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HEALTH CARE 2021
A Year Like No Other 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
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Coming off a year that none of us could foresee, the past 12 months have underscored how blessed we are to live in a community like no other. Rather than tear us apart, tornadoes, a pandemic and a Christmas Day bombing only served to shine a light on what a special place Middle Tennessee is and how individuals across our region are ready and willing to rise to the occasion to meet any challenge. Certainly that has been true during the ongoing pandemic when our healthcare leaders have once again been in the spotlight locally, regionally and nationally. From sharing information and taking care of vulnerable populations to playing critical roles in vaccine research and approval, Middle Tennesseans have stepped up to confidently and competently address the crisis. Our cover features six physician leaders, but they would be the very first to say it truly takes a village to meet the complex health challenges we continue to face. Nurses, respiratory therapists, med techs, residents, administrators, environmental services, diagnostic labs, researchers, software developers, consultants and many others are working in concert to defeat the common enemy of this novel and evolving coronavirus. The pandemic and natural disasters also have laid bare other truths it’s sometimes easy to overlook – like deep-seated mistrust in the health systems many of us take for granted, inequality in access to care and how truly close to the edge a large number of our neighbors live when it comes to housing and food security. And again, so many in our healthcare community are stepping up to face these challenges and find new solutions. While this annual edition of the InCharge Healthcare magazine celebrates many of the thought leaders driving healthcare forward, we know there are so many more who are making a difference. We recognize change is constant. We also know there are plenty of 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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James E.K. Hildreth, PhD, MD: president & CEO of Meharry Medical College, member of Metro Coronavirus Task Force, researcher and member of FDA’s Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.
Alex Jahangir, MD: chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville and Davidson County, chair of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force, professor of orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, FACMI: national health policy leader, president of the Clinical Operations Group and CMO for HCA Healthcare with clinical oversight of the company’s 2,000 sites of care in the U.S. and U.K. simultaneously caring for COVID-19 patients and those with other health needs.
DeAnn M. Bullock, MD, FAAEM: emergency medicine specialist and chief medical officer for Nashville General Hospital, which has created a ‘hospital within a hospital’ as two floors have been converted into an alternative care site for COVID-19 patients to ensure anyone in need of care has access to it.
Lisa Piercey, MD, FAAP: commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health with oversight of the state’s public health response to COVID-19 including testing, information sharing and vaccination rollout.
William Schaffner, MD: national infectious disease expert and pioneer in infection control, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and popular expert interview on the pandemic across multiple national media outlets.
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A Andrew Adams Chairman National Health Investors, Inc. 222 Robert Rose Drive Murfreesboro 37129 615.890.9100 nhireit.com Since the company’s inception in 1991, Adams has served as chairman of this publicly traded senior living real estate investment firm, which owns more than 200 properties across the country. He was NHI’s president and aCEO until he retired as president in 2009 and CEO in 2011. Until 2004, Adams also served as president and CEO of National HealthCare Corporation and remains on the board. He also previously served as president of National Health Realty, Inc. from 1997 until November 2004. He received his undergraduate degree and MBA from Middle Tennessee State University.
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, Adams was an audit senior manager for Ernst & Young, where he managed large and medium-sized audit engagements of multiple SEC healthcare and technology companies. He also served as controller for PathGroup Inc. and was an audit manager and staff accountant for Deloitte. A CPA, Adams earned his accounting degree from Murray State University. He 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 and chairman in 2009. In January 2017, Adams retired from day-to-day operations but remained at the helm of the company in his role as chairman of the board. He has extensive long-term care experience, including serving NHC as a healthcare center administrator, regional vice president, COO, and president with his leadership responsibilities increasing as NHC and its affiliates have grown to operate more than 100 facilities and communities and another 35 homecare agencies across 10 states. Adams earned his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
Tim Adams President & CEO Ascension Saint Thomas Senior VP & Tennessee Ministry Market Executive Ascension 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 getsthealthcare.com Adams was appointed to lead Ascension Saint Thomas Health in December 2017 when former Tennessee market executive Karen Springer was
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tapped for a national Ascension post. Previously, Adams served as CEO of the Texas Region of Tenet Healthcare, overseeing 26 hospitals. He joined Tenet in 2012 and previously led the company’s integration and operations team. He is a member of the Tennessee Hospital Association Board and the Nashville Health Care Council Board and serves on the advisory council for American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee.
Vic Alexander Chief Manager KraftCPAs PLLC 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.782.4241 kraftcpas.com Alexander has served as chief manager of KraftCPAs since 1993 after beginning his career with the large regional accounting firm in 1982. His expertise includes litigation support, business valuation, assisting with start-up and entrepreneurial ventures, business plan development and assessing financing alternatives. A Lipscomb graduate, the certified public accountant is actively involved in the community including serving on the Ascension Saint Thomas Finance Committee, Nashville State Community College Foundation Board, National Board of Advisors for Youth About Business, and Legal Aid Society as an Advisory Council member.
Greg Allen President, MidSouth Market Cigna 1000 Corporate Centre Drive, Suite 500 Franklin 37067 615.564.3507 cigna.com Allen serves as president for Cigna in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi with oversight of business operations, internal and external relationships, strategic planning and growth. Previously, he was president of Cigna HealthSpring, a Cigna company. Allen has been with Cigna since its predecessor company, HealthSpring, was founded in 2000 and has served in a variety of leadership roles. Earlier, he served as president of the Tennessee market, one of the company’s largest Medicare Advantage markets. Allen also served as director of finance for HealthSpring’s predecessor company, North American Medical Management, and earlier in his career had financial analysis roles with Prudential Health Care and Aetna U.S. Healthcare. He earned his accounting degree from Abilene Christian University. Allen is a 2015 Council Fellow, chairs the board of the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee and is a board member for NashvilleHealth.
Jane Allen CEO Nashville Entrepreneur Center 41 Peabody St. Nashville 37210 615.873.1257 ec.co Allen was named chief executive officer of the nonprofit Nashville EC in October 2019. An entrepreneur and founder of Counsel on Call and Hanner Clarke, Allen has experience taking a business from idea to a fully scaled, successful company. An attorney by training, Allen received her law degree from the University of Kentucky. After practicing law for several years, she left to start Counsel on Call, now known as Legility. Although she exited the business, she remains on the company’s board and is also on the Board of Business Advisors for Gridiron Capital.
Bill Anderson Chairman & CEO MEDHOST 6550 Carothers Parkway, Suite 160 Franklin 37067 615.761.1000 medhost.com Anderson has been chief executive officer since 2012 and chairman since 2008 of MEDHOST, which was founded in 1984 and provides HIT solutions to better manage the business of healthcare across the care continuum. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the technology and financial industries to this role. Anderson has served as CEO of several companies including Universal Tax Systems, Inc., Bankrate, Inc. and Block Financial Corporation. Anderson has originated a number of innovative technology applications and holds a patent on delivering online financial services using distributed objects. He is on the board of the Nashville Technology Council.
Hal Andrews President & CEO Trilliant Health 8 Cadillac Drive, Suite 450 Brentwood 37027 615.665.4200 trillianthealth.com Andrews brings more than 20 years of experience to his role at the helm of the healthcare analytics company, which helps integrate disparate data to drive a more effective business strategy. A successful entrepreneur, investor and healthcare leader, Andrews has held senior executive positions with Digital Reasoning, Shareable Corporation, Availity, RevPoint Healthcare Technologies, Martin Ventures and Data Advantage. He began his career as an attorney with Waller. Andrews earned two undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University and his law degree from the University of Tennessee.
Anne Sumpter Arney Member Bone McAllester Norton PLLC 511 Union St., Suite 1600 Nashville 37219 615.238.6360 bonelaw.com A third-generation lawyer and active community leader, Arney has more than 30 years of experience working with healthcare companies and medical professionals on a variety of corporate, operational, transactional and regulatory matters. A frequent guest speaker for industry and professional organizations on topics related to healthcare and corporate law, Arney also advises clients on how to start, grow, operate and sell their businesses. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree. Arney earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and her law degree from Washington & Lee.
Carl Awh, MD Founder & President Tennessee Retina 345 23rd Ave. N. Suite 350 Nashville 37203 615.983.6000 tnretina.com An internationally recognized clinician, surgeon, researcher and educator, Awh’s special interests include macular surgery, macular degeneration and the development of surgical devices and techniques. He holds a dozen U.S. patents and is an active investigator in both industry-sponsored and National Eye Institute-sponsored clinical trials. Currently, he serves as president of the American Society of Retina Specialists, the world’s largest organization of retina
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 specialists, and has been on the board for ASRS since 2004. He earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, followed by medical school at the University of Mississippi, internship and residency at Georgetown and a vitreoretinal surgery and research fellowship at Duke University Eye Center. An associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, he is the founding director of the Retina Fellows’ Forum, a national educational meeting for vitreoretinal specialists-in-training. Awh has won numerous awards during his illustrious career, including being inducted an inaugural member of the Retina Hall of Fame in 2017.
Mark Awh, MD Founder & President Radsource LLC 750 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 1-260 Brentwood 37027 615.376.7502 radsource.us In 2001, Awh helped found Radsource, a joint venture between United Surgical Partners International and Imaging Specialists that partners with clients to increase diagnostic capabilities and streamline image archiving and communication. Under the leadership of Awh, an authority on magnetic resonance imaging, Radsource has become a leader in subspecialized MRI interpretations to the outpatient orthopaedic and neurological markets. Previously, Awh served as director of MRI at Saint Thomas West and as president of one of the nation’s largest private radiology practices. After completing undergraduate studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., he earned his medical degree from Ole Miss, followed by residency at the University of Chicago and MRI fellowship training at the University of Kentucky.
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B Laurie Babin, FACHE President ACHEMT firstname.lastname@example.org achemt.org Chief Revenue Officer BrightSpring Health Services brightspringhealth.com Babin serves as the 2021 president of the American College of Healthcare Executives Middle Tennessee. She is the Nashville-based chief revenue and innovation officer for BrightSpring Health, which is headquartered in Louisville, Ky. Babin has more than three decades of industry experience with an extensive background in revenue cycle, finance and business process improvement. She earned her degree in emergency health management from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of West Florida.
Cindy Baier President & CEO Brookdale Senior Living 111 Westwood Place Brentwood 37027 615.221.2250 brookdale.com
Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry. A certified public accountant, she earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting from Illinois State University.
Michael Bailey President & CEO American Health Partners 201 Jordan Road Franklin 37067 615.905.5200 amhealthpartners.com Bailey leads American Health Partners, a privately held company with annual revenues of $350 million and 4,300 employees. American Health Partners owns and operates seven divisions that share a single goal: to improve access to quality healthcare and prevent unnecessary hospital stays. Divisions in Tennessee include American Health Communities (AHC), a network of 29 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers; Tennessee Quality Care, a home health and hospice agency serving 34 counties; five Unity Psychiatric Care hospitals; and AmPharm, a long-term care pharmacy serving 62 facilities. In 2017, Baily launched the company’s American Health Plans division, which owns and manages Medicare Advantage plans for nursing home residents in eight states. Bailey, a healthcare executive for more than 30 years, was a founder of Windsor Health Group and MedSolutions Inc. (now Evicore) and previously led Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s health insurance company, VHP Community Care.
Baier has served as Brookdale’s president, chief executive and member of the board since February 2018 after having served as chief financial officer since December 2015. She has more than 25 years of broad financial and operational experience and has helped guide private equity-backed ventures, as well as large Fortune 100 public companies. Baier sits on the Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors and serves on the board of the National Investment
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Ben Baker Co-founder & COO CareHere, A Premise Health Company 5500 Maryland Way, Suite 120 Brentwood 37027 615.221.5901 carehere.com Baker, who co-founded CareHere in 2004 with Ernie Clevenger, brings more than 27 years of experience in customer engagement, information technology, quality management and process improvement to his role of operational oversight. CareHere specializes in providing on-site healthcare and manages more than 200 health and wellness centers in 26 states. Baker is the former president of Precision Data Management Systems and is a certified master black belt in the Six Sigma quality management process. Baker earned his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Jeff Balser, MD, PhD President & CEO Vanderbilt University Medical Center Dean Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.936.3030 vumc.org 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 Nashville Health Care Council and Center for Medical Interoperability and has been listed among Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.”
David Bartholomew Executive Chairman Shearwater Health 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 400 Nashville 37215 615.921.9510 swhealth.com Bartholomew joined Shearwater Health in 2009 to lead international and domestic diversification strategies for the company. He has more than 25 years of executive experience in the U.S. staffing industry. He is a past chairman of the American Staffing Association and was inducted into the ASA Leadership Hall of Fame in October 2019. Prior to joining Shearwater, Bartholomew founded Staffmark in 1991 and grew the Nashville-based business from a one-office startup to one of the largest staffing companies in America. A graduate of Rhodes College, Bartholomew sits on the advisory board for several healthcare and staffing organizations, as well as the Harpeth Capital Advisory Board.
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Frank Basile, MD CEO Aegis Sciences Corporation 515 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.255.2400 aegislabs.com Basile has over 20 years of executive leadership in the healthcare and medical industry. Prior to joining the Nashville-based company providing clinically innovative testing and consulting services to providers, he was president and CEO of Miraca Life Sciences. Basile earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne in Australia and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
William (Bill) Bates, MD Founding Dean Belmont University College of Medicine 1900 Belmont Blvd. Nashville 37212 belmont.edu/medicine After announcing plans in October 2020 to create a new College of Medicine in collaboration with HCA Healthcare, Belmont named Bates the founding dean at the end of 2020. Immediately prior to his new post, Bates served as professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of reproductive endocrinology at Meharry Medical College. He is the founder and former president and CEO of digiChart, an electronic medical records company. Bates has previously held positions as the vice president for Health Services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as executive vice president and chief medical officer for PrincipalCare, as vice president for medical education and research for the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, S.C., and as dean of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He earned his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bates completed a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and received an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Katina R. Beard CEO Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center 1035 14th Ave. N. Nashville 37208 615.327.9400 mwchc.org Beard has deep experience in public health and a deep passion for increasing access in underserved communities. After taking on increasingly responsible roles with the non-profit healthcare agency, she was tapped as interim CEO in June 2014 with the position being made permanent the following year. Beard is active in research and reducing health disparities. She serves on the Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Collaborative Advisory Board, Meharry Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core, Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development, and is past chair of the Nashville Health Disparities Coalition and current chair of the Tennessee Primary Care Association. Beard earned her undergraduate degree in healthcare administration and planning from Tennessee State University and her master’s degree in public health from Meharry. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Yarnell Beatty Senior VP & General Counsel Tennessee Medical Association 701 Bradford Ave. Nashville 37204 615.385.2100 tnmed.org Beatty joined TMA in 2001 as general counsel, was named director of Legal & Government Affairs in 2004, vice president of Advocacy in 2012, and was promoted to senior vice president in 2017. Prior to joining TMA, he served simultaneously as director of Health Related Boards and executive director of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for the State of Tennessee. A graduate of Vanderbilt and Emory University School of Law, Beatty is a frequent speaker and panelist on health law and patient safety initiatives.
Johanna C. Bendell, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Chief Development Officer; Director, GI Cancer Research Program; Director, Drug Development Program, Nashville Sarah Cannon Research Institute 250 25th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.986.4366 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com Bendell joined Sarah Cannon in 2008 and serves as chief development officer, leading the expansion and development of physician, site and pharma relationships across the Sarah Cannon network. Additionally, she serves as director of the GI Cancer Research Program, overseeing the clinical trial menu for GI cancers across the Sarah Cannon network. She also serves as the director of the Drug Development Unit in Nashville, and her work in early drug development has helped guide first-in-human agents through proof-of-concept studies. Bendell received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Chicago and completed her internship and residency in the Department of Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, as well as a fellowship in adult oncology at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is board certified in medical oncology and is a partner at Tennessee Oncology, PLLC.
Gordon Bernard, MD Executive VP for Research & Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 1161 21st Ave. S., T-1208 MCN Nashville 37232 615.343.0077 medschool.vanderbilt.edu Bernard oversees Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s efforts to move research from bench to bedside. He has leadership and oversight responsibility for the offices of the Human Research Protection Program, Office of Contracts Management, the Vanderbilt Institutional Review Board, Clinical Trials Center, the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. Bernard also sits on the board of Nashville Biosciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of VUMC, as well as Cumberland Pharmaceuticals and chairs the company’s Medical Advisory Board.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 George Bishop, III Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8623 wallerlaw.com Bishop has provided counsel to healthcare companies for over 40 years, and he has served as lead counsel on approximately 200 transactions involving investor-owned and nonprofit healthcare providers. He is nationally recognized for his work in mergers and acquisitions, particularly transactions involving hospitals and other health facilities. He also has extensive experience in joint ventures and syndications, antitrust matters, regulatory issues, securities offerings and venture capital financing. Bishop helped form and was the initial chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Health Law Section. His work has been recognized repeatedly by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and other national, state and local publications.
Andrew Bissonnette Shareholder, Healthcare Audit & Advisory Services LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2209 lbmc.com Bissonnette is shareholder and the Healthcare Practice leader at LBMC. A veteran in the healthcare advisory space, he has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare-related audit and assurance services across a wide variety of specialties, including for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, behavioral health and long-term care, many of which are in the private equity arena. Bissonnette is a key advisor in the LEA Global Healthcare Special Interest Group. Previously honored as a “Health Care Hero,” he is also a past member of the board of the Nashville Health Care Council as a representative for the public accounting industry.
Mike Blackburn Managing Partner Petra Capital Partners 3825 Bedford Ave., Suite 203 Nashville 37215 615.313.5999 petracapital.com A founding partner of Petra Capital, Blackburn has extensive investment experience in healthcare and other industries. Petra has been involved in 64 private company investments across seven different funds and has served as a director on numerous boards in his portfolio. Prior to Petra, Blackburn was a partner at Richland Ventures and an associate with Lawrence, Tyrrell, Ortale & Smith. Both venture capital firms included healthcare as a key investment focus. Blackburn earned both his undergraduate degree and MBA from Vanderbilt.
Brad Bonde Shareholder, Transaction Advisory Services LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2434 lbmc.com Bonde primarily specializes in buy-side and sell-side due diligence and quality of earnings analysis primarily for private equity-backed and venture capital-backed healthcare companies. He also adds value for his clients through deal structuring assistance and net working capital settlement and opening balance sheet accounting consultation. Bonde has more than 15 years of experience,
including time spent with a Big Four firm, GE Healthcare, and a national public accounting firm. He has also served as a technical review expert for the firm’s audit department. Bonde serves as a speaker for numerous organizations covering accounting and auditing issues and has authored or been cited in several articles related to accounting issues impacting healthcare entities and the broader profession. He sits on the board for TN HIMSS.
Marty Bonick, FACHE President & CEO Ardent Health Services One Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 250 Nashville 37215 615.296.3000 ardenthealth.com A veteran healthcare leader, Bonick has nearly 25 years of leadership experience in for-profit, public and privately held companies. Prior to his appointment as president and CEO of Ardent Health Services, Bonick was CEO of PhyMed Healthcare Group, a national provider of anesthesia and pain management services. Previously, he was a division president at Community Health Systems with oversight of a $4.5 billion portfolio of 36 facilities across six states. Bonick holds dual master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in healthcare administration and in information management and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Jason Boyd CEO TriStar Horizon Medical Center 111 Highway 70 East Dickson 37055 615.446.0446 tristarhorizon.com Boyd joined TriStar Horizon in March 2020 and has expanded clinical capabilities through recruitment of key physicians, including the expansion of Interventional STEMI services to 24/7 coverage. Prior to leading TriStar Horizon, he served as COO at TriStar Skyline Medical Center for five years where he was directly responsible for the successful facilitation and management of several construction and renovation projects, including a $70 million project that created a new ER entrance and enhanced ICU and medical/ surgical units. His leadership and oversight were a significant part of the successful American College of Surgeons accreditation of Level II Trauma Services at TriStar Skyline. Boyd earned his bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Western Kentucky University and his MBA from University of North Alabama.
