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HEALTH CARE 2017
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HEALTH CARE 2017
The Continuum of Care Y O U R P R I M A RY S O U R C E F O R P R O F E S S I O N A L H E A LT H C A R E N E W S
PUBLISHED BY: Graham | Sanders Publishing, LLC PUBLISHERS Susan Graham & Cindy Sanders ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Maggie Bond Pam Harris Jamie McPherson Cindy Sanders Jennifer Trsinar MANAGING EDITOR Cindy Sanders editor@nashville medicalnews.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Susan Graham sgraham@nashville medicalnews.com COVER ART DIRECTION: Katy Barrett-Alley COVER PHOTOGRAPHER: Erik England
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As our healthcare delivery system continues to evolve and transform, there is an increasing focus on communication, connection and engagement at every point along the continuum of care. Certainly, the top executives featured on this year’s cover represent not only excellence in their own particular part of the continuum but a willingness and ability to reach across silos to make healthcare’s triple aim a reality. There has been a transformative shift across the country as the industry expands focus to include prevention and maintenance of health as a central part of the mission to deliver care to the communities being served, and our local healthcare industry has played an integral role in those national efforts. It’s evident while flipping through the pages of the 2017 edition of InCharge Healthcare, Middle Tennessee is blessed with a wealth of impressive leaders – and each impacts the continuum at different inflection points. While providers and facilities operators are certainly a central part of the equation, so are the venture capitalists, bankers and mentors who fund and nurture innovative young companies … the healthcare attorneys and accountants who help facilitate connections while Pictured (L-R): Paul Kusserow, President & CEO, Amedisys; Steve Flatt, CEO, keeping industry clients on the National HealthCare Corporation; Heather Rohan, President, TriStar Health; right side of state and federal Ed Cantwell, CEO, Center for Medical Interoperability; and Katina Beard, CEO, regulations … the association Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. Please turn the pages for more information on these and other impressive Middle Tennessee leaders driving the executives advocating for healthcare industry. thoughtful reforms … and the HIT experts and industry consultants figuring out the most effective, efficient ways to deliver care and share information in a secure manner. As part of Middle Tennessee’s healthcare community for more than two decades, we hope that Nashville Medical News is also an integral part of that continuum by delivering news and insights on clinical, business, research and regulatory matters of interest to our readers. Through nearly 25 years of continuous publication, the paper has seen various ownership groups, but the constant always has been a desire to serve the city’s robust healthcare industry by providing meaningful local and national news. While much thought and care has gone into creating this list of nearly 400 executives and ensuring its accuracy, we recognize change is constant. We also know there are other deserving leaders who could be included. Please feel free to help us grow future editions by emailing your thoughts and ideas to email@example.com.
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A Sami S. Abbasi President & CEO PhyMed Healthcare Group 110 29th Ave. N., Suite 301 Nashville 37203 855.331.4999 phymed.com
Abbasi, who has more than 25 years experience in healthcare leadership, took the helm at PhyMed in 2015. He came to the anesthesia practice management firm from American Pathology Partners where he had served as CEO since 2011. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of National Surgical Care, Inc. and co-founder, president and CEO of diagnostic imaging service provider Radiologix, Inc.
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 200 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. Previously, he was an audit senior manager for Ernst & Young, where he managed large and mediumsized 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. Entering 2017, Adams has retired from day-to-day opera-
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tions but stays at the helm of the company as chairman of the board. He has extensive longterm 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.
Sharon Adkins, MSN, RN Executive Director Tennessee Nurses Association 545 Mainstream Drive, Suite 405 Nashville 37228 615.254.0350 tnaonline.org
Prior to assuming leadership for the state’s professional nursing organization in 2006, Adkins held various leadership positions over two decades at Vanderbilt. She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota, a master’s in nursing administration from VUSN, and is a 1997 graduate of the Parish Nurse Preparation Institute at the Marquette University College of Nursing. At Vanderbilt, she developed and directed the Center for Parish Nursing and Health Ministries and is a past president of the National Health Ministries Association. Adkins is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Sen. Lamar Alexander Chair, Senate Health Committee United States Senate 455 Dirksen Senate Building Washington, DC 20510 202.224.4944 alexander.senate.gov
A seventh-generation Tennessean, Lamar Alexander served the state 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 make healthcare more efficient, effective and affordable. He helped write and has been a vocal support of the comprehensive 21st Century Cures Act, which includes significant research funding, mental health reforms, expedited review for medical devices, health IT improvements, and state funding to fight opioid abuse. 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.
Vic Alexander Chief Manager KraftCPAs 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 litiga-
tion 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 sitting on the Saint Thomas Hospital Audit Committee.
Bill Anderson Chairman & CEO MEDHOST 6550 Carothers Parkway, Suite 100 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 focused on acute care, behavioral health, long-term acute care and specialty surgical facilities. He brings more than 30 years experience in the technology and financial industries to this role. Previously, he spent 19 years with KPMG Peat Marwick. Anderson also has served as CEO of Universal Tax Systems, Inc., Bankrate, Inc. and Block Financial Corporation. He is on the board of the Nashville Technology Council.
Hal Andrews President, Health Care Digital Reasoning 701 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.567.8853 digitalreasoning.com
Andrews leads the healthcare team at Digital Reasoning, following the company’s acquisition of Shareable where Andrews was president and CEO. A successful entrepreneur, investor and healthcare leader, Andrews has held senior executive positions with Availity, RevPoint Healthcare Technologies and Data Advantage, along with leadership roles at Martin Ventures, Cogent Healthcare, Essent Healthcare, InPhact and Arcon Healthcare. He began his career as an attorney with Waller.
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 experience working with healthcare companies and medical professionals on a variety of corporate, operational, transactional and regulatory matters and publishes the “Physicians’ Legal Update” newsletter. 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.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Carlos L. Arteaga, MD Director, Center for Cancer Targeted Therapies Associate Director for Clinical Research Director, Breast Cancer Program & Professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, VUMC 2220 Pierce Ave. 790 Preston Research Building Nashville 37232 615.936.3524 vicc.org
An internationally renowned physicianscientist and prolific author, Arteaga leads the prestigious Vanderbilt National Cancer Institute Breast Cancer SPORE grant and is one of Stand Up to Cancer’s Dream Team investigators. He took the reins of the American Association of Cancer Research as the national organization’s 2014-15 president. Arteaga also serves on the scientific advisory board for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation. A medical oncologist by training, Arteaga joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 1989.
Jordan Asher, MD Chief Clinical Officer & Chief Innovation Officer MissionPoint Health Partners 523 Mainstream Drive Nashville 37228 615.284.6808 missionpointhealth.org
In his role with MissionPoint, Asher focuses on creating innovative models of care delivery and providing thought leadership on the future of healthcare at a national level, including authoring the blog The Positive Contrarian. Previously, he was the physician network executive for Saint Thomas Health where he led physician alignment strategies. Asher also served as medical director for a large multispeciality private practice. A member of the American College of Physician Executives and the American Society of Hypertension, he completed his medical training at Vanderbilt and earned a master’s degree in Medial Management from the University of Texas, Dallas.
Mark Awh, MD Founder & President Radsource LLC 8 Cadillac Drive, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.376.7500 radsource.us
An authority on magnetic resonance imaging, Awh was a founder in 2001 of Radsource, a joint venture between United Surgical Partners International and Imaging Specialists. Under Awh’s oversight the company, which partners with clients to increase diagnostic capabilities and streamline image archiving
and communication, 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. He is a frequent speaker at national radiology meetings and has authored numerous scientific articles and texts.
B Ben Baker COO CareHere 5141 Virginia Way, Suite 350 Brentwood 37027 615.221.5901 carehere.com
Baker, who co-founded CareHere in 2004 with Ernie Clevenger, has more than 25 years experience in customer service, information technology, quality management and business process improvement. 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 pioneered by General Electric. 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.
JB Barber Executive Director The Frist Clinic 2400 Patterson St., Suite 400 Nashville 37203 615.342.5900 thefristclinic.com
As executive director of the Frist Clinic, Barber oversees a large, diverse practice with 200-plus employees. Founded in 1993, the TriStar-affiliated, multi-specialty practice is home base for more than 40 board-certified physicians and mid-level providers. Barber joined the practice in 2014. Previously, he was director of operations for HCA Physician Services in the west Florida division and prior to that served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years. He has more than two decades of medical practice management experience and is a certified medical practice executive.
David Bartholomew President & CEO Shearwater Health 12 Cadillac Drive, Suite 200 Brentwood 37207 615.921.9510 swhealth.com
Bartholomew joined Shearwater Health (formerly HCCA Health Connections) in 2009 to lead international and domestic diversification strategies for the company, which provides international clinical recruitment services. He has more than 25 years of executive experience in the U.S. staffing industry and is a past chairman of the American Staffing Association. Prior to joining Shearwater, Bartholomew founded Staffmark in 1991 and grew the Nashville-based business form a one-office startup to one of the largest staffing companies in America.
Samuel W. “Bo” Bartholomew III President PharmMD 5200 Maryland Way, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.346.0880 pharmmd.com
Bartholomew has overseen exponential growth of this national medication therapy management company since its inception in 2006. Prior to co-founding PharmMD, Bartholomew incubated a health advocacy company and a telemedicine physician access startup company. Earlier, Bartholomew was associate administrator for HCA’s Centennial Medical Center in Nashville and StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna. An active member of the Nashville Health Care Council, he serves on multiple boards, is a past chair of Leadership Health Care and is a 2013 Council Fellow.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Allen Bartels Administrator TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion 2401 Parman Place Nashville 37203 615.342.1400
Bartels was named to his current position in 2011 and has more than 30 years of experience as an RN and in leadership roles. Prior to relocating to Nashville, he served as the vice president of Clinical Services at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings, Neb, where he worked for almost 24 years. In addition to overseeing Nashville’s largest and oldest inpatient psychiatric facility, he is involved with community organizations and heads up TriStar Centennial’s efforts regarding the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Regina Bartlett CEO TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center 355 New Shackle Island Road Hendersonville 37075 615.338.1000
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 148-bed hospital and eight-bed TriStar Portland ER.
John Barton Executive Managing Director, Head of Healthcare Regions Bank 150 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 1500 Nashville 37219 615.770.4241 regions.com
Barton has led Regions’ healthcare banking division since 2009. Other positions at Regions include serving as division head for specialized industries and group head for healthcare. Previously, Barton spent 11 years with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey where he ran the corporate and investment banking healthcare vertical. Prior to 2000, he held various management positions with SunTrust. Barton earned his finance degree from Southern Methodist University and attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Katina R. Beard CEO Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center 1035 14th Ave. N. Nashville 37208 615.327.9400 mwchc.org
Beard, who has deep experience in public health, began working as an administrative assistant at the organization she now leads. Over the past decade, she has taken on increasingly responsible roles with the non-profit healthcare agency and was tapped as interim CEO in June 2014 with the position being made permanent the following year. An active researcher, she is project manager for the Community Networks Program Nashville site, which looks at cancer health disparities among African-Americans, and has served as an investigator and presenter on several other community-based research projects. Beard also sits on a number of advisory boards including the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Community Advocates Advisory Council, the U-52 Cancer Coalition and the Sickle Cell Disease Center of Excellence Advisory Board. Beard earned her undergraduate degree in healthcare administration and planning from Tennessee State University and her master’s degree in public health from Meharry. The Tennessee Primary Care Association honored her in 2015 for leadership excellence.
James Bearden Chairman Emeritus Gresham, Smith and Partners 511 Union St. 1400 Nashville City Center Nashville 37219 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 of the board. With more than 30 years of national and international healthcare design experience, Bearden is also serving in a senior leadership role for the company’s large healthcare market and architecture 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. He also serves on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Yarnell Beatty VP, Advocacy Tennessee Medical Association 2301 21st Ave. S. Nashville 37212 615.385.2100 tnmed.org
Beatty joined the TMA in 2001 as general counsel, was named director of Legal &
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Government Affairs in 2004 and took on his current role at the end of 2012. 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.
Dan Beauchamp, MD Deputy Director Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Surgeon-in-Chief Vanderbilt University Hospital Chair, Section of Surgical Sciences Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 1161 21st Ave. S., D-4316 MCN Nashville 37232 615.322.2363 vicc.org medschool.vanderbilt.edu
Beauchamp, the John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery, has been chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences and surgeon-in-chief for Vanderbilt since July 2001 and on faculty since December 1994. His clinical practice focuses on surgical oncology, and he serves as deputy director for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. In addition, he is co-leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Program. Widely published, he currently has two active NIH grants, serves on several editorial boards, and is involved in several national organizations, including the National Academy of Medicine. Beauchamp is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Craig Becker President & CEO Tennessee Hospital Association 5201 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 615.256.8240 tha.com
Craig Becker has been president and CEO of the Tennessee Hospital Association and its subsidiaries since August 1993. Prior to joining THA, Becker was president of the Maine Hospital Association from 1989 to 1993. He also previously served as vice president of government relations at the New Jersey Hospital Association from 1985 to 1989 and worked as chief development officer for Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, N.J. He earned both his undergraduate degree and his master’s degree in administration from Rider University in New Jersey. Becker is a past member of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Johanna C. Bendell, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Director, GI Cancer Research Program & Associate Director, Drug Development Program Sarah Cannon Research Institute 1100 Charlotte Ave., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 tnoncology.com sarahcannon.com
Bendell joined Sarah Cannon in 2008 and leads the clinical trial menu for GI Cancers for Sarah Cannon, as well as designs trials for GI cancers. She also works in early drug development to help guide first-in-man agents to 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.
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. After receiving a $20 million, five-year federal Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) grant, Bernard also serves as principal investigator of the CTSA Coordinating Center. He sits on the board of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals and chairs the company’s Medical Advisory Board.
Brian Bewley Shareholder Polsinelli 401 Commerce St., Suite 900 Nashville 37219 615.259.1526 polsinelli.com
Bewley provides comprehensive representation to a broad range of healthcare organizations in fraud and abuse and compliance matters. He co-chairs two of Polsinelli’s healthcare practice areas – Compliance and
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Government Audits and Investigations. His clients span the spectrum from hospitals and health systems to post acute providers and pharmacy benefits managers. Previously, he was a senior healthcare fraud attorney with both the Officer of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services and for the Department of Justice. Bewley is a regional program chair for the Health Care Compliance Association and serves as a member of an American Health Lawyers Association task force for the Fraud and Abuse Practice Group.
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 almost 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 was a founding member and a former 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.
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’s portfolio features a number of healthcare companies including Clinipace, VirMedica, HealthTeacher, New Century Hospice, Santé Pediatric Services, Salveo Specialty Pharmacy, SUN Behavioral Health and SpecialtyCare, among others. 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.
Jim Blumstein Professor, Constitutional Law and Health Law & Policy Vanderbilt Law School Director Vanderbilt Health Policy Center 131 21st Ave. S. Nashville 37203 615.343.3939 law.vanderbilt.edu
Blumstein ranks among America’s most prominent scholars on health law and policy. A member of the Vanderbilt law faculty since 1970, he served as former Governor Phil Bredesen’s counsel on TennCare reform. Blumstein has argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and participated in many others. Blumstein also has served as the principal investigator on a number of grants focused on managed care, hospital management, and medical malpractice. In addition to his work with the law school, he has a tenured appointment to Vanderbilt Medical School and is the director of the Vanderbilt Health Policy Center. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.
Dennis 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. The private equity firm has more than $300 million of capital under management and is investing out of its third fund, which was raised in 2016. Investments primarily are in early-growth and growth stage companies in healthcare services and healthcare IT. Previously, Bottorf spent 32 years as a successful financial services CEO, serving as the key executive of four banks. He has served on many corporate boards from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He is board chair for Council Capital portfolio company NuScriptRX and a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council.
Stephen Braun Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2300 bradley.com
As a partner at BABC, Braun advises hospitals, surgery centers and other providers in transactional, regulatory and operations 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
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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.
Michael 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 Tennessee Certificate of Need teams within the healthcare group at Bradley. His practice focuses primarily on business law and the 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, in addition to the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. His work in healthcare has been repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in America and the Expert Guide to the “Leading U.S. Healthcare Lawyers.”
Charlie Brock President & CEO Launch Tennessee 211 Seventh Ave. N. Nashville 37219 615.673.4419 launchtn.org
Since January 2013, Brock has led this publicprivate partnership supporting the development of high-growth companies in Tennessee. Previously, Brock helped establish Foxmark Media in 1998 and serving as CEO before selling it in 2006. He also helped launch FourBridges Capital Advisers and was a founding partner of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, the city’s first organized angel fund. Brock was also CEO of Chattanooga accelerator CO.LAB. He sits on a number of boards including Cumberland Emerging Technologies and Life Science Tennessee.
John W. Brock III, MD Chair & Surgeon-in-Chief Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way Nashville 37232 615.936.1060 childrenshospital. vanderbilt.org
Brock is professor of urologic surgery and pediatrics at Vanderbilt. In 1992, he became the director of the Division of Pediatric Urology and was named surgeon-in-chief in 2002. Brock is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons and the Society for Pediatric Urology. He is past president of the Society for Pediatric Urology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
Michael Brody-Waite CEO Nashville Entrepreneur Center 41 Peabody St. Nashville 37210 615.873.1257 ec.co
Brody-Waite has been involved with the EC as a startup, mentor and now leader. Co-founder of healthcare startup InQuicker, Brody-Waite first accessed the center in 2010 seeking guidance to help his company grow. Three years later, he had been tapped to help other young entrepreneurs as a program mentor. In 2016, he was named chief executive for the center, which fosters entrepreneurial growth through supportive services and access to expert advisors.
