care, an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council that develops the talents of emerging industry leaders. She also brings more than 20 years of leadership in academic, for-profit, and nonprofit healthcare experience to her role as assistant vice president of Education and Research for HCA Healthcare Graduate Medical Education. In this capacity, she is responsible for the strategic direction and innovation of enterprise curriculum development, faculty development, resident engagement, and the scholarly activity support infrastructure. Previously she served as the vice president of Medical Education and Research for Ascension Saint Thomas and the assistant dean of Graduate Medical Education for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Wells received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and is currently pursuing her doctorate in organizational leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Phil Wenk, DDS, FACD President & CEO Delta Dental of Tennessee 240 Venture Circle Nashville 37228 800.223.3104 deltadentaltn.com Wenk joined Delta Dental of Tennessee as COO in March 1997 and was promoted to his current position as president and CEO in January 2000. He has oversight of the largest independent dental insurance provider in the state with more than 2,000 employer groups representing in excess of 1 million Tennesseans. Prior to his role at Delta Dental, Wenk spent 20 years as a practicing dentist in Clinton, Tenn. and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He is active in the community, serving in the past as board president for the American Cancer Society and currently sitting on the board for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Holley West Principal Holley West Consulting email@example.com West, a strategist and consultant with expertise in the healthcare industry, specializes in project management, product launches and communications. West launched Holley West Consulting in 2019 following seven years with Applied Health Analytics, where she rose to chief of staff. She earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is pursuing a Master of Health Administration from Lipscomb University. West serves on the board of Leadership Health Care.
Richard W. Westling Member Epstein Becker Green 424 Church St., Suite 2000 Nashville 37219 629.802.9251 ebglaw.com Westling launched the national firm’s Nashville office in June 2017. A member of EBG’s Health Care & Life Sciences and Litigation practices, Westling focuses on compliance and government enforcement defense and splits his time between Nashville and Washington, D.C. Previously a partner with Waller, his healthcare work has been recognized by Chambers USA and Nightingale’s Healthcare News. Westling earned his undergraduate degree from Sewanee: The University of the South and his law degree from Tulane. He holds a certification from the Health Care Compliance Association.
Marcus Whitney CEO Health:Further Founding Partner Jumpstart Foundry 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 211 Nashville 37206 firstname.lastname@example.org healthfurther.com jsf.co Whitney is an entrepreneur and innovator. After launching his technology career as a programmer at HealthStream, he became chief architect and director of technology at Emma and has since co-founded multiple companies. He partnered with Vic Gatto to create Jumpstart in 2009. After starting out as an incubator, Jumpstart segued into to a seed stage healthcare innovation fund. In addition, the duo launched Health:Further, which advises health systems on strategic leveraging of innovation. Whitney is also active in the community and sits on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards. He is co-founder and minority owner of Nashville SC, Nashville Major League Soccer team. He is a 2019 Council Fellow.
Michael Wiechart Executive VP & COO TeamHealth 320 Seven Springs Way, Suite 450 Brentwood 37027 800.342.2898 teamhealth.com Wiechart is part of the executive leadership team of Knoxville-based TeamHealth. Like CEO Leif Murphy, Wiechart divides time between Knoxville and his home city of Nashville. He brings nearly 30 years of healthcare management experience to his operational oversight of the clinician services organization, which has approximately 20,000 affiliated clinicians serving more than 3,200 acute and post-acute facilities and physician groups
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 nationwide. Prior to joining TeamHealth, Wiechart served as founder and managing director of Sunergeo Health Partners. Before that, he was president and CEO of RCCH Healthcare Partners and Capella Healthcare and also held leadership roles with LifePoint Health. Wiechart earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Tennessee and is currently a doctoral candidate in health services administration at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He is a member of the American Heart Association Middle Tennessee Board.