Glenn Bradley Senior VP & Private Client Relationship Manager First Horizon Bank 2214 Elliston Place, Suite 304 Nashville 37203 615.514.6054 firsthorizon.com/medical Bradley has worked in the financial services industry since 1985 and focuses on assisting physicians, medical practices and other healthcare-related businesses with their short- and long-term financial goals. Bradley sits on the boards of the Nashville Medical Group Management Association and the Nashville General Hospital Foundation. He earned his degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Robin Bradley COO American Health Partners 201 Jordan Road Franklin 37067 615.905.5200 amhealthpartners.com Bradley focuses on optimizing operational efficiencies and maintaining financial strength across American Health Partner’s seven divisions. She joined the company in 2016 as chief operating officer of the American Health Plans division and was promoted to corporate COO in 2019. An expert in health plan management, Bradley’s career has spanned 20 years and has included claims management, credentialing and network operations. Prior to joining AHP, Bradley was vice president of administration for Unity Physician Partners, Inc. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her MBA and Master of Health Administration from Georgia State.
Stephen T. Braun Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2300 bradley.com As a partner at Bradley, Braun advises hospitals, surgery centers and other providers in transactional and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience involving mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, and stock options and other equity compensation plans. He has been responsible for the negotiation of definitive agreements and securities work on five transactions valued at more than $1 billion each. Earlier in his career, Braun was the senior vice president and general counsel of HCA from 1991 to 1997. His work has been routinely recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.
Michael D. Brent Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2361 bradley.com Brent chairs the Post-Acute and Long Term Care and Certificate of Need teams within the Healthcare Practice Group at Bradley. His practice focuses on business law, where he represents clients in a wide range of transactional, regulatory and operational issues facing healthcare providers and investors. He is an active member of LeadingAge, the American Health Law Association, and the Tennessee Health Care Association. His work in healthcare has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers for healthcare law, as well as the Expert Guide to the “Leading U.S. Healthcare Lawyers.”
John W. Brock III, MD, FAAP, FACS Monroe Carell Jr. Professor, Senior VP for Pediatric Surgical Services & Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way Nashville 37232 615.936.1060 childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org Brock has had roots at Children’s Hospital for more than 30 years. He is professor of urologic surgery and pediatrics at Vanderbilt. In 1992, he became the
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Brian Browder Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8636 wallerlaw.com Browder has earned a reputation within the healthcare industry for making difficult deals happen. For more than 20 years, he has served as lead counsel in complex healthcare mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and private equity investments with an aggregate value of more than $4 billion. Browder has been integral in the creation of joint ventures involving investor-owned healthcare providers and tax-exempt health systems and academic medical centers. Additionally, he has served as counsel to distressed tax-exempt hospitals in the restructuring and sale of their assets. He is regularly asked to lecture on transactional issues within the healthcare industry and has been recognized for his work by a number of national publications including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. Browder is past chair of the firm’s healthcare department.
Mark Brown, CRA COO Nashville General Hospital 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4000 nashvillegeneral.org Brown is a proven change agent with more than 20 years of healthcare management experience within both civilian and military healthcare systems. Prior to joining Nashville General Hospital in 2015, he served as director of Imaging and The Women’s Health Center at West Georgia Health in LaGrange, Ga. He is an active member in the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Healthcare Radiology Administrators, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and American Society of Radiologic Technologist Military Chapter. Brown received his Master of Health Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., and his undergraduate degree from Ottawa University in Kansas. He is a certified radiology administrator.
Josh Brummett Shareholder, Healthcare Valuation Services LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2226 lbmc.com One of only 25 CPAs nationwide to earn the 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
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of healthcare entities. Additionally, he has worked with healthcare companies for a variety of purposes including due diligence, litigation support and physician compensation consulting.
DeAnn M. Bullock, MD, FAAEM CMO Nashville General Hospital 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4000 nashvillegeneral.org Bullock was named chief medical officer in 2019. In addition to her duties as CMO, the board certified emergency medicine physician, who is part of TeamHealth, serves as medical director for the Emergency Department and for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. A Nashville native, Bullock earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College before completing her residency and serving as chief resident at the Medical College of Georgia in Emergency Medicine. She works tirelessly to develop collaborative relationships, mentor, and facilitate change within a landscape inclusive of public, private and academic stakeholders while providing excellent patient care to a diverse, and largely underserved, population. Bullock is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Michael Burcham, DHA Principal Michael Burcham Executive Coaching 615.400.7662 michaelburcham.com Burcham is an investor, executive coach, strategic planner and healthcare entrepreneur. He is an executive partner with the healthcare team at Shore Capital, which is based in Chicago, founder of Narus Health and on faculty at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. He served as president and CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center before founding Narus in 2015 and serving as CEO through Oct. 2019. Burcham earned his degree in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi, an MBA from Belmont, and a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Burcham serves on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council
Ashby Q. Burks Shareholder, Co-Chair Baker Ober Health Law Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.5626 bakerdonelson.com Co-chair of Baker Ober Health Law, Burks serves as a trusted adviser to the leadership of behavioral health providers, academic medical centers, and other health care providers. He has assisted numerous investor-owned and not-for-profit healthcare clients in structuring and executing strategic mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions. Burks, who earned his law degree from Columbia, is regularly recognized among national listings including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers. Earlier in his career, Burks was vice president, secretary and general counsel of Quorum Health Group and also served in the legal department of HCA for 11 years. He is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Mark Burnette Shareholder-in-Charge, Information Security LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2447 lbmc.com Burnette draws on more than 20 years of experience as a business leader and information security professional to help healthcare clients manage their security program within the context of the overall risk environment. He and his team of nationally recognized security professionals provide a realworld perspective to healthcare providers and payers, government agencies and other organizations with complex security requirements. Recognized as an IT security expert by technology think-tank Gartner, Burnette is a published author, frequent speaker and featured subject matter expert on a national stage. As part of his industry thought leadership, Burnette delivered a popular TED talk, “The Humanity Behind Cybersecurity Attacks,” and released a book titled “Risky Business.” A Fellow of the Information Systems Security Association, Burnette holds numerous professional certifications including HITRUST CCSFP, CISA, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT QSA and CPA.
Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC President, Clinical Operations & CMO Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com In his roles with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, 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 (ASCO) annual meeting and was named an ‘Advocacy Champion’ during the 2020 ASCO Summit. Burris served as president of ASCO for the 2019-20 term and currently chairs the ASCO Board of Directors and ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation Board. He received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and his medical degree from the University of South Alabama. Burris performed his residency and fellowship in hematology/oncology at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Quincy Byrdsong, EdD Vice Provost for Health Affairs & Associate Professor Lipscomb University One University Park Drive Nashville 37204 615.966.7161 lipscomb.edu For more than 25 years, Byrdsong has served in various leadership roles at health systems, medical schools and universities across the country. In his role at Lipscomb, Byrdsong oversees the university’s health science programs, providing vision for the institution’s growth and engaging collaboratively with other healthcare entities in the community. Before his appointment in October 2020, Byrdsong was associate vice president for Research and Administration at
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Chuck Byrge President & CEO Harpeth Capital One American Center 3100 West End Ave., Suite 710 Nashville 37203 615.296.9848 harpethcapital.com Byrge has more than 28 years of experience with M&A transactions and raising capital for middle market companies. Previously, he served as senior managing director and head of investment banking for FTN Financial Securities, the investment banking arm of First Tennessee Bank (now First Horizon). He also held senior management positions in M&A for SunTrust Equitable Securities, Morgan Keegan and NationsBanc Capital Markets. He received both his undergraduate and MBA from Vanderbilt. He is a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council and NextGxDx (now Concert Genetics). Currently, he’s on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Council for Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization. Byrge is a 2014 Council Fellow.
C Brian Cahill CEO Cumberland Consulting Group 2550 Meridian Blvd. Suite 200 Franklin 37067 615.373.4470 cumberlandcg.com Cahill, who has served as a director of Cumberland Consulting Group since 2011, was named CEO of the national strategic advisory firm serving the healthcare industry in January 2015. Previously, he was president and CEO of lifeIMAGE. His more than 20 years of healthcare executive leadership experience also includes eWebHealth, ChartOne and HPR. He holds an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.
Chad Calendine, MD President Premier Radiology CEO AdvancedHEALTH & PhyData 28 White Bridge Road, Suite 111 Nashville 37205 615.356.3999 premierradiology.com Calendine is the president of Premier Radiology and the Saint Thomas Imaging Network. He is also CEO of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (ADI) and AdvancedHEALTH, the region’s largest, multi-specialty private physician group, as well as PhyData, a medical management, billing and IT services company. A board-certified musculoskeletal radiologist, he received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his residency and fellowship training at Atlanta’s Emory University. Calendine is co-chair of the American College of Radiology GRID Committee.
F.J. Campbell, MD CMO & Chief Quality Officer Ardent Health Services One Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 250 Nashville 37215 615.296.3000 ardenthealth.com As chief medical officer and chief quality officer, Campbell works to improve quality through systemwide outcomes measurement and performance improvement initiatives. Prior to joining Ardent, Campbell was vice president of clinical services for Community Health Systems, where he led quality improvement and value-based purchasing activities. Previously, he served as chief medical officer of CareSpot Express Healthcare and 657-bed TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. A boardcertified emergency medicine physician, Campbell holds both a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and an MBA from Temple University.
Kevin B. Campbell Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2325 bradley.com Campbell’s practice focuses exclusively on the representation of healthcare providers in transactional, regulatory and operational matters. His clients cover providers and companies in a number of sectors, including acute care hospitals, physician practices, laboratories, imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers and behavioral health providers. He also has extensive experience representing accountable care organizations and other clinically integrated networks. Campbell also was part of the core group that helped launch Leadership Health Care in 2002 and is a former chair of the Tennessee Bar Health Law Section. He has been recognized on a national level for his work in the healthcare arena and has been regularly included in Chamber’s USA and Best Lawyers in America.
Tom Campbell, PharmD Dean & Professor Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy One University Park Drive Nashville 37204 615.966.7161 lipscomb.edu/cphs Campbell, who has oversight of Lipscomb’s College of Pharmacy, earned his doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and received board certification in pharmacotherapy in 1985. Before being appointed dean in 2019, Campbell served as associate dean of academic affairs for the college and played a significant role in the development of Lipscomb’s College of Pharmacy. His previous experience includes a pharmacy practice residency with an emphasis on geriatric medicine with VA Medical Center in Memphis, clinical pharmacy and research coordinator at Columbus Regional Health System in Georgia and as senior director for cardiovascular medical affairs at Sanofi Pharmaceuticals. He also served as a clinical assistant professor at Auburn University. Campbell has served as president of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association and is a member of the AACP, APhA, ASHP, TPA and ACCP.
Ed Cantwell President & CEO Center for Medical Interoperability ONEC1TY 8 City Blvd., Suite 203 Nashville 37209 615.257.6400 medicalinteroperability.org 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 led 3M Corporation’s wireless business unit. Cantwell was chairman, president and CEO of InnerWireless, which he founded in 2000, and of SpectraPoint. A graduate of Duke University with more than 25 years of experience leading advanced technology businesses, he served as an Air Force fighter pilot for over a decade. Cantwell also graduated from the University of Michigan’s executive training program.
Louis Caputo, FACHE CEO TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center 200 StoneCrest Blvd. Smyrna 37167 615.768.2000 tristarstonecrest.com Caputo assumed the role of CEO at TriStar StoneCrest, a 109-bed facility in north Rutherford County, in March 2014. He has nearly two decades of executive leadership in both administrative and operational areas within HCA. Prior to his current role, Caputo served as CEO of Summerville Medical Center in South Carolina for five years. He earned his undergraduate degree from Sewanee – The University of the South and his MBA from Belmont.
Kathi Carney President Nashville Medical Group Management Association Director, Physician Business Solutions LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2437 lbmc.com nmgma.com Carney leads the local chapter of the national MGMA organization, which focuses on member education and fosters networking with other administrators and suppliers through monthly meetings. In her work with LBMC, she engages with clients to provide revenue cycle services and practice management consulting services. Carney has more than 20 years of healthcare experience working with multiple medical specialties. She holds a degree in healthcare administration from Western Governors University and a number of specialty certifications including CPC, CPMA, CPC-I and CHC.
Lucy Carter Member & Practice Leader of Healthcare Industry Team KraftCPAs PLLC 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.346.2497 kraftcpas.com Carter, a certified public accountant, joined KraftCPAs in 2015 as a member and is the practice leader of the firm’s healthcare industry team. Working in the
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Todd Cato Chief Development Officer Narus Health 424 Church St., Suite 2300 Nashville 37219 615.610.5430 narushealth.com Cato oversees development for Narus, a company focused on improving care and coordination for seriously ill patients. Prior to joining Narus in 2015, Cato spent more than a decade with HCA Healthcare, most recently serving as vice president of the Special Assets Group, which handles acquisitions and other transactions in a variety of categories, including hospital joint ventures, acquisitions of Parallon, and management of HCA’s in-house innovation and venture capital fund. Cato previously served as in vice president roles for HCA Healthcare and Touchstone Medical Imaging. In 1994 his interest in technology and radiology led him to cofound InPhact, a radiology solutions company dedicated to providing PACs and teleradiology services to non-urban hospitals and outpatient imaging centers. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.
Robert Chamberlain Co-founder, Chairman & CEO Applied Health Analytics LLC 480 James Roberson Parkway, Suite 200 Nashville 37219 615.665.8825 appliedhealth.net Founded in 2009, Applied Health Analytics provides a range of analytics, technology and services to hospitals and health systems that support population health, value-based care arrangements, direct-toemployer strategies and risk-based contracting. In 2014, Chamberlain was named a “Health Care Hero,” and the company was listed as one of the area’s 30 fastest-growing small businesses. Chamberlain, who previously founded Aegis, Inc. and served as CEO for nearly 18 years, has over three decades of experience working with employers and health systems and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurialism and payerprovider partnerships.
Sid Chambless Executive Director/ Managing Partner Nashville Capital Network 3810 Bedford Ave., Suite 110 Nashville 37215 615.454.3950 nashvillecapital.com Since 2003, Chambless has led Nashville Capital Network whose venture capital funds are supported by more than 100 professional investors. In his role, Chambless oversees NCN’s investor network and is responsible for deal flow, investment analysis and due diligence. Chambless is managing partner of NCN’s four venture capital funds. Chambless earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his graduate degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management. He has been a board member or observer for numerous Nashville startups including Aspire Health, Ampersand Health, and Emma.
Beth Chase Board Chair Nashville Entrepreneur Center 41 Peabody St. Nashville 37210 615.873.1257 ec.co The founder and CEO of c3/consulting prior to its acquisition by Ankura in 2018, Chase retired in 2020 after 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 cofounded a technology consultancy and spent 12 years with IBM. She is now sharing her depth of experience with other entrepreneurs in her role as chair of the Nashville EC Board. Chase is also active on a number of other boards including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Ingram Industries. Chase is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
André L. Churchwell, MD Chief Diversity Officer Vanderbilt University Medical Center Levi Watkins, Jr., MD Chair & Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 305 Light Hall, 2215 Garland Ave. Nashville 37232 615.322.7498 vumc.org medschool.vanderbilt.edu A Vanderbilt faculty member since 1991, Churchwell worked closely with Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO of VUMC and dean of the School of Medicine, to create a plan to significantly increase the percentage of applicants to graduate medical education who are underrepresented in medicine. In 2014 he was named one of the “Top 15 Most Influential African-American Health Educators” by Black Health Magazine. In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., where he serves as the Governance Committee Director and offers best practices on leadership and board diversity practices. Churchwell earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at Emory University, where he joined the medical school faculty after completing his training. He also was the first African American to serve as chief medical resident at Grady Memorial Hospital, which is affiliated with Emory University.
Scott Cihak, FACHE President & CEO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com Cihak began his current role leading TriStar Centennial Medical Center on Dec. 1, 2016. He has more than two decades of progressive executive leadership within HCA hospitals in Florida, including serving as CEO of Kendall Regional Medical Center, CEO of what is now JFK North Campus in West Palm Beach, COO of Westside Regional Medical Center, and COO of Palms West Hospital. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration and MBA from Florida International University. Cihak is a member of the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee Board.
Karen Clark Senior VP FirstBank 1817 West End Ave. Nashville 37203 615.986.9308 firstbankonline.com Clark has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. As senior vice president and private banker for FirstBank, Clark works with clients across a number of industries including medical, music and professional practices. Previous experience includes serving in a similar role at Pinnacle Financial partners and SunTrust. She began her banking career in Shreveport, La., after earning an undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA from Louisiana Tech University. She relocated to Nashville in 1989 and is actively involved in numerous organizations, including serving on the boards of The New Beginnings Center and Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee. A “2018 Woman of Influence” and “Bizwomen Mentor 2019” honoree, Clark was also selected as a research advocate for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Stuart Clark CEO Premise Health 5500 Maryland Way, #120 Brentwood 37027 844.407.7557 premisehealth.com Clark has served as CEO of Premise Health since its inception in 2014. Premise, part of the direct care sector, focuses on access with onsite, near site and virtual care solutions. Clark has held executive roles in the direct healthcare industry for more than 20 years, including serving as the CEO of CHS Health Services. He sits on the board for the Nashville Health Care Council. Clark earned his degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Chris Clarke, RN, BSN Senior VP, Clinical Services Tennessee Center for Patient Safety Tennessee Hospital Association 5201 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 615.256.8240 tha.com Clarke’s focus is on leadership and strategic direction regarding clinical issues and the organization’s initiatives on quality and patient safety activities. She joined THA in 2002 and serves as clinical liaison to national and state regulatory agencies, as well as oversees the association’s public policies on hospital quality and patient safety. The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety operates under her leadership and includes the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative and THA’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, among other programming. A registered nurse, Clarke received her degree at Vanderbilt University and has more than 30 years of nursing and industry management experience. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Ernie Clevenger Co-founder, President & CTO CareHere, A Premise Health Company 5500 Maryland Way, Suite 120 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 SelfInsurance Institute of America and chairman of the
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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 chief financial officer in September 2016 after serving as LifePoint’s senior vice president and chief accounting officer since 2008. Previously, he served as CFO of Specialty Care Services Group and in finance leadership positions for Renal Care Group. He began his career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick. Coggin holds both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He serves on the advisory board for Belmont University’s Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics and is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Joanna Conley, FACHE CEO TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center 391 Wallace Road Nashville 37211 615.781.4000 tristarsouthernhills.com Conley was appointed to her current post overseeing the 127-bed hospital and related facilities serving the south Nashville region in April 2017. Conley, who has worked for HCA since 2009, relocated from Florida where she was CEO of Poinciana Medical Center, an HCA affiliate in Kissimmee. Conley earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree. Conley serves on the boards of the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Hospital Association Council on Inclusion and Health Equity and Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee.
Joe C. Cook, Jr. Co-founder & Managing Director Mountain Group Partners Executive Chairman & President NuSirt Biopharma 3835 Cleghorn Ave., Suite 300 Nashville 37215 615.843.9100 mtngp.com nusirt.com For five decades, Cook has focused his energy on life sciences and biopharmaceuticals. He started his career at Eli Lilly and had risen to group vice president, Global Operations, by the time he retired in 1993. Cook came out of retirement to lead Amylin Pharmaceuticals as CEO from 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 Appello Pharmaceuticals and sits on the boards of several other biotech companies. He is also a current board member and former board chair for the non-profit organization Mercy Multiplied International (formerly Mercy Ministries International)
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Jon Cornelius, MD President Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics 100 Physicians Way, Suite 110 Lebanon 37090 615.547.6700 hughston.com/tn Cornelius serves as president of Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics, the Middle Tennessee arm of the nationally renowned Hughston Clinic. He joined the practice (formerly Premier Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine) in 2013 and specializes in sports medicine disorders, orthopaedic trauma, joint replacement and MAKOpasty robotic joint replacement. Cornelius, who sees patients in the Lebanon location, is team sports medicine physician for Wilson County Schools and serves on the board of Tennova Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University and completed internship and residency at Michigan State. Cornelius completed his fellowship in joint replacement and sports medicine at the University of Texas health Science Center in San Antonio.