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. Over the past 15 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 $3.5 billion. Browder has been integral in the creation of joint ventures involving investor-owned healthcare providers and tax-exempt health systems and academic medical centers. He is regularly asked to lecture on transactional issues within the healthcare industry and has been recognized for his work in the field by a number of national publications including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.
Mike Browder Executive VP & CFO RCCH HealthCare Partners 103 Continental Place, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.844.9800 rcchhealth.com
Prior to his current role with RCCH, which was formed from the merger of RegionalCare Hospital Partners and Capella Healthcare, Browder had held the same role with RegionalCare since 2011. Before that, he spent a decade with Essent Healthcare, the last four years as CEO. Earlier in his career he was a senior vice president and CFO for TMC Healthcare and a vice president with Health Management Associates. A graduate of the University of Georgia and a CPA, he began his career in the Atlanta office of Ernst & Young where he worked with an array of healthcare companies.
Laura Beth Brown, RN, MSN President Vanderbilt Home Care Services Vice President Vanderbilt Health Services 2120 Belcourt Ave. Nashville 37232 615.936.0036 vanderbilthealth.com/ homecare
Brown, who was appointed to her role as vice president for Vanderbilt Health Services in January 2012, has operational oversight for VHS and its subsidiary entities. Additionally, she serves as president of VHCS where she has spent the past 14 years developing and leading the nationally recognized home care provider. She oversees an average daily census of 600 patients and more than 250 employees. Brown, a 2013 Council Fellow, earned her nursing degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in Health Systems Management from Vanderbilt.
Nancy J. Brown, MD Chair Department of Medicine Physician-in-Chief Vanderbilt University Hospital 1161 21st Ave., S., D-3100 MCN Nashville 37232 615.343.8701 medicine.mc.vanderbilt.edu
Brown, the Hugh J. Morgan Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, has chaired the Department of Medicine with its more than 800 faculty members and over $160 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, since 2010. Her own NIH-funded research program focuses on optimizing drugs to reduce diabetes and heart disease. Brown serves as a presidential appointee on the National Heart Lung and Blood Advisory Council. She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Jim Browne CEO Heritage Medical Associates 222 22nd Ave N., Suite 100 Nashville 37203 615.284.2222 heritagemedical.com
Browne oversees the largest, independent multi-specialty practice in Middle Tennessee with 15 offices and more than 135 physicians. He holds master’s degrees in both business administration and health administration, as well as an undergraduate degree in nursing. Browne is a certified financial planner and has previously held leadership positions with the West Bend Clinic, a large multi-specialty group with locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, and with multiple hospitals and health systems during his career.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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.
Mary Bufwack, PhD CEO Neighborhood Health 711 Main St. Nashville 37206 615.227.3000
Bufwack has served as CEO of Neighborhood Health, a Middle Tennessee nonprofit community health center organization, for more than 25 years. Neighborhood Health has grown significantly and now serves more than 32,000 patients annually in 12 clinic locations. Programs range from immunizations and prenatal care to management of chronic conditions and mental health and substance abuse services. Previously, Bufwack spent seven years on the faculty of Colgate University in upstate New York. Locally, she worked with the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter before accepting her current position. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and has been recognized by the Center for Nonprofit Management as CEO of the Year.
Michael Burcham, PhD Founder & CEO Narus Health 2525 West End Ave., Suite 925 Nashville 37203 narushealth.com
Burcham, a veteran entrepreneur and executive with more than 20 years of experience leading disruptive and technology-enabled companies in the healthcare space, launched Narus Health in 2015 with a focus on improving care for terminally ill patients. Previously, Burcham served from 2009-2014 as the founding president and CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Before that, he spent seven years as president of ParadigmHealth and was also president and founder of specialty rehabilitation firm Theraphysics. Additionally, Burcham co-chaired the National
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Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce under the Obama Administration and teaches on the same subjects at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He earned his MBA from Belmont University and his doctorate in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Ashby Q. Burks Of Counsel Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.5626 bakerdonelson.com
A member of Baker Donelson’s Health Law and Business Groups, Burks engages in a broad corporate practice with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions. He has served as counsel in the purchase, sale or joint venture of more than 150 hospitals and other investor-owned and not-for-profit healthcare businesses. He is regularly recognized among national listings including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers. Previously, Burks was vice president, secretary and general counsel of Quorum Health Group and also served in the legal department of HCA for 11 years.
Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC President, Clinical Operations & CMO Sarah Cannon 1100 Charlotte Ave., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 tnoncology.com sarahcannon.com
In his roles with Sarah Cannon, HCA’s global cancer institute, Burris leads clinical strategy and drug development, which includes overseeing physician-led, 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 now-approved 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. 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 25 years 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. 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 has recently served on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council and as a director of NextGxDx. 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 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 Advanced Health Partners, a large multi-specialty physician group. In late 2012, ADI announced a partnership with Optimal Radiology, which was acquired by Aris Radiology in 2015. Calendine, who was CMO for Optimal, has continued in that role for Aris. A board-certified musculoskeletal radiologist, he received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his
INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2017 residency and fellowship training at Atlanta’s Emory University. Calendine is co-chair of the American College of Radiology GRID Committee.
Chris Callaghan, DPA President & COO Insight Genetics 2 International Plaza Drive, Suite 510 Nashville 37217 615.255.8880 insightgenetics.com
In 2007, Callaghan co-founded Insight Genetics, which develops advanced molecular diagnostic products that enable personalized cancer care and partners with researchers, pharmaceutical and diagnostics companies to deliver targeted treatment. He has more than 20 years of experience with start-ups and emerging growth companies, having founded, run and ultimately sold two companies to Quebecor World and Tyco International. Callaghan earned his doctorate in management policy and strategy from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Kevin 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. While he has a broad spectrum of clients, Campbell’s practice has a particular emphasis on acute care hospitals and large accountable care organizations. He has been recognized on a national level for his work in the healthcare arena and has been regularly included in Chamber’s USA, Best Lawyers in America and Expert Guide to the “Leading U.S. Healthcare Lawyers.”
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 long-term care services, since January 2013 and brings more than two decades of experience to her executive role. Diversicare serves patients in approximately
52 skilled nursing and senior housing centers with more than 6,500 licensed nursing beds in nine states, primarily in the Southeast and Southwest. Prior to Diversicare, Campbell spent 19 years with Golden Living, which has more than 300 locations in 21 states. Campbell served in a number of leadership roles with Golden Living including division president, vice president of operations and senior vice president of operations.
Vic Campbell Senior VP HCA One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551
Spearheading the hospital giant’s government and investor relations operations, Campbell is a highly respected staple of the HCA management team. He joined the company’s finance department in 1972, establishing HCA’s investor relations functions in 1976. Named senior vice president in 1994, Campbell is actively involved in federal healthcare policy on a national stage. He is a past board member for the American Hospital Association, past board chair and current trustee for the Federation of American Hospital and past member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board. Prior to HCA, Campbell worked in the treasurer’s department of E.I. du Pont de Nemours in Delaware.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Ed Cantwell 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 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 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 12 years 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 is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
William F. Carpenter III Chairman & CEO LifePoint Health 330 Seven Springs Way Brentwood 37027 615.920.7000 lifepointhealth.net
Carpenter has served as CEO since 2006 and assumed the additional position of chairman of the board in 2010. He is a founding employee of LifePoint, which was established in 1999, and has held various leadership positions within the company. He is a board member and past chair for the Federation of American Hospitals. Carpenter also is a member and past chair of the Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors, and he serves on the board of directors for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, NashvilleHealth, the Tennessee Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, the Center for Medical Interoperability, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Avondale’s Advisory Board and Nashville Public Radio. He has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for eight years running.
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Lucy Carter Member KraftCPAs 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 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.
Michael Cartwright Chairman & CEO American Addiction Centers 200 Powell Place Brentwood 37027 615.727.8407 americanaddiction centers.org
Cartwright, who has served as board chair of AAC since 2011 and as CEO since 2013, has more than 20 years experience in the addiction treatment industry. In 2009, Cartwright co-founded Performance Revolution LLC (dba FitRx), a company focused on weight management, and served as CEO until 2011 when the company merged into Forterus, Inc. In 1999, he founded Foundations Recovery Network, LLC, a national alcohol and drug treatment company, and served on the board and as president and CEO until 2009. Earlier, in 1995, Cartwright founded Foundations Associates, a not-for-profit alcohol and drug treatment center in Nashville, which he led until its purchase by Foundations Recovery Network in 2007. Cartwright has conducted federally funded research on dual diagnosis and addiction and served on the U.S. Senate Help Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services from 2003 to 2004. Currently, he is on the board of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.
Larry Cash President, Financial Services & CFO Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net
Continually recognized as one of the best CFOs in the hospital industry, Cash has managed the finances of CHS since 1997. Under his tenure, the company completed its 2000 initial public offering, the 50-facility Triad Hospitals acquisition in 2007 and the 71-hospital acquisition of Health Management Associates in 2014. Prior to CHS, Cash held senior-level finance roles with Columbia/HCA, Humana and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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 consulting and software services to hospitals and health systems to foster patient engagement and population health management. 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, a group of 130 professional investors who have infused more than $60 million in 2015, and over $425 million since NCN’s inception, into local companies including Aspire Health, NextGxDx, PharmMD, and Contessa Health. In his role, Chambless oversees NCN’s investor network and is responsible for deal flow, investment analysis and due diligence. He also serves as managing partner of NCN Angel Funds I & II and the TNInvestco Tennessee Angel Fund. Chambless earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his graduate degree from Vanderbilt Owen. He is on the board of the Nashville Technology Council.
Beth Chase CEO c3 Consulting 2975 Sidco Drive Nashville 37204 615.371.8612 c3-consult.com
The founding partner of c3, 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 local management and information technology firm and began her career with IBM. She is active on a number of community boards including PearlPoint Cancer Support and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Chase is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Scott Cihak CEO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com
Cihak began his new 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. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he earned both his undergraduate degree and MBA from Florida International University.
Chris Clarke, RN Senior VP, Clinical & Professional Practices Tennessee Hospital Association 5201 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 615.256.8240 tha.com
Clarke’s focus is on leadership and strategic direction on clinical issues and the organization’s initiatives on quality, patient safety and workforce 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. In 2007, THA received grant funding to establish the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety, which 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 from Vanderbilt University and has more than 30 years of nursing and industry management experience.
Paul Cleckner COO Saint Thomas Health 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 sths.com
Cleckner joined Saint Thomas Health in the role of COO in August 2016. Previously, he was at LifePoint Health where he served as vice president of operations for the Eastern Group, overseeing operations for seven hospitals. Cleckner also served in executive roles for Standard and Poor’s, Deloitte and Touche, Emdeon, North Highland, and Investment Scorecard where he was president and COO. He received his undergraduate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Phillip Clendenin President, Ambulatory Services AMSURG, an Envision Healthcare Company 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 to his current post 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. He is a 2014 Council Fellow.
Ernie Clevenger President & CEO 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 self-funded 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 plus 225,000 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 chief accounting officer since 2008. Previously, he served as CFO of Specialty Care Services Group and as a senior vice president with 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.
Elliott J. Coleman Executive VP, Private Wealth Management & Head, Medical Specialty Group SunTrust Medical Private Banking 309 22nd Ave. N. Nashville 37203 615.748.4910 suntrust.com/ wealth-management/ SpecialtyGroupSolutions/ MedicalSpecialtyGroup
Part of SunTrust Bank’s Wealth Management executive leadership, Coleman has been with the financial institution since 1986. Prior to his current position, Coleman was a division executive for Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina in Division Wealth Management. As head of the Medical Specialty Group, the Nashville-based banker oversees a group of teams focused solely on the unique needs of medical practices and physicians. He holds an MBA from Auburn.
David Condra Founder & Executive Chairman Amplion Clinical Communications 632 Melrose Ave. Nashville 37211 615.843.9000 amplionalert.com
Previously recognized by Inc. 500 as one of the fastest-growing companies in America, Dalcon Communications was founded in 1979 and rebranded as Amplion Clinical Communications in 2012. Condra, who graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in electrical engineering, leads the healthcare technology company focused on developing and implementing wireless patient-care communication technology for hospitals and health systems. From 2000-2005, Condra served as the Nashville Technology Council’s first president. He also founded Nashville Capital Network, providing connections to Nashville’s angel community for entrepreneurs seeking private capital. Additionally, he is a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight, transporting patients in need.
Colleen M. ConwayWelch, PhD, RN Dean Emerita & Nancy & Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 111 Godchaux Hall 461 21st Ave. S. Nashville 37240 615.343.4364 nursing.vanderbilt.edu
Conway-Welch has been active in nursing practice and education for more than 40 years. She served as professor and dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing for 29 years until retiring in 2013. On the national stage, she served on governmental
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 committees regarding public health preparedness, emergency preparedness, homeland security and Medicare coverage. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree. In 2016, she was inducted into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame and named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing.
Joe C. Cook, Jr. Co-founder & Principal 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 1998-2003 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 on the boards of several other biotech companies.
Richard G. Cowart Shareholder, Chair of Health & Public Policy Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.5660 bakerdonelson.com
Cowart is the chair of the firm’s Health and Public Policy department. He is a recognized authority in advising senior management regarding policy, regulatory and business issues related to healthcare. Cowart 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 the Affordable Care Act and its implications and is a trusted advisor to C-Suite executives. Cowart 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.
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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.
Christy Tosh Crider Shareholder Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.5608 bakerdonelson.com
Crider heads the firm’s Long Term Care group and concentrates her practice in long term care, behavioral health companies, managing the litigation of numerous long term care facilities around the country, medical malpractice litigation and many areas of tort and commercial litigation. She works with healthcare companies on quality assurance, corporate compliance, general business advice and litigation avoidance. She also chairs the firm’s nationally recognized Women’s Initiative. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Dell Crosslin Managing Principal Crosslin The Astoria 3803 Bedford Ave., Suite 103 Nashville 37215 615.320.5500 crosslinpc.com
In 1987, Crosslin joined three other CPAs to create what is today Crosslin. With more than 40 years of public and private accounting and consulting 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 finance committee for Saint Thomas Health Services.
James Crowe Jr., MD Director Vanderbilt Vaccine Center 2213 Garland Ave., 11415 MRB IV Nashville 37232 615.343.8064
A renowned immunologist and NIH board-certified 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. Afterwards, he spent five years of post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the NIH, as well as an infectious disease fellowship at Vanderbilt. The 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 clients in connection with internal and governmental investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings, particularly within the healthcare industry. 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.
D Eric Dahlhauser Chairman & CEO Insight Genetics 2 International Plaza Drive, Suite 510 Nashville 37217 615.255.8880 insightgenetics.com
With more than two decades experience in the commercialization of molecular technologies, Dahlhauser has served as chairman and CEO of Insight Genetics since its formation in 2007. The company develops advanced molecular diagnostics that enable precision cancer care at the times of diagnosis, treatment, and therapeutic resistance. Previously,
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 the certified public accountant served as chairman and CEO of Genetic Assays, Inc., a molecular clinical diagnostics company.
Duncan Dashiff Managing Director & COO MedCare Investment Funds 3322 West End Ave., Suite 1100 Nashville 37203 615.515.9880 medcarefunds.com
MedCare invests in the life science, healthcare IT and healthcare services segments of the industry. MedCare and its affiliated entities manage approximately $1 billion in invested capital in healthcare companies that focus on directly improving patient care and outcomes. Previously, Dashiff served as managing director of Morgan Keegan’s Nashville-based Healthcare Investment Banking Group and co-head of the Healthcare Corporate & Investment Banking practice of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Dashiff is a co-founder and chairman of MindCare Solutions Group, Inc. and co-founder and board member of Occusystems Inc.
Ben Davis, MD Chairman, President & CEO PathGroup, Inc. 5301 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 615.221.4455 pathgroup.com
Davis has been at the helm of PathGroup since 1996, the year the company was formed, serving as chairman, president and CEO. 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.
Lisa Davis CFO Saint Thomas Health 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847
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 Alive Hospice and Shared Hospital Services Corporation.
Randy Davis 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 center’s senior leadership team since 2009, most recently serving as senior vice president and COO. Previously, he also served as chief information officer with oversight of health information technology and data management. Davis holds an MBA with a healthcare management concentration from Lipscomb University.
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
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Roger L. Davis, PharmD Dean & Professor Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences One University Park Drive Nashville 37204-3951 615.966.7161 lipscomb.edu/pharmacy
Davis was named founding dean of the College of Pharmacy at Lipscomb University when the program launched in 2007. Since then, he has led the College of Pharmacy successfully through the rigorous process to achieve full accreditation. 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
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 a number of 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 major health insurer. He began his career in investment banking in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale and his MBA from Northeastern University. He is on the board for the Nashville Health Care Council and the Personalized Medicine Coalition.
Maria de Fatima Lima, PhD Dean, School of Graduate Studies & Research Meharry Medical College 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6533 mmc.edu
A native Brazilian, de Fatima Lima was named to her post in 1998 and has oversight of Meharry’s doctoral and master’s level students in the areas of neuroscience, microbiology/ immunology, pharmacology, cancer biology and public health. She has been affiliated with Meharry for more than two decades. After earning her doctorate from Michigan State,
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she completed her post-doctoral work at Meharry and then accepted a faculty role. Widely published, her research specialty is infectious diseases. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Jim Deal CEO Compassus 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.224.8028 compassus.com
Deal led the management team in founding the hospice, home health and palliative care company in 2006. Today, Compassus serves patients at more than 165 locations and 30 states. Prior to this venture, Deal, who has more than 40 years of industry experience, was 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 sits on the board of directors for Envision Healthcare. He earned his MPA in health services administration from the University of Arizona.