Ellyn Wilbur Executive Director Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations 42 Rutledge St. Nashville 37210-2043 615.244.2220 tamho.org After joining TAMHO in 2009, Wilbur, who came on board as the organization’s director of Policy and Advocacy, was promoted to the top staff spot in 2011. TAMHO is a statewide trade association representing community mental health centers and other not-for-profit corporations providing community-based behavioral health services. Wilbur, who has more than 30 years of behavioral health experience, previously held management positions with Magellan Health Services in Nashville and led Case Management, Inc. in Memphis. She sits on the board of Compass Coordination, Inc., which provides community-based supports for those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Wilbur is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Marie Williams Commissioner Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Andrew Jackson Building, Sixth Floor 500 Deaderick St. Nashville 37243 615.532.6503 tn.gov/behavioral-health After serving as deputy commissioner of TDMHSAS since August 2011, Williams was appointed commissioner in October 2016 by Gov. Bill Haslam and reappointed to the role under Gov. Bill Lee. A licensed clinical social worker, she has oversight of the agency’s divisions ranging from crisis and mental health services to substance abuse prevention and combatting the opioid epidemic. Earlier in her career, Williams served as director of Homeless Services for Catholic Charities of Memphis and was later selected as a Community Builder Fellow with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Calling on that experience, she launched the Creating Homes Initiative after joining TDMHSAS and has won national accolades for the program’s success.
Michele Williams, MD, FAAP CMO & Medical Director Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center 1035 14th Ave. N. Nashville 37208 615.327.9400 mwchc.org Williams began working with the non-profit community health center as a pediatrician in 2002 and was named medical director in 2005. Williams is actively involved in a number of quality initiatives
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and primary care organizations and is an advisory committee member for the Bureau of TennCare and the Tennessee Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program. She began her career as a pediatrician and clinic coordinator at Meharry Medical College after completing undergrad, medical school and her pediatric residency at Vanderbilt. She is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Robin Williams, MD President Nashville Academy of Medicine 3301 West End Ave., Suite 100 Nashville 37203 615.712.6236 nashvillemedicine.org In January 2020, Williams steps into a new role as president of the Nashville Academy of Medicine (NAM), the state’s oldest professional organization for physicians. In 2019, Williams chaired the Medical Foundation of Nashville Board, which supports health access, promotes healthy lifestyles, champions health and medical education, and cooperates with other charitable entities to work towards a healthier Nashville under the NAM umbrella. Williams is a breast surgeon with Saint Thomas Medical Partners. She earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed surgical residency at Howard University. She is a former president of Tennessee Women in Medicine and has volunteered with Project Access Nashville Specialty Care since 2013. Williams is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Andrea Willis, MD, FAAP Senior VP & CMO BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee 1 Cameron Hill Circle Chattanooga 37402 423.535.5600 bcbst.com In the fall of 2013, Willis was promoted to her current position to lead health programs for the company’s more than 3.4 million members with a focus on clinical quality, optimizing care and overall medical management. Willis previously served as medical director of the BlueCross CHOICES Long-Term Services and Supports Program. Prior to that, she was medical director for BlueCare Tennessee and CoverTennessee. Before joining BlueCross, Willis was director of CoverKids and deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health. She holds a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins. She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Morgan Wills, MD, FACP President & CEO Siloam Health 820 Gale Lane Nashville 37204 615.298.5406 siloamhealth.org Wills was tapped to lead Siloam in 2013. Previously, he had been an internist at the nonprofit safety net health clinic since 2000, serving as the sole staff physician for the first five years. In 2010, Wills founded the Siloam Institute of Faith, Health and Culture as an educational initiative of the health center, which has a mission of bridging the gap among the faith community, the medically underserved, and academic medicine. Wills, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, received his medical degree from Vanderbilt and his master’s degree in theological studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Blake Wilson VP & Division Head, TMA Medical Banking INSBANK 2106 Crestmoor Road Nashville 37215 615.515.4272 insbanktn.com tmamedicalbanking.com In 2013, INSBANK and the Tennessee Medical Association teamed up to create TMA Medical Banking with dedicated services to meet medical practice needs including customized financing solutions for working capital, medical equipment and facilities, and practice acquisitions, as well as customary banking products and services. Wilson was selected to oversee this strategic partnership in July 2013. Wilson, who joined INSBANK in 2008 as a commercial credit analyst, served as assistant vice president and relationship manager immediately prior to taking on his current role.