Justin Coury CEO TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center 355 New Shackle Island Road Hendersonville 37075 615.338.1000 tristarhendersonville.com Coury began his current role leading TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center‘s 159-bed hospital and eight-bed TriStar Portland ER on Dec. 15, 2020. He has more than nine years of administrative leadership with HCA Healthcare hospitals, serving most recently as the chief operating officer of TriStar Centennial Medical Center. He also served as the chief operating officer and ethics and compliance officer for Medical City Denton in Denton, Texas. Coury earned his undergraduate degree in marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a master’s in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Richard G. Cowart Chair of Health Law/Government Relations & Public Policy Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.5660 bakerdonelson.com Cowart is the chair of the firm’s Health Law/Government Relations & Public Policy department. He serves as strategic counsel to healthcare companies and advises providers on business, policy and governance issues, with an emphasis on business transactions. He is widely regarded as a national expert on governance. Cowart is a past president of the American Health Law Association and recipient of its lifetime achievement award. He has been regularly recognized among the nation’s best healthcare attorneys in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers. Cowart, who is widely published, has also been named a “Health Care Hero” in Middle Tennessee.
Bill Crawford Executive VP, Healthcare Banking Cadence Bank, N.A. One American Center 3100 West End Ave., Suite 175 Nashville 37203 615.345.0207 cadencebank.com In 2012, Cadence Bank brought in veteran banker Bill Crawford to launch their healthcare financing group and lead a national push into the industry sector. The bank has since committed in excess of $1 billion to healthcare companies and has significantly expanded
the team. Previously, Crawford worked for three years as senior vice president of Healthcare Banking at Regions Bank and as a managing director for SunTrust for more than a decade. Crawford holds an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt. He previously served on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Christy Tosh Crider Shareholder Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.5608 bakerdonelson.com Crider is chair of the firm’s Health Care Litigation Group and founded the firm’s Long Term Care Group. She concentrates her practice in healthcare litigation, managing the litigation of numerous healthcare facilities around the country, as well as serving as outside general counsel. She represents the Organ Procurement Organizations and tissue banks in several states, long term care providers around the country, one of the largest behavioral health companies in the country, onsite health centers, and many healthcare related organizations. Crider also chairs the firm’s nationally recognized Women’s Initiative. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Will Cromer Executive VP & COO Tennessee Hospital Association 5201 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 615.256.8240 tha.com Prior to joining THA in November 2019, Cromer worked at a venture capital firm in Nashville focused on launching tech-enabled healthcare service companies. Previously, he served as deputy director and chief of staff at the Division of TennCare, where he assisted Dr. Wendy Long in managing and driving the priorities of the $12 billion Medicaid agency. Prior to TennCare, Cromer served as Governor Bill Haslam’s special assistant for strategy and policy director, leading the development and implementation of Haslam’s policy agenda and serving as a key advisor and member of the governor’s senior team. Cromer developed legislation, oversaw strategic initiatives, assisted with budget development and served as a liaison to various state agencies and stakeholders, including TennCare and other healthcare-related agencies and organizations.
Dell Crosslin Chairman Crosslin 3803 Bedford Ave., Suite 103 Nashville 37215 615.320.5500 crosslinpc.com In 1987, Crosslin joined three other CPAs to create what is today the national accounting, technology and healthcare consulting firm Crosslin. With more than 40 years of experience, Crosslin has served as a business advisor to a broad range of industries including numerous healthcare organizations. His expertise includes audit, strategic planning, fraud examination, forensic accounting and information technology studies. Active in the community, he currently serves on the board for Saint Thomas Health Services, chairs the finance committee, serves as a member of the board of the Nashville Stat Community College Foundation and is co-president of the Catholic Foundation.
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James E. Crowe Jr., MD Director Vanderbilt Vaccine Center 2213 Garland Ave., 11415 MRB IV Nashville 37232 615.343.8064 medschool.vanderbilt.edu/vvc A renowned immunologist and pediatric infectious disease specialist, Crowe leads the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, which conducts research in the area of viral immunology and antibody sciences, with the goal of discovering mechanisms of immunity important to developing new therapeutics and vaccines. Crowe, who has pioneered development of human monoclonal antibodies as potential treatments for viral diseases, was honored at the end of 2020 with a prestigious national Golden Goose Award for his COVID-19 research. He earned his medical degree and completed his pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Afterward, he spent five years of post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the NIH, as well as an infectious disease fellowship at Vanderbilt. Crowe is professor of Pediatrics and of Pathology and Microbiology and Immunology and the Ann Scott Carell Chair at VUMC. More than 300 papers from his laboratory have been published in leading medical and science journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Science and Nature He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014.
Matt Curley Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.7790 bassberry.com Curley represents and advises healthcare providers in connection with internal and governmental investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings. His perspective is informed by his prior experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he served as Civil Chief and coordinated the office’s civil enforcement efforts in representing the U.S. and its agencies in healthcare fraud and abuse actions arising under the False Claims Act. Curley is an adjunct professor for Vanderbilt Law School where he teaches a course on healthcare fraud and abuse. He also serves as president of the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of Tennessee.
D Duncan Dashiff Senior Managing Partner Row Associates 1222 16th Ave. S., Suite 21 Nashville 37212 615.854.7004 rowhealthcare.com Dashiff brings more than 25 years of experience Row Associates Strategic Healthcare Advisors, a highly specialized healthcare-focused advisory firm with an emphasis on medical services, HCIT and tech-enabled solution providers. Throughout his career, Dashiff has provided advice to healthcare companies on multiple fronts with respect to business strategy, M&A and capital markets transactions. He has previously held senior positions within the healthcare practices of leading investment and private equity firms including Canaccord Genuity, MedCare Investment Funds and Raymond James. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama. He sits on the boards of Faith Family Medical Center and LifeLine V.
Ben Davis, MD President & CEO PathGroup, Inc. 5301 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 800.366.5847 pathgroup.com Davis has been at the helm of PathGroup since 1996, the year the company was formed. He also serves as president of Associated Pathologists, a PathGroup affiliate he joined in 1986. Prior to that, Davis was an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt. He served as chairman of the HCA Healthcare Network Institutional Review Board from 1989 to 2008 and as a group leader of the Experimental Pathology Unit, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Molecular Biology Branch, Bern, Switzerland from 1981 to 1983. He earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his medical degree at the University of Arkansas.
Lisa Davis CFO Ascension Saint Thomas 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 getsthealthcare.com Davis was named CFO in 2015. After beginning her career at Ernst & Young, she joined Saint Thomas West in 1998 as an accounting manager. Davis rapidly advanced, taking on increasingly responsible leadership roles for the hospital. By 2005, she had been named corporate controller for the larger system, Saint Thomas Health, and was promoted to vice president of finance and associate chief financial officer in 2013. She received both her undergraduate business degree and master’s in accounting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Davis sits on the board of the Nashville Diocese and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Nancy Davis, MD Senior Medical Director Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 2220 Pierce Ave. 777 Preston Research Building Nashville 37232 615.936.4967 vicc.org As senior medical director for VICC Cancer Care Network and Strategy, Davis is responsible for expanding Vanderbilt cancer clinics within and beyond Middle
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Tennessee. She most recently served as group leader for Urologic Oncology and chief of the Solid Tumor Service Line. She was recruited to Vanderbilt in 2018 from Aurora BayCare Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is a U.S. Army veteran, who attained the rank of captain. Davis earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and did her residency and fellowship in hematology/ oncology at University of Chicago Medical Center.
Randy Davis, FACHE President & CEO NorthCrest Medical Center 100 NorthCrest Drive Springfield 37172 615.384.2411 northcrest.com Davis was named president and CEO for NorthCrest in October 2013. He had been part of the medical center’s senior leadership team since 2009, including serving as senior vice president and COO and as chief information officer with oversight of health information technology and data management. Davis earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and holds an MBA with a healthcare management concentration from Lipscomb University. Davis sits on the board of the Tennessee Hospital Association and chairs the THA Solutions Group.
Neil de Crescenzo President & CEO Change Healthcare 100 Airpark Center East Nashville 37217 615.932.3000 changehealthcare.com In September 2013, de Crescenzo was appointed president and CEO of Change Healthcare, formerly Emdeon, a healthcare technology company focused on the triple aim of improving patient experience, enabling positive outcomes and reducing cost through innovative solutions. At the beginning of 2021, plans were announced for UnitedHealth Group to buy Change Healthcare for an anticipated $13 billion and combine the new acquisition with UnitedHealth’s OptumInsight division. While Change Healthcare shareholders still had to approve the deal at press time for this magazine and closure of the deal isn’t expected until later in the year, the plan is for de Crescenzo to take over as OptumInsight’s CEO. Prior to Change Healthcare, he served as senior vice president and general manager of Oracle’s Global Health Sciences business. He also spent a decade at IBM, ultimately serving as senior executive for Global Healthcare Business Consulting Services. Earlier in his career, de Crescenzo held leadership positions with a major hospital system, large physician practice and a major health insurer. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale and his MBA from Northeastern University. He is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council and American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee, as well as serving on the executive committee and board of the Healthcare Leadership Council.
Brooks Daverman Deputy Director & COO Division of TennCare 310 Great Circle Road Nashville 37243 615.532.3163 tn.gov/tenncare Brooks Daverman serves as deputy director and chief operating officer for TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program covering 1.4 million Tennesseans. His responsibilities include strategy, managed care, eligibility and members services, internal audit, and human resources. In previous roles at TennCare, Daverman directed an initiative that has made Tennessee a leader in paying for value in healthcare. Prior to that, he worked on Tennessee’s implementation of the
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Daverman has a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University.
Jim Deal CEO Compassus 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.224.8028 compassus.com Deal founded Compassus in 2006. Today, the company is the nation’s largest privately held home health, infusion, palliative and hospice provider, serving patients and families in 200 locations across 29 states. With more than 40 years of industry experience, Deal previously served as president of Diabetes Treatment Centers of America (now Healthways), chairman and CEO of Nashville-based Inspiris and CEO of Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Minneapolis. He earned his MPA in health services administration from the University of Arizona.
Robert Dempsey Shareholder Polsinelli 401 Commerce St., Suite 900 Nashville 37219 615.259.1512 polsinelli.com The large firm’s Nashville office focuses on healthcare, with a cross-disciplined practice in transactions, securities and finance, and an emphasis on distressed investing. Dempsey focuses on buying and selling healthcare and senior living companies, including those that might be struggling. His extensive understanding of the healthcare industry allows him to offer advice in connection with development activities and to assist clients in developing feasible strategies to enhance the strength of their healthcare offerings, as well as business structuring, joint venture, divestiture and other transactions. Dempsey earned his undergraduate degree from Duke and his law degree from Vanderbilt.
Keith C. Dennen Member Farris Bobango PLC 414 Union St., Suite 1105 Nashville 37219 615.726.1200 farrisbobango.com Dennen, who joined Farris Bobango in 2016, concentrates his practice in the areas of healthcare law, intellectual property law, corporate and transactional law and litigation. He has represented clients in a range of matters including in administrative, regulatory and compliance issues, corporate governance, contract disputes, patent infringement, and more. Since 1998, he has served as legal advisor on the executive board of the Nashville Medical Group Management Association. Dennen is a member of the American Health Law Association. Dennen received his law degree from the University of Memphis.
Natalie Dickson, MD President & CMO Tennessee Oncology PLLC 2004 Hayes St., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.514.6961 tnoncology.com In her leadership role at Tennessee Oncology, Dickson is a champion for evidenced-based clinical practice, efficient high-quality care and the optimization of clinical information systems to improve patient safety and experience, while supporting clinical performance across 33 clinical sites. She is dedicated to promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships. Dickson has maintained an active hematology-oncology practice for over 20 years with
an interest in breast cancer. In addition, she serves as chair for OneOncology’s OneCouncil, the clinical committee of physician leaders from independent community practices that are part of the OneOncology network. Dickson completed a medical oncology fellowship at Georgetown University and a hematology fellowship at Vanderbilt University, where she also earned a Master of Management in Healthcare.
David M. Dill President & CEO LifePoint Health 330 Seven Springs Way Brentwood 37027 615.920.7000 lifepointhealth.net Dill, who joined LifePoint in 2007 as executive vice president and chief financial officer, was named president and chief operating officer in 2009 and appointed president and chief executive officer in 2018. Under his leadership, LifePoint has expanded its footprint to 88 hospital campuses in 29 states and enhanced its focus on quality and patient safety. Prior to joining LifePoint, Dill served as executive vice president of Fresenius Medical Care Services. He is former chairman of the board for the Federation of American Hospitals and continues to serve as a member of FAH’s board and executive committee. He is vice-chairman of the board of the Nashville Health Care Council and serves on the board of the American Heart Association’s Greater Southeast Affiliate, as well as the board of trustees for the Murray State University Foundation.
Rebecca Donner Founder & Principal Inner Design Studio 7103 Bakers Bridge Ave., Suite 106 Brentwood 37027 615.321.0696 Innerdesignstudio.com Donner founded healthcare design services firm Inner Design Studio in 1993. For over 25 years, Donner and her team have designed more than 800 healthcare facilities across the country and abroad, including ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding emergency departments, diagnostic centers, occupational medical centers, hospitals, private practice physician groups and medical office plazas. She is known as one of the top designers in the field, taking notes from hospitality and other commercial sectors to create innovative and elegant designs. Donner earned a degree in interior design from the O’More School of Design.
Yvette Doran, FACMPE President, Operations & Administrative Dyad Leader Ascension Medical Group Tennessee 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 getsthealthcare.com A healthcare executive with more than 20 years of experience, Doran was named to her role overseeing a multi-specialty physician group of nearly 600 physicians/practitioners and 100 locations in late 2017. Previously, she served as the organization’s chief operating officer. Prior to her work at Saint Thomas, she spent eight years with CHS as director of Physician Practice Management. Nationally, Doran served as chair for the 2017-2018 Medical Group Management Association Board of Directors and is on the local advisory board for Habitat for Humanity. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN Executive Chief Nursing Officer Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.322.0735 mc.vanderbilt.edu After earning her master’s degree at Vanderbilt, Dubree joined the academic medical center as a clinical staff specialist and faculty member in 1976. During her career, she has taken on increasingly challenging leadership roles and now has close to 6,000 nurses under her supervision. As executive CNO, she is responsible for the clinical and professional leadership for all nursing personnel with Vanderbilt University Medical Center hospitals and clinics. In addition to strategic planning, recruitment and nurse retention, Dubree also serves as senior associate dean for Clinical Practice at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is a Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow, a member of the American Heart Association Middle Tennessee Board, a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree, and a YWCA 2016 Academy for Women of Achievement inductee.
E Jim Easter Founding Principal Easter Healthcare Consulting (Ehc) 518 Neilwood Drive Nashville 37205 615.424.3642 easterhealthcare.com Easter is an experienced healthcare planner and programmer with more than 2,000 healthcare master plans and functional programs to his credit. While he works across the healthcare spectrum, Easter has extensive experience in oncology and rural/CAH planning. Prior to launching his consulting firm in 2014, he was a senior vice president and principal with HFR Design (now Wold | HFR Design). He earned both his undergraduate architecture degree and Master of Architecture with Healthcare Emphasis from Virginia Tech. Actively involved in professional and civic engagement, Easter is a member of the AIA Academy of Architects for Health, past board chair of the American Academy of Medical Administrators, and committee member for the American College of Healthcare Executives of Middle Tennessee, among others.
Mitch Edgeworth President TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com Edgeworth was appointed to president of HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Division in December 2020. A veteran healthcare leader, he has 23 years of industry experience in academic, community and multihospital settings. In his new role, Edgeworth oversees a total of 20 hospitals and related care settings that are supported by approximately 2,600 physicians and over 16,000 employees – including more than 6,000 nurses. Edgeworth joined HCA Healthcare and the TriStar Division as chief administrative officer of the southern area in May 2019. Prior to HCA Healthcare, he served as CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s adult hospital and clinics. Edgeworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University, a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Duke. He is a 2014 Council Fellow.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Dawn Edwards VP, Private Wealth Management Synovus 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.271.2113 synovus.com Edwards is responsible for advising high net worth clients including many in the healthcare industry. In addition to consulting on deposit and loan needs, she and her team provide financial planning, estate and tax planning, and investment strategies. Before being named to her current position, she was an assistant vice president and bank manager with Bank of Nashville. A graduate of Clemson University with a degree in economics, she has more than 15 years of banking experience.
Veronica Elders, MSN, RN CNO Nashville General Hospital 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4000 nashvillegeneral.org Elders joined Nashville General Hospital in August of 2015. Prior to becoming the chief nursing officer, she served in a variety of leadership roles including director of Emergency Services, administrative director of Patient Throughput and assistant chief nursing officer. Before joining Nashville General Hospital, Elders served 17 years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. A Nashville native, Elders earned her MBA in Healthcare from Western Governors University. She also holds a Master of Nursing degree from Loyola University New Orleans and serves as an adjunct faculty in the Master of Nursing Program at Western Governors University.
Dan Elrod Attorney Butler | Snow 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 1600 Nashville 37201 615.651.6702 butlersnow.com Elrod is a member of the firm’s Healthcare Regulatory and Transactions Practice and represents providers with certificate of need, licensing, certification and transactional matters. He also has represented domestic and foreign insurance companies with regard to Tennessee regulatory issues. Among his multiple honors, Elrod has routinely been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for healthcare, regulatory and insurance law and honored as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Administrative/ Regulatory Law in 2013 and Government Relations Practice, most recently in 2019. He has also been recognized for his healthcare regulatory work by Chambers USA.
Eric Enderle President & CEO CareSpot Express 115 East Park Drive, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.600.4100 carespot.com Enderle joined CareSpot in September 2011 as chief operating officer and was named to the top leadership post in January 2016. He has helped shepherd the company from operating 32 locations in Florida to more than 57 locations in five states and cultivated joint venture relationships with five large hospital systems. Previously, he was a vice president at Renal Advantage and with Ardent Health Services. Prior to moving to Nashville, Enderle worked in healthcare investment banking.
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Jane Englebright, PhD, RN, FAAN Senior VP & Chief Nurse Executive HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com A nationally recognized nursing leader, Englebright provides professional leadership for facility chief nursing officers and the approximately 98,000 registered nurses working across HCA Healthcare sites of care. She also leads HCA Healthcare’s nursing strategy, focused on advancing advocacy and leadership, excellence in care delivery, and clinical education. Englebright joined HCA Healthcare in 1992 as a critical care nurse and took on increasing roles, becoming HCA Healthcare’s first chief nursing officer in 2007. She serves as chair of The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Englebright has served as an investigator on numerous research projects and is broadly published. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
Carol Etherington, MSN, RN, FAAN Associate Professor of Nursing Emerita Vanderbilt University School of Nursing & Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health 2525 West End Ave., Suite 750 Nashville 37203 615.343.3270 vumc.org/global-health Etherington, a 2018 Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame inductee, is a nurse who has worked with traumatized populations in urban and rural areas around the globe. She established one of the first police-based counseling programs in the nation in Nashville and has worked throughout the U.S. during times of natural and man-made disasters. Etherington first served on an international emergency medical team in the aftermath of the Pol Pot genocide and completed four missions in war-torn Bosnia. Since 1996, she has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in numerous countries, spending six years on the organization’s U.S. board, including two years as president – the only nurse to ever do so. Since 2008, Etherington has worked with the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, teaching and mentoring interdisciplinary graduate students in community health, global health, disaster response and caring for victims of violence. She has carried out multiple projects related to refugees/immigrants, domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Etherington has won numerous awards, including the prestigious International Red Cross’ Florence Nightingale Medal. She serves on the Metro Nashville Board of Health.
Eric Evans CEO Surgery Partners 310 Seven Springs Way, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.234.5900 surgerypartners.com Evans was appointed chief executive officer and director of Surgery Partners in January 2020 after serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer since April 2019. Previously, he served as president of Hospital Operations for Tenet Healthcare and as CEO of Tenet’s Texas region. Earlier in his career at Tenet he held hospital CEO and market leadership roles, as well as serving as chief of staff to the CEO. Evans earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and has an undergraduate degree in industrial management from Purdue University.