John A. Deane Chairman, Advisory Board Consulting Advisory Board Company 3102 West End Ave., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.385.2126 advisory.com/consulting
As founder of Southwind, now the consulting and management division of The Advisory Board Company, Deane has extensive management experience in the field of health system/physician integration, practice management and the delivery of value-based care. Previous experience includes serving in executive leadership roles for a national physician practice management company and in the academic medical center arena. Deane, who earned his MPA at American University, is a past board member of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Keith C. Dennen Member Farris Bobango PLC 414 Union St., Suite 1105 Nashville 37219 615.726.1200 farrisbobango.com
Dennen joined Farris Bobango in 2016 after four years with Dickinson Wright. He concentrates his practice in the areas of healthcare law, intellectual property law, estate and probate, employment law, corporate and transactional law and litigation. He has represented clients in a range of matters including in administrative, regulatory, 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.
Labeed Diab COO Brookdale Senior Living 111 Westwood Place, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.221.2250 brookdale.com
Diab joined Brookdale in November 2015 as chief operating officer. Previously, he served in operational leadership roles for the Walmart US Division, most recently as president of Health and Wellness. Before that, he was regional vice president of Aramark’s Health Care Division and a regional vice president for Rite Aid Corporation. A registered pharmacist, Diab graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and later completed an advanced management program at Duke. He sits on the boards of Argentum and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
David M. Dill President & COO 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 his current role, he served as LifePoint’s executive vice president and CFO. 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, Inc. and is a former director of Psychiatric Solutions, a behavioral health services company.
Jason Dinger, PhD CEO MissionPoint Health Partners 523 Mainstream Drive Nashville 37228 615.284.6808
Dinger has led MissionPoint, one of the first dedicated accountable care organizations created to improve outcomes and lower healthcare costs, since the organization’s inception. A direct subsidiary of Ascension Health, Dinger also serves as chief operating officer of Ascension Care Management. Prior to MissionPoint, Dinger served as CEO of Dispensary of Hope, the nation’s only fully licensed, charitable medication distributor working across the entire spectrum of care. Dinger, who received his doctorate in International Leadership and Organizational Development in Low-Income Countries from Vanderbilt University and started his healthcare career as a hospital administrator in Zimbabwe, remains dedicated to helping the underserved achieve access to care.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Thomas Doub, PhD Chief Clinical Officer & Chief Compliance Officer American Addiction Centers 200 Powell Place Brentwood 37027 615.727.8407 americanaddiction centers.org
Doub joined American Addiction Centers in his current role in August 2016. Previously, he was with Centerstone Research Institute, which he joined as vice president for Research before being promoted to COO and then to CEO in 2011. Before that, he was director of Research and Development for Dual Diagnosis Management and a senior research scientist for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. A noted researcher, Doub has been involved in more than 150 behavioral healthcare studies.
John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH Commissioner Tennessee Department of Health 710 James Robertson Parkway Andrew Johnson Tower, Fifth Floor Nashville 37243 615.741.3111 tn.gov/health
Dreyzehner was appointed to the state’s top public health spot in 2011. The board-certified physician is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He has extensive public health leadership experience and previously served as director of Virginia’s Cumberland Plateau Health District. Dreyzehner began his medical service as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon and has private practice experience in both occupational and addiction medicine. He holds a number of faculty appointments and has served in leadership positions in several regional and national medical and public health organizations. He is a 2014 Council Fellow.
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,
serving on the board of the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee for the last 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
as a regional vice president for Quorum Health Resources. Prior to his work with CHS, Edgeworth worked with Tenet Health system in increasing leadership positions including roles as a COO and CEO of Tenet hospitals, in addition to work with the company’s executive leadership at corporate headquarters. An industrial engineer by training, he also holds an MBA from Duke and began his healthcare career with Duke University Health System. He is a 2014 Council Fellow.
Dawn Edwards VP, Private Wealth Management The Bank of Nashville, a Division of Synovus 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.271.2113
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 Vanderbilt University hospitals and clinics. In addition to strategic planning, recruitment and 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 past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree, and a YWCA 2016 Academy for Women of Achievement inductee.
E Charles Eckstein, MD President Urology Associates 2801 Charlotte Ave. Nashville 37209 615.250.9200 urologynashville.com
Since 1998, Eckstein has served as president for this group of more than 30 urologists, who provide service through 13 Nashville-area offices and 8 satellite rural clinics in Tennessee and Kentucky. While serving as president and chairman of the board of the Nashville Academy of Medicine, he was instrumental in establishing Nashville’s Bridges to Care Plus to provide specialty care to the indigent through donated services. Eckstein, who has been a practicing urologist since 1981, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt.
Mitch Edgeworth CEO Vanderbilt University Adult Hospitals & Clinics 1301 Medical Center Drive 3805 TVC Nashville 37232 615.343.7995 mc.vanderbilt.edu
In June 2015, Edgeworth was promoted to CEO of the adult hospital and clinics after joining Vanderbilt as COO of the adult hospital in 2012. Previously, he was with Community Health Systems, the last three years serving
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. Prior to that, Edwards worked in retail and business banking for another area financial institution. She has more than 15 years of banking experience.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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 decision-maker 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 Group 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 in 2015. He has also been recognized for his healthcare regulatory work by Chambers USA.
David Emery Chairman & CEO Healthcare Realty Trust 3310 West End Ave., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.269.8175 healthcarerealty.com
In May 1992, Emery formed the real estate investment trust focused on owning, managing, acquiring and developing outpatient medical facilities throughout the U.S. From an initial portfolio of 21 healthcare facilities in 1993, the publicly traded REIT now has a $3.5 billion portfolio of 202 properties across 29 states. Prior to Healthcare Realty, Emery was engaged in the development and management of commercial real estate in Nashville and has been active in the real estate industry for over 45 years.
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Eric Enderle President & CEO CareSpot Express Healthcare 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 50 locations in multiple states. 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.
Joann Ettien Administrator & COO TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital & The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial 2221 Murphy Ave. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 thechildrenshospital nashville.com
Ettien was named to her current position in 2006 but has more than 30 years experience with HCA. Immediately prior to relocating to Nashville, she served as chief nursing officer at Largo Medical Center in Florida. In addition to overseeing the city’s only freestanding hospital dedicated solely to caring for women and children, Ettien also chairs women’s perinatal services for the TriStar Health System. She is actively involved with March of Dimes, YWCA, and Nurses for Newborns and is a past board chair of Hospital Hospitality House. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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 and a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Gordon Ferguson President & CEO Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital President Saint Thomas Health Regional Hospitals 1700 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro 37129 615.396.4100 sths.com/rutherford
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 Murfreesboro-based 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 and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mark Fisher COO TriStar Skyline Madison Campus 500 Hospital Drive Madison 37115
tristarskylinemadison.com Fisher oversees operations at TriStar Skyline Madison Campus, a 121-bed behavioral health facility offering treatment for substance abuse and mental 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 is partner at Petra, focusing on healthcare, information technology and business services sectors for the private equity firm. 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 sat on the board of numerous healthcare companies including Urgent Team, Clnipace, VirMedica and SUN Behavioral Health.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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 rolls at his alma mater. A 2013 Council Fellow, Flatt is on the board of The Community Foundation and Nashville Inner City Ministries.
Patrick Forrest, MD CMO PhyMed Healthcare Group 110 29th Ave. N., Suite 301 Nashville 37203 855.331.4999
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Forrest, who is also a director on the PhyMed board, 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.
Tim Fouts Executive VP, Corporate & Healthcare Banking Franklin Synergy Bank 3359 Aspen Grove Drive, Suite 100 Franklin 37067 615.564.6370 franklinsynergybank.com
In April 2015, Franklin Synergy Bank recruited Fouts to launch a new healthcare banking group with a goal of building a $250 million portfolio within two years. Fouts, who has more than 15 years experience in the financial industry with a heavy emphasis on the healthcare sector, was previously with CapStar Bank and launched that lender’s healthcare group in 2013. Prior to that, Fouts served as a senior vice president at JP Morgan Chase and as a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Paul Frankenberg Founder & Managing Partner FOCUS Search Partners 5410 Maryland Way, Suite 460 Brentwood 37027 615.301.4041
Frankenberg founded FOCUS Search Partners in 2001 as a national healthcare executive recruitment firm. Since then, he has completed more than 500 corporate executive, senior management and board of director search assignments for healthcare clients as diverse as entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Modern Healthcare recently recognized Frankenberg for leading one of the “Top 25 Retained Healthcare Executive Search Firms in the USA.” He sits on the board of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and is co-author of the book, Burn Your Resume.
Ron Franks President & CEO HFR Design 214 Centerview Drive, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.370.8500 hfrdesign.com
Tracing its business roots back more than a century, architectural and engineering firm HFR works on behalf of clients around the country in healthcare design, master planning and programming projects. Franks, who joined HFR in 1974 and now leads the firm, maintains hands-on client involvement and is director of the healthcare division. Both a licensed architect and interior designer, Franks’ industry experience includes design work and oversight of hospitals, clinics, outpatient facilities, assisted living facilities and medical office buildings.
David Frederiksen CEO & Founder PatientFocus 616 Marriott Drive, Suite 500 Nashville 37214 855.661.4384 patientfocus.com
Since 2008, Frederiksen has been at the helm of PatientFocus, which hones in on patientpay collections after insurance and before bad debt. Previously, he served as COO of Insight Healthcare Financial and the Pine Creek Companies. 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 locally as a ‘Most Admired CEO’ from 2014-2016, and as a “Health Care Hero.”
Senator Bill Frist, MD Partner & Executives Council Chairman Cressey & Co. Founder & Chairman NashvilleHealth 2525 West End Ave., Suite 1250 Nashville 37203 615.369.8400 cresseyco.com nashvillehealth.org
The former U.S. Senate Majority Leader is responsible for acquisitions, divestitures and oversight of portfolio companies at Cressey, which was formed in 2007 with an eye on the healthcare private-equity market. He also leads the company’s distinguished executives council, which features some of the area’s most renowned healthcare leaders. In 2015, he founded and launched NashvilleHealth to address population health needs in his hometown. In 2013, Frist co-founded palliative healthcare company Aspire Health and serves as chairman of the board. Frist also co-leads the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Initiative to groom 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 renowned heart and lung transplant surgeon who founded the transplant program at Vanderbilt, Frist is an adjunct professor of Surgery at both Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical School. 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, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Nashville Health Care Council.
Robert A. Frist, Jr. CEO, President & Chairman HealthStream 209 10th Ave. S., Suite 450 Nashville 37203 615.301.3100 healthstream.com
HealthStream co-founder Frist has served as CEO, president and chairman since 1990. Over the last 27 years, he has steadily grown the company into a leading provider of workforce development, talent management and research and patient experience solutions within the healthcare industry. He is a co-founder and board member of Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center.
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Tommy Frist, Jr., MD Chairman Emeritus HCA One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com
One of the godfathers of healthcare in Nashville, Frist founded HCA with his father, the late Thomas F. Frist Sr., and the late Jack C. Massey. He became president of HCA nine years later, was named its chairman, president and CEO in 1987, and oversaw the company’s publicto-private-to-public moves in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. After stepping out of active management following HCA’s merger with Columbia, he returned to right HCA’s ship following that merger. Today the company operates more than 165 hospitals and 115 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and in the United Kingdom and has more than 200,000 employees. More recently, Frist cofounded Chinaco Healthcare Corp. with Chuck Elcan. He is a director of the Frist Foundation, which invests in nonprofit organizations in Nashville to strengthen their ability to provide services. He also sits on the advisory board for Avondale Partners and is a past chair of the Nashville Health Care Council. In 2015, Frist was part of the inaugural class of inductees in the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame.
G W. Blake Garside, Jr., MD President Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance ONEC1TY 8 City Blvd. Nashville 37209 615.329.6600 toa.com
Specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, Garside is president of TOA. The board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, who completed a fellowship in athletic injury/foot and ankle, received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina, completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at Vanderbilt, and did his fellowship training at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. A varsity golfer during undergrad at Notre Dame, Garside has the unique perspective of a ‘recovering patient’ after a wrist injury sidelined him for two years. He brings that perspective to his practice whether working with young athletes, professional hockey players or weekend warriors. He joined TOA in 2000.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Tim Gary Founder & CEO DW Franklin Consulting Group 424 Church St., Suite 1300 Nashville 37219 615.742.4623 dwfcg.com
Gary, a healthcare and government relations attorney with Dickinson Wright, called upon his legal and operational expertise as a former healthcare executive to launch the full-service healthcare consulting group in conjunction with the law firm in 2015. Gary’s prior experience includes serving as vice president and general counsel for one of the largest managed Medicaid entities in the U.S., 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 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 Solidus Company, where he remains a partner. Maintaining his passion for entrepreneurship, Gatto and co-founder Marcus Whitney launched Jumpstart in 2009 to fund, nurture and grow innovative ideas, specifically those in the healthcare sector. In addition, the duo launched the Health:Further Summit to share ideas and foster innovation across the industry. Gatto earned his MBA from Vanderbilt and is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Paul Gentuso, MD CMO Heritage Medical Associates 222 22nd Ave. N., Suite 100 Nashville 37203 615.284.2222 heritagemedical.com
As chief medical officer, Gentuso works with physicians and administrators to help ensure the delivery of quality patient care across the 15 offices of Middle Tennessee’s largest, independent multispecialty physician practice. 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 member of the American College of Physician Executives and is a certified physician executive.
Kelly Gill President, CEO & Director Diversicare Healthcare Services 1621 Galleria Blvd. Brentwood 37027 615.771.7575 dvcr.com
A 30-year industry veteran, Gill was named president and CEO of Diversicare in 2011 after joining the company in 2010 as COO. A provider of long-term care services, Diversicare serves patients in approximately 55 skilled nursing and senior housing centers with more than 6,500 licensed nursing beds in nine states, primarily in the Southeast and Southwest. Previously, Gill served as president of Hallmark Rehabilitation and Hospice Care of the West, subsidiaries of Skill Healthcare Group, Inc. and as COO of Outpatient Imaging Affiliates.
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. Prior to launching the private investment company primarily involved in angel investing, he was co-chief executive officer of the transaction services division of the WebMD. Goad founded Envoy, a provider of electronic transaction processing services for the healthcare industry, and ran the company for more than 14 years before selling to Quintiles in 1999. He currently sits on the board of Specialists on Call, Luminex and several private companies.
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 close to 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.
F. Anthony Greco, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Co-founder Sarah Cannon Research Institute 1100 Charlotte Ave., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.5090 tnoncology.com sarahcannon.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 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. Under his leadership, the facility has opened a freestanding emergency department, expanded crucial service lines, and recruited key physicians to the community. Greene previously served as COO at TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Eastside Medical Center in Georgia, as well as various roles with HCA, TriStar Health’s parent company, since 2001. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, serves on several community boards, and is a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Middle Tennessee.
Keith Gregg Chairman & CEO JRG Ventures 205 Powell Place Brentwood 37027 615.312.8233 jrgventures.com
Gregg specializes in assisting entrepreneurs, investors 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, and holds a certificate in executive business strategy from The Wharton School.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Luke Gregory CEO Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way Nashville 37232 615.936.1000 childrenshospital. vanderbilt.org
Gregory assumed the role of CEO and executive director in January 2011. He has worked in healthcare management for nearly three decades. Active in the development of Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks, Gregory is leading expansion efforts at Monroe Carell. He’s on the Tennessee Board for Licensing of Healthcare Facilities and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Claire M. Gulmi CFO Envision Healthcare 1A Burton Hills Blvd. Nashville 37215 615.665.1283 evhc.net
One of the most prominent women in Nashville’s corporate healthcare scene, Gulmi was named to the inaugural board of Envision Healthcare in October 2016 and serves as the company’s chief financial officer following the merger with AMSURG. Previously, she served as executive vice president, CFO, secretary and director with AMSURG, which she initially joined in 1994. Gulmi is a YWCA 2016 Academy for Women of Achievement inductee.
David C. Guth Jr. CEO Centerstone of America Inc. 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6600 centerstone.org
Guth is CEO and co-founder of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit behavioral healthcare providers, which has grown to include locations 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
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in transactions, securities and finance, and an emphasis on distressed investing. Guy is a healthcare deal lawyer, often helping funds purchase underpriced opportunities in time to preserve value and jobs. A frequent national speaker and author on rescue investing and healthcare-related topics, he co-developed Polsinelli’s a financial research index benchmarking distress in the healthcare services sector. Guy has been routinely recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and others. Previously, he was with Frost Brown Todd and Waller.
Jeffrey Guy, MD CMO TriStar Health 110 Winners Circle, First Floor Brentwood 37027 615.886.4976 tristarhealth.com
A board certified surgeon, Guy joined TriStar Health as chief medical officer in 2013. He is the former pediatric program medical director at TriStar Centennial Medical Center where he led the medical affairs for pediatrics and played a significant role in quality and utilization analysis, policy development and implementation. Prior to joining TriStar Centennial, Guy was director of the Vanderbilt Burn Center and acute operative services at VUMC. He also served as associate professor of surgery, chief of the division of burn surgery, and fellow director of burn surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
H Melvin Hall, PhD CEO Specialty Care 3100 West End Ave., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.345.5400 specialtycare.net
After serving on the board since 2011, Hall was tapped to lead Specialty Care as CEO in 2014. Before taking the helm at the provider of clinical services to more than 1,200 hospitals and health systems nationwide and in Puerto Rico and Germany, Hall was a senior health policy advisor to Dentons, a multinational public law and policy strategies practice in Washington, DC. Before that, he was chairman (2009-2012) and president and CEO (2000-2009) of Press Ganey Associates. Widely published and a popular speaker, Hall earned his doctorate in sociology, research methods and organizational development and a certificate in executive management from Notre Dame. He is an active member of a number of national organizations including the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and National Quality Forum.