Stephen Wilson CEO UnitedHealthcare of the Mid South 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.372.3622 uhc.com Wilson was appointed to the chief executive office for Tennessee, Arkansas and southwest Virginia in June 2017 and Mississippi and Louisiana in July 2019. Immediately prior, he was CFO for the Southeast Region, which includes 22 offices across nine states. Before joining UnitedHealthcare in 2006, Wilson worked for John Deere Health Care for nearly a decade. He received both is undergraduate degree and MBA from Illinois State University.
Bryant C. Witt Partner Hall Booth Smith PC 424 Church St., Suite 2950 Nashville 37219 615.277.5002 hallboothsmith.com Witt has extensive experience in all aspects of the representation of hospitals, physicians and other healthcare organizations. He also handles complex regulatory issues. Witt, who led his former firm’s healthcare practice group, has substantial trial experience defending healthcare entities in professional liability matters and business litigation. Witt received his law degree from the University of Memphis and is a member of the American Health Lawyer’s Association and the Health Law Sections of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations.
Karey Witty Executive VP & COO Envision Healthcare 1A Burton Hills Blvd. Nashville 37215 615.665.1283 evhc.net A veteran healthcare executive, Witty joined Envision Healthcare in October 2017 after serving for two years as CEO of the correctional healthcare company Corizon Health. Witty has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare operations, finance, strategic planning, M&A, public equity, banking, risk management and budgeting. On the board of Corizon since 2011, he was CFO of Correctional Medical Services preceding the merger that formed Corizon Health. He has also held CFO posts for Nashville-based naviHealth,
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 HealthSpring, and Centene Corporation. Witty is on the board for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Pamela Womack CEO Mental Health Cooperative 275 Cumberland Bend Nashville 37228 615.726.3340 mhc-tn.org CEO since MHC’s founding in 1993, Womack led the development of this full-service behavioral health agency for adults, children and adolescents. Today, MHC offers integrated care that includes community-based case management, psychiatric clinic, psychotherapy and 24-hour emergency services with 10 offices serving 42 counties. Womack initiated MHC’s partnership with Metro Police, making MHC the agency of record for immediate mental illness triage and assessment. Womack, who previously served 14 years as director of Community Services for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health, is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Amber Woodward-Smith CFO Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com Woodward-Smith joined Sarah Cannon in 2019 as chief financial officer. She is responsible for operational and financial leadership of the company. Previously, Woodward-Smith served as CFO for HCA Healthcare’s Physician Services Group – Urgent Care. She was recruited to HCA Healthcare to lead 24 CareNow clinics, which were added to the Urgent Care portfolio in 2014. The following year, her leadership expanded to support all urgent care operations across the enterprise. With her oversight, Woodward-Smith advanced several key acquisitions and developments to better serve patients in the urgent care setting. She has worked in a variety of financial leadership areas for several nationally recognized healthcare organizations, as well as helping scale several start-ups in Nashville beyond
Tom Wylly Senior Partner Brentwood Capital Advisors 5000 Meridian Blvd., Suite 350 Franklin 37067 615.224.3830 brentwoodcap.com One of the city’s go-to healthcare finance intermediaries with 40 years investment banking experience, Wylly advises rapidly growing healthcare technology and outsourced services companies on M&A, recapitalization and capital raising transactions. Prior to joining BCA in August 2001, he was co-head of the corporate finance department of J.C. Bradford & Co. He joined J.C. Bradford in 1980 and was named partner five years later. Before that, he was with Wachovia as a corporate banking officer. Wylly also sits on the Nashville Capital Network Advisory Board and is a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Y Caroline Young Executive Director NashvilleHealth ONEC1TY 8 City Blvd., Suite 203 Nashville 37209 615.257.6451 nashvillehealth.org Young partnered with Sen. Bill Frist, MD in 2015 to create NashvilleHealth, an initiative aimed at addressing health equity issues and making their hometown healthier. Previously, Young spent more than a decade with the Nashville Health Care Coun-
cil, joining the organization in 2004 as vice president and founding executive director of Leadership Health Care before being named president in 2008. Before that, she was the founding executive director of the Tennessee Biotechnology Association (now Life Science Tennessee) and director of communications and advertising for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Young, who earned her undergraduate degree at Ole Miss and her master’s from the University of Tennessee, sits on the Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Board of Directors and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Kinika Young Director of Children’s Health Tennessee Justice Center 211 Seventh Ave. N., Suite 100 Nashville 37219 615.255.0331 tnjustice.org Young joined the Tennessee Justice Center in 2017 to lead the children’s health team, working to build a movement across the state to protect and strengthen the safety net for the most vulnerable children in the state. Her work helps Tennesseans understand their role in ensuring that every Tennessee child has a healthy start and a pathway to prosperity. Young graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University with a degree in political science, followed by law school at Tulane University, graduating cum laude in 2006. She is an active member of the Napier-Looby Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, American Bar Association, and National Bar Association. Young was a member of the Nashville Emerging Leaders Class of 2010, TBA Leadership Law Class of 2013, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellowship Class of 2016, and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 INDEX 2nd Generation Capital..............................21 Acadia Healthcare...................................... 