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. In her role at the School of Dentistry, Farmer-Dixon oversees Meharry’s mobile care unit and has managed the use of the unit for mobile COVID-19 testing throughout the city during the pandemic. She is a past board member of the American Association of Women Dentists and a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Shindana Feagins, MD Chair Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4000 nashvillegeneral.org Appointed chair in July 2020, Feagins is the first African American female to chair the Metro Hospital Authority. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Feagins completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California and was a middle school teacher before attending Meharry Medical College. She was named to the Hospital Authority board by former mayor David Briley in 2019. Feagins has been instrumental in the creation of several health-focused, non-profit organizations such as Rezolve Wellness and Walk with Your Doctor, which organizes wellness activities for physicians and their patients. Her vision for Nashville General Hospital includes an expanded role in building ties between a broad range of local communities in the areas of better health, disease prevention and access to quality care.
Gordon Ferguson, FACHE President & CEO Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital President Ascension Saint Thomas Regional Hospitals 1700 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro 37129 615.396.4100 getsthealthcare.com Ferguson, who has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, has held the top spot at Saint Thomas Rutherford since 2006 and was named to his regional role in 2015. He joined the 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.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 J. Tod Fetherling CEO Perception Health 7105 South Springs Drive, Suite 208 Franklin 37067 615.861.1625 perceptionhealth.com Fetherling leads healthcare technology company Perception Health, which utilizes machine learning to solve complex hospital, health system and continuum of care issues to improve coordination of care and outcomes while reducing cost. Previously, Fetherling founded Stratasan and served as chairman. Prior to that he was president and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council. He also held senior positions with HealthTeacher and Relegent. He earned his degree from the University of Tennessee and is the current president for TN HIMSS.
Mark Fisher COO TriStar Skyline Madison Campus 500 Hospital Drive Madison 37115 615.769.5000 tristarskylinemadison.com Fisher oversees operations at TriStar Skyline Madison Campus, a 121-bed behavioral health facility. 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 previously served on the HCA Healthcare’s Ethics and Compliance Officer Advisory Committee. Fisher is currently the vice president of NAMI Davidson County. He earned his undergraduate degree in public administration from Auburn University and his law degree from the University of Alabama.
David Fitzgerald Partner Petra Capital Partners 3825 Bedford Ave., Suite 203 Nashville 37215 615.313.5999 petracapital.com
the Council for Post Acute Care (CPAC). He earned his undergraduate degree from David Lipscomb and his master’s and doctorate from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
Digna S. Forbes, MD Interim Dean Meharry School of Medicine 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6204 mmc.edu Forbes has been with Meharry Medical College for more than 20 years and has served in a variety of roles including as a staff pathologist and chair of the Department of Professional and Medical Education. She received her medical degree at State University of New York at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Graduate Medical-Dental Education Consortium of Buffalo. She also served as chief resident in the Department of Pathology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York. In 2018, Forbes was awarded the Joy McCann Endowed Emerging Faculty Award in Leadership for Women in Medicine. She also serves on the advisory board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
Ben Fordham Executive VP, General Counsel & Assistant Secretary Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net
and senior litigation counsel with 29 years of private practice experience in litigation, mergers and acquisitions, general business and health law. During his tenure with CHS, he has taken on increasing responsibilities and leadership roles. Fordham received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he was a scholarship football player. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt and was a Patrick Wilson Merit Scholar.
Patrick Forrest, MD President & CMO PhyMed Healthcare Group 110 29th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 855.331.4999 phymed.com Forrest, who also sits on the PhyMed Board of Directors, has clinical and administrative 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 was the founding practice 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 University.
Fordham, who was named to his current post in April 2017, originally joined CHS in 2007 as vice president
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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 homecare programs in 10 states. For eight years prior to joining NHC, Flatt served as president of Lipscomb University and held a number of other leadership roles at his alma mater. A 2013 Council Fellow, Flatt is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council, The Community Foundation and Nashville Inner City Ministries and serves on the executive committee of
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Wes Fountain CFO TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com A 30-year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Fountain was named TriStar Health’s chief financial officer in August 2018 after serving as CFO with healthcare facilities in both Texas and Florida. Most recently, he served as the CFO at Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, Texas, the largest provider of healthcare in South and Central Texas with 28 facilities including nine acute care hospitals. Fountain earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of West Florida and his MBA from Auburn University.
Paul Frankenberg Founder & Managing Partner Focus Search Partners, A Vaco Company 5501 Virginia Way, Suite 120 Brentwood 37027 615.432.0523 focussearchpartners.com Frankenberg founded FOCUS Search Partners in 2001 as a national healthcare executive recruitment firm. Since then, he has completed more than 600 corporate executive, senior management and board of director search assignments for healthcare clients. Modern Healthcare recently recognized Frankenberg for leading one of the “Top 25 Retained Healthcare Executive Search Firms in the USA.” Frankenberg, who is co-author of the book, Burn Your Resume, serves on the Owen Graduate School of Management Alumni Board and is a founding officer of Owen’s Healthcare Alumni Board. He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Martin Franks Healthcare Leader, Tennessee Wold | HFR Design 214 Centerview Drive, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.370.8500 woldae.com hfrdesign.com Franks has over 13 years of experience in healthcare planning, design, and construction of multi-million dollar projects, acting in the past as a lead architect, senior project manager, and building information modeling (BIM) specialist. He prides himself on taking a hands-on approach with clients to design facilities that meet their goals. Through the use of technology, Franks aims to increase efficiencies in the design process and built environment. He currently serves as principal and account manager for several national healthcare contracts, ranging from small renovations to large replacement facilities.
David Frederiksen CEO & Founder PatientFocus 3011 Armory Drive, Suite 320 Nashville 37204 855.661.4384 patientfocus.com Since 2008, Frederiksen has been at the helm of PatientFocus, which concentrates on patient-pay collections after insurance and before bad debt. Previously, he served as COO of Insight Healthcare Financial and as co-founder and COO of Pine Creek Healthcare Capital. He is a founding board member of Leadership Health Care, founder and past president of the Vanderbilt Healthcare Alumni Association, and a 2014 Council Fellow. Frederiksen has been honored
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as a ‘Most Admired CEO’ and a “Health Care Hero.” He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Senator Bill Frist, MD Special Partner & Distinguished Executives Council Chairman Cressey & Co. 3803 Bedford Ave., Suite 105 Nashville 37215 615.369.8400 cresseyco.com Founder & Chairman NashvilleHealth 40 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 370 Nashville 37215 nashvillehealth.org The former U.S. Senate Majority Leader wears many hats in the healthcare ecosystem. He is chairman of the Distinguished Executive Council for health service private equity firm Cressey & Co., helped launch Aspire Health and multiple other innovative healthcare companies, sits on numerous boards, mentors the next generation of healthcare clinicians and executives, and leads medical missions around the globe. In 2015, he founded and launched NashvilleHealth to address population health needs in his hometown. During his 12-year tenure (19942007) in the U.S. Senate, Frist held seats on the Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, the renowned transplant surgeon, who founded the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center where he performed more than 150 heart and lung transplants, is also an adjunct professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt and a clinical professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College. He serves as chair of the CareBridge Board of Directors and on the corporate boards of Select Medical, Teladoc, AECOM, Aegis, Aspire, Accolade and MDSave, among others. Additionally, he is actively involved in a number of national public health efforts and serves on the board of directors for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation and Bipartisan Policy Center. Frist was inducted into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame in 2017.
Robert A. Frist, Jr. Chairman & CEO HealthStream 500 11th Ave. N., Suite 1000 Nashville 37203 615.301.3100 healthstream.com Frist, co-founder of HealthStream, has served as CEO and chairman since 1990. Over the last 30 years, he has steadily grown the company into a leading provider of workforce development, talent management and provider solutions within the healthcare industry nationwide through strategic partnerships and acquisitions, including several major acquisitions in late 2020. Frist is also a co-founder of Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center and serves as chair of the Nashville Health Care Council Board. He earned his business degree from Trinity University.
Thomas Frist III Chairman HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com Thomas Frist III became chairman of the HCA Healthcare board on April 26, 2019 and has served on its board of directors since 2006. Frist is the founder and managing principal of Frist Capital, LLC, a Nashville-based investment firm that makes long-term equity investments in public and private companies. He also serves on the board of Verisign Inc., a NYSE-traded company based in Reston, Va. He graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Business School.
G Tim Gary Of Counsel Dickinson Wright 424 Church St., Suite 800 Nashville 37219 615.780.1105 dickinson-wright.com CEO Crux Strategies 615.742.4623 cruxstrategies.com A healthcare and governmental relations attorney with Dickinson Wright, Gary 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 and serves as CEO of Crux Strategies. Gary’s prior experience includes serving as assistant attorney general for the State of Tennessee, vice president and general counsel for Volunteer State Health Plan, senior vice president and COO of a national health and wellness company, chair of the healthcare practice for a regional law firm, and a past member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board. He earned his law degree from Samford University and his MBA from Vanderbilt.
Vic Gatto Founder & CEO Jumpstart Health Investors 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 211 Nashville 37206 615.478.2188 jumpstarthealth.co Gatto has deep experience in the commingled worlds of venture capital and entrepreneurship. After co-founding and selling a venture-backed software company, he transitioned to the funding side and served as a partner in Massey Burch Capital Corp. and later at Solidus Company. Maintaining his passion for entrepreneurship, Gatto and co-founder Marcus Whitney created Jumpstart in 2009. After starting out as an incubator, Jumpstart segued into to a seed stage healthcare innovation fund and now invests in innovative healthcare products in partnership with start-up and growth-stage private companies. Gatto earned his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He sits on a number of boards and is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Michael Genovese, MD CMO Acadia Healthcare 6100 Tower Circle, Suite 1000 Franklin 37067 615.861.6000 acadiahealthcare.com Genovese is a clinical psychiatrist and addiction specialist bringing years of patient-facing experience to the leadership team. He is also the medical director of the Officer Safety and Wellness Committee of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), helping to equip first responders with the tools they need to withstand, recover and grow following repeated trauma. Genovese serves on the CMO Corporate Council of the Joint Commission, seeking to optimize quality and safety in healthcare. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and an active member of numerous other professional organizations. He was a fellow at the NYU/North Shore University Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program and completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Before beginning his medical studies, Genovese earned a law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Paul Gentuso, MD, FACP CMO Heritage Medical Associates 222 22nd Ave. N. Nashville 37203 615.255.2139 heritagemedical.com As chief medical officer, Gentuso works with physicians and administrators to help ensure the delivery of quality patient care across the 14 offices of one of Middle Tennessee’s largest, independent multispecialty physician practices. Before becoming CMO in 2010, Gentuso practiced internal medicine at Heritage Medical Associates for six years. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, he completed his residency at Vanderbilt. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a certified physician executive.
Tina Gerardi, MS, RN Executive Director Tennessee Nurses Association 545 Mainstream Drive, Suite 405 Nashville 37228 615.254.0350 tnaonline.org Gerardi brings more than 30 years of experience as a healthcare practitioner, advocate and leader to her role with the TNA. Prior to assuming leadership for the state’s professional nursing organization on Jan. 1, 2018, Gerardi served as deputy director with the American Organization of Nurse Executives in Washington, D.C. During her 14-year tenure with the New York State Nurses Association, she served as deputy director and chief executive officer. Gerardi received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the State University of New York Plattsburgh and her master’s from SUNY Binghamton. Gerardi is a certified association executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives and holds a certificate in labor studies from Cornell. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Victor Giovanetti, FACHE Executive VP, Hospital Operations LifePoint Health 330 Seven Springs Way Brentwood 37027 615.920.7000 lifepointhealth.net Giovanetti provides operational oversight for LifePoint’s four hospital divisions, as well as quality and clinical operations for the company. A leader with more than 30 years of experience in operational, legal, financial, clinical and strategic aspects of healthcare administration, he joined LifePoint in 2013, serving in division leadership roles until taking his current position in 2018. Prior to LifePoint, Giovanetti was president of HCA Lewis-Gale Regional Health System in Roanoke, Va., CEO and COO of Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville and in operations management for the Mid-America Division of HCA. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Fred Goad Partner Voyent Partners Relevance Ventures 112 Westwood Place, Suite 110 Brentwood 37027 615.373.1727 relevanceventures.com Goad co-founded the venture capital firm Voyent Partners in 2001 with Jim Kever. With more than 40 years of experience, Goad has an extensive resume in the management and funding of healthcare and information services. He previously founded and served as
president and co-chief executive of Envoy Corporation with Kever. Following the sale of the electronic transaction processing services company for the healthcare industry to Quintiles in March 1999, Goad and Kever stayed on in leadership roles for Quintiles and then served as co-chief executive officers of the transaction services division of the WebMD. Goad currently sits on the board of Relevance Capital and SOC Telemed (formerly Specialists on Call), as well as several private companies. He is a founding member of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Laura Goff, MD, MSCI Executive Medical Director Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 2220 Pierce Ave. 777 Preston Research Building Nashville 37232 615.936.8422 vicc.org Goff oversees the cancer clinical enterprise in Nashville, including the flagship Henry-Joyce Cancer Clinic. Other responsibilities include managing the physician staff, collaborating with department chairs on recruitment, enhancing patient satisfaction and operational efficiencies, promoting a multidisciplinary approach and ensuring that medical education and research are integrated into clinical care. She specializes in gastrointestinal cancer with a research focus on targeted drug development. Goff has a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio and a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Vanderbilt University.
Bill Grana CEO HCTec 5106 Maryland Way Brentwood 37027 615.577.4030 hctec.com Grana serves as CEO of HCTec, a Brentwood-based healthcare technology consulting firm serving hospitals and health systems across the U.S. He joined the firm in 2015, bringing more than 25 years of experience starting, operating, advising, and investing in high growth technology firms in both the software and services spaces – many of which were in the healthcare industry. He has a diverse background in M&A, finance, law, and other business functions. Prior to HCTec, Grana was president and CEO of UL Workplace Health & Safety (formerly PureSafety). Grana currently serves on the board of directors for a number of health and technology organizations, including Medical Informatics Engineering Inc., Common Cents Systems Inc. and Tennessee Industrial Electronics LLC, and he serves as chairman of the board at Wealth Access Inc.
Jill Grandas Corporate Executive Director DCI Donor Services, Inc. Executive Director Tennessee Donor Services 1600 Hayes St., Suite 300 Nashville 37203 615.678.1786 dcids.org Grandas, who has worked in the organ and tissue procurement industry for more than 30 years, is Tennessee’s leading advocate for organ and tissue donation. She leads DCI Donor Services (DCIDS) and its subsidiary, Tennessee Donor Services (TDS). Grandas and a team of 400 in three states save lives by working quickly and compassionately with transplant hospitals and grieving families to match available organs with people in desperate need. In 2018, Grandas spearheaded the creation of #BeTheGift, a successful campaign designed to build public awareness to the need for more donors and direct them to register online. A registered nurse, Grandas began her career in Neurological Intensive
Care where she became impassioned about the donor process. She joined TDS in 1997 and was named corporate executive director of DCIDS in 2005. A certified procurement transplant coordinator, she serves on the Standards and Accreditation and Legislative and Regulatory Affairs committees of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations. She also has served on numerous United Network for Organ Sharing committees.
Anthony Greco, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Co-founder Sarah Cannon Research Institute 250 25th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.986.4366 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com Greco co-founded Sarah Cannon Research Institute in 1993 along with John D. Hainsworth, MD, to create the first community-based clinical trial program outside of an academic setting. Greco received his undergraduate degree in 1968 and medical degree in 1972 from West Virginia University. He completed his internal medicine internship at the University of California, Los Angeles and residency at West Virginia University Medical Center. He then earned a fellowship in medical oncology from the National Cancer Institute and is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Dustin Greene, FACHE CEO TriStar Skyline Medical Center TriStar Skyline Madison Campus 3441 Dickerson Road Nashville 37207 615.769.7100 tristarskyline.com Greene was tapped to lead TriStar Skyline Medical Center, a 407-bed, two-campus facility, in January 2020. A veteran leader in HCA Healthcare, Greene has served in various financial and senior management positions, including as CEO of TriStar Horizon Medical Center in Dickson and COO at TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville and Eastside Medical Center, Snellville, Ga. Greene received his bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Birmingham and holds an MBA from Belmont University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a certified public accountant.
Keith Gregg Principal Partner JRG Ventures 205 Powell Place Brentwood 37027 615.312.8233 jrgventures.com Gregg specializes in assisting entrepreneurs and executives implement growth strategies to accelerate ideas and monetize assets. He has over 28 years of operational and advisory experience in high growth life science, HIT, and educational environments. Prior to founding JRG, he held executive positions at several biotechnology, diagnostic and specialty pharmaceutical companies. Gregg received his master’s in finance and marketing from the University of Maryland, his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt. He holds a certificate in executive business strategy from The Wharton School and is a member of multiple health technology, life science and EdTech boards.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 David Gregory, PharmD, BCPS, FACHE Dean Belmont University College of Pharmacy 1900 Belmont Blvd. Nashville 37212 615.460.6748 belmont.edu/pharmacy Gregory, who began his role in spring 2018, has oversight of the College of Pharmacy, which includes approximately 300 students and 29 faculty members. He succeeded the program’s founding dean Phil Johnston, PharmD, who was promoted to vice provost for academic affairs at Belmont. Gregory, a Nashville native, returned home after serving as associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Prior to his work at Ole Miss, he held a number of positions with increasing responsibility at Vanderbilt in pharmacy and hospital administration, including spending five years as VUMCs director of pharmacy for education, drug policy, research and clinical pharmacy services within the Department of Pharmaceutical Services. He currently serves as an accreditation surveyor for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and has won numerous accolades throughout his career. Gregory earned both his undergraduate and pharmacy degrees from the University of Mississippi.
Tonya Mitchem Grindon Shareholder, Chair of Business Development Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.7322 bakerdonelson.com Grindon chairs the firm’s Business Department and is a member of the board of directors. Her practice concentrates in securities and corporate finance, corporate governance and business transactions. She has represented major healthcare companies in a number of large business transactions, including representing Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE) in its IPO and follow-on offerings, representing a public pharmaceutical company in a secondary $10 million offering, and representing Amedisys (NASDAQ) with its $550 million credit facility and refinancing. Grindon serves as outside SEC counsel to several other public healthcare companies, including Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE), an operator of general acute hospitals, and Cumberland Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ), a specialty pharmaceutical company. She is regularly included among national listings such as Chambers USA and Best Lawyers and was named among the ‘Top USA Women Dealmakers” by Global M&A Network in 2019.
David C. Guth Jr. CEO Centerstone 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org Guth is CEO and co-founder of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit community-based behavioral healthcare providers. Headquartered in Nashville, the organization serves more than 140,000 individuals annually through the operation of outpatient clinics, residential programs, an inpatient hospital, telehealth and 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 has served on the board of directors for many notable organizations, including Triad Learning, the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the Action Alliance Board for the University of Tennessee’s College of Social
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Work. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee.
Bobby Guy Shareholder Polsinelli 401 Commerce St., Suite 900 Nashville 37219 615.259.1511 polsinelli.com The large firm’s Nashville office focuses on healthcare, with a cross-disciplined practice in transactions, securities, compliance and finance. Guy is a healthcare deal lawyer, and in 2016 and 2017, he led the two largest skilled nursing spinoffs in the country each year. In the post-acute and behavioral space, his team has bought and sold more than 500 healthcare facilities in the last three years. A frequent national speaker and author on healthcare-related topics, he is the chair of the Healthcare Dealmakers Conference in Dallas each year, and the host of The 10 Minute HealthBizCast podcast. Guy has been routinely recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and others. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt.
H Brian Haile CEO Neighborhood Health 2711 Foster Ave. Nashville 37210 615.227.3000 neighborhoodhealthtn.org Haile was tapped to lead the network of community health centers in 2018 after long-time CEO Mary Bufwack announced her retirement. Previously, he served as deputy chief operating officer for the Division of TennCare where he worked with federal officials and advised on technical development of InsureTN, designed and led implementation of newborn and hospital presumptive eligibility programs, among other projects. He also previously served as senior vice president for healthcare policy at Jackson Hewitt and as executive director of the Insurance Exchange Planning Initiative for the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s in health economics from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkley, and his law degree from Georgetown where he was a Public Interest Law Scholar.