Barry Hale COO Centerstone of America Inc. 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6600 centerstone.org
Hale is COO of Centerstone of America, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral health. He has been with the company since 2007, previously serving as chief administrative officer and vice president for Business Development. Prior to his work at Centerstone, Hale served in two CEO roles for nonprofit companies.
Jay Hardcastle Jr. Partner, Healthcare Group Practice Leader 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 serves as practice group leader of one of the nation’s largest healthcare practices. He advises hospitals, surgery centers, long-term care providers, imaging centers and other participants in the industry with regards to joint venture formation, regulatory issues, corporate matters and the purchase and sale of healthcare facilities. Hardcastle is a past chairman of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section and of the Nashville Bar Association Health Law Committee. His work in healthcare, M&A and corporate law has been repeatedly recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Expert Guide to the “Leading U.S. Healthcare Lawyers.” Hardcastle serves on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Erika P. Hamilton, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Director, Breast Cancer & Gynecologic Cancer Research Program Sarah Cannon Research Institute 1100 Charlotte Ave., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 tnoncology.com sarahcannon.com
Hamilton joined Sarah Cannon in 2013 and oversees the breast and gynecologic cancer research program for Sarah Cannon. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in Virginia, Hamilton completed her medical degree and residency from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She received her fellowship training in hematology and oncology from Duke University and is board certified in internal medicine and oncology.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Mike Hassell Founder, COO & Executive VP, Investments ConduIT Corp. 3212 West End Ave., Suite 500 Nashville 37203 615.279.3405 conduitcorporation.com
Hassell is co-founder of ConduIT, which identifies promising university-based enterprises and research to create viable commercial endeavors. Previously, he served as CEO for several Vanderbilt start-up companies, was vice president of marketing for MedPearl, and president of Slingerland Drum Co. Hassell specializes in IT ventures at ConduIT. After receiving a Georgia Tech electrical engineering degree, he earned a Harvard MBA before launching his entrepreneurial career.
Samuel N. Hazen President & COO HCA One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551
Hazen, who has been with HCA for more than three decades, has operational leadership of the company’s 170 hospitals, 118 ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities and physician practices across 42 states and the United Kingdom. Prior to being named COO in 2015 and being
promoted to COO and president in 2016, he was president of HCA’s Western Group. He has also held chief financial officer positions for different divisions of the company. He began his career with Humana in financial management and also held chief financial officer positions with hospitals in Georgia and Las Vegas. Hazen is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Robert Henry CEO Pierian Biosciences
405 Duke Drive, Suite 240
Franklin 37067 615.567.0200 pierianbio.com
Henry joined DiaTech Oncology, now Pierian Biosciences, 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 25 years of healthcare management experience in developing, implementing and evaluating opportunities in managed care. Previously, he was senior vice president of Development at Symbion and CEO at Dialog Health. Prior to that he served as the president and CEO of American Endoscopy Services and as COO of Physician Alliances.
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.
John S. Hicks Shareholder Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz 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 group,
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Hicks has represented health providers, as well as a trade association of managed care organizations, in class action litigation. Clients include one of the nation’s largest health insurance groups and a major health benefits provider. He is a member of the firm’s board of directors and acts as ethics counsel and assistant 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, a renowned HIV/AIDS researcher, was named Meharry’s 12th president and CEO on July 1, 2015. Previously, he was dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Davis. He held positions at Johns Hopkins, including founding associate dean for Graduate Studies and professor of Pharmacology. He was also a professor at Meharry from 2005-2011.Hildreth earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard, his doctorate in immunology from Oxford University, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins. He was the first African American from Arkansas to be named a Rhodes Scholar. Hildreth is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award, serves on the Harvard University Board of Overseers and is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Melanie M. Hill Executive Director Tennessee Health Services & Development Agency Andrew Jackson Building, Ninth Floor 502 Deaderick St. Nashville 37243 615.741.2364 tn.gov/hsda
Hill presides over the state agency that grants certificates of need. Legislation in 2016 significantly changed the CON program by eliminating a number of services from review but adding a fourth criterion of quality for initial consideration and maintenance of a CON. Hill took the reins of HSDA in 2001 but had held positions of increasing responsibility with the Health Facilities Commission (predecessor of HSDA) since 1998. Prior to that, the registered dietician worked as a nutritionist with the Tennessee Department of Health.
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 lead 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 five 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.
Kirk Hintz CEO Radiology Alliance 210 25th Ave. N., Suite 602 Nashville 37203 615.312.0600 radalliance.com
As CEO of Radiology Alliance, the state’s largest private radiology group practice, Hintz oversees strategic development, management and operations for the group of nearly 50 board-certified diagnostic and interventional radiologists. Hintz, who has more than 25 years of senior-level healthcare and business management experience, joined Radiology Alliance in June 2012. Previously, he was CEO for Emergency Physicians of Naples in Florida. He is a certified public accountant.
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
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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.
Dan Hogan President & CEO Medalogix 1312 Fifth Ave. N., Suite 111 Nashville 37208 615.200.8443 medalogix.com
Former home health agency owner Dan Hogan founded Medalogix, a post acute specific predictive modeling and workflow company, in 2009. HIMSS awarded Medalogix the Health Information Technology award in 2012, and it was named “2016 Early Stage Company of the Year” by the Nashville Technology Council. Hogan has been honored locally as one of the “Most Admired CEOs” and a “Health Care Hero.” He was named 2014 Young Leader of the Year by the Young Leaders Council and was a member of Leadership Nashville’s 2016 class. Hogan serves on boards for Safe Haven and TEDx Nashville and is on the executive committee for the Nashville Technology Council.
Chris 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 30-year 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 Healthcare Corp. 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,.
Kell Holland Tennessee President & CEO Willis Towers Watson 26 Century Blvd. Nashville 37214 615.872.3000 willistowerswatson.com
As president & CEO of Willis of Tennessee, an international insurance brokerage firm under the Willis Towers Watson umbrella, Holland has oversight of the Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville offices, which have a focus on healthcare. His extensive experience in sales for property casualty and employee benefits, claims and loss control gives him a broad perspective on the industry.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Russell “Rusty” Holman, MD CMO LifePoint Health 330 Seven Springs Way Brentwood 37027 615.920.7000 lifepointhealth.net
Prior to joining LifePoint in 2013, Holman served as chief clinical officer for Cogent HMG (now Sound Physicians), where he held executive leadership roles for eight years. Previously, he served as medical director of hospital services for HealthPartners Medical Group & Clinics (HPMG&C) in Bloomington, Minn. In 2000, he created one of the nation’s first postgraduate fellowship programs in Hospital Medicine for HPMG&C. 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 of America Inc. 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6600 centerstone.org
Holman, who joined Centerstone of America in 2014, has financial oversight of one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral health. Previously, Holman served as CFO for Precedent Health, Inc. and Heritage Health Systems, Inc., both healthcare companies based in Nashville. He has more than 25 years senior financial experience in the healthcare and insurance industries.
Dana Holmes CEO & Managing Member 2nd Generation Capital 618 Church St., Suite 430 Nashville 37219 615.846.7650 2ndgeneration.com
Holmes leads the merchant banking 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. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and MBA from Florida State. Holmes is on a number of boards including Genetic Associates.
Hayley Hovious President Nashville Health Care Council 211 Commerce St., Suite 100 Nashville 37201 615.743.3140
Since 2015, Hovious has served as president of the Nashville Health Care Council, a premier association of healthcare industry
leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s healthcare industry capital. Previously, she served as the executive 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.
Brooks Hubbard Executive Managing Director & Head of Specialty Healthcare Finance Group First Tennessee Bank 511 Union St., Suite 300 Nashville 37219 615.734.6061 firsttennessee.com
Hubbard joined First Tennessee in May of 2016 to lead a team of professionals dedicated to originating and leading healthcare sponsor backed financings. Since 2011, he had served as the head of the healthcare group at another financial institution, within which he had founded a sponsor finance effort in 2009. Hubbard has more than two decades of experience in healthcare corporate and investment banking. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
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
Named chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group in 2015, Humphreys is a specialist in mergers and acquisitions. She also leads interdisciplinary teams to provide healthcare industry clients with solutions to a range of operational, regulatory and transactional issues. Humphreys holds several health law committee positions with the American Bar Association including serving as chair of the national Health Care M&A Committee. She sits on the board for the Tennessee chapter of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is a past board member of Leadership Health Care. Humphreys earned both her undergrad and law degrees from the University of 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 2008, has been involved in all aspects of private equity investing since 2000, 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 and TMG. Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Florida State and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a 2013 Council Fellow.
Joey Jacobs Chairman & CEO Acadia Healthcare 6100 Tower Circle, Suite 1000 Franklin 37067 615.861.6000
Healthcare veteran Jacobs took the reins at behavioral health giant Acadia Healthcare in February 2011. Acadia operates a network of 568 behavioral healthcare facilities with more than 16,500 licensed beds in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the U.K. Previously, Jacobs co-founded Psychiatric Solutions Inc. (PSI) and served as chairman, president and CEO until its sale in late 2010. Prior to that, he spent 21 years in various leadership positions with HCA, rising to president of the Tennessee Division. Jacobs sits on the board of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, Envision Healthcare, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and is a current member and past board chair for the Nashville Health Care Council.
Harry Jacobson, MD Co-founder & Partner TriStar Technology Ventures 3322 West End Ave., Suite 1100 Nashville 37203 615.515.9880 tstventures.com
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One of Nashville’s top healthcare entrepreneurs, Jacobson has founded or co-founded numerous companies including Renal Care Group (acquired by Fresenius), Ambulatory Services of America, and CeloNova Biosciences. After more than a decade as vice chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University and CEO of the medical center, Jacobson retired from the post in March 2009. During his tenure, the medical complex more
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 than tripled revenues to $2.5 billion, built the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, and expanded into the 100 Oaks area. In 2009, Jacobson co-founded TriStar, an early-stage venture fund, with partners Brian Laden, PhD, and Christopher Rand. There are nearly 20 companies in TriStar’s active portfolio including Diabetes Care Group, Evermind, NuSirt Biopharma and InvisionHeart. Jacobson currently sits on a number of corporate boards and is a past board chair for the Nashville Health Care Council.
Debbie James President & CEO Vivere 5000 Meridian Blvd., Suite 250 Franklin 37067 615.550.4900 viverehealth.com
In 2013, James joined Vivere Health, which partners with reproductive endocrinology specialists to develop ambulatory surgery centers and in vitro fertilization labs. She has more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience in multiple healthcare companies and has led Vivere to over $100 million in revenue, making it one of Nashville’s fastestgrowing privately held companies. Previously, she was market president for Healthways. Prior to that, James served as vice president at Health Net and as regional vice president and general manager at Express Scripts. She is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council and is a 2015 Council Fellow.
Greg James, MD Chief Clinical Officer Saint Thomas Health 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 sths.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.
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. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions, public equity and debt offerings, private
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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 recent $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.
Michele Johnson Executive Director Tennessee Justice Center 301 Charlotte Ave. Nashville 37201 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.
R. Milton Johnson Chairman & CEO HCA One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com
Following Richard Bracken’s retirement at the end of 2014, Johnson’s title changed from president and CEO to chairman and CEO. A longtime HCA executive, Johnson began his career with the company in 1982. After starting in the Tax Department, he advanced through increasingly responsible positions within the company. By 2004, Johnson was named executive vice president and CFO. Appointed to HCA’s Board of Directors in 2009, he became president in 2011 and assumed CEO duties in January 2014. Prior to joining HCA, Johnson worked for Ernst & Young and has been a certified public accountant (currently inactive) since 1981. Johnson serves on numerous boards including that of the Nashville Health Care Council for which he is vice chair, Nashville Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Medical Interoperability. In 2016, he was ranked 6th on Modern Healthcare’s annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and is the 2017 chair of the Federation of American Hospitals.
Rita Johnson-Mills President & CEO UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee 8 Cadillac Drive, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.493.9532 uhcommunityplan.com/tn
Johnson-Mills joined UnitedHealth Group in 2008 and was named president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee in July 2014. The statewide plan serves 600,000 Medicaid and Medicare members, providing health coverage for physical health, long-term care and behavioral health programs. Previously, she was senior vice president for Business Transformation for UnitedHealthcare Community & State, one of UnitedHealth Group’s three benefits businesses. She is a founding member of UnitedHealth Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and serves on numerous boards including the Nashville Health Care Council. She has a dual masters in human resource management and public policy from Ohio State University and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Philip Johnston, PharmD Professor & Dean Belmont University College of Pharmacy 1900 Belmont Blvd. Nashville 37212 615.460.6746 belmont.edu/pharmacy
In 2007, Johnston became the founding dean of Belmont University’s College of Pharmacy. After earning his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, he stayed on as a faculty member from 1973-1982 before relocating to Nashville. Johnston then spent more than 20 years with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In addition to his clinical, research and academic work at VUMC, he also was an adjunct faculty member at Belmont, serving as pharmacotherapeutics course director in the physical therapy doctorate program. Johnston’s recent research efforts have focused on the benefit of computerized order entry in healthcare institutions, patient safety and safe labeling of over-the-counter products. He is a 2015 Council Fellow.
Ed Jones President & CEO HealthTrust 1100 Charlotte Ave., 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, Parallon’s $30 billion global group purchasing organization. Previously, he served as COO for HealthTrust
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 and as a supply chain vice president for HCA. Jones is a founding board member of the Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium and a board member and chair-elect for the Healthcare Supply Chain Association. He is a 2015 Council Fellow.
Suzanne Jones, PharmD Senior Director, Scientific Director, Strategic Development Sarah Cannon 1100 Charlotte Ave., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com
Jones joined Sarah Cannon in 1998. Her responsibilities over the management of the instituteâ€™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 Veteranâ€™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.
K A.J. Kazimi Chairman & CEO Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2525 West End Ave., Suite 950 Nashville 37203 615.255.0068
In 1999, Kazimi founded Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, a specialty company that acquires marketed and late-stage development pharmaceutical products to grow distribution to targeted, underserved physician segments. Kazimi has more than 25 years 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 more than $100 million in debt and equity financings, as well as its initial public offering. He took Cumberland public in August of 2009. Kazimi 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.
Paul H. Keckley, PhD Managing Editor The Keckley Report 615.351.0265 paulkeckley.com
Keckley is a well known healthcare researcher and policy analyst. He authors the weekly Keckley Report and a monthly column for Health and Hospital Networks. The industry expert has published three books and 250 articles on healthcare. He most recently 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. He sits on the boards of Healthways and the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy Board and is a member of the Health Executive Network.
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Dean Roger L. Davis As an InCharge leader in health care education, Dean Roger Davis is helping to redefine how pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, sports nutritionists, researchers and others master the skills needed for their profession. He remains focused on an interprofessional, interdisciplinary approach to education that is training the health care providers of the future to work collaboratively and across all disciplines.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Andrew Kennedy, MD Physician-in-Chief, Radiation Oncology Sarah Cannon Director, Radiation Oncology Research Sarah Cannon Research Institute 1100 Charlotte Ave., 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 - Chapel Hill. He is an internationally renowned radiation oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal cancers, as well as cancers of the breast and lung. Nationally, he serves as a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology Board of Chancellors and is a Fellow of the College.
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. Prior to launching the private investment company primarily involved in angel investing, Kever spent 18 years in the leadership of Envoy, a provider of 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 serves as board chair for NextGxDx and is on the advisory board for Nashville Capital Network.
Don King President & CEO Saint Thomas Midtown & West Hospitals 4200 Harding Road Nashville 37205 615.222.2111 sths.com/west sths.com/midtown
Prior to being promoted to president and CEO for Saint Thomas Health’s two flagship Nashville hospitals in 2015, King had served as chief operating officer for Saint Thomas West, overseeing a $110-million construction project during his tenure. Previously, he was COO for Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Missouri and began his career as director of Rehabilitation Service at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
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He earned his master’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University and is a certified LEAN specialist.
Matthew King Managing Partner FCA Venture Partners 5314 Maryland Way, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.320.3070
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. He has more than 30 years of business experience, the last dozen of which have been focused exclusively in the venture capital industry. He has participated in over 50 venture capital and private equity investments since 1992 and has served or currently serves on the board of directors for NuScript Rx, edo, Entrada, and Silvercare Solutions among others. King previously served as vice president of SunTrust Bank and its predecessor Third National Bank.
Thomas Klaritch Executive VP, Medical Office Properties HCP Inc. 3000 Meridian Blvd., Suite 200 Franklin 37067 615.324.6900 hcpi.com
Klaritch joined the healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) in 2003 as senior vice president and was named to his current position in 2008. Prior to that, he was a founding member and CFO of MedCap Properties. Klaritch, a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council, has more than 32 years of operational and financial management experience in the hospital and medical office sectors. He is a CPA and Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
David Klements President & CEO Qualifacts Systems, Inc. 200 Second Ave. S. Nashville 37201 866.386.6755 qualifacts.com
In 2006, Klements took the helm of Qualifacts, now the largest provider of web-based electronic health records for the behavioral health and human services market. Previously, he held a number of leadership positions with various earlystage technology concerns and was vice president with SunGard Availability Services and general manager of Inflow. Klements is board chair on the Executive Committee for the Nashville Technology Council.