33 AdhereHealth................................................ 38 AdvancedHEALTH........................................ 8 Aegis Sciences Corporation....................4 Aier-USA..........................................................44 Amedisys......................................................... 26 American Addiction Centers...................9 American Health Partners....................3, 6 American Pathology Partners............. 26 American Physician Partners.......... 3, 38 AMSURG....................................................10, 32 Ankura..................................................................9 Applied Health Analytics...........................9 Ardent Health Services............... 2, 24, 43
Elite Sports Medicine & MPOWER Performance.................................................. 26
Monroe Carell Jr. Childrenâ€™s Hospital at Vanderbilt..........6, 38, 43, 45
Mountain Group Partners........................ 10
Envision Healthcare......................21, 41, 46
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic................. 34
Epstein Becker Green............................... 45
Narus Health.............................................9, 30
Nashville Academy of Medicine..27, 46
Faith Family Medical Center...........21, 33
Nashville Capital Network.........................9
Nashville Entrepreneur Center............... 2
FCA Venture Partners...............................25
Nashville General Hospital........6, 32, 45
Fifth Third Bancorp.................................... 26
Nashville Health Care Council..................................21, 22, 27, 43, 45
First Horizon Bank..........................6, 19, 20 FirstBank.............................................................9 FOCUS Search Partners............................16 Frost-Arnett Company............................30 FTI Consulting............................................... 33
Nashville Technology Council...............32
TennCare................................................... 37, 47 Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations................................46 Tennessee Department of Health................................................... 24, 36 Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services.............................................46 Tennessee Donor Services.......................17 Tennessee Hospital Association......................................... 9, 10, 28 Tennessee Justice Center................24, 47
Nashville Vascular & Vein Institute.... 38
Tennessee Medical Association....................................4, 12, 31, 41
Tennessee Nurses Association..............17
National Health Investors..................2, 30
Tennessee Oncology.................4, 8, 13, 17, 18, 22, 34, 41
National HealthCare Corp.......... 2, 16, 43
Ascension Saint Thomas....................2, 12, 15, 22, 37, 40
Gould Turner Group................................... 29 Gresham Smith........................................4, 36
Avondale Partners......................26, 32, 40
Hall Booth Smith.................................28, 46
Baker Donelson.........................8, 10, 18, 20
Harpeth Capital............................................... 8
NorthCrest Medical Center......................12
Bass, Berry & Sims...................5, 11, 20, 22, 37, 44
HCA Healthcare.............................14, 16, 20, 34, 38, 45
NuSirt Biopharma........................................ 10
TriStar Centennial Medical Center...........9, 10, 13, 22, 36, 40
TriStar Health...................... 5, 14, 16, 38, 43
Health Connect Partners........................ 29
OneOncology........................................... 3, 39
Belmont University...............................18, 42
TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.................................................4
Bernard Health.............................................. 42
TriStar Horizon Medical Center.............17
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee................................................20, 46
HealthStream.......................................... 16, 34
TriStar Skyline Medical Center.......15, 42
Bone McAllester Norton.....................2, 25
Heritage Group.............................29, 32, 44
Petra Capital Partners...........................5, 15
TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center...............................10, 30, 33
Heritage Medical Associates..........17, 40
PhyBus....................................................... 28, 34
HighPoint Health System....................... 34
Holley West Consulting........................... 45
PhyMed Healthcare Group.................5, 16
Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics............. 10
Inner Design Studio.....................................13
Premier Radiology......................................... 8
Institute of Healthcare Executives & Suppliers.............................44