Claire Cowart Haltom Shareholder Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.7322 bakerdonelson.com A shareholder in the Baker Donelson’s Health Law department, Haltom has spent over a decade advising healthcare companies on complex business transactions and public policy matters. She is an active leader in the Nashville healthcare community. She recently served on the board of directors of the Nashville Health Care Council and is a past board chair for Leadership Health Care. Haltom previously served as chairman of the Academic Medical Centers Practice Group of the American Health Law Association and on the leadership team of the Nashville Council of Health Care Attorneys. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and sits on the boards of Faith Family Medical Center and Centerstone Military Services.
Erika P. Hamilton, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Director, Breast Cancer & Gynecologic Cancer Research Program Sarah Cannon Research Institute 250 25th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.986.4366 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com Hamilton joined Sarah Cannon in 2013 and is director of the Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program for Sarah Cannon Research Institute. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and completed her medical degree and residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Hamilton received her fellowship training in hematology and oncology from Duke University. She is board certified in internal medicine and oncology. Her practice focuses on women with breast and gynecologic malignancies receiving standard therapies, as well as caring for patients on clinical trials including both late and early drug development.
Kevin Hamilton, MD CMO TriStar Summit Medical Center 5655 Frist Blvd. Hermitage 37076 615.316.3000 tristarsummit.com Hamilton, who was named TriStar Summit’s first chief medical officer in November 2017, served on the medical staff for more than 20 years. As CMO, he focuses on hospital quality initiatives, facilitating medical staff services and promoting physician relations. In addition to maintaining a private OB/ GYN practice, Hamilton previously held physician leadership roles at TriStar Summit, including serving as medical staff president. Hamilton earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt, his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, and he completed residency at Wright State University/Mimi Valley Hospital and Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center. He also serves on the board of Centerstone Tennessee.
Kevin Hammons Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net Hammons joined Community Health Systems in 1997 and was appointed to his current position at the beginning of 2020. He has held numerous financial leadership roles during his more than 20-year tenure with CHS, including overseeing accounting and financial reporting, SEC reporting, design and implementation of financial systems and processes, capital market transactions, corporate finance and treasury management functions and the company’s divestiture program. Prior to joining CHS, Hammons served in various positions in the Assurance and Advisory Services practice at Ernst & Young for 10 years. He earned his accounting degree from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where he also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Jay Hardcastle Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2386 bradley.com Hardcastle has a national reputation in healthcare law and advises surgery centers, hospitals, hospices, home health agencies, long-term care providers, imaging centers, cancer centers and other participants in the industry with regards to mergers and acquisitions, alternative payment arrangements, joint venture formation, regulatory issues, and general corporate matters. Hardcastle serves on Bradley’s Board of Directors and is the immediate past chair of the Healthcare Practice Group. He’s also a past chairman of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section and of the Nashville Bar Association Health Law Committee. Hardcastle is also a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council. His work in healthcare, M&A and corporate law has been repeatedly recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.
Terry Hardesty National Partner and Director Relations Deloitte 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 400 Nashville 37203 615.259.1856 deloitte.com Hardesty has spent more than three decades with Deloitte, having served as managing partner in Nashville before being named national partner in March 2020. Hardesty serves on the board of directors for the Nashville Health Care Council and the American
Heart Association of Middle Tennessee. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting and MBA from Arkansas State University.
Chelsia Harris, DNP, MSN, RN Executive Director Lipscomb University School of Nursing One University Park Drive Nashville 37204 615.966.6650 lipscomb.edu/nursing Harris joined Lipscomb University as the associate director of nursing for degree development in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 2017 and was named executive director of the School of Nursing in June 2019. Prior to joining the faculty at Lipscomb, Harris taught for eight years as an associate professor of nursing at College of the Ozarks in Missouri. Her clinical experience includes practice in medical-surgical acute care, outpatient cardiology, preventive health, primary family practice, and occupational and home health. Harris earned her undergraduate nursing degree from Arkansas Tech University, her master’s as a family nurse practitioner from Vanderbilt, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve.
Matthew Harrison Senior VP, Team Lead, Private Client Relationship Manager First Horizon Bank 2214 Elliston Place, Suite 304 Nashville 37203 615.514.6055 firsthorizon.com/medical Harrison has worked in the financial services industry since 2004. He works with physicians, practices and other medical and dental-related businesses to meet
financial goals through lending, cash management and wealth management. Harrison, who earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from Mississippi State University, is a Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC). He is a director for the ALS Association Tennessee Chapter and an ambassador for VanderbiltIngram Cancer Center.
Adam Harthcock Co-founder & COO Utilize Health 511 Union St., Suite 550 Nashville 37219 888.748.0720 utilizehealth.co Harthccock co-founded Utilize Health in 2013 with wife Jessica to deliver digital tools and concierge services to pioneer neurological care management. Prior to Utilize Health, Harthcock worked with population wellness company Onlife Health. He earned his undergraduate degree in sports medicine from Central Michigan University and his MBA from Louisiana State University. Harthcock, who serves on the Leadership Health Care Board, was named the LHC ‘Emerging Leader of the Year’ for 2020.
Jessica Harthcock Founder & CEO Utilize Health 511 Union St., Suite 550 Nashville 37219 888.748.0720 utilizehealth.co Harthccock founded Utilize Health in 2013 with husband Adam to deliver digital tools and concierge services to pioneer neurological care management. The company was born out of personal experience after she was paralyzed at age 17 in a springboard diving practice at a gymnastics studio. Told she would never walk again, Harthcock ultimately
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Tammy Hawes CEO & Founder Virsys12 278 Franklin Road, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.800.6768 virsys12.com Hawes is CEO and founder of Virsys12, a rapidly growing Salesforce Gold Consulting Partner focused on healthcare innovation nationwide. She launched the company in 2011. Previously, she worked in varying roles for HCA, Theraphysics and Behavioral Healthcare (now Ardent). Hawes also held chief information officer and chief technology officer positions for organizations including Central Parking and Paradigm Health. Bringing her business, technology and healthcare background to Virsys12 has led to multiple accolades for the company and Hawes including winning the 2018 Nashville Technology Council Award for “Team of the Year” and being recognized in 2019 as “Enterprising Woman of the Year” by Women Enterprising Magazine. Hawes, who received a degree in computer science from East Tennessee State University, is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Samuel N. Hazen CEO HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com Hazen serves as CEO of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services with more than 2,000 sites of care, including 187 hospitals, surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers and physician clinics in 21 states and the United Kingdom. A 38-year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Hazen was appointed to his current post on Jan. 1, 2019 after serving as president and COO since 2016. Hazen has served in various senior positions for HCA Healthcare, including president of operations from 2011-2015. Hazen has also served as president of HCA Healthcare’s Western Group, which included all operations west of the Mississippi River and represented approximately one-half of the company’s revenue. He is on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council, Federation of American Hospitals and the HCA Foundation. Hazen ranked fourth on Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for 2020. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and his MBA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Stephen Heffington, MD Program Director, School of Physician Assistant Studies & Assistant Professor of Medicine Lipscomb University School of Physician Assistant Studies One University Park Drive Nashville 37204 615.966.7247 lipscomb.edu/paschool Heffington leads the School of Physician Assistant Studies, which launched in October 2018. He earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed six years of postgraduate residency and fellowship in urologic surgery and renal transplantation at the University of Missouri. He came to Lipscomb after 18 years in surgical practice
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and healthcare administration. Prior to his current role, he served as medical director for the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Heffington also serves as faculty and course coordinator in both the College of Pharmacy and the School of Nursing. He has extensive experience in clinical medicine, healthcare administration and accreditation.
Robert Henry President & CEO Pierian Biosciences 405 Duke Drive, Suite 240 Franklin 37067 615.567.0200 pierianbio.com Henry joined Pierian Biosciences (formerly DiaTech Oncology) in 2013 to take the advanced diagnostic company to the next level as a thought leader and significant player in the precision oncology care market. He has more than 30 years of healthcare management experience in developing, implementing and evaluating opportunities in managed care. Previously, he was senior vice president of development at Symbion, president and CEO of American Endoscopy Services and COO of Physician Alliances. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
J.D. Hickey, MD President & CEO BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee 1 Cameron Hill Circle Chattanooga 37402 423.535.5600 bcbst.com Hickey was tapped to lead the state’s largest insurer in September 2015. Previously, he served as BlueCross executive vice president and COO. During his career, Hickey has drawn on his training as a physician and attorney while serving in executive leadership roles in healthcare. Before joining BlueCross, he led strategic healthcare consulting and management teams as a principal with McKinsey & Company. Prior to that, he served on Gov. Phil Bredesen’s cabinet as director of the TennCare Bureau. He has also held executive positions with HCA and Qualifacts. Hickey earned his medical and law degrees from Duke University. He sits on the board for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the National Institute of Health Care Management.
John S. Hicks Shareholder Baker Donelson 211 Commerce St., Suite 800 Nashville 37201 615.726.7337 bakerdonelson.com The former chair of Baker Donelson’s Health Law and Medical Professional Litigation Groups, Hicks has represented health providers in various business litigation, as well as having represented officers and directors in healthcare and other businesses in shareholder litigation. He previously served as a member of the firm’s board of directors and acts as ethics counsel and general counsel for the firm. Hicks is a member of the American Health Law 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.
Bob Higgins President & CEO Barge Design Solutions 615 Third Ave. S., Suite 700 Nashville 37210 615.254.1500 bargedesign.com In his current role since 2009, Higgins originally joined the firm in 1996 as an intern following graduation from the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. In 2019 Barge announced acquisition of Nashville’s Gould Turner Group, expanding their presence in the healthcare arena. Higgins, a civil engineer, sits on the board for the Nashville Downtown Partnership and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as chair of the Governance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for the Saint Thomas Health Foundation, Nelson Andrews Leadership Center, and Nashville Public Library Foundation. Higgins is a past recipient of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Engineer of the Year award and has been honored for his leadership and impact on the business community.
James E.K. Hildreth, PhD, MD President & CEO Meharry Medical College 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6904 mmc.edu Hildreth, an internationally renowned infectious disease researcher, has served as Meharry’s 12th president and CEO since 2015. As the leader of one of the nation’s oldest historically black academic health science centers, Hildreth is committed to ensuring the college produces the finest physicians, dentists, scientists, researchers and public health professionals – many of whom go on to serve the underserved. Hildreth has been a leading voice in Nashville’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, advising city leadership on key policy decisions to address the virus as a member of the city’s Coronavirus Task Force. He has also served alongside key healthcare leaders on a nationwide effort to encourage minority participation in vaccine trials, demonstrating his commitment by volunteering as a vaccine trial participant at Meharry. Hildreth oversaw the college’s involvement in Operation Warp Speed to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and has been appointed to the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to determine how to safely and efficiently manufacture vaccines once available. His work continues to gain national recognition as he leads the college to develop evidence-based interventions to address the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on minority communities. Hildreth also continues to serve as chair of Nashville’s ‘End the Epidemic Task Force’ to end the HIV epidemic in Nashville/Davidson County.
Brent Hill Partner, Healthcare Industry Co-Chair Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8602 wallerlaw.com Recognized by clients and colleagues as a skilled negotiator, problem solver, and closer, Hill has served as counsel on acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures to a range of providers in physician services, behavioral health, outpatient services, and home health. Over the past decade, he has focused on the physician practice management sector, and he represents both selling practices and acquiring physician practice management companies. He also routinely advises providers who seek to joint venture with hospital systems. To enhance outcomes and protect client interests, Hill focuses on the determina-
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 tion and equitable allocation of risk between buyer and seller while navigating the regulatory issues that complicate healthcare transactions. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his experience in corporate and healthcare law and by Chambers USA for his experience in healthcare law in Tennessee. He earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his law degree from Emory.
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 35-year career assisting healthcare clients to meet objectives within the confines of a heavily regulated industry by advising on matters including corporate, transactional and operational issues. His client base includes health systems, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health providers, large physician practices and other medical providers. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Hill previously was a shareholder and healthcare leader for Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner. He is a past member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board and a 2013 Council Fellow.
Tim Hingtgen CEO Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net
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. Hingtgen is a member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board.
Bo Hjorth VP of Operations PhyBus 215 Jamestown Park Road, Suite 205 Brentwood 37027 615.620.9300 phybus.com Hjorth joined PhyBus in 2020 with more than two decades of progressive surgery center experience. His focus is on quality care delivery, physician recruitment and market share growth. Prior to joining PhyBus, Hjorth most recently served as a group vice president for Nuehealth, where he was responsible for leadership, strategy and performance of surgery centers in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. In addition, he has served in other operations and business development roles working on joint ventures with hospital systems and physicians throughout the U.S. Hjorth has a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Houston and earned his undergraduate degree in business from Roanoke College.
Hingtgen oversees the organization’s operating divisions and strategic growth initiatives. He joined
Laura Hobson President & CEO Faith Family Medical Center 326 21st Ave. N. Nashville 37203 615.341.0808 faithmedical.org After earning a degree from Vanderbilt and having been a licensed real estate agent for several years, Hobson made a mid-career change and earned a master’s degree from the UT College of Social Work in 2007. The following year she was tapped to lead Faith Family, which provides primary care to the uninsured and underinsured. Additionally, Hobson provides pet therapy to the elderly.
Steve Holman CFO Centerstone 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org Holman, who joined Centerstone in 2013, directs fiscal operations for one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral healthcare. He has more than 30 years of senior financial and management experience in the healthcare and insurance industries. Previously, Holman worked at Heritage Health Systems/Universal American Corp. where he was CFO for the Medicare Advantage HMO division with operations in several states. He also has held executive management positions in finance at Lakeside Community Health, FHP International Corporation and Deloitte & Touche. He earned his degree in business administration from the University of Southern California’s School of Accounting.
Nashville Medical News 2021 InCharge Leaders We honor all of this year’s leaders, including our own...
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Dana Holmes 2nd Generation Capital
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Dana Holmes CEO & Managing Member 2nd Generation Capital, LLC 618 Church St., Suite 430 Nashville 37219 615.846.7650 2ndgeneration.com Holmes leads the investment banking and advisory services firm, which is an affiliate of KraftCPAs. He joined 2ndG in 2006 after serving as a founding principal of Phoenix Partners, LLC. He has extensive M&A experience, as well as expertise in strategic consulting, private placement of equity and debt instruments, work-outs and turnarounds. Holmes has extensive experience working with physician practices. He has also served on several healthcare and technology company boards. Holmes received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and MBA from Florida State.
Nicholas Howald COO TriStar Skyline Medical Center 3441 Dickerson Road Nashville 37207 615.769.7100 tristarskyline.com Howald oversees operations at TriStar Skyline Medical Center. He has served seven years in increasing responsibility with HCA Healthcare, most recently as the COO at TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center before being named COO of TriStar Skyline in March 2020. Howald earned his undergraduate degree, Master of Health Administration and Policy and Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
Hayley Hovious President Nashville Health Care Council 500 11th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.743.3140 healthcarecouncil.com Since 2015, Hovious has served as president of the Nashville Health Care Council, a premier association of healthcare industry leaders inspiring global collaborations to improve healthcare by serving as a catalyst for leadership and innovation. Previously, she served as 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.
Angela Humphreys Member & Chair of Healthcare Practice Group Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.7852 bassberry.com As chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group, Humphreys leads the firm’s national Healthcare Practice and co-chairs the firm’s Healthcare Private Equity Team. She represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies, publicly traded companies and nonprofit organizations in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and regulatory and compliance matters across multiple industry sectors, including hospitals and health systems, health plans, surgery centers, behavioral health, laboratories, home health and physician practice management. During her career, Humphreys has served as counsel on transactions valued in excess of $75 billion. She has been recognized by Law360 as ‘Health Law MVP
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of the Year’ and by Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine as one of the ‘Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.’ She serves as chair of the Health Care M&A Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section. She also sits on the board of directors of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and a 2014 Council Fellow.
J Grant Jackson Managing General Partner Council Capital 30 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 576 Nashville 37215 615.255.3707 councilcapital.com Jackson, who joined Council Capital in 2009, has been involved in all aspects of private equity investing since 2001, focused entirely on the healthcare services and healthcare IT sectors. His venture capital investment background includes board-level experience and involvement in all stages of the portfolio company life cycle. Before joining Council, Jackson led healthcare services and healthcare IT investing efforts for The Aurora Funds in Durham, N.C. Jackson sits on a number of boards for Council portfolio companies including emids, EspriGas and Experience Wellness. Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Florida State and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a 2013 Council Fellow.
Tom Jackson CFO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com Jackson began his role as the chief financial officer in July 2019. Previously, he served as market CFO with HCA Healthcare’s Parkridge Health System in Chattanooga for six years. He has nearly 20 years of financial management experience and started his career as a senior auditor for Ernst & Young LLP. A CPA, he earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Management from Lipscomb University and his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Jackson was recognized by Becker’s Healthcare as one of ‘25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.’
Shubhada Jagasia, MD Professor of Medicine & Chief of Staff Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Clinics 1161 21st Ave. S., D3100B MCN Nashville 37232 615.936.2104 medschool.vanderbilt.edu Jagasia is an endocrinologist who has been responsible for numerous advances in diabetes care at VUMC since her arrival in 2001. She has served as medical director of three Vanderbilt endocrinology clinics, inpatient medical director in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and vice chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine. In May 2020 she was appointed chief of staff of Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Clinics, with leadership responsibility for a new COVID service line at VUMC. Jagasia received her medical degree from King Edward Memorial Hospital Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College in Mumbai, India. After residency training at the University of Tennessee Baptist Memorial Hospital, she completed
fellowship training at VUMC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She also earned a Master of Management in Health Care degree from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.
Alex Jahangir, MD Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Vanderbilt University Medical Center Chair Metro Board of Health & Metro Coronavirus Task Force 4200 Medical Center East 1215 21st Ave. S. Nashville 37232 615.936.0112 vumc.org asafenashville.org Jahangir is professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, director of the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma at VUMC and executive medical director of the Vanderbilt Center for Trauma, Burn, and Emergency Surgery. In September 2019 he was elected chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville and Davidson County. In March 2020, he was appointed chair of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force, which is coordinating the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jahangir earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and his Master of Management in Health Care degree from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, and his orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2009.
Greg James, MD Chief Clinical Officer Ascension Saint Thomas 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 getsthealthcare.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 former member of the firm’s Executive Committee and served as chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group until 2015. He works with clients providing counsel on mergers and acquisitions, public equity and debt offerings, private placements of securities and strategic relationships. He has led hundreds of healthcare transactions for hospitals, managed care plans, physician group practices and surgery centers, including AMSURG Corp.’s $15 billion merger with Envision Healthcare. Jenkins also provides counsel on operational matters including corporate governance. He is a member of the American Health Law Association.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Melissa Johnson, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Director, Lung Cancer Research Program and Associate Director, Drug Development Sarah Cannon Research Institute 250 25th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.986.4366 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com Johnson is a medical oncologist whose research focus is new drug development for patients with lung cancer. In 2021, Dr. Johnson assumed the role of director of the Lung Cancer Research Program for Sarah Cannon Research Institute, where she leads the lung cancer clinical trial portfolio across the Sarah Cannon network. Johnson continues to work in early phase Drug Development, as well as lead the Solid Tumor Immune Effector Cellular Therapy program at Sarah Cannon. Prior to joining Sarah Cannon, Johnson was an associate professor at Northwestern University and Feinberg School of Medicine She earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, she did her fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she served one year as chief fellow. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Michele Johnson Executive Director Tennessee Justice Center 211 Seventh Ave. N., Suite 100 Nashville 37219 615.255.0331 tnjustice.org In 1996, Johnson joined Gordon Bonnyman to launch the Tennessee Justice Center, a nonprofit law firm providing services to low-income clients, particularly those struggling to find access to healthcare. In 2014, Johnson succeeded Bonnyman as executive director of TJC. The focus of her nationally recognized legal work has been children with special healthcare needs. Prior to founding TJC, she worked with low-income families to help them obtain needed medical care through the Lynhurst Foundation. Johnson, who graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law, sits on the board of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Saint Thomas Mission and Advocacy Committee. Johnson is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and was recognized by Tennessee Voices for Children with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy.