Lawrence H. Kloess, III Special Operating Partner FCA Ventures 5314 Maryland Way, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.320.3070 claytonassociates.com
Kloess, who has been part of Clayton Associates since 2012, is a special operating partner for FCA Ventures and serves on the FCA Advisory Board and in a similar capacity for the angel funds. A healthcare executive with more than 35 years leadership experience, Kloess spent 28 years in senior leadership for HCA and retired from the hospital company at the end of 2011 as president of the TriStar Division. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Kloess holds a master’s degree in hospital administration from Xavier University and is board certified in healthcare management.
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 in matters concerning contracts, fraud and abuse, and compliance issues. An active volunteer, Koju is a board member for Abe’s Garden and the YWCA and is the former board chair for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.
Shaheed Koury, MD SVP & CMO 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.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Philip Krebs President, Senior Managing Partner Avondale Partners Two American Center 3102 West End Ave., Suite 1100 Nashville 37203 615.467.3482
Krebs co-founded Avondale in 2001 and currently serves as a member of the firm’s board. He has 30 years of investment banking experience and 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. He is chair of the Centerstone Foundation Board of Trustees. Krebs earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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 Home Health & Hospice 209 10th Avenue S, Suite 512 Nashville 37203 615.928.5450 amedisys.com
Paul Kusserow now leads home health and hospice 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 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. He started his career at McKinsey and Company, Inc., as a management consultant.
L Jim Lackey Chairman & CEO Complete Holdings Group dba EnableComp 206 Gothic Court, Suite 308 Franklin 37067 615.791.4300 enablecomp.com
Lackey, who is at the helm of Complete Holdings Group, has brought his considerable expertise in revenue cycle management to EnableComp, which assists hospitals and health systems in realizing full revenue collection in the complex workers’ compensation market. In 2009, Lackey retired as CEO of Passport Health Communications after leading the company from start-up to established healthcare technology and information firm. Lackey began his career in 1978 working in the financial administration department for a 300bed community hospital. Over the years, he has served as a consultant for Ernst & Young, assistant vice president of administration for HealthAmerica Corporation, vice president of administration and founding officer for Coventry Corporation, and president of FOCUS Healthcare Management. Lackey sits on a number of corporate and advisory boards including PharmMD, Nashville Capital Network Board of Advisors and Harpeth Capital,
Mark Lamp President & CEO American Pathology Partners 103 Continental Place, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.916.3200 ap2.com
Lamp took on his latest 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 six 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 Managing Director & Global Healthcare Lead North Highland Company 5105 Maryland Way, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.370.2790 northhighland.com
With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare management and technology, Lance leads North Highland’s healthcare consulting practice, serving some of the largest names in the industry including HCA, Fresenius, American Red Cross and Healthways. Previously, Lance was COO of Qualifacts and held management positions at BearingPoint and Accenture. He earned both his undergraduate degree and MBA from Vanderbilt and is a 2013 Council Fellow.
Kevin Lavender 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 on the board of directors for Envision Healthcare and is on the boards of trustees for the Brain Research Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Jamie Lee Vice President Operations & Events 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 process and support functions, as well as implementation of Council and Leadership Health Care events including sponsorship retention and fulfillment. 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.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Fred LeMaistre, MD Senior VP, Market Operations & Physician-in-Chief of Blood Cancers Sarah Cannon 1100 Charlotte Ave., 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 Leopard Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2309 bradley.com
Leopard is a valued business advisor in corporate matters involving healthcare and information technology law. She provides counsel to healthcare providers, entrepreneurs, and service providers on licensing, payment, regulatory compliance, privacy and technology issues. As a former hospital executive, Leopard has unique industry knowledge and insight. She leads the HIMSS Legal Aspects of the Enterprise Task Force and is vice chair of the American Health Lawyers Association Health Information Technology Practice Group. Leopard has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year,” Nashville and 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
Leslie joined the medical society in August 2014 as executive director. An experienced non-profit leader, she previously was vice president of talent development for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. She crafted
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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.
Ralph Levy, Jr. Of Counsel Dickinson Wright PLLC 424 Church St., Suite 1401 Nashville 37219 615.620.1733 dickinson-wright.com
Levy’s 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 chair of the Nashville Bar Association Tax Committee. The majority of his 35-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.
Jim Lewis Chairman Cumberland Consulting Group 720 Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 550 Franklin 37067 615.373.4470 cumberlandcg.com
A founding partner of Cumberland Consulting Group, Lewis has a 35-year background in consulting, technology implementation, finance and business management. Prior to helping launch Cumberland Consulting in 2004, he was a partner with Ernst & Young and a vice president with CapGemini Ernst & Young. Lewis is a specialist in the design, development and implementation of various technology solutions including healthcare, order management, distribution and manufacturing business initiatives.
Thomas Lewis Shareholder-in-Charge, Information Security LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2296 lbmc.com
Lewis 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 business’ 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 2016’s “20 Most Promising Cyber Security Providers.” Lewis was the founding president of the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and is a frequent speaker on a local and national stage. He is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).
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.
Wendy Long, MD Director TennCare Bureau Deputy Commissioner Health Care Finance & Administration 310 Great Circle Road Nashville 37243 615.507.6444 tn.gov/tenncare
Long was appointed to her current role managing the state’s $11 billion healthcare enterprise that provides services to more than 1.5 million Tennesseans in 2016. Before being named director for TennCare and deputy commissioner for HCFA, Long held other key management roles within the organization including deputy director, chief of staff and chief medical officer. Her work on behalf of the state spans more than two decades and includes positions with the Bureau of Health Services and the Tennessee Department of Health. 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 earned her medical degree from Ohio State and completed her preventive medicine residency and masters 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,
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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.
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 years of experience to develop and manage surgery centers and handle billing 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 (now Cigna) Healthplan of Texas and HealthAmerica of Florida.
Samuel Lynch, DMD, DMSc Founder, Chairman & CEO Lynch Biologics
Scott MacKenzie CEO M*Modal 5000 Meridian Blvd., Suite 200 Franklin 37067 800.233.3030
Lynch has been deeply involved in Middle Tennessee’s burgeoning life sciences industry for more than 15 years. He now leads Lynch Biologics, a biotech company looking to develop effective therapies to promote wound healing. Previously, Lynch was the 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 has been named to the governing board for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Lynch received his doctorate of medical science and specialty in periodontology from the Harvard Medical and Dental Schools. He also earned a doctorate of dental medicine from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.
MacKenzie, who has more than 25 years experience in healthcare and information technology, became CEO and a member of M*Modal’s board in October 2014. Before taking the helm of the clinical documentation technology firm, he was CEO 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.
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 joins the Meharry leadership team in March 2017. Previously, she served as profes-
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 sor 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.
John Manning, PhD COO, Corporate Chief of Staff Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.322.2422
In June 2009, Manning assumed the operational oversight of the medical center. Between 2000 and February 2008, Manning served as executive director for Research Operations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was then promoted to vice president. Under his leadership, funded research more than doubled in size. He earned his MBA at the University of Chicago and his doctorate in environmental health engineering from Notre Dame.
Brian Marger COO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000
Marger, who was named to his role in May 2014, oversees operations for TriStar’s flagship hospital campus. He has been with HCA since 2003 and 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 Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a 2016 Council Fellow.
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Ken Marlow Partner & Chair, Healthcare Department Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8111 wallerlaw.com
Marlow serves as the chair of Waller’s Healthcare Department, which includes more than 120 attorneys. He has guided clients through the acquisition of acute care hospitals, home health and hospice companies and other providers in deals with an aggregate value of more than $6 billion. Healthcare providers across the country have engaged Marlow to form numerous joint ventures among hospitals, physicians and other providers. He also has significantly expanded the firm’s focus, depth and knowledge in the long-term care industry.
Larry Marnett, PhD Senior Associate Dean Biomedical Sciences Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.322.0907
Director of the A.B. Hancock, Jr. Memorial Laboratory for Cancer Research, the professor of chemistry, biochemistry and cancer research took on his new leadership roles in 2014. In addition to supporting operations and strategic development of basic sciences throughout the medical center and in collaboration with other institutions, he also leads basic science education and post-doctorate training for more than 600 graduate students and 500 post-doctoral fellows. Marnett is also director for the Institute of Chemical Biology. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt in 1989, Marnett was on faculty at Wayne State University. He received his doctorate from Duke University.
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 Road, Suite 1000 Nashville 37205 615.297.3122 gouldturner.com
A registered architect in 43 states, Marzialo has more than 30 years 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.
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 201 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 950 Nashville 37219 615.732.6414 capstarbank.com
Mattson, who has more than 25 years of banking experience, was instrumental in creating CapStar’s credit policies and infrastructure prior to the bank’s opening in 2008. In addition to his leadership role in credit administration, he also leads the bank’s efforts in the healthcare industry. Before joining CapStar, he was a managing director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey where he was responsible for new business development in the healthcare sector throughout the U.S. Mattson began his banking career at First American National Bank (now Regions). He holds an MBA from Texas A&M.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Phil Mazzuca COO IASIS Healthcare Corp. 117 Seaboard Lane, Bldg. E Franklin 37067 615.844.2747 iasishealthcare.com
With more than 30 years of hospital and healthcare leadership experience, Mazzuca oversees all aspects of the company’s hospital operations. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of Brim Holdings, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MedCath Corporation and president of the Texas and Florida markets for IASIS.
David McClellan Managing Director Heritage Group LLC 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 150 Nashville 37215 615.665.8220
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 30 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.
Mark McConnell President & CEO Onlife Health 9020 Overlook Blvd., Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.844.2100 onlifehealth.com
McConnell joined the wellness solutions company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, in January 2015 as vice president of Health and Wellness before being tapped as CEO in October 2016. His extensive prior experience in health and wellness includes senior executive positions with AMC Health, Healthcare Bluebook, Health Fitness Corporation and Healthways. McConnell also worked on mobile health strategy and development for Verizon Wireless.
Andrew McDonald Shareholder & Practice Lead, Healthcare Consulting LBMC & LBMC Physician Business Solutions 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2474 lbmc.com
With over 30 years’ experience as either a full-time healthcare executive or consultant
to a broad range of healthcare organizations, McDonald has honed his expertise in providing due diligence, revenue cycle management, 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 Tennesee.
Scott McQuigg CEO GoNoodle 209 10th Ave. S., Suite 350 Nashville 37203 615.800.7794 gonoodle.com
McQuigg leads the wellness company designed to get kids moving. Streaming video features fun, interactive physical activity breaks used in educational settings and at home, reaching more than 10 million children and adolescents across 168 countries. McQuigg previously was co-founder and CEO of Nashville-based HealthLeaders Inc., a business media and information company. Before that, McQuigg gained experience with national media through his decade of service with American City Business Journals. He spent his last two years with the company as president and publisher of the Nashville Business Journal.
John McRoberts Chairman & CEO MedEquities Realty Trust, Inc. 3100 West End Ave., Suite 1000 Nashville 37203 615.627.4710 medequities.com
In January 2010, McRoberts began his tenure at MedEquities, which acquires and structures financing for healthcare-related real estate deals, but his healthcare investment career spans more than three decades. After 16 years with AmSouth Bank where he was head of healthcare lending, McRoberts co-founded and served as president and CEO of Capstone Capital Corporation, a healthcare REIT that went public in 1994 and sold to Healthcare Realty Trust in 1998. From 2001 to 2005, McRoberts was president and CEO of MeadowBrook Healthcare, Inc. He then acquired a controlling interest in home health and hospice company Care First, Inc. before selling his interest in early 2015.
Philip S. McSween Shareholder, Chair Health Law Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.7334 bakerdonelson.com
Chair of the firm’s Health Law Practice group, McSween is a counselor to both nonprofit and for-profit healthcare providers, including hospitals, specialty providers and physician groups on a national basis. His practice concentrates primarily in healthcare mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. He represents UT Medical Center and Ochsner Health System, among others, on transactional and regulatory matters and has extensive experience in the dialysis and laboratory industries. A member of the American Health Lawyers Association, McSween has been regularly recognized for his work in healthcare in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.
Stuart McWhorter Co-founder & Chairman Clayton Associates 5314 Maryland Way, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.320.3070 claytonassociates.com
McWhorter has more than two decades experience in entrepreneurship and early stage investing. The company he co-founded with his late father, Clayton McWhorter, makes seed, angel and venture stage investments in healthcare and technology companies. Previously, McWhorter was a founding member of OrthoLink Physicians Corporation where he served as vice president of Managed Care and later as vice president of Acquisitions. He began his career in various operating roles for Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. McWhorter received his master’s in health administration from the University of Alabama – Birmingham. He sits on a number of boards including MedEquities, PharmMD, and Haven Behavioral Healthcare.
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 in the assisted living and home health markets. 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.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Scott Mertie President Kraft Healthcare Consulting, LLC 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.782.4292 kraftcpas.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 Leadership Health Care, Nashville MGMA, and the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration. He has also participated in and led various healthcare trade missions. Mertie, who graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in accounting, is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, a certified medical practice executive and a certified healthcare financial professional.
Ben Middleton COO Centerstone of Tennessee 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217 615.463.6600 centerstone.org
Middleton oversees operations at Centerstone Tennessee, including outpatient clinic services; dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program; adult, adolescent and child case management; continuous treatment team; intervention services; criminal justice liaison; and integrated care for adults. Previously, he served as senior vice president for Clinic Services. He specializes in alcohol and drug abuse treatment and services for those with mental illnesses. Middleton graduated from Alabama A&M University with a master’s in clinical psychology.
Bonnie Miller, MD Executive VP Educational Affairs and Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 201 Light Hall Nashville 37232 615.322.7221
Miller has served in multiple leadership roles at Vanderbilt with an emphasis on medical education. She also has served on numerous national organizations and consulted nationally and internationally on medical education matters. Miller has led Vanderbilt through several curriculum innovation cycles, most recently spearheading the major revision known as Curriculum 2.0. She is also the primary investigator for the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education grant, which was awarded to Vanderbilt in 2013. Miller is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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Julie Miller COO Williamson Medical Center 4321 Carothers Parkway Franklin 37067 615.435.5000
Miller has been with Williamson Medical Center for 12 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 to nutritional services and security. Prior to WMC, she worked in accounting & finance for 10 years. Miller is active in a number of healthcare organizations and is on the THA Solutions Group Board. 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 President, CEO, Principal Earl Swensson Associates 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.9445 esarch.com
Miller joined ESa in 1967 and was named president in 1973. He has oversight of the large architecture and design firm, which has won numerous accolades for its design of 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, co-authored 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.
Russ Miller CEO Tennessee Medical Association 2301 21st Ave. S. Nashville 37212 615.385.2100 tnmed.org
Miller, a certified association executive, assumed the lead staff role in January 2013. As CEO, Miller leads efforts to advocate on behalf of 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 designation in 2008 from the American Society of Association Executives.
Thomas Miller CEO Quorum Health 1573 Mallory Lane, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.221.1400 quorumhealth.com
Miller leads Quorum Health Corporation, a publicly traded company with 38 hospitals across 16 states plus hospital management and consulting business Quorum Health Resources, LLC. Prior to the spinoff from Community Health Systems last spring, Miller served as a division president for CHS. He has more than 30 years experience in hospital operations and executive management, including serving as president and CEO of Lutheran Health Network in northeast Indiana. Miller earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn and a master’s in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Miller currently serves on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees and on the board of the Federation of American Hospitals.
Rita Mitchell Executive VP of Private Client Services First Tennessee Bank 511 Union St., Suite 400 Nashville 37219 615.734.6171
Mitchell leads First Tennessee Bank’s medical private banking team in Middle Tennessee. She has more than 30 years of financial services experience, the last 14 at First Tennessee. A Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC), Mitchell also holds a number of other professional designations and licenses. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, she also graduated from the Advanced Minority Business Program of the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Mitchell is an active community volunteer and has held leadership and advisory roles with The Women’s Fund Board, which is part of The Community Foundation, along with the YWCA and CABLE.
John Mize 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.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Jonathan Morphett Head of Investment Banking Division Avondale Partners Two American Center 3102 West End Ave., Suite 1100 Nashville 37203 615.467.3533
Named to his current position in April 2014, Morphett joined Avondale in 2004 to launch the healthcare investment banking group. During his tenure, he has helped establish the firm as a nationally recognized provider of advisory and capital raising services. Previously, Morphett founded Australian corporate finance advisory firm Rosebrook Ventures and is a former managing director of investment banking at Morgan Stanley. A former board member for the Nashville Health Care Council, Morphett earned his undergrad degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth. He is a director of the Centerstone Research Institute.
Rock Morphis Managing Director Heritage Group LLC 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 150 Nashville 37215 615.665.8220
Patti Moser Administrator Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Centennial 2410 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com
A 25-year HCA veteran, Moser was named to her current position in 2012. Her healthcare background spans more than 35 years of experience as a registered nurse, with 18 of those years caring for patients as a certified oncology nurse. Previously, she served as the administrative director of the Oncology Service Line at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita, Kan. Moser is a board member of the Nashville American Society and serves as chair for the Health Systems Committee. She also is responsible for leading TriStar Centennial’s efforts in support of the annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.