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health...................................................14
Vanderbilt Medical Group...................... 42
Quorum Health........................15, 26, 28, 41
Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital & Clinics..........................................22
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.......................6, 8, 19, 27, 28, 32 Brentwood Capital Advisors.................47 Brookdale Senior Living..............3, 25, 33 Burr & Forman...................................... 26, 42 Butler Snow......................................................14 Cadence Bank................................................ 10 Cannacord Genuity......................................12 CapStar Bank................................................ 29 CareHere......................................................4, 10 CareSpot Express.........................................14 Center for Medical Interoperability...... 8 Centerstone..............................18, 21, 28, 30, 33, 37, 40, 43 Change Healthcare.......................................12 Community Health Systems.......................................16, 20, 40, 41 Compassus...................................... 12, 30, 42 Concert Genetics.........................................30 Council Capital..........................................5, 22 Cressey & Co....................................................16 Crosslin........................................................ 11, 40 Crux Strategies...............................................17 Cumberland Consulting............................. 8 Cumberland Heights............................. 11, 41 Cumberland Pharmaceuticals............. 24 DCI Donor Services......................................17
Jumpstart Foundry.............................. 17, 45 Keckley Report..............................................25 KPMG................................................................. 36 Kraft Healthcare Consulting.................30 KraftCPAs.............................................. 2, 9, 37
naviHealth.........................................................37 Neighborhood Health.................................18 North Highland Company...................... 39
Radsource.......................................................... 2 Raymond James.......................................... 42 Regions Bank................................................. 29 RevSpring........................................................ 28
UnitedHealthcare................................34, 46 Urology Associates.....................................32 Vanderbilt Health.........................26, 36, 37
Vanderbilt University Medical Center......................... 4, 13, 24, 29, 32, 36, 39, 42 Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management........................... 43 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine......................................................4, 29
LBMC........................... 5, 6, 8, 14, 30, 33, 43
Saint Thomas Midtown & West Hospitals.............................................. 42
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing......................... 14, 24, 33, 34, 39
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.....15
Vanderbilt Vaccine Center........................11
Sarah Cannon..................... 8, 25, 27, 41, 47
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.................................................22, 36, 37
Life Credit Union.......................................... 42 LifePoint Health................................ 10, 13, 21 Lipscomb University.............................12, 19 Lynch Biologics............................................ 28 Martin Ventures............................................ 29 Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center...........................................4, 46 Maury Regional Medical Center..........44
Sarah Cannon Research Institute.............................4, 17, 18, 22, 24, 41
Shearwater Health................................. 4, 25
Voyent Partners......................................17, 25
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison.......... 43
Waller........5, 6, 20, 26, 28, 29, 31, 36, 44
Wang Vision 3D Cataract & LASIK Center.............................................44
Sumner Regional Medical Center...... 34
Dispensary of Hope................................... 33
Mental Health America of the MidSouth.............................................41
Mental Health Cooperative.....................87
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TriStar Summit Medical Center.....18, 29 U.S. Senate......................................................... 2
Saint Thomas Medical Partners............13
Specialty Care............................................... 45
Easter Healthcare Consulting................14
TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center.........................................8, 39
Meharry Medical College................................ 14, 20, 24, 29, 38
Dickinson Wright....................................17, 27
Trilliant Health................................................... 2
Delta Dental.................................................... 45
Tivity Health................................................... 42
Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy.......................... 38
Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance......................................................34, 40
SVMIC.......................................................... 31, 44 TeamHealth............................................. 32, 45
Williamson Medical Center..............31, 45 Wold HFR Design.........................................16
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