Patrick Johnson Senior VP, Institutional Advancement Meharry School of Medicine 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6061 mmc.edu Johnson, who joined Meharry’s leadership in 2016, is instrumental to the growth and advancement of Meharry, one of the nation’s oldest historically black academic health science centers, which is transforming safety net and indigent care in the city of Nashville. In his role, Johnson provides strategic counsel to Meharry President Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, leads the school’s government relations efforts at the federal level, and guides philanthropic partnerships, community outreach initiatives, and infrastructure improvements and expansions at Meharry. In addressing the pandemic, Johnson has overseen Meharry’s management of Metro Nashville’s COVID-19 assessment center, including operations at all three public testing sites. Johnson has helped
Meharry cement relationships with major corporations and foundations, including Amgen, The Kresge Foundation and the Robert Johnson Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree from Fisk University and completed the Mini MBA program at Belmont University.
Ed Jones President & CEO HealthTrust 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 1100 Nashville 37203 615.344.3000 healthtrustpg.com Jones, who has more than 30 years of healthcare experience, oversees all outsourced and consulting supply chain solutions and manages the overall financial and operational functions of HealthTrust, a $30 billion global group purchasing organization serving 1,500 hospitals and health systems and more than 31,000 other locations including ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and long-term care sites. Previously, Jones served as COO for HealthTrust and as a supply chain vice president for HCA. Jones is a founding board member of the Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium and has served as chair of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association Board of Directors. He is a 2015 Council Fellow.
Pam Jones, DNP, RN, FAAN Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships & Associate Professor Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 461 21st Ave. S., GH 215 Nashville 37240 615.341.1561 nursing.vanderbilt.edu Jones directs the Vanderbilt School of Nursing faculty practices division, which provides nurse-led community and medical center-based care in more than 10 locations around Middle Tennessee. In that role, she also manages VUSN’s partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center regarding advanced practice and nurse-led clinics. Jones has more than 30 years of progressive leadership experience with academic, faith-based and for-profit health systems, as well as entrepreneurial and community programs for vulnerable populations. An expert on leadership, planning and advanced practice provider innovation, Jones directs the School of Nursing’s participation and key role in Vanderbilt University’s successful Return to Campus COVID-19 response plan. She is a Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” 2020 honoree.
Suzanne Jones, PharmD Senior Director, Scientific Director, Strategic Development Sarah Cannon Research Institute 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com Jones joined Sarah Cannon in 1998. Her responsibilities over the management of the institute’s scientific portfolio include the oversight of novel agents, trial opportunities, publications and presentations, as well as pharmaceutical and biotech relationships. She received both her undergrad and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her residency and fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Audie L. Murphy Veteran’s Hospital and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Previously, Jones served as director, Investigational Drug Section at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San
Antonio and as a senior clinical research scientist in Oncology Clinical Research at Glaxo.
Tim Jones, MD CMO Tennessee Department of Health 710 James Robertson Parkway Andrew Johnson Tower, Fifth Floor Nashville 37243 615.741.3111 tn.gov/health An internationally renowned epidemiologist, Jones first came to the Tennessee Department of Health in 1997 as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemic Intelligence Service assignee. Following his assignment, he stayed on with TDH and was named state epidemiologist and director of the TDH Communicable Environmental Disease and Emergency Preparedness division in 2007. He was promoted to assistant commissioner in 2012 and named chief medical officer in late 2019. As CMO, Jones serves as an advisor to the commissioner on matters of health policy and assist in setting priorities for the department. Jones, who has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, has received multiple accolades over his career and often serves as a subject matter expert at a national and international level. Jones received his medical degree from Stanford University and completed postgraduate training in family medicine and maternal and child health.
K Bill Kampine Co-founder & Sr. VP, Analytics and Innovation Healthcare Bluebook 5800 Nolensville Pike, Suite 200 Nashville 37211 888.866.8159 healthcarebluebook.com Kampine is co-founder and senior vice president, analytics and innovation for Healthcare Bluebook, which provides healthcare quality and cost transparency services to more than 7,000 clients covering more than 3.5 million lives. Kampine has testified before Congress and contributed to federal legislation on improving healthcare transparency and reducing cost. Prior to Healthcare Bluebook, he assisted in the development of CareSteps Inc., a predictive modeling and disease management company that successfully merged with Healthways (2001) where he served in a variety of executive roles. He has also served as an economist and consultant to global Fortune 1000 companies in the healthcare, insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Kampine conducted postgraduate work in economics at George Washington University and holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Seth Karp, MD, FACS Professor & Chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences, Surgeon-in-Chief, Vanderbilt University Hospital, & Director, Vanderbilt Transplant Center Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1161 21st Ave. S., D-4313 MCN Nashville 37232 615.343.2735 vumc.org/surgical-sciences Karp joined VUMC in 2011 as director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center and was appointed chair of the Department of Surgery in 2015. Three years later, he was named surgeon-in-chief of Vanderbilt University
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Medical Center and the sixth chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences in its nearly 100-year history. Active in transplantation, Karp has held leadership positions in the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, including chairing the Organizing Committee for the American Transplant Congress. Karp also maintains an active basic research lab and has lectured around the world. He earned an undergraduate degree in physics and astrophysics, followed by a master’s in astrophysics from Harvard. Karp then earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School as part of a combined program between Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
A.J. Kazimi Chairman & CEO Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2525 West End Ave., Suite 950 Nashville 37203 615.255.0068 cumberlandpharma.com In 1999, Kazimi founded Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, a specialty company that develops and acquires select pharmaceutical products to address poorly met medical needs. Currently, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals has seven exciting therapeutics through to market and several others in various phases of clinical trial. Kazimi has more than 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including an 11-year stint as president and COO of Therapeutic Antibodies Inc., where he oversaw operations in three countries while steering the company through its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. He then started Cumberland and took it public on NASDAQ. Kazimi is also chair and CEO of Cumberland Emerging Technologies (CET), a biopharmaceutical accelerator program to identify and advance innovative product candidates from the lab to the marketplace. He earned his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame and his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Kazimi serves on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
David Katzman CEO & Chairman SmileDirectClub 150 Fourth Ave. N. Nashville 37219 800.688.4010 smiledirectclub.com Katzman has served as CEO and chairman of the board since SmileDirectClub was founded in 2014. He is the founder and managing partner of Camelot Venture Group, a private investment group that invests primarily in direct-to-consumer brands, such as Quicken Loans and 1-800 Contacts. He has served on the boards of several direct-to-consumer online companies, including Sharper Image Online, and has previously served on the boards of diabetic supply company Simplex Healthcare, online mortgage company Quicken Loans and others. Katzman also served as vice chairman of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and as managing [partner of sports graphics company Fathead. Prior to founding Camelot in 1998, Katzman led a variety of consumer-oriented companies before becoming president of Home Depot S.O.C., a division of Home Depot USA that processes special orders for Home Depot stores nationwide. Katzman graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in finance and accounting and attended Detroit College of Law.
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Jordan Katzman & Alex Fenkell Co-founders SmileDirectClub 150 Fourth Ave. N. Nashville 37219 800.688.4010 smiledirect club.com Katzman and Fenkell (pictured L-R) co-founded Nashville-headquartered SmileDirectClub in an effort to “democratize orthodontics.” Founded in 2014, SmileDirectClub now represents 95 percent of the doctor-directed, at-home clear aligner industry. The entrepreneurs have been incubating companies with Camelot Venture Group since age 17. David Katzman, who is the founder and managing partner of Camelot Venture Group, serves as CEO and chairman of SmileDirectClub. The company went public in September 2019.
Paul H. Keckley, PhD Independent Healthcare Strategic Advisor & Managing Editor The Keckley Report 615.351.0265 email@example.com paulkeckley.com Keckley is a widely known healthcare researcher and policy analyst. He authors the weekly Keckley Report and is a frequent speaker and advisor to healthcare organizations. The industry expert has published three books and more than 250 articles on healthcare. Previously, he served as managing director of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis. He has also served as executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, held executive leadership positions at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was CEO of PhyCor Management Corporation, and managing partner of The Keckley Group, a healthcare research and policy analysis firm he ran for two decades. Keckley completed his undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University, his master’s and doctorate at Ohio State, and a fellowship in economic policy at Oxford University.
Eric Keen General Partner Council Capital 30 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 576 Nashville 37215 615.255.3707 councilcapital.com Keen started in private equity in 2004 and joined Council as a general partner in 2013. He previously worked for several private equity firms including DW Healthcare Partners, The Riverside Company and Norwest Equity Partners. Eric is on the board of Council portfolio companies AdvaNet, Caregiver and Triad Learning Systems and involved with Siloam Health, the Nashville Health Care Council and a number of other community groups. Keen received his bachelor’s degree in finance and political science with honors from the University of Illinois. He is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Jordan Kendig, FACHE Chair Leadership Health Care Director of Operations, Leadership & Organizational Development HCA Healthcare 1100 Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Blvd., Suite 500 Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com Kendig serves as board chair for Leadership Health Care, an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council that develops the talents of emerging industry leaders. He also holds a seat on the boards of the Nashville Health Care Council, Alive Hospice and Amputee Blade Runners. Kendig, who joined HCA Healthcare in 2016 and was promoted to his current position in 2019, previously served as director of strategy and innovation for Premise Health and spent five years with W Squared focused on healthcare strategy. He earned his undergraduate degree and a master’s with a focus on organizational leadership from Vanderbilt and holds a number of professional designations including being a credentialed Project Management Professional and Certified Patient Experience Professional.
Tom Kendrot CEO Shearwater Health 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 400 Nashville 37215 615.921.9510 swhealth.com Kendrot oversees all operations including delivery of services from the company’s operations centers in the Philippines and healthcare recruitment services to the U.S. He has overall financial responsibility for Shearwater including P&L management and accounting/finance. Kendrot has more than 20 years of experience in the business services sector with a focus on outsourcing and consulting business. He previously served as head of Corporate Development/Mergers & Acquisitions at Bearing Point, a 17,000-employee, global consulting firm. Additional experience includes portfolio manager roles at JP Morgan Investment Management, Pequot Capital, and Minot Capital. He earned an accounting degree from Providence College.
Andrew Kennedy, MD, FACRO Physician-in-Chief, Radiation Oncology & Director, Radiation Oncology Research Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com Kennedy, who joined Sarah Cannon in 2012, is responsible for strategic development of radiation oncology services for the HCA Enterprise and development of radiation oncology research within Sarah Cannon Research Institute. Kennedy is a graduate of the Loma Linda School of Medicine in California and completed residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an internationally renowned radiation oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal cancers, as well as cancers of the breast and lung. Nationally, he served as a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology Board of Chancellors and is a Fellow of the organization.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Cindy Kent Executive VP & President of Senior Living Brookdale Senior Living 111 Westwood Place Brentwood 37027 615.221.2250 brookdale.com Kent joined Brookdale in January 2020 as executive vice president and president of Senior Living. She previously served as president and general manager of the 3M Infection Prevention Division from 2016 to 2018 and as president and general manager of 3M’s Drug Delivery Systems Division from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that, Kent held senior leadership roles at Medtronic. She earned an MBA in marketing and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. Kent also holds an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern University, earned certification in Strategic Finance from the Harvard Business School and is Six Sigma green belt trained.
Jim Kever Partner Voyent Partners Relevance Ventures 112 Westwood Place, Suite 110 Brentwood 37027 615.373.1727 relevanceventures.com Kever co-founded the venture capital firm Voyent Partners in 2001 with Fred Goad and is also on the board and a general partner in Relevance Ventures. Prior to launching the private investment company, Kever spent 18 years in the leadership of Envoy Corporation, which provided electronic transaction processing services for the healthcare industry. He joined the company in 1981 as treasurer and general counsel and served as president and co-chief executive with Goad by the time Envoy sold to Quintiles in March 1999. He also served in the executive leadership of Quintiles and WebMD prior to launching Voyent. He currently serves as board chair for Concert Genetics, on the advisory board for Nashville Capital Network and on the board of Luminex. A certified public accountant, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas and his law degree from Vanderbilt.
Matt King Managing Partner FCA Venture Partners 110 Winners Circle, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.326.4848 fcavp.com As managing partner of Clayton Associate’s FCA Venture Partners, King oversees the fund’s investment process including identifying potential investments, due diligence, investment structuring, syndicate leadership, portfolio management and dispositions. FCA has a long history of investing in successful healthcare entrepreneurs. King has nearly 40 years of business experience, the last 20 of which have been focused exclusively on the venture capital industry. He has participated in scores of venture capital and private equity investments and currently serves on the board of directors for Vericred and Clinical Ink among others. A graduate of Wake Forest University, where he was a member of the men’s golf team, King serves on the Wake Forest Board of Trustees, as well as the board for Wake Forest University Health Sciences.
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Thomas Klaritch, FHFMA Executive VP, Chief Development & Operating Officer HealthPeak Properties Inc. 3000 Meridian Blvd., Suite 200 Franklin 37067 615.324.6900 healthpeak.com Klaritch was named to his current role in September 2017 and also leads HealthPeak’s medical office segment. Additionally, he is responsible for development and redevelopment projects. He served as executive vice president of medical office properties from 2008 to 2017 and as senior vice president from 2003 to 2008. Prior to joining HealthPeak, Klaritch was a founding member and CFO of MedCap Properties LLC. He has over 37 years of operational and financial management experience in the medical office and hospital sectors and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
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 has served on numerous boards and currently sits on the boards for Catholic Charities of Tennessee and the National Museum of African American Music, Music City Baseball and INSBANK.
Shaheed Koury, MD CMO & President, Clinical Operations Quorum Health 1573 Mallory Lane, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.221.1400 quorumhealth.com As chief medical officer, Koury combines his medical and healthcare management experience in his clinical leadership role for hospital company Quorum Health. Prior to the spinout from Community Health Systems, he served as vice president for Quality and Clinical Transformation at CHS. As a clinician, Koury’s expertise was as an emergency department physician. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky and completed an emergency medicine residency at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Koury also holds an MBA with a focus in healthcare management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a 2018 Council Fellow.
Philip Krebs Managing Partner Avondale Partners 40 Burton Hills Blvd. Suite 450 Nashville 37215 615.467.3482 avondalepartnersllc.com Krebs, a co-founder and managing partner of Avondale, has 30 years of investment banking experience. Krebs was formerly managing director and head of investment banking at SunTrust Equitable Securities, which he joined in 1996. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Lehman Brothers in New York in a variety of leadership positions. Earlier experience includes Blyth Eastman Paine Webber and Accenture. Krebs is im-
mediate past president of the Centerstone Foundation Board of Trustees. Krebs earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Kroplin Partner Burr & Forman, LLP 222 Second Ave. S., Suite 2000 Nashville 37201 615.724.3248 burr.com Kroplin is a partner in the firm’s healthcare section with experience representing a broad range of industry clients, including hospitals and health systems, physician practices, drug and alcohol treatment centers, pharmacies, surgery centers, product manufacturers, technology and other business entities. Areas of focus include representing clients in healthcare-related litigation and administrative actions, certificate of need issues, facility and licensure matters, telemedicine, cybersecurity, regulatory compliance and general advice on federal and state laws impacting the healthcare industry. Kroplin, who has written for a number of publications including Nashville Medical News, earned his law degree from Vanderbilt. Prior to law school, Kroplin spent several years with the Tennessee General Assembly. Kroplin is on the board of the Nashville Medical Group Management Association and Leadership Health Care. He is certified in healthcare compliance (CHC) by the Compliance Certification Board, an arm of the Health Care Compliance Association.
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 Law Association and active on numerous community boards including the Nashville Ballet and Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park.
Paul Kusserow President & CEO Amedisys 209 10th Avenue S, Suite 512 Nashville 37203 615.928.5450 amedisys.com Kusserow leads home health, hospice and personal care services giant Amedisys, which moved its executive team to Nashville from Louisiana in 2015. Previously, he was president and vice chairman of Alignment Healthcare, a California clinical risk-taking delivery company for ACOs and plans. Prior to that, he served as a senior executive focused on strategy and corporate development with Humana. Kusserow’s experience also includes serving as managing director and chief investment officer of the Ziegler HealthVest Fund, managing director of San Ysidro Capital Partners, LLC, managing partner of Roaring Mountain, LLC, and senior vice president of strategy and ventures with Tenet Healthcare. Kusserow sits on multiple corporate boards, as well as the board of the Nashville Health Care Council. He received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and his master’s from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
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L Jay LaBine, MD CMO naviHealth 210 Westwood Place, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.577.1900 navihealth.com LaBine works to improve the healthcare experience for seniors and advances value-based care initiatives by overseeing clinical strategies, health service operations, physician leadership, and clinical solutions. He has held a variety of leadership roles in healthcare, including clinical practice lead as a trauma, general, and renal transplant surgeon at St. Mary’s Medical Center, a Trinity Health hospital, and serving as a U.S. Army surgeon during Operation Enduring Freedom. Most recently, LaBine worked for Spectrum Health as senior vice president and associate CMO and for Priority Health as CMO. He is a member of the national COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition. LaBine earned his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University and his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Mark Lamp President & CEO American Pathology Partners 103 Continental Place, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.916.3200 ap2.com Lamp took on his current role with the network of anatomic pathology laboratories in April 2016. Previously, he served as president and CEO of American HomePatient, which was acquired by Lincare. Lamp has 30 years leadership experience including serving for four years as president and COO of Guardian Homecare. He was also president and CEO of Medical Metrics and president and general manager of the former ADAC Healthcare Information Systems. Lamp has an undergraduate and master’s degree in electrical and biomedical engineering from Purdue and an MBA from San Jose State. Lamp is a 2015 Council Fellow.
Justin Lawson CEO Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics & MPOWER Performance 2004 Hayes St., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.324.1600 eliteorthopaedic.com mpowermd.com Lawson, along with Burton Elrod, MD, David Moore, MD, and Jeffrey Willers, MD, founded Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopedics in 2006. Elite has since grown to 250 employees across five locations and is the official sports medicine partner of Belmont University, Lipscomb University, Trevecca University and Lipscomb Academy athletic programs. In 2011, Lawson co-founded MPOWER, which now operates in three locations with a fourth opening in 2021. MPOWER provides a holistic approach to health and wellness through integrating physical therapy, personal training, massage therapy and nutrition. Lawson received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his MBA from Belmont. He is a certified public accountant, a certified management accountant (IMA), a certified medical practice executive (MGMA) and a Nashville Healthcare award recipient.
Kevin Lavender Executive VP, Head of Commercial 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 and head of Commercial Banking in 2020 with oversight of six corporate divisions including healthcare, along with capital markets, treasury management, business controls and specialty products. 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. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he serves as board chair for the National Museum of African American Music, on the executive committee of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation Board and on the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Board of Trustees.
Jamie Lee COO Nashville Health Care Council 500 11th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.743.3148 healthcarecouncil.com Lee is responsible for the Nashville Health Care Council’s internal processes and service lines, including events, sponsorships, marketing, communications and operations. With more than 12 years of experience at the Council, she additionally oversees new product development and partnerships. Prior to joining the Council, she worked in marketing and public relations for Cross Country Education, a national continuing education company for healthcare professionals. She also served as a vice president with Envision, Inc., which produces educational video programs for the healthcare industry. Lee earned her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech.
Fred LeMaistre, MD Senior VP, Market Operations & Physician-in-Chief of Blood Cancers Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com LeMaistre, who joined Sarah Cannon in 2012, is responsible for clinical operations of the Sarah Cannon markets and leads development of the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network, which provides a multidisciplinary approach to standardize blood cancer therapies including blood and marrow transplantation (BMT). Previously the medical director for Texas Institute of Medicine and Surgery, LeMaistre is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He is a founding member and former president of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, and he established the first community-based BMT program in 1993. LeMaistre received his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Texas and performed a fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center with training in BMT at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle.