Munn, who has 20 years experience across multiple disciplines of the healthcare industry, joined InfoWorks in February 2015 to develop and execute the technology consulting firm’s healthcare services. Previously, she was a healthcare client executive with North Highland Company and served as a vice president with Healthways. Additionally, she held several leadership roles with Cisco Systems. Munn has been honored locally as a “Health Care Hero.” She is a board member for the Tennessee HIMSS chapter and a former board member of the Nashville Technology Council.
Moyer was named president and CEO of the state’s largest technology trade association in September 2016. Previously, he served as
Morphis co-founded Heritage Group, an investment and advisory firm focused on early stage healthcare opportunities, in 1986. Over the years, Morphis has served in a number of executive positions within Heritage Group’s portfolio of companies. He served as chairman, president and CEO of Heritage Health Systems from 1995-2004 and of Surgical Health Corporation from 1992-1995, which were both acquired by public companies.
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Lucy Carter & Vic Alexander of KraftCPAs PLLC
Shawn Morris COO Cigna-HealthSpring Inc. 530 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.743.3946
of Kraft Healthcare Consulting, LLC and
Dana Holmes & Jim Ward of 2nd Generation Capital, LLC
Morris was named COO in February 2014 with oversight for the financial and operational performance of all Cigna-HealthSpring business, which serves more than 2 million Medicare customers. With the retirement of Herb Fritch, Morris is also picking up the role of interim president, as well. For two years prior to his current role, Morris served as president of Development and Innovation. Morris joined the company in 2005, prior to the acquisition by Cigna, and served in various leadership roles including executive vice president. He was also part of HealthSpring’s predecessor company, North American Medical Management. He is a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council and is a 2013 Council Fellow.
Rebecca Munn VP & Managing Director, Healthcare Services InfoWorks 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 500 Nashville 37205 615.356.2686
Brian Moyer President & CEO Nashville Technology Council 500 Interstate Blvd. S., Suite 400 Nashville 37210 615.873.1284 technologycouncil.com
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 holds the designation of Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Andrew 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 companies across the continuum of care, including several national hospital and surgery center companies. He also counsels clients on federal and state regulatory issues, as well as a range of operational issues including licensing and provider enrollment. Murray has been recognized for his healthcare law work by Chambers USA and has been named “Leading Lawyer” by The Ambulatory M&A Advisor.
Mike Musick Assurance Managing Partner BDO 414 Union St., Suite 1800 Nashville 37219 615.493.5610 bdo.com
Musick is the national leader for the long-term care sector of BDO’s Healthcare Practice 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. Musick is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
N Michael Neuss, MD CMO Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Henry-Joyce Cancer Clinic 1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 1710 Nashville 37232 615.936.8422 vicc.org
A medical oncologist, Neuss was recruited to Vanderbilt in 2011 to serve in the new position of CMO for VICC’s clinical enterprise. Previously, the Duke-trained physician spent 25 years with Oncology/Hematology Care in Cincinnati. By the time he retired his position as vice president of the group at the end of 2010, the practice had grown from two physicians to 48 oncologists and 300 staff members practicing at 15 locations. Neuss is active with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, chairing the national organiza-
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tion’s Value Measures Taskforce, co-chairing the ASCO/ONS Chemotherapy Guidelines Workgroup, and serving on the board of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Lisa Nix Shareholder & Practice Leader, Transaction Advisory Services LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2288 lbmc.com
Nix brings over 20 years 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 10 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 to multiple top accounting lists by area media, is a past “Leadership Health Care Volunteer of the Year” award winner, and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Linda Norman, DSN, RN Dean & Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 111 Godchaux Hall 461 21st Ave. S. Nashville 37240 615.343.8876 nursing.vanderbilt.edu
Norman has spent more than three decades in nursing education, spearheading curricular innovations in blended learning, interprofessional education, quality improvement and distance learning. Named dean of VUSN in 2013, Norman leads the school’s academic, clinical practice, research, fiduciary, administrative and strategic initiatives. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in nursing education and research. Norman serves on various nonprofit, professional and corporate boards. She was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2004 and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
O Bond Oman CEO OGA 2932 Foster Creighton Drive Nashville 37204 615.312.0253 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 President & CEO Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.327.1085 alivehospice.org
O’Neal joined Alive Hospice as CEO in April 2012. A registered nurse, O’Neal oversees the agency’s hospice care, palliative care and grief support programs in Alive Hospice’s 12-county service area. O’Neal previously served as senior vice president of quality and performance improvement at hospitalist company CogentHMG and as vice president of clinical operations for Essent Healthcare. In addition to her undergraduate degree, O’Neal earned an MSN in nursing administration and an MBA in organization management from Vanderbilt. A 2015 Council Fellow, O’Neal chairs the Fellows Alumni Advisory Committee and is a former Nashville Health Care Council board member. She is also a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Steve Otto CEO TriStar Skyline Medical Center 3441 Dickerson Pike Nashville 37207 615.769.2000 tristarskyline.com
Otto has served in a leadership capacity with HCA, TriStar Health System’s parent company, since 1987. In July 2009, he was named CEO of TriStar Skyline, a 223-bed acute care facility, and TriStar Skyline Madison Campus, a 121-bed behavioral health facility. Otto previously served as COO for Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, CEO for River Park Hospital in McMinnville, Tenn., and COO and CFO for Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Indiana.
Charles Overstreet Global Segment Leader, Health Solutions FTI Consulting 105 Westwood Place, Suite 250 Brentwood 37027 615.324.8535 fticonsulting.com
Overstreet leads healthcare solutions for FTI, a global business advisory firm. He 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
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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.
Thomas Ozburn CEO TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center 391 Wallace Road Nashville 37211 615.781.4000
Ozburn has been CEO at the 126-bed TriStar Southern Hills facility since the beginning of 2008. During his tenure, he has overseen renovation and expansion projects both on and off campus. In 2013, the hospital opened a boutique-concept Joint and Spine Center, which has received national attention for the infusion of technology to improve the patient experience. By 2018, TriStar Southern Hills will operate five satellite locations with three major health parks in Antioch, East Brentwood and Brentwood Hills. Prior to his current role, he served as COO for TriStar Summit Medical Center and TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the board of the Tennessee Hospital Association.
P Christopher Palombo CEO Dispensary of Hope 2700 Brick Church Pike Nashville 37207 888.428.4673 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 and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Parker Panovec, MD Medical Director Faith Family Medical Center 326 21st Ave. N. Nashville 37203 615.341.0808 faithmedical.org
Panovec became medical director 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.
Lee Parmley, MD Chief of Staff Vanderbilt University Hospital 1215 21st Ave. S., S-3408 MCN Nashville 37232 615.343.6268 mc.vanderbilt.edu
Parmley, who has been at Vanderbilt since 2004, was named to his current post in February 2014 and is instrumental in enhancing health system operating performance, developing clinical operating policies and procedures for the hospital, and overseeing day-to-day operations. Previously, he served as chief of the Critical Care Division of the Department of Anesthesiology and also directed the Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program. Parmley received his medical degree from Loma Linda University and also earned a law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. He also holds a Master of Management in Health Care from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
June Patterson Director of Council Fellows Nashville Health Care Council 211 Commerce St., Suite 100 Nashville 37201 615.743.3142 healthcarecouncil.com
Patterson leads the highly successful Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program, an initiative to engage select senior industry executives to explore new business strategies to meet the challenges of the changing healthcare industry. She also oversees the Fellows Alumni program. Previously, Patterson served as conference services manager for Butler | Snow and as editor-in-chief for VersusMed. She holds a journalism degree from Arizona State University.
Jeffrey Patton, MD CEO Tennessee Oncology PLLC 397 Wallace Road, Suite 201 Nashville 37211 615.333.2481 tnoncology.com
As CEO, Patton has oversight of Tennessee Oncology, one of the largest physician-owned practices in the country. Patton, who is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine, has been with the practice since 1997. Previously, he was with The Lewis Gale Clinic in Virginia. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship in hematology/oncol-
ogy at Wake Forrest University. In addition to his administrative duties, Patton sees patients at Tennessee Oncology’s Southern Hills office. The practice, which is nationally recognized for utilizing innovative treatments that improve patient outcomes, employs more than 80 physicians in nearly three dozen locations throughout Middle and Southeast Tennessee.
William Paul, MD Director of Health Metro Public Health Department Lentz Public Health Center 2500 Charlotte Ave. Nashville 37209 615.340.5616 health.nashville.gov
Board-certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases, Paul became Nashville’s health director in 2007. He has been a vocal advocate for wellness with an emphasis on addressing the social determinants of health including curbing obesity rates, improving nutrition and increasing physical activity. Previously, he spent two years at the CDC and nearly 15 years with the Chicago Department of Public Health, where he engineered a response to the 2002 West Nile Virus outbreak. Paul earned his medical degree and master’s in epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a 2015 Council Fellow.
Susan Peach CEO HIghPoint Health System 555 Hartsville Pike Gallatin 37066 615.328.6695
Peach, a veteran hospital administrator with more than 30 years experience, was named CEO of HighPoint Health System in July 2012. She came to HighPoint from LifePoint’s Hospital Support Center. As chief nursing officer of the 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 executive 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 Senior VP & COO HealthStream 209 10th Ave. S., Suite 450 Nashville 37203 615.301.3100 healthstream.com
Pearson has served as senior vice president since joining HealthStream in 2006. In August 2011, he was named COO and is responsible for day-to-day operations throughout the company. Previously, he served as president and CEO of DigiScript, Inc. Pearson also held top level executive positions with Inforum, HIE, empactHealth.com, and Medibuy. He
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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. Today, there are nearly 600 associates on the staff of the multi-specialty practice, which sees more than 30,000 patients a month 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. Peay is a certified medical practice executive by the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
Ronnie Pennell 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 worked with some of the nation’s largest healthcare companies. Since 2009, he has been focused on the business operations of ambulatory surgery centers and physician practices. 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 President, Clinical Services & CMO HCA One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com
Perlin is responsible for clinical strategy and performance at HCA’s more than 170 hospitals and 800 outpatient centers and physician practices. Before joining HCA in 2006, Perlin was Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Perlin is still active in healthcare and health policy on a national stage. In 2014, he took a brief sabbatical from HCA to assist as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve operations. He is a past board chair for the American Hospital Association and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Modern Healthcare included Perlin on both the 2016 list of “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” and “100
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Most Influential People in Healthcare.” He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics.
Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD Executive VP for Research Vanderbilt University Medical Center Director Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 2220 Pierce Ave. 691 Preston Research Building Nashville 37232 615.936.1782 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, a member of the Susan G. Komen Scientific Advisory Committee, a founding member of the national advisory committee for the Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research and recently completed a six-year term as a presidential appointee on the National Cancer Advisory Board. In 2016, she was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts and cancer leaders advising Vice President Joe Biden’s 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.
C. Wright Pinson, MD Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer Vanderbilt University Medical Center CEO Vanderbilt Health Systems 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 care. Formerly the CMO, Pinson assumed greater leadership responsibilities in 2009 as part of the executive team put in place by Jeff Balser, MD. In addition to his administrative duties, Pinson is a renowned surgical oncologist with a specialty in 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, has been on faculty since 1990. He also serves on the board for the Tennessee Hospital Association and is chair of the Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors.
Kirk Porter Senior VP U.S. Trust 414 Union St., Third Floor Nashville 37219 615.749.3137 ustrust.com
Porter joined U.S. Trust, the private wealth management division of Bank of America, in 2016. He had long been the local healthcare point person for the bank and continues to serve high net worth individuals. Before that, he held a similar role at First Tennessee and spent seven years as managing director at US Bank. He is a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council and a 2014 Council Fellow.
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 the Vanderbilt enterprise. 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 401 Commerce St., Suite 1000 Nashville 37219 615.248.5568 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 identify solutions related to compliance when structuring transactions and physician relationships, internal investigations and the possible disclosure of violations of Stark and anti-kickback violations. She increasingly counsels clients on alternative payment
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 methodologies, including bundled payments. 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 511 Union St. 1400 Nashville City Center Nashville 37219 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 on Jan. 1, 2017 as he succeeded James Bearden in the day-today leadership role of the large 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.
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 inpatient operations of the 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.
Marty Rash Chairman & CEO RCCH HealthCare Partners 103 Continental Place, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.844.9800 rcchhealth.com
In 2009, Rash co-founded hospital company RegionalCare Hospital Partners and then
completed a merger with Essent Healthcare in November 2011 and with Capella Healthcare in 2016 to form the current company with 17 regional health systems in 12 states. Previously, Rash was chairman and CEO of Province Healthcare, which he grew to 21 hospitals and took public before selling to LifePoint in 2004 for more than $1 billion. Prior to that, he was COO for Community Health Systems and began his healthcare career in a number of executive, administrative and financial roles at several community hospitals. He is a past chairman, current board member and one of the co-founders of the Federation of American Hospitals and is a past chair of the Nashville Health Care Council. He earned both his undergrad and MBA from Middle Tennessee State University.
W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 2220 Pierce Ave. 798 Preston Research Building Nashville 37232 615.875.9731
A leading figure in the field of cancer research specializing in the area of kidney cancers, Rathmell was recruited to Vanderbilt to lead the Division of Hematology and Oncology
in 2015. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, serving as an officer on the council and as an 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 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 US every year since 2009 and is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.
David Reagan, MD, PhD CMO Tennessee Department of Health 710 James Robertson Parkway Andrew Johnson Tower, Fifth Floor Nashville 37243 615.741.3111 tn.gov/health
Reagan was named chief medical officer for the state in late 2011. He serves as an advisor to Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, on health policy, statewide health objectives and priorities, and effectiveness of public health policy. Previously, he was chief of staff for the
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Gregory Reidy CEO UnitedHealthcare Mid-South Health Plan 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.372.3622 uhc.com
Reidy, who has been with UnitedHealthcare since 1995, is responsible for leading commercial business in Arkansas and Tennessee. Currently, the Mid-South team serves more than 400,000 commercial members. Reidy started in sales with UnitedHealthcare in New York and then moved into a leadership position as part of the New England Health Plan. He held multiple leadership positions across the Florida markets and then became a regional vice president for the seven plans of the Southeast. He was named to his current position in 2009.
Paul Rein CFO Sarah Cannon 1100 Charlotte Ave., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com
With Sarah Cannon since 2013, Rein’s responsibilities include overall operational and financial leadership for the organization. Previously the CFO of Information Technology and Services at HCA, he has overseen financial management, internal controls, contracting, and portfolio management functions throughout his career. A certified public accountant, Rein earned his undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from Georgia State University. Rein is a 2014 Council Fellow.
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 practices, Reisz represents hospitals, ancillary service providers and large physician groups in joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and other contractual arrangements, as well as regulatory and operational matters including co-management agreements, fraud and abuse analyses, physician self-referral, fee splitting issues, and value-based payment matters. Nationally recognized for her industry acumen and nearly 30 years experience, Reisz serves on the board of directors for the American
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Health Lawyers Association, is a member of the American Bar Association’s sections on business law and health law, and a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council. She also has written and lectured nationally on issues impacting healthcare. Reisz received both her undergrad and law degrees with honors from Vanderbilt University.
Karen Rhea, MD CMO Centerstone of Tennessee 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217 615.463.6600 centerstone.org
Rhea oversees Centerstone of Tennessee’s medical services staff and manages psychiatric services. For two decades, she has also served as a clinical associate professor of Psychiatry with Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine. Prior to Centerstone, Rhea was a founding pediatric partner in the Franklin Children’s Clinic. Rhea was elected a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in December 2008 and honored with the 2011 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Kelley Rice President Nashville Medical Group Managers Association Operations Manager Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics – Tennessee Corporate Office 1321 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 510 Nashville 37217 615.366.2174 nmgma.com hughston.com
Rice does double duty, serving as president of NMGMA and overseeing daily operations for Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics (formerly Premier Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine). Previous experience includes practice management in several specialties in Kentucky and Tennessee, including stints with the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and HCA TriStar Medical Group. Rice also spent nearly three years with Allscripts as an EMR implementation consultant. A certified medical practice executive, Rice earned her MBA at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Clay Richards CEO naviHealth, a Cardinal Health Company 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, previously 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 is law degree from the University of Mississippi. He is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Stephen Riven Chairman, Senior Managing Partner Avondale Partners Two American Center 3102 West End Ave., Suite 1100 Nashville 37203 615.467.3458
One of four founders, Riven is chairman of this boutique investment banking, wealth and investment advisory firm with a focus on the healthcare and business services sectors. Prior to Avondale’s 2001 launch, Riven served as a managing director and member of the board of Equitable Securities Corporation, where he was co-head of Institutional Equity Sales. For the 23 years prior to that, he was a general partner of the J.C. Bradford Company.
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. Roark is a member of both the American Health Lawyers Association and the Health Care Compliance Association.
Heather Rohan President TriStar Health 110 Winners Circle, First Floor Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com
Rohan, who had served as president and CEO of TriStar Centennial Medical Center since December 2012, was tapped to lead HCA’s TriStar Division in December 2016 with
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 oversight of 16 hospitals, including the multiple TriStar facilities in Middle Tennessee. She has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in both administrative and clinical areas within HCA. Prior to relocating to Nashville, she served for seven years as CEO of HCA’s Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, Fla. and had held other CEO posts at Palms West Hospital and Pompano Beach Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, sits on the board of the Tennessee Hospital Association, and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
his predecessor, Milton Johnson, move from president and CFO to president and CEO. Rutherford has management responsibility for the company’s Treasury Department, Office of the Controller, Information Technology, Government Programs, Strategic Resource Group and Parallon. A nearly 30-year HCA veteran, Rutherford served as COO of the Clinical and Physician Services Group immediately prior to his current role. He joined the company in 1986 as a staff auditor. Rutherford is a 2013 Council Fellow.
Dawn Rudolph Chief Experience Officer Saint Thomas Health 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847
Nancy Schultz Vice President, Nashville North Highland Company 5105 Maryland Way, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.370.2790
Rudolph stepped into this role in July 2013 and is focused on ensuring a high-quality patient, physician and family experience aligns across the entire system. She joined Saint Thomas Health in November 2010, serving as president and CEO of Saint Thomas West. Previously, she served as CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. She earned her MBA with healthcare specialization from Indiana Wesleyan University. A Diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Rudolph has been named one of the “56 Women Hospital and Healthcare Leaders to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Schweinhart provides executive oversight for multiple areas, including materials and capital management, facilities management, health informatics and information management, plus project management and implementation of major company initiatives. He joined CHS in 1997, and his previous expertise in healthcare spans 20 years with other industry leaders.
Rachel Seifert Executive VP, Secretary & General Counsel Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net
Seifert is responsible for the legal aspects of a variety of areas within the company, including acquisitions/development, SEC and corporate governance, and litigation and management of the legal department. Prior to joining CHS in 1998, she was with Columbia/HCA, where she served as vice president and associate general counsel. Before that, she was in private law practice in Dallas.
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Rush, a neonatologist and professor of clinical pediatrics, has served in the senior administrative role of chief of staff for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt since 2007. She assists in the development and implementation of clinical operations and practice standards, as well as providing oversight of medical staff governance together with the pediatrician-in-chief and surgeon-in chief. She joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1990. Rush is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Rutherford stepped into the role of CFO for healthcare services giant HCA on Jan. 1, 2014 as part of the executive transition that saw
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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 re-engineering, including manufacturing, distribution, and financials. She serves on the boards for Children’s Alliance and Better Health 4Kids. Schultz is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Divya Shroff, MD CMO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com
Shroff joined TriStar Centennial Medical Center as chief medical officer in December 2013. In this role, Shroff is responsible for overseeing medical affairs and providing strategic leadership to TriStar Centennial’s more than 1,500 physicians. She plays a significant role in improving quality and patient outcomes in partnership with the physicians, as well as being instrumental in policy development, and support and implementation of national and facility-specific quality initiatives including medical oversight of the renal transplant program. Shroff is board certified in internal medicine. 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.
Rhonda Sides Principal – Healthcare Services Crosslin The Astoria 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 being named a “Health Care Hero” in 2015.
Lynn Simon, MD President, Clinical Services & CQO 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
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HealthCare. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and was named to Modern Healthcare’s 2015 and 2016 lists of “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.” Simon also serves on the board for Kindred Healthcare.
Saurabh Sinha Co-founder & CEO emids Technologies 520 Royal Parkway Nashville 37214 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 1999, 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.
Andy Smith President & CEO Brookdale Senior Living 111 Westwood Place, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.221.2250 brookdale.com
Smith became president of the senior living solutions company in March 2016 and chief executive officer in February 2013. Prior to that he served as Brookdale’s executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary since 2006. Smith was with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC from 1985 to 2006 where he was chair of the firm’s healthcare group. A graduate of Vanderbilt, he earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University. Smith serves on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council and is a 2013 Council Fellow.
Brad Smith CEO & Co-founder Aspire Health 333 Commerce St., Suite 700 Nashville 37201 615.454.9850
Launched in 2013, Aspire Health is a palliative care company that is building a network of palliative care physician practices employing a range of providers to care for patients facing an advanced illness and complex medical decisions. Aspire currently has 18 locations in 12 states. Previously, Smith served as chief-of-staff at the Tennessee Department of Economic Development and before that as founding executive director of Tennessee SCORE. Smith, who co-founded the company with Sen. Bill Frist, MD, is a Harvard graduate and received a M.Phil from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Dee Anna Smith CEO Sarah Cannon 1100 Charlotte Ave., 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 offering cutting-edge clinical research as the foundation to its integrated cancer programs, which provide close-tohome access to world-class cancer care across the United States and United Kingdom. Joining Sarah Cannon Research Institute in 2005, Smith served as chief information officer and president of SCRI Services. Previously, she was founder and CEO of Summit Research Solutions, a multi-specialty organization established in 1996. Smith is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree. Smith serves on the Pepperdine University Board of Regents, the board of visitors for Lipscomb University School of Pharmacy, and the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
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. 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.
Rich Smith Co-founder eDoc4u 3212 West End Ave, Suite 500 Nashville 37203 615.269.5710 edoc4u.com
Smith joined eDoc4U, a portfolio company of ConduIT Corporation, in 2002 to launch commercial business operations in healthcare employer and provider markets. Since then, he has managed eDoc4u’s growth as a leading provider of web-based services for wellness, preventive care and disease management. Smith brings to the company more than 30 years of executive management and consulting experience in IT and healthcare companies.
INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2017 Wayne Smith Chairman & CEO Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067
Since Smith came on board in 1997, CHS has seen net revenues grow from just under $750 million to over $18 billion. He is nationally recognized as a healthcare leader with 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 the Federation of American Hospitals.
David Spigel, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Chief Scientific Officer & Director, Lung Cancer Research Program Sarah Cannon 1100 Charlotte Ave., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 tnoncology.com sarahcannon.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 medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis in 1996. 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 & CEO Saint Thomas Health Senior VP & Tennessee Ministry Market Executive Ascension Health 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284-7847 sths.com
Springer was promoted to the top spot at Saint Thomas Health in 2015. She joined the health system in 2011 as chief operating officer and added the role of president earlier in 2015. Previously, she spent nearly 15 years in increasing leadership positions for Lutheran Hospital System in Fort Wayne, Ind., rising to executive vice president and COO, a role she had held
for four years, just prior to her move to Saint Thomas. She is active in the community and serves on a number of boards including the Tennessee Hospital Association. Springer is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Greg Spurlock President Alliance Oncology and Alliance HealthCare International 1801 West End Ave., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.263.7888 allianceoncology.com
Spurlock serves as president of both Alliance Oncology and Alliance HealthCare International. He joined the company through the April 2011 acquisition of US Radiosurgery, where Spurlock was chief administrative officer and chief operating officer. Spurlock’s career has focused on facility development, physician relationships and ancillary services. Previously, he was executive vice president of NeoSpine. After relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville in 2000, he served as executive director of Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance followed by a stint as CEO of Imaging One.
Tom Starling, EdD CEO Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee 446 Metroplex Drive, Suite A-224 Nashville 37211 615.269.5355 mhamt.org
Starling is a veteran at leading health-related nonprofits in Middle Tennessee. Since 2009, he has directed the efforts of MHAMT, which provides a range of behavioral health resources including suicide prevention, Alzheimer’s caregiver support, professional CEUs, advocacy and community education throughout Middle Tennessee. 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 in education administration from Tennessee State University.
John Stein Tennessee State President Bank of America 414 Union St. Nashville 37219 615.749.3377 bankofamerica.com
Stein has served as Tennessee state president since 2002 and is also national market executive of for-profit healthcare in global commercial banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, he manages the bank’s
Class of 2016 Inductees In it’s second year, the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of six men and women from across the state who have made a lasting impact on the healthcare industry and the health and well-being of generations to come through their hard work, dedication, advocacy, research and innovation. Jack Bovender, Jr. Retired Chairman & CEO Hospital Corporation of America Stanley Cohen, PhD Nobel Prize Recipient and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry Vanderbilt University Henry W. Foster, Jr., MD, FACOG Professor Emeritus and Former Dean Meharry Medical College Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Frank S. Groner, LLD President Emeritus Baptist Memorial Hospital Paul E. Stanton, MD President Emeritus & Professor Emeritus of Surgery East Tennessee State University Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, CNM, FAAN, FACNM Dean Emerita Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
To learn more about their stories and to nominate healthcare industry icons for consideration in 2017, go online to tnhealthcarehall.com
2017 Nominations Open Jan. 1
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 national for-profit healthcare operation. After starting his banking career at Commerce Union in 1975, he joined Bank of America in 1987 as an executive vice president and manager. Stein has served on the board of Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital since 2003 and is on the governing board for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received both his undergraduate and MBA from Vanderbilt.
Tom Stephenson President & CEO Amplion Clinical Communications 632 Melrose Ave. Nashville 37211 615.843.9000 amplionalert.com
Stephenson joined the executive leadership team at Amplion in September 2012. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at Healthcare Management Systems, the Nashville-based provider of information systems to more than 700 hospitals nationwide. During his tenure with HMS, Stephenson rose from programmer to president and CEO. He is a past board member of both the Nashville Health Care Council and the Nashville Technology Council.
Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD Chief Medical Officer 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, he added chief patient experience officer 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 & Head of Health Care Investment Banking 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
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primarily in mergers and acquisitions. He earned his MBA in accounting and finance from Vanderbilt University.
T Fahad Tahir CEO Saint Thomas Medical Partners 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847
Tahir has oversight of the clinical, operational and financial performance of Saint Thomas Medical Partners. He also is responsible for physician development, recruitment and network strategy, as well as service line development. Tahir has been with Ascension Health, the parent organization for Saint Thomas, since 2003. Previously, he served as vice president of Physician Enterprise and Community Health Network at Providence, a health system in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he held roles in physician practice development, management and acquisitions at Columbia St. Mary’s Health System in Milwaukee. He earned his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Alan Taylor COO Aris Radiology 28 White Bridge Road, Suite 316 Nashville 37205 877.833.2242 arisradiology.com
In 2015, Aris Radiology acquired Optimal Radiology. Taylor, who served as COO for Optimal, continues that role for Aris, a national radiology group with one of the country’s largest networks of subspecialized radiologists. In addition to his prior role with Optimal, Taylor was a regional vice president for Alliance Imaging. Earlier in his career, he held various positions with PhyCor, which included operational responsibility for 14 multi-specialty medical groups and two HMOs. He has also held executive positions with large medical group practices in Colorado and Illinois. Taylor is a certified medical practice executive.
Cathy Taylor, DrPH Dean Belmont University Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing 1900 Belmont Blvd. Inman Building 301 Nashville 37212 615.460.6916 belmont.edu/ healthsciences
Taylor joined Belmont as dean of the Health Sciences College in February 2012 and previously served as assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health’s
Bureau of Health Services Administration with responsibility for 89 rural and six metropolitan county health departments and 13 regional offices. Serving as a consultant to China’s Ministry of Health, Taylor contributed to the re-design of China’s rural healthcare delivery system. Earlier, she was as an assistant professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and also served as director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Disease Management Program. Taylor holds a doctor of Public Health 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 and a 2014 Council Fellow.
Jerry Taylor Partner Burr & Forman, LLP 511 Union St., Suite 2300 Nashville 37219 615.724.3247 burr.com
A veteran healthcare attorney with more than 30 years 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 CON and regulatory approvals process, Taylor also has significant experience in professional and facility licensing, Medicare and Medicaid issues, Stark and anti-kickback laws, and physician contracting. In addition to private practice, he served as an assistant state attorney general and as general counsel to the Tennessee Health Facilities Commission earlier in his career.
Alex Tolbert Founder & CEO Bernard Health 1900 Church Street, Suite 402 Nashville 37203 800.505.0750 bernardhealth.com
In 2006, Tolbert founded Bernard Health to offer non-commissioned advice to help navigate health insurance options to employers and individuals. By 2009, the company had expanded to Indianapolis, and in 2010, Tolbert opened the first Bernard Health retail store in Nashville. Expansion to other markets, including Ohio, Georgia and Texas, has continued with Tolbert, his brother Brian, and a growing team of retail advisors who are experts in health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, consumerdriven healthcare, employer health strategies, web-based benefits administration and retailbased health insurance advisory. A graduate of the Wharton School, Tolbert also holds an MBA and law degree from Vanderbilt.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Donato Tramuto CEO Healthways, Inc. 701 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.614.4929 healthways.com
A member of the 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 and well-being company. 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), a global provider of digital engagement solutions. Prior experience includes executive positions with i3 and Caremark. He co-founded drug development services company Protocare (now Constella Health Strategies) and more recently founded the non-profit organization Health eVillages to bring mobile health technology to medically underserved regions of the world. In 2014, Tramuto was presented with the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award in recognition of his ongoing commitment to social change.
Brent Turner President Acadia Healthcare 6100 Tower Circle, Suite 1000 Franklin 37067 615.861.6000
Turner joined behavioral health giant Acadia Healthcare in early 2011 as co-president of the company and was named president in April 2012. Acadia operates a network of 568 behavioral healthcare facilities with more than 16,500 licensed beds in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the U.K. Previously, Turner was with Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. (PSI) in increasing roles culminating in serving as executive vice president of Finance and Administration. Earlier in his career, he worked with Corrections Corporation of America. Turner, a 2013 Council Fellow, serves on the board of LHC Group and is first vice chair of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. He is also a member of the Avondale Advisory Board.
U Tony Ueber President & CEO Results Physiotherapy 800 Crescent Centre Drive, Suite 600 Franklin 37067 615.373.1350 resultspt.com
In February 2015 Ueber was tapped to lead Results Physiotherapy into its next phase of geographic expansion. Headquartered in Franklin, the fast-growing physical therapy company now has more than 100 locations in nine states. Ueber, who has more than two
decades of experience in helping companies grow, previously served as president and CEO of Banfield Pet Hospital with nearly 900 veterinary hospitals nationwide. Other prior experience includes senior leadership positions at Office Depot and management consulting to healthcare organizations for McKinsey and Company.
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 as part of a leadership succession plan in the wake of Robert Adams retiring from executive leadership. Ussery joined NHC in 1980 as a facility administrator before moving into corporate leadership in increasingly responsible roles. He sits on the board of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.
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 27 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 industries, including healthcare, business services, distribution and information technology. Van Buren also has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, state and local tax planning, and managing tax engagements to both public and private companies, including assisting several clients in their process of SEC registration and subsequent tax filings.
Mary Layne Van Cleave Executive VP & COO Tennessee Hospital Association 5201 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 615.256.8240 tha.com
Van Cleave joined the THA in 1996 and was named chief operating officer in 2007. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations at THA, she also has responsibility for strategic planning and for working with the Bureau of TennCare on all hospital and waiver issues. Previously, Van Cleave worked as a director at the Tennessee Department of Health. She holds both an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University, as well as a master’s degree in biostatistics from Vanderbilt University.
Larry Van Horn, PhD Associate Professor of Management and 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.
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. Previously, Vandewater served as president and COO of Columbia/ HCA. During his tenure, the company grew to $20 billion in annual revenues. Vandewater is a past chair and current board member of the Federation of American Hospitals.
Robert N. Vero, EdD CEO Centerstone of Tennessee 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217 615.463.6600 centerstone.org
Vero serves as CEO of Centerstone’s Tennessee operations. He has worked in private and community-based behavioral healthcare since 1976. Prior to joining Centerstone, Vero worked as a psychological consultant to the Nebraska State Highway Patrol and the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. He is a two-time winner of the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organization’s Volunteer Leadership Award and a past president of the organization’s board.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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 of the executive council of the Health Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, a past chair of the organization’s Health Law Forum, and a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association. His work in health law has been recognized by numerous publications on a local and national basis.
W Steve Wade CEO Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance ONEC1TY 8 City Blvd. Nashville 37209 615.695.7736 toa.com
Wade has led the administrative side of TOA since 2003 and has managed large physician practices for close to two decades. Prior to joining TOA, he worked as an administrator in the outpatient psychiatric field and was a market manager for HCA Physician Services. He also served as president of EnableComp, a national workers’ compensation revenue cycle management firm based in Franklin. Wade received his MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and is an MGMA-certified medical practice executive.
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
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country. Involved in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years, Waldrop is a member of Leadership Health Care and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been routinely recognized as a healthcare leader in Middle Tennessee is a past “Health Care Heroes” honoree.
Paul Wallace Managing Director Heritage Group 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 150 Nashville 37215 615.665.8220
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 numerous portfolio company boards including Awarepoint and Clear DATA.
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, M&A, regulatory compliance and collaborative business agreements. She is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s M&A Committee and currently serves as chair of the Private Company Target Task Force. The Vanderbilt Law School graduate has won numerous regional and national accolades. A member of the American Health Lawyers Association, she speaks nationally on healthcare business and legal issues. 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 1801 West End Ave., Suite 1150 Nashville 37203 615.321.8881 wangcataractlasik.com
The renowned 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.
Jim Ward Member & CFO 2nd Generation Capital 618 Church St., Suite 430 Nashville 37219 615.846.7650 2ndgeneration.com
Ward, who joined the affiliate of KraftCPAs in 2013, was admitted to membership in early 2015 and serves as chief financial officer for the investment and advisory firm. He focuses much of his efforts on helping clients raise debt or equity capital. Ward works extensively with healthcare and technology clients and performs overall market research, as well as analytics in both valuation and litigation. Previously, he worked for Mars in the Financial Management Development Program and at Fannie Mae. Ward received his undergraduate degree with honors from Princeton and earned his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Marc Watkins, MD CMO The Little Clinic 2620 Elm Hill Pike Nashville 37214 615.425.4200 thelittleclinic.com
Watkins joined The Little Clinic in 2015 as vice president and corporate medical director and was promoted to chief medical officer in 2016. Previously, he spent six years with Concentra Health Services in a number of physician leadership roles. He earned his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross in Massachusetts and his medical degree and master’s in public health from Meharry. The board certified physicians 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 board member for the Nashville Health Care Council and a 2016 Council Fellow.