Amy S. Leopard Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2309 bradley.com Leopard advises a diverse array of clients in healthcare and information technology law. She provides counsel to healthcare providers, entrepreneurs, and service providers on licensing, payment, regulatory compliance, and privacy and technology issues. As a former hospital executive, Leopard has unique industry knowledge and insight. Leopard serves on the board of the American Health Law Association (AHLA). She is co-chair of AHLA’s eHealth and Telemedicine Affinity Group and a past chair of the Health Information Technology Practice Group. Leopard has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for her contributions to healthcare law since 2006 and was named the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year,” Nashville. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Rebecca Leslie Executive Director Nashville Academy of Medicine 28 White Bridge Road, Suite 400 Nashville 37205 615.712.6236 nashvillemedicine.org Leslie joined the state’s oldest professional organization for physicians in August 2014 as executive director. In her role, she also oversees the Medical Foundation of Nashville. An experienced nonprofit leader, she previously was vice president of talent development for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce where she crafted or had oversight of a number of significant initiatives supporting workforce development in Nashville. Previously, Leslie worked with Alpha Omicron Pi and Pointelle Enterprise. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her MBA from Lipscomb University. Leslie is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Ralph Levy, Jr. Of Counsel Dickinson Wright PLLC 424 Church St., Suite 800 Nashville 37219 615.620.1733 dickinson-wright.com Levy is a senior partner in the Healthcare practice for Dickinson Wright. His practice encompasses healthcare law, M&A, corporate governance, distressed healthcare restructuring 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 Law 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 40-plus-year career has been spent in private law practice with the exception of a 10-year period when Levy served as general counsel, executive vice president and secretary for Gambro Healthcare, a national provider of dialysis services. He completed his undergraduate degree at Colgate, his law degree at Vanderbilt and his Master of Laws in taxation from New York University School.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Tommy Lewis COO Tivity Health 701 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin 37067
800.869.5311 tivityhealth.com Serving as chief operating officer since 2019, Lewis is responsible for commercial operations for the core healthcare business, including full P&L responsibilities and the functions of client relations, fitness strategy and delivery, client and member success. Lewis joined Tivity Health in 2018 as chief transformation officer and chief of staff. Prior to joining the company, Lewis served as senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Change Healthcare. He has also held leadership positions focused on technology, customer experience and growth initiatives, primarily in the healthcare industry. He was named HIMSS National Chapter Leader of the Year in 2018 and earned the Investor Relations Charter credential awarded by the Certification Council of the National Investor Relations Institute in 2017. He earned his degree in computer information systems from Murray State and has an MBA in finance from Middle Tennessee State University.
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. Liggett earned her undergraduate degree from the University of the South and her law degree from Washington and Lee.
Travis G. Lloyd Partner, Healthcare Group Practice Chair Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2306 bradley.com Lloyd chairs Bradley’s Healthcare Practice Group. His practice focuses on complex regulatory matters, particularly in the areas of fraud and abuse and reimbursement, provider enrollment and reimbursement, health information privacy and security, and the licensure and accreditation of healthcare facilities. Lloyd holds leadership positions in various professional organizations, including the American Health Law Association, the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section, and the Tennessee Bar Association’s Health Law Section. His work has earned numerous plaudits, including recently being selected as one of five attorneys across the country as a “Rising Star” in healthcare by Law360 and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America. In addition to his law degree from Georgia State, Lloyd holds a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.
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Jennifer Lockman, PhD CEO Centerstone’s Research Institute 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org Lockman joined Centerstone in 2007 and was named to her current role in May 2019. She oversees the Research Institute’s clinical research program, serving as a liaison with external researchers and establishing new methods for measuring clinical outcomes. Lockman earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Purdue University and completed her psychology internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a competitive research postdoctoral fellowship at the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention. Lockman also maintains an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Wendy Long, MD President & CEO Tennessee Hospital Association 5201 Virginia Way Brentwood 37027 615.256.8240 tha.com Long leads the state’s premier organization representing the interest of hospitals and health systems in delivering accessible, cost-effective, quality care. THA supports member hospitals through advocacy, education, technology, products and services, and workforce development with a special emphasis on efforts to improve patient safety and support rural hospitals. Previously, Long was director of TennCare, managing the state’s $12 billion Medicaid enterprise serving 1.4 million Tennesseans. Before becoming director, she held key executive positions within TennCare, including deputy director and chief medical officer. Long is a past president of the Tennessee Public Health Association, a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and a 2015 Council Fellow. She has been involved in health policy at the national level through the efforts of several organizations, including serving as a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Standards Committee and the Health Advisory Panel of the Congressional Budget Office. Long earned her medical degree from Ohio State University and completed a preventive medicine residency and master’s degree in public health at the University of South Carolina.
James E. Looper, Jr. Partner Hall Booth Smith PC 424 Church St., Suite 2950 Nashville 37219 615.313.9911 hallboothsmith.com Looper represents healthcare clients on numerous aspects of their business including malpractice defense, alternative dispute resolution and state board compliance issues. Prior to law school, he attended graduate school in pharmacology and medical school, adding a unique perspective to his health law practice. He is the co-managing partner of the firm’s Nashville office and assistant chair of the firm’s medical malpractice practice group. Looper, who received his law degree from Mercer University, is on the board of the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration and Hospital Hospitality House, for which he is a past chair.
Alfred Lumsdaine Executive VP & CFO Quorum Health 1573 Mallory Lane, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.221.1400 quorumhealth.com A healthcare finance veteran, Lumsdaine joined Quorum in 2018 as CFO. Previously, he was president of Population Health for Sharecare. Prior to that, Lumsdaine joined Tivity Health (formerly Healthways) as controller and chief accounting officer in 2002 before being named CFO in 2011. Earlier in his career, he held senior financial positions with Logisco, Aegis Therapies and Theraphysics. He began his career in the Nashville office of Ernst & Young where he was part of the external audit practice and focused primarily on the healthcare industry. A CPA, he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Tennessee. Lumsdaine sits on the board of the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee.
Rodney Lunn Founder & CEO PhyBus 215 Jamestown Park Road, Suite 205 Brentwood 37027 615.620.9300 phybus.com Considered one of the pioneers of the contemporary ambulatory surgery center concept, Lunn was a founding member of AmSurg. With PhyBus, Lunn is utilizing his more than 40 years of experience to develop and manage surgery centers and handle the revenue cycle and other back office operations for ASCs and physicians. During his career, he has served in numerous executive management roles for a range of healthcare companies including American Medical Centers, INA Healthplan of Texas (now Cigna) and HealthAmerica of Florida.
Samuel Lynch, DMD, DMSc Founder & CEO Lynch Biologics 800.874.2334 lynchbiologics.com Lynch has been deeply involved in Middle Tennessee’s life sciences industry for two decades. He now leads Lynch Biologics, a biotech company that manufactures and sells GEM 21, a growth factor product invented by Lynch to promote bone and tissue regeneration following dental surgery. The company is also developing novel therapies to promote healing of chronic, as well as large acute, wounds. Previously, Lynch was founder, president and CEO of BioMimetic Therapeutics, which focused on the development and commercialization of products to promote the healing of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. He sold the company to Wright Medical Group in 2013. In addition to serving on the executive committee for Life Science Tennessee, Lynch sits on the governing board for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has over 250 publications and patents to his name and numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health supporting his focus in the field of regenerative medicine. He received his dental degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and a second doctorate with a specialty in periodontology from the Harvard Medical and Dental Schools.
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M Scott MacKenzie CEO RevSpring 4640 Cummings Park Drive Antioch 37013 866.676.2739 revspringinc.com MacKenzie, who has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and information technology, took the reins at revenue cycle management company RevSpring in March 2019. Previously, he was CEO of M*Modal and of Passport Health from 2009 until its acquisition by Experian Health in 2013. Prior to that, he was president of RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions, a division of McKesson, and held various executive positions with Cerner, AT&T, General Electric and EDS. He sits on the board of MEDHOST.
John F. Manning, Jr., PhD COO, Corporate Chief of Staff Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.322.2422 medschool.vanderbilt.edu In June 2009, Manning assumed operational oversight of the medical center. Between 2000 and February 2008, Manning served as executive director for Research Operations at VUMC and was then promoted to vice president. Under his leadership, funded research from federal and private sources more than doubled. He earned his MBA at the University of Chicago and his doctorate in environmental health engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Brian Marger, FACHE CEO TriStar Summit Medical Center 5655 Frist Blvd. Hermitage 37076 615.316.3000 tristarsummit.com Marger was tapped to lead TriStar Summit in April 2017 after overseeing operations for TriStar Centennial for three years. Marger, who has been with HCA since 2003, also previously served as vice president of Operations for Sarah Cannon Research Institute and as COO for Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his MBA with an emphasis in finance and healthcare from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Marger began his career at Ernst & Young in healthcare consulting. He is a 2016 Council Fellow and serves as vice president for the ACHEMT board.
Lawrence J. Marnett, PhD Dean, Basic Sciences Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.322.0907 medschool.vanderbilt.edu Marnett is University Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research and director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology. As dean of Basic Sciences, a position he has held since 2016, Marnett leads the medical school’s basic science departments – Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Pharmacology – and associated basic science centers, institutes
and programs. A highly distinguished cancer researcher, Marnett joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1989. He previously served as associate director of basic research in the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, associate vice chancellor for Research and senior associate dean for Biomedical Sciences at VUMC. Marnett received his doctorate in chemistry from Duke University and did post-doctoral work at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Gregory Marotta President & CEO CleanSlate Outpatient Addiction Medicine 12 Cadillac Drive, Suite 380 Brentwood 37027 615.425.0220 cleanslatecenters.com Marotta joined CleanSlate as COO in 2015 and a year later moved into the CEO position, leading the company through extended growth – doubling its national footprint to more than 70 centers in 10 states. Marotta has overseen the continued rapid expansion of CleanSlate to meet the urgent demand for its medication treatment services in communities across the country while also leading the company’s efforts to drive legislative change, increase access to care and break down the stigma around the chronic disease of addiction. Prior to joining CleanSlate, Marotta was senior vice president of national operations for U.S. Healthworks. He completed the advanced management program from the Harvard Business School and obtained his undergraduate degree from Kean University.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 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 fulltime 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.
David Mason Founder & CEO Health Connect Partners 65 Business Park Drive Lebanon 37090 615.449.6234 hlthcp.com Mason is co-founder and CEO of HCP, which connects providers and suppliers through educational meetings and conferences. HCP was founded in 2006 and conducts educational conferences each year in five hospital disciplines: pharmacy, OR & surgery, supply chain, radiology & imaging, and healthcare IT. Previously, Mason led the acute care hospital supply automation company BCX Technology as president and founder before selling it in 2003 to Omnicell.
Mark Mattson Executive VP, Healthcare Group Manager CapStar Bank 1201 Demonbreun St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.732.6414 capstarbank.com Mattson, who has more than 25 years of banking experience, leads the bank’s efforts in the healthcare industry. He also was instrumental in creating CapStar’s credit policies and infrastructure prior to the bank’s opening in 2008. Before joining CapStar, Mattson was a managing director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey where he was responsible for new business development in the healthcare sector throughout the U.S. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee Tech and holds an MBA from Texas A&M.
Mike Mauldin Executive Managing Director, Head of Healthcare Regions Bank 150 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 1500 Nashville 37219 615.748.8443 regions.com Mauldin was tapped to lead the Healthcare Specialized Industry Group at Regions Bank following the retirement of John Barton at the end of 2019. Mauldin joined Regions in 2016 as managing director of the Healthcare Group. He has more than 30 years of healthcare industry experience, including leadership and executive roles with healthcare providers, health systems and healthcare consultants. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor of accounting in the Massey School of Business at Belmont University. A CPA, Mauldin earned his master’s in accounting from Florida State and his Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.
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Phil Mazzuca, DSc CEO Williamson Medical Center 4321 Carothers Parkway Franklin 37067 615.435.5000 williamsonmedicalcenter.org Mazzuca has been named CEO of Williamson Medical Center effective March 8, 2021. He replaces long-time CEO Donald Webb, who served the hospital for more than three decades before his retirement. Mazzuca brings more than 38 years of experience in hospital management to his new role, most recently serving as senior vice president for Community Health Systems. Previously, he served as CEO and in other senior management positions for hospitals and healthcare services companies across the country. Mazzuca holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration and a doctoral degree in health services administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
David McClellan Managing Director Heritage Group LLC 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 150 Nashville 37215 615.665.8220 heritagegroupusa.com McClellan co-founded Heritage Group in 1986 and has served as a managing director of the firm since 1989. Heritage Group is a privately held investment and advisory firm focused on early-stage healthcare opportunities. Over the past 33 years, McClellan has served in numerous executive positions within Heritage Group’s portfolio of companies and currently sits on the board of Ingenious Med, among others. He began his career with HCA. McClellan received his master’s in hospital and health administration from the Medical College of Virginia.
Mark McConnell President & CEO Onlife Health 9020 Overlook Blvd., Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.844.2100 onlifehealth.com McConnell joined the data-driven wellness solutions company in January 2015 as vice president of health and wellness solutions before being tapped as CEO in October 2016. Previously, he served in senior executive positions with remote patient-monitoring company AMC Health, Healthcare Bluebook, Health Fitness Corporation and Healthways, where he founded the Employers Solution Group. McConnell earned his undergraduate degree from Muskingum College and his MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Andrew McDonald, FACHE Shareholder & Practice Lead, Healthcare Consulting LBMC & LBMC Physician Business Solutions, LLC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2474 lbmc.com With over 30 years of experience as either a full-time healthcare executive or consultant to a broad range of healthcare organizations, McDonald has honed his expertise in providing transaction advisory, MSO (physician back office support), revenue cycle management, compensation modeling, payer contracting, operational assessments, provider integration, compliance, strategic planning, financial impact studies, IT assessment and general administration services to healthcare organizations. McDonald, who earned his master’s in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, also
has worked in the hospital, home care, hospice and practice management environments. He was named a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1994 and is past president of ACHE of Middle Tennessee.
James R. McKnight, Jr. President & CEO Diversicare Healthcare Services 1621 Galleria Blvd. Brentwood 37027 615.771.7575 dvcr.com McKnight joined the publicly traded post-acute care service provider in August 2012 as chief financial officer and was named to his current post in July 2018. Diversicare serves patients in approximately 72 skilled nursing and senior housing centers with more than 8,200 licensed nursing beds in nine states. Previously, McKnight served as CFO of NuScriptRX. He also held executive financial roles with Take Care Health Systems, Employer Solutions Group, and its predecessor company I-trax, Inc. McKnight earned his accounting degree from Louisiana Tech University and is a certified public accountant licensed in multiple states.
Jim Meadows, MD CMO Narus Health 424 Church St., Suite 2300 Nashville 37219 615.610.5430 narushealth.com Meadows has devoted his career to patient advocacy through the improvement of quality of life. Prior to joining Narus Health, he worked as director of palliative medicine for Tennessee Oncology. A Nashville native, Meadows completed his undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University before earning his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Returning to Nashville, he served as medical director for Alive Hospice, Sumner Hospice, and as national medical director for Gentiva Health. Meadows twice chaired the Tennessee Hospice Organization and maintains an active role in policy development for palliative and end-of-life needs. He is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Eric Mendelsohn President & CEO National Health Investors, Inc. 222 Robert Rose Drive Murfreesboro 37129 615.890.9100 nhireit.com Mendelsohn joined NHI at the beginning of 2015 and was named CEO in October 2015. He has more than two decades of healthcare real estate experience. Previously, Mendelsohn was with Emeritus Senior Living for nine years where he rose to senior vice president overseeing corporate development. Prior to that, he was a transaction officer focused on medical properties with the University of Washington and worked as a practicing transaction attorney after completing law school at Pepperdine. He also has a master’s in banking and finance from Boston University.
Kurt Merkelz, MD Senior VP & CMO, Hospice Compassus 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.224.8028 compassus.com As chief medical officer, Merkelz leads the company’s quality and clinical initiatives. He was named to his current role in 2017 after previously serving as medi-
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 cal director for the Compassus program in Houston. Triple-board certified in hospice and palliative care, family practice and geriatrics, Merkelz received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Scott Mertie President Kraft Healthcare Consulting, LLC 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.782.4292 krafthealthcare.com Mertie, who has served as president of the KraftCPAs affiliate since it was founded in 2009, consults on various reimbursement and operational issues for healthcare clients throughout the United States. He also provides litigation support as an expert in the healthcare field. Active in a number of local and national professional organizations, Mertie sits on the boards of the Nashville Health Care Council, Saint Thomas Health Foundation, Susan G. Komen of Central Tennessee, Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration. He has also participated in and led various healthcare trade missions. Mertie, who graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in accounting, is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA), a certified healthcare financial professional (CHFP) , certified medical practice executive (CMPE), certified physician practice manager (CPPM), certified cost reporting specialist (CCRS), certified healthcare auditor (CHA), certified internal forensic healthcare auditor (CIFHA) and certified HIPAA compliance officer (CHCO).
Rob Metcalf CEO Concert Genetics 3011 Armory Drive, Suite 290 Nashville 37204 615.861.2634 concertgenetics.com Metcalf is an experienced software and information services executive who is using his background to expand Concert Genetics’ offerings to advance precision medicine by providing the digital infrastructure for the rapid, reliable, cost efficient deployment of genetic testing. Prior to becoming CEO in 2016, Metcalf led cognitive computing company Digital Reasoning as president and COO. He earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a 2017 Council Fellow.
Jason Meyer CEO Frost-Arnett Company 2105 Elm Hill Pike Nashville 37210 615.256.7156 frost-arnett.com In 2015, Meyer was named chief executive at the accounts receivable management company that traces its history back to 1893. He brings more than two decades of experience in finance and healthcare to his role with Frost-Arnett. Previously, he held executive director posts with Nomura, RBC and J.P. Morgan. He began his career as a certified public accountant with KPMG. Meyer earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington and his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Ben Middleton Regional COO Centerstone 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217
615.463.6600 centerstone.org As regional COO, Middleton oversees all clinical operations in Centerstone’s Tennessee region, including outpatient clinic services, co-occurring disorder treatment, case management services, continuous treatment team, intervention services and court services. He specializes in alcohol and substance use disorder treatment and services for those with mental illnesses. Middleton graduated from Alabama A&M University with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Middleton will be stepping into the role of regional CEO for Centerstone in May 2021.
Julie Miller COO Williamson Medical Center 4321 Carothers Parkway Franklin 37067 615.435.5000 williamsonmedicalcenter.org Miller has been with Williamson Medical Center for 13 years and has broad responsibility for operational management of the growing medical center in her role as chief operating officer – from EMS and imaging to pharmacy and property management. Prior to WMC, she worked in accounting & finance for 10 years. She received her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and her MBA with a concentration in healthcare administration from Lipscomb University.
Richard Miller, FAIA Chairman & Principal ESa 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.9445 esarch.com Miller serves as chairman of this nationally recognized architecture firm known for seamlessly joining form and function in healthcare design. He began his career at ESa in 1967 as a young project architect, rising through the ranks to be named president in 1973, a role he continued until 2017. ESa has won numerous accolades for creating innovative healthcare facilities nationwide, including the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Moffitt Cancer Center. Miller, a veteran architect, lecturer and author, has co-written two books on hospital and healthcare facility design with ESa’s founder Earl S. Swensson. Healthcare Design magazine named Miller one of the nation’s “25 most influential in healthcare design.” He is a member of the AIA College of Fellows and sits on multiple boards, including Hospital Hospitality House. Miller has also been honored as a “Health Care Hero.”
Russ Miller CEO Tennessee Medical Association 701 Bradford Ave. Nashville 37204 615.385.2100 tnmed.org Miller was named TMA’s chief executive officer in January 2013. He leads efforts to advocate on behalf of approximately 9,500 physician members across the state on a variety of legislative, educational, practice and public health issues. Miller has held increasing leadership positions with TMA since joining the organization in 1987. A graduate of Auburn University, Miller earned his certified association executive (CAE) designation in 2008 from the American Society of Association Executives.