Alan Watson 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 33 years of healthcare experience including prior experience as CEO
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he is chair of the Tennessee Hospital Association.
Jennifer Weaver Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8116 wallerlaw.com
A skilled litigator, Weaver works with providers responding to charges by government agencies and regulators, especially in matters involving the False Claims Act. She also works closely with clients on compliance issues, conducting internal audits, and defense of civil and criminal government investigations. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Don Webb CEO Williamson Medical Center 4321 Carothers Parkway Franklin 37067 615.435.5000
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 Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, is a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and sits on the board for the Tennessee Hospital Association.
Joseph Webb, DSc CEO Nashville General Hospital 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4482 nashvillegeneral.org
Webb became CEO at the beginning of 2015 following a nationwide search for an executive to lead this unique hospital, which is a public-private alliance between the Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority, Meharry and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A veteran healthcare executive with more than 25 years 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 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 education from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Steven Webber, MBChB, MRCP Chair, Department of Pediatrics & Pediatrician-in-Chief Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way, Suite 2407 Nashville 37232 615.322.3377 childrenshospital. vanderbilt.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 at Duke, the University of British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Phil Wenk, DDS 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.
Kelly West Director of Talent Development Nashville Health Care Council 211 Commerce St., Suite 100 Nashville 37201 615.743.3146 healthcarecouncil.com
West has oversight of Nashville Health Care Council activities to attract, develop and retain healthcare industry talent, including fostering the professional growth of participants in the
Council’s 900-member Leadership Health Care program. Previously, West served as operations travel manager for the global enterprise Soles4Souls. She also worked in direct patient care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. West earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.
Jeff Whitehorn CEO TriStar Summit Medical Center 5655 Frist Blvd. Hermitage 37076 615.316.3000 tristarsummit.com
Whitehorn has led TriStar Summit Medical Center since June 2003. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he served in the same position for TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center. A CPA and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he joined HCA in 1992. In addition to leading the two TriStar facilities, Whitehorn also served as CEO for two HCA hospitals in Georgia earlier in his career. A civic leader, he is extremely active in the Donelson-Hermitage community and serves on numerous boards.
Carl Whitmer President & CEO IASIS Healthcare Corp. 117 Seaboard Lane, Bldg. E Franklin 37067 615.844.2747 iasishealthcare.com
Since 2010, Whitmer has been president and CEO of IASIS, the owner and operator of community-focused hospitals, outpatient facilities and ancillary services. He joined the company in 2000 as vice president and treasurer and soon rose to CFO. Previously, Whitmer held the CFO, vice president of finance and treasurer positions at PhyCor and the senior manager role at KPMG. In addition to IASIS, he serves on the boards of the Nashville Health Care Council, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and was chair of the Federation of American Hospitals 2016 Board of Directors.
Marcus Whitney Co-Founder & President Jumpstart Foundry 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 211 Nashville 37206 email@example.com jsf.co
Whitney is an entrepreneur and inventor. After launching his technology career as a programmer at HealthStream, he became chief architect and director of technology at Emma and then co-founded several companies. He partnered with Vic Gatto to create Jumpstart in 2009 to fund, nurture and grow innovative ideas, specifically those in the healthcare sector. In addition, the duo launched the Health:Further Summit to share ideas and foster innovation across the industry. Whitney is active in the community and sits on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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 30 years of behavioral health experience, previously held management positions with Magellan Health Services in Nashville and led Case Management, Inc. in Memphis. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Herman Williams, MD Chief Clinical Officer RCCH HealthCare Partners 103 Continental Place, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.844.9800 rcchhealth.com
Williams oversees quality, safety and clinical activities across the 17 health systems in 12 states that resulted from the merger of RegionalCare Health Partners and Capella Healthcare in 2016. Williams first joined RegionalCare in 2013 and has extensive experience in large-scale hospital operations and physician integration. Previously, he was corporate vice president for Medical Affairs at Vanguard and spent five years as regional CMO at the company’s Baptist Health System in San Antonio. Williams received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, his MPH in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University, and his MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a 2014 Council Fellow.
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
Williams was appointed to her new post by Gov. Bill Haslam in October 2016, following the retirement of Doug Varney. Williams, a licensed clinical social worker, had served as deputy commissioner of TDMHSAS since August 2011 before being named to the top spot. In her previous position, she was responsible for the oversight of each of the state agency’s divisions and managed a budget in excess of $300 million. Earlier in her career, Williams served as director of Homeless Services for
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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 several national accolades for the program’s success.
Michele Williams, MD CMO and 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. A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Williams is actively involved in a number of quality initiatives and primary care organizations and is an advisory committee member for the Bureau of TennCare and the Tennessee Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Williams is also on the board of Metro Nashville General Hospital Authority. 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.
Andrea Willis, MD 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 3.3 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 is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and 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 President & CEO Siloam Health 820 Gale Lane Nashville 37204 615.298.5406 siloamhealth.org
Wills was tapped to lead Siloam in 2013 upon the retirement of long-time president and CEO Nancy West. Wills 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.
Amy Wilson, RN, MSN Chief Nursing Officer Saint Thomas Health 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 sths.com
Wilson moved to Nashville to take this new system-wide role for Saint Thomas Health. Previously, she was chief nursing officer and chief operating officer for Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Prior to that, she spent six years at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, taking on increasing executive duties. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Alabama, Huntsville and her master’s degree, which has an emphasis on quality improvement and outcomes management, from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Wilson is a certified professional in healthcare quality and a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Blake Wilson First VP & Division Head, TMA Medical Banking INSBANK 2106 Crestmoor Road Nashville 37215 615.515.4272
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 new role.
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
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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 L. Witty CEO Corizon Health 103 Powell Court Brentwood 37027 615.373.3100 corizonhealth.com
Named CEO of the correctional healthcare company in 2015, Witty has more than 25 years experience in healthcare operations, finance, strategic planning, M&A, public equity, banking, risk management and budgeting. Witty has been a board member for Corizon since 2011 and was CFO of Valitás/Correctional Medical Services preceding the merger that formed Corizon Health. The certified public accountant has also served as CFO for Nashville-based naviHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum/Physician Solutions Group and HealthSpring prior to its acquisition by Cigna. He is on the board for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.
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 nine 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.
Victor Wu, MD CMO TennCare Bureau & Health Care Finance & Administration 310 Great Circle Road Nashville 37243 615.507.6440 tn.gov/tenncare
Wu serves as chief medical officer for both the Bureau of TennCare and HCFA. With TennCare, he leads efforts to ensure quality and the effective delivery of medical, pharmacy and dental services to members. He also supports payment reform and transformation initiatives across the agency. Prior to his state role, he held physician executive
positions with Evolent Health. Previously, he was a clinical attending at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC, as well as an assistant professor at George Washington University School of Medicine. In 2013-2014, Wu served as a White House Fellow to the Secretary of Health and Human Services working on ACA implementation and other reform and quality initiatives. The Vanderbilt graduate and Tennessee native completed a joint MD/MPH program at Emory and is board certified in internal medicine.
Tom Wylly Senior Partner Brentwood Capital Advisors 5000 Merdian 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 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 Robert Yeager CEO PharmMD 5200 Maryland Way, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.346.0880 pharmmd.com
Yeager brings nearly four decades of healthcare experience to guide PharmMD’s rapid growth as a medication therapy management service. Previously, he co-founded and served as CEO of American Pathology Partners. Prior to that, Yeager was chairman of Attentus Healthcare Company, which he also cofounded. He was also president and CEO of OrthoLink Physicians Corporation and was executive vice president and CFO of Quorum Health Group. Yeager has served on multiple boards and currently serves on the board of Brentwood-based Addiction Campuses.
Caroline Young Executive Director NashvilleHealth 2525 West End Ave., Suite 1250 Nashville 37203 615.369.8442 nashvillehealth.org
Young, who led the Nashville Health Care Council until spring 2015, has partnered with
Sen. Bill Frist, MD, on NashvilleHealth, an initiative aimed at making their hometown healthier. Prior to this new role, Young spent more than a decade with the Council, joining the organization in 2004 as vice president and founding executive director of Leadership Health Care before moving into the top spot in 2008. Before that, Young was the founding executive director of the Tennessee Biotechnology Association and director of Communications and Advertising for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. She sits on the board of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Actively Retired The Middle Tennessee healthcare community is blessed to have a rich history of industry innovators. Although some of our thought leaders have left behind their daily duties, they remain active on boards and in providing mentorship to the next generation of healthcare executives and entrepreneurs. The following are a few industry influencers who are actively retired: David L. Black, PhD An internationally recognized forensic toxicologist and founder of laboratory sciences company Aegis, Black announced his retirement from the company in the fall of 2016. Black continues to serve on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council. Herb Fritch The founder of HealthSpring, who became president of Cigna-HealthSpring following Cigna’s acquisition of his company, announced his retirement in late 2016. Fritch is staying on as an advisor to the Medicare Advantage plan until the end of 2017. Additionally, he is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council and advisory board for FCA Venture Partners. Bill Gracey The retired president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee continues to serve as chairman of the Quorum Health Corporation Board and immediate past chair of the Nashville Health Care Council Board. Mike Schatzlein, MD Schatzlein, a cardiac surgeon who led Saint Thomas Health for five years before stepping into a broader role with Ascension Health, retired at the end of 2016. Residing in Nashville, he plans to concentrate his efforts as chair of the Center for Medical Interoperability, incoming chair of the United Way of Nashville, and a member of the Council Capital CEO Council and Nashville Health Care Council Board. Chris Taylor The former president of Parallon retired in March 2016 but remains active in the community and industry. Currently, he serves on the advisory board for Project Healthcare through the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 INDEX 2nd Generation Capital..........23, 44 Acadia Healthcare.................... 23, 43 Advisory Board Company............ 14 Alive Hospice.......................................34 Alliance Oncology/Alliance HealthCare International.................41 Amedisys Home Health & Hospice................................27 American Addiction Centers...............................................10, 15 American Pathology Partners....27 Amplion Clinical Communications..........................11, 42 Applied Health Analytics............... 10 Ardent Health Services.............2, 43 Aris Radiology.................................... 42 Aspire Health.......................................40 Avondale Partners.............27, 33, 38 Baker Donelson................. 8, 12, 21, 31 Bank of America..................................41 Bank of Nashville/Synovus............15 Bass, Berry & Sims.....................12, 22, 23, 24, 38, 44 BDO...........................................................34 Belmont University................... 24, 42 Bernard Health.................................... 42 BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee....................................... 21, 46 Bone McAllester Norton.......... 2, 26 Bradley Arant Boult Cummings..............6, 7, 9, 20, 28, 34 Brentwood Capital Advisors...... 47 Brookdale Senior Living.........14, 40 Burr & Forman.................................... 42 Butler Snow............................................16 c3 Consulting........................................ 10 Cadence Bank.......................................12 CapStar Bank......................................30 CareHere..............................................3, 11 CareSpot Express...............................16 Center for Medical Interoperability..................................... 10 Centerstone..........20, 23, 32, 38, 43 Change Healthcare............................ 14 Cigna-HealthSpring......................... 33 Clayton Associates.............................31 Community Health Systems.....................10, 22, 39, 40, 41 Compassus............................................ 14 Complete Holdings/ EnableComp.........................................27 ConduIT Corp........................................21 Corizon Health.................................... 47 Council Capital............................... 6, 23 Cressey & Co..........................................18 Crosslin.............................................12, 40 Cumberland Consulting Group..................................................8, 28 Cumberland Pharmaceuticals... 25 Delta Dental of Tennessee...........45 Dickinson Wright............................... 28 Digital Reasoning................................. 2 Dispensary of Hope......................... 35 Diversicare Healthcare Services............................................... 9, 19
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DW Franklin Consulting Group.........................................................19 Earl Swensson Associates........... 32 eDoc4U...................................................40 emids Technologies.........................40 Envision Healthcare/ AMSURG...................................11, 20, 22 Faith Family Medical Center...............................................22, 35 Farris Bobango.................................... 14 FCA Venture Partners.................... 26 Fifth Third Bancorp...........................27 First Tennessee Bank...............23, 32 FOCUS Search Partners..................18 Franklin Synergy Bank.....................17 Frist Clinic................................................. 3 FTI Consulting.....................................34 GoNoodle.................................................31 Gordon Group.......................................19 Gould Turner Group.........................30 Gresham Smith.............................. 4, 37 Hall Booth Smith.......................28, 46 Harpeth Capital.....................................8 HCA.........................9, 18, 21, 24, 36, 39 HCP Inc................................................... 26 Health Connect Partners..............30 Healthcare Realty Trust...................16 HealthStream.................................18, 35 HealthTrust............................................ 24 Healthways............................................43 Heritage Group.................... 31, 33, 44 Heritage Medical Associates...7, 19 HFR Design.............................................18 HighPoint Health System............. 35 Hughston Clinic.................................. 38 IASIS Healthcare..........................31, 45 InfoWorks.............................................. 33 INSBANK................................................46 Insight Genetics..............................9, 12 Institute of Healthcare Executives & Suppliers...................44 JRG Ventures.........................................19 JumpStart Foundry.................. 19, 45 Keckley Report................................... 25 KPMG....................................................... 36 Kraft Healthcare Consulting....... 32 KraftCPAs..........................................2, 10 Launch Tennessee............................... 7 LBMC..................... 8, 16, 28, 31, 34, 43 LifePoint Health............... 10, 11, 14, 23 Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences...... 14 Little Clinic.............................................44 Lynch Biologics.................................. 29 M*Modal.................................................. 29 Martin Ventures..................................30 Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center.................................4, 46 Maury Regional Medical Center....................................44 Medalogix...............................................22 MedCare Investment Funds..........13 MedEquities Realty Trust................31 MEDHOST................................................ 2
Meharry Medical College................................14, 16, 22, 29 Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee..........................41 Mental Health Cooperative.......... 47 Metro Public Health Dept............. 35 MissionPoint Health Partners............................................... 3, 14 Monroe Carell Jr. Childrenâ€™s Hospital at Vanderbilt......................... 7, 20, 39, 45 Mountain Group Partners...............12 Murfreesboro Medical Clinic....... 36 Narus Health...........................................8 Nashville Academy of Medicine................................................. 28 Nashville Capital Network............. 10 Nashville Entrepreneur Center..... 7 Nashville General Hospital...........45 Nashville Health Care Council.............................. 23, 27, 35, 45 Nashville Medical Group Management Association............ 38 Nashville Technology Council.... 33 NashvilleHealth.............................18, 47 National Health Investors..........2, 31 National HealthCare Corp...............................................2, 17, 43 naviHealth.............................................. 38 Neighborhood Health........................8 North Highland............................27, 39 NorthCrest Medical Center............13 NuSirt Biopharma...............................12 OGA..........................................................34 Onlife Health..........................................31 PathGroup, Inc......................................13 PatientFocus..........................................18 Petra Capital Partners................ 6, 16 PharmMD.......................................... 3, 47 PhyBus............................................. 29, 36 PhyMed Healthcare Group.......2, 17 Pierian Biosciences.............................21 Polsinelli.............................................6, 20 Premier Radiology...............................8 Qualifacts Systems........................... 26 Quorum Health...................26, 32, 40 Radiology Alliance.............................22 Radsource................................................ 3 Raymond James................................ 42 RCCH HealthCare Partners.......................................7, 37, 46 Regions Bank..........................................4 Results Physiotherapy....................43 Saint Thomas Health .... 11, 13, 16, 24, 26, 39, 41, 46 Saint Thomas Medical Partners................................................... 42 Sarah Cannon ....................... 8, 25, 26, 28, 33, 38, 40, 41 Sarah Cannon Research Institute.......................................6, 19, 20 Shearwater Health............................... 3 Sherrard Roe Voight & Harbison.................................................44 Siloam Health......................................46
Specialty Care.....................................20 State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company......................... 32 SunTrust Bank........................................11 TennCare Bureau....................... 28, 47 Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations......................46 Tennessee Dept. of Health.....15, 37 Tennessee Dept. of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services......46 Tennessee Health Services & Development Agency.....................22 Tennessee Hospital Association................................ 4, 11, 43 Tennessee Justice Center............. 24 Tennessee Medical Association......................................4, 32 Tennessee Nurses Association.............................................. 2 Tennessee Oncology...............6, 8, 19, 20, 35, 41 Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance.............................................18, 44 TriStar Centennial Medical Center & Affiliates......... 4, 11, 15, 16, 30, 33, 40 TriStar Health...............................20, 38 TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.........................................................4 TriStar Horizon Medical Center........................................................19 TriStar Skyline Medical Center............................................... 16, 34 TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center.................................... 35 TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center....................................................... 10 TriStar Summit Medical Center......................................................45 TriStar Technology Ventures...... 23 U.S. Senate .............................................. 2 U.S. Trust................................................. 36 UnitedHealthcare...................... 24, 38 Urology Associates............................15 Vanderbilt Health..................7, 36, 37 Vanderbilt Home Care Services...................................................... 7 Vanderbilt Law School & Health Policy Center...........................................6 Vanderbilt University Medical Center..........3, 4, 7,15, 30, 35, 36, 42 Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School................................43 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine..................................3, 4, 6, 32 Vanderbilt University School of Nursing .......................11, 34 Vanderbilt Vaccine Center.............12 Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center...........3, 4, 34, 36, 37 Vivere....................................................... 24 Voyent Partners...........................19, 26 Waller..............6, 7, 27, 28, 30, 36, 45 Wang Vision 3D Cataract & LASIK Center...................................44 Williamson Medical Center.............................................. 32, 45 Willis Towers Watson.......................22
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