John Mize, FCAS President & CEO State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company 5005 Maryland Way, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.377.1999 svmic.com Mize was tapped to lead SVMIC, a large insurance company by physicians for physicians, in January 2013. Headquartered in Brentwood, the company serves physicians in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and several other southeastern states. Before accepting his current role, Mize was a managing director with Towers Watson where he led the southern division for the company’s risk consulting and software business and co-led the professional liability practice area. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Don Moody Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8852 wallerlaw.com Dental and healthcare companies, along with private equity investors, rely on Moody to advise them on their complex M&A, private equity and other corporate and healthcare transactions. Moody has served as lead or regulatory counsel for some of the biggest M&A and private equity investments in the dental industry. Moody was recently named one of “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry,” by Incisal Edge magazine. He has represented DSOs for almost 25 years and is active in and a frequent speaker for the Association of Dental Support Organizations.
Jonathan Morphett Managing Partner Avondale Partners 40 Burton Hills Blvd. Suite 450 Nashville 37215 615.467.3533 avondalepartnersllc.com Morphett joined Avondale in 2004 to launch Avondale Partners’ healthcare investment banking group. Today, as an investment banking boutique firm, Avondale Partners provides comprehensive transaction and advisory services to healthcare companies across the U.S. Previously, Morphett was CFO of Austar United Communications and is a former managing director of investment banking at Morgan Stanley. Morphett is currently vice chair of the Centerstone Research Institute Board and is a former board member for the Nashville Health Care Council. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Rock Morphis Managing Director Heritage Group LLC 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 150 Nashville 37215 615.665.8220 heritagegroupusa.com Morphis co-founded Heritage Group, an investment and advisory firm focused on early stage healthcare opportunities, in 1986. Over the past 33 years, Morphis has served in a number of executive positions within Heritage Group’s portfolio of companies and currently sits on the board of MDLive, among others. He served as chairman, president and CEO of Heritage Health Systems from 1995 until the company was acquired for $98 million in 2004. Similarly, he led Surgical Health Corporation for three years before it was acquired for $240 million.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 David Morris, MD, FACS President Urology Associates 2801 Charlotte Ave. Nashville 37209 615.250.9200 urologynashville.com Morris is president for this large group of urologists who provide service through 10 main offices and five satellite clinics in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Vanderbilt and completed residency training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a special interest in genetics that predict the aggressiveness of prostate and bladder cancers. He has authored and co-authored multiple scientific papers and presented research findings at regional and national meetings. Morris helps coordinate the Advanced Therapeutics Center for prostate cancer therapies and UA’s clinical research trials.
Jerry Moss Member & Practice Leader, Tax Service KraftCPAs 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.782.4279 kraftcpas.com Moss, who has been with KraftCPAs since 2005, has joined the firm’s acclaimed healthcare team to serve the large and growing industry sector in Middle Tennessee. A certified public accountant and certified valuation analyst, he has extensive experience providing tax services. Prior to joining KraftCPAs, he served as a senior tax manager with a national accounting firm and has worked in public accounting since 1996. Involved in a number of professional and community organizations, he is a frequent presenter and author on financial topics. Moss earned his accounting degree from Western Kentucky University.
Brian Moyer, FHIMSS President & CEO Nashville Technology Council 500 Interstate Blvd. S., Suite 400 Nashville 37210 615.873.1284 technologycouncil.com Moyer was named president and CEO of the state’s largest technology trade association in September 2016. The NTC is the leading voice and advocate for Middle Tennessee’s expanding $8 billion information technology ecosystem. Previously, Moyer served as executive vice president and chief information officer for GAFFEY Healthcare and HealthTechS3. A serial entrepreneur, Moyer has founded and grown a number of technology companies over the past three decades. Vice chair of the Technology Associations of North America, he also serves on several area non-profit boards including Alignment Nashville, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and the HIMSS Tennessee Chapter. He is a certified professional in healthcare information & management systems and is a HIMSS Fellow.
Leif Murphy President & CEO TeamHealth 320 Seven Springs Way, Suite 450 Brentwood 37027 800.342.2898 teamhealth.com Murphy joined Knoxville-based TeamHealth as president and chief executive officer in September 2016 and is also a member of the TeamHealth Board of Directors. Splitting his time between Knoxville and his home city of Nashville, Murphy leads the strategy
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and vision of the clinician services organization, which has more than 16,000 affiliated clinicians serving 3,000 acute and post-acute facilities and physician groups nationwide. Prior to TeamHealth, he held numerous executive-level positions in healthcare, business development and finance, including executive vice president and CFO for LifePoint Health and president and CEO for DSI Renal, Inc. Murphy has been listed on Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for several years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Furman University and his MBA from William & Mary. Murphy is a current member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board.
Andrew J. Murray Partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 1600 Division St., Suite 700 Nashville 37203 615.252.2366 bradley.com Murray’s practice focuses primarily on healthcare mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and on the regulatory issues impacting healthcare providers. He represents publicly traded and privately held companies across the continuum of care, including several national hospital and surgery center companies. He also counsels clients on a variety of operational and regulatory matters, including compliance with federal and state anti-kickback and self-referral laws, reimbursement, and licensing and provider enrollment issues. Murray has served as chair of the Education Committee for the Nashville Council of Health Care Attorneys and as vice chair of the Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group for the American Health Law Association. He has been recognized for his work by Best Lawyers and Chambers USA.
Mike Musick Assurance Southeast Regional Managing Partner BDO 501 Commerce St., Suite 1400 Nashville 37203 615.493.5610 bdo.com Musick is the Southeast regional managing partner for BDO’s assurance practice and a member of the firm’s Center for Healthcare Excellence and Innovation. He has more than 30 years accounting and business advisory experience and has broad healthcare experience, particularly in long-term care, senior housing and behavioral health. Previously, he was director of SEC services for Carr, Riggs & Ingram. He began his career at Ernst & Young.
N Thomas Nantais Executive VP, Adult Ambulatory Operations Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1301 Medical Center Drive, 3805 TVC Nashville 37232 615.343.5013 vumc.org Nantais joined VUMC in 2018 as leader for all of the Medical Center’s ambulatory services. In fiscal year 2019, VUMC’s adult ambulatory clinics, currently located across 22 Tennessee counties plus locations in Southern Kentucky and Northern Alabama, experienced nearly 2.4 million patient visits. Previously, Nantais was with the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) for 35 years. He most recently served for 14 years as the chief operating officer of the Henry Ford Medical Group (HFMG), one of the nation’s oldest
and largest medical groups based in metropolitan Detroit. He earned his MBA-Finance degree from Wayne State University.
Bruce Naremore CFO Nashville General Hospital 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4000 nashvillegeneral.org Naremore joined Nashville General in 2017. He has an extensive 30-year healthcare career in hospital finance and operations and seven years in finance leadership with a major health plan. A CPA by training, Naremore holds both an undergraduate and master’s degree from LSU, as well as a Master of Accounting Degree from the University of New Orleans. Prior to joining Nashville General, Naremore served as senior vice president and CFO of East Jefferson General Hospital. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Hospital Financial Management Association.
Lisa Nix Shareholder & Practice Leader, Transaction Advisory Services LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2288 lbmc.com Nix brings over 25 years of experience in public accounting and healthcare to her role as leader of LBMC’s Transaction Advisory Services practice. She is also responsible for the firm’s transaction advisory service delivery to clients across all industry segments. She has over 16 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, forprofit private and public entities. Nix has been named a “Power Leader in Accounting” and “Woman of Influence,” as well as being recognized as “Leadership Health Care Volunteer of the Year.” Nix is also a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN Dean & Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 461 21st Ave. S., GH 111 Nashville 37240 615.343.8876 nursing.vanderbilt.edu Norman has spent more than four decades in nursing education, spearheading curricular innovations in blended learning, interprofessional education, quality improvement and distance learning. As dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Norman sets the school’s strategic direction and leads its academic, clinical practice, research, fiduciary, and administrative initiatives. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in nursing education, evaluation and research. Norman serves on various nonprofit, professional and corporate boards and frequently consults on curriculum and evaluation. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree. In the fall of 2020, Norman announced she would step down as dean of VUSN on June 30, 2021. A national search is underway to identify her replacement.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Kevin Norton COO Centerstone 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org Norton is COO of Centerstone, a national not-forprofit provider of community-based behavioral healthcare services, where he provides day-to-day leadership and management to Centerstone’s regional CEOs. He is responsible for implementation of effective growth strategies and measuring the effectiveness of all internal and external processes. Norton joined Centerstone in 2018 and brings 25 years of experience in behavioral healthcare, having begun his career as a therapist. He has served as a board member for the National Council on Behavioral Health, the Association for Behavioral Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition to his undergraduate degree from State University of New York Fredonia, Norton also has a master’s degrees in counseling and business administration.
Sareda Nur, MD CMO TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center 391 Wallace Road Nashville 37211 615.781.4000 tristarsouthernhills.com Nur was appointed chief medical officer of TriStar Southern Hills in November 2019. In this role, she oversees quality of care and patient safety, development of clinical information systems, implementation of GME, and integration of physicians in strategic planning. She brings over 18 years of clinical experience to the position and has served as the medical director of Hospital Medicine since 2009. Nur received her medical degree from Fatima Jinnah Medical College and completed her residency in internal medicine at Meharry Medical College.
O Bond Oman CEO OGA 2932 Foster Creighton Drive Nashville 37204 615.313.9201 oman-gibson.com Oman has been in the medical real estate business since 1992 and has developed more than 300 medical office buildings in 35 states. His projects cover the spectrum of ambulatory facilities from surgery, dialysis and cancer centers to urgent care clinics, stand-alone ERs and behavioral treatment facilities. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Oman is a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council.
Anna-Gene O’Neal Division President, Health Care Services Brookdale Senior Living 111 Westwood Place Brentwood 37027 615.221.2250 brookdale.com O’Neal became division president of Health Care Services in August 2019, after having joined the company as division vice president of BHS Hospice in June 2019. She came to Brookdale from Alive Hospice where she had served as president and CEO since 2012. Prior to that, O’Neal held a number of leadership roles including senior vice president
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of CogentHMG and vice president of Hospital Operations and Clinical Quality for Essent Healthcare, Inc., a multistate for-profit hospital system. O’Neal is a registered nurse and received BSN, MSN and MBA degrees from Vanderbilt University. A 2015 Council Fellow, O’Neal is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Debbie Osteen CEO Acadia Healthcare 6100 Tower Circle, Suite 1000 Franklin 37067 615.861.6000 acadiahealthcare.com Osteen was named chief executive officer of the publicly traded Acadia Healthcare in December 2018. Previously, she served as executive vice president of Universal Health Services and president of UHS’ behavioral health division, which she led to become the largest system of freestanding behavioral healthcare facilities in the United States. She is a past president of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (now known as the National Association of Behavioral Healthcare) and also served on the executive committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Osteen has been recognized on Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” She also sits on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Charles Overstreet, FHIMSS Global Segment Leader, Health Solutions FTI Consulting 155 Franklin Road, Suite 210 Brentwood 37027 615.324.8535 fticonsulting.com A global segment leader for FTI Consulting Health Solutions, Overstreet has deep expertise across the healthcare continuum and has led performance improvement and operations restructuring engagements throughout the United States and beyond. He also has detailed experience in the development of corporate compliance programs. Previously, Overstreet was with Booz Allen & Hamilton and also held leadership positions at Arthur Andersen and KPMG. Prior to consulting, he worked at a large academic medical center and an urban community hospital. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Overstreet is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
P Christopher Palombo, FACHE CEO Dispensary of Hope 2700 Brick Church Pike Nashville 37207 615.736.5075 dispensaryofhope.org In 2011, Palombo was named CEO of the Dispensary of Hope, a not-for-profit social venture that seeks to provide sustainable access to medication for the uninsured and underinsured. Previously, Palombo worked as an independent healthcare consultant and as an internal program development consultant with Ascension Health. He is also the former executive director of the Medical Care Access Coalition in Marquette, Mich. His expertise includes integrating safety net healthcare resources, nonprofit fund development, and the creation and evaluation of large-scale population health programs. Palombo has a master’s in healthcare management from Lindenwood University.
Parker Panovec, MD CMO Faith Family Medical Center 326 21st Ave. N. Nashville 37203 615.341.0808 faithmedical.org Panovec became chief medical officer of the safety net clinic at the beginning of 2014. He most recently worked for the Jackson Clinic in Jackson, Tenn., in outpatient medicine and wound care. Previously, the board-certified physician practiced both inpatient and outpatient family medicine at the University of Tennessee. A graduate of Lipscomb University and UT Memphis College of Medicine, his focus is on family medicine.
Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD Director, Division of Hematology & Oncology Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 2220 Pierce Ave. 777 Preston Research Building Nashville 37232 615.936.1919 vicc.org In addition to leading hematology and oncology, Park is associate director for Translational Research, coleader of the Breast Cancer Research Program and director of Precision Oncology. He came to Vanderbilt in 2018 from the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. In 2004, he was the first to identify a high frequency of PIK3CA mutations in breast cancer and then discovered their contributions toward oncogenic phenotypes. He has also made fundamental contributions to the field of drug resistance, including hormone therapy resistance and liquid biopsies. He has a dual MD/PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in cancer genetics at Johns Hopkins.
P. Martin Paslick SVP & CIO HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com Paslick is senior vice president and chief information officer of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. He has been with HCA Healthcare for more than three decades and leads the company’s Information Technology Group (ITG), which provides IT strategy and support for HCA Healthcare and its more than 2,000 sites of care, including 187 hospitals. ITG has more than 5,800 employees across the U.S. and includes five data centers and 15 division support centers. Paslick is past chairman of the Nashville Sports Council and the Nashville Technology Council and also a past board member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. He holds two undergraduate degrees and an MBA, all from the University of Louisville.
Prakash Patel, MD CMO TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center 200 StoneCrest Blvd. Smyrna 37167 615.768.2000 tristarstonecrest.com Patel was named chief medical officer for TriStar StoneCrest in September 2020. In this role, he oversees patient safety and quality, regulatory compliance, development and implementation of innovative clinical programming and physician relations, as well as serving as a liaison between hospital administration and the medical staff. He has held a number of leadership positions at the hospital
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 including chief of staff of the Medical Executive Committee, medical director of the ICU, chairman of the Credentialing Committee and chairman of the Department of Medicine. In 2015, Patel received the Physician Frist Humanitarian Award for his dedication to serving patients, staff and fellow physicians. Board certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, internal medicine and sleep medicine, he received his internal medicine training from East Tennessee State University and completed a pulmonary critical care fellowship and sleep medicine training from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Jeffrey Patton, MD Executive Chairman Tennessee Oncology PLLC CEO OneOncology 615.329.0570 tnoncology.com oneoncology.com Patton serves as chairman of the board for Nashvillebased Tennessee Oncology, one of the largest community oncology practices in the country. He is also CEO of OneOncology, a partnership of oncologists and industry-leading experts driving the future of community-based cancer care in the United States. Patton is nationally recognized in the oncology community for his extensive clinical trial research and scholarly publications and has published eight manuscripts and nearly 20 clinical trial abstracts. An early advocate for healthcare payment reform policy, he is passionate about bringing exceptional oncology care to patients within their own communities. A member of multiple professional organizations, he serves on the board for the Tennessee Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and executive committee of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA). Patton completed his internship, residency and fellowship in hematology/oncology at Wake Forrest University and specializes in all adult malignancies.
Keith Payet President & CEO UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee & Kentucky 8 Cadillac Drive, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.493.9614 uhcommunityplan.com/tn In August 2017, Payet was tapped as CEO of the 482,000-member Medicaid and Dual Special Needs health plan throughout the state of Tennessee. In October 2020, his CEO role expanded to include the state of Kentucky. His leadership responsibilities are to set strategic vision and deliver on operational/financial performance. Previously, Payet lead UnitedHealthcare’s Long Term Services and Supports program, which flourished under his leadership. Payet earned his undergraduate degree from State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and his CAS/MBA from the College of Saint Rose. He sits on the Nashville Health Care Council Board and the Pinson Hospital Hospitality House Board. He was recognized as the 2020 Ambassador of the Year for Leadership Health Care.
Susan Peach Market President HIghPoint Health System CEO Sumner Regional Medical Center 555 Hartsville Pike Gallatin 37066 615.328.6695 highpointhealthsystem.com Peach, a veteran hospital administrator with more than 30 years of experience, was named to her current role with HighPoint Health System in July 2012. Under her leadership at Sumner Regional, the hospital has achieved quality milestones by earning a
number of specialty accreditations and designations. She has also led the hospital through more than $60 million in capital projects. Peach came to HighPoint from LifePoint’s Hospital Support Center. As chief nursing officer of the company’s Delta Division, she provided clinical leadership and oversight for nine hospitals, including the four that make up HighPoint Health System. Prior to joining LifePoint, Peach held key leadership positions with Catholic Health Initiatives, Quorum Health Resources, and Rockdale Regional Medical Center. She received her nursing degree from Clayton College and her MBA from Georgia State University. Peach has been recognized as “CEO of the Year” for LifePoint Health, among other community accolades.
J. Edward (Eddie) Pearson President & COO HealthStream 500 11th Ave. N., Suite 1000 Nashville 37203 615.301.3100 healthstream.com Pearson has served on the executive team since joining HealthStream in 2006. He was named COO in August 2011 and president in May 2018. Previously, he served as president and CEO of DigiScript, Inc. Pearson also held executive positions with Inforum, HIE, empactHealth.com, and Medibuy. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, he began his career with the accounting firm of William Puryear & Company. He is a 2014 Council Fellow.
Joey Peay CEO Murfreesboro Medical Clinic 1272 Garrison Drive Murfreesboro 37129 615.893.4480 mmclinic.com Founded in 1949, MMC is one of the area’s oldest and largest practices, made up of more than 20 different specialties. Today, there are nearly 600 associates on the staff of the multi-specialty practice, which sees about 50,000 patients a year and includes the SurgiCenter and walk-in clinics. Peay has been at the helm since 2003, overseeing a period of rapid growth and construction of a new facility. He was CFO for four years before that. A CPA, he spent the first 10 years of his career with KPMG. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Peay is a certified medical practice executive by the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, FACMI President, Clinical Operations Group & CMO HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com As president, clinical operations and chief medical officer of HCA Healthcare, Perlin is responsible for clinical strategy and performance of the company’s 2,000 sites of care, including 187 hospitals. Before joining HCA Healthcare in 2006, Perlin was Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisors, he continues to be an active leader nationally in healthcare and health policy. An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Perlin co-chairs their Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. He is chair of the National Quality Forum and a past chair of the American Hospital Association. Perlin holds faculty appointments at Vanderbilt and Virginia Commonwealth University and serves on the Meharry Medical College Board. Perlin is a Master of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.
Jennifer Peters Executive VP & General Counsel LifePoint Health 330 Seven Springs Way Brentwood 37027 615.920.7000
Peters represents LifePoint’s interests in all legal matters impacting the organization, provides strategic legal guidance to the company’s senior leadership and board, oversees corporate governance work and ensures the delivery of consistent legal guidance across the organization and in each community LifePoint serves. Prior to her current role, she served as senior vice president and chief operations counsel for the company. Before joining LifePoint, Peters served as general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer for Simplex Healthcare and as vice president and associate general counsel at Community Health Systems. She earned her undergraduate degree from Buffalo State University, a master’s In healthcare and finance management from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and law degree with a concentration in health law from the University of Maryland School of Law. Peters serves on the board for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
David Peterson Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer AccuReg 113 Seaboard Lane, Suite C270 Franklin 37067 251.338.0970 accuregsoftware.com Peterson brings more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare and technology executive and leader. Prior to AccuReg, Peterson was chief marketing officer at two leading healthcare companies, Change Healthcare and SpecialtyCare, where he transformed marketing functions into strategic drivers of growth. Additionally, he has held leadership roles in market strategy and research while at Ceridian. His metrics-based approach to increase brand awareness and drive high-quality sales pipelines has built his reputation as a growth-focused leader.
Daniel Phillips, MD President Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance ONEC1TY 8 City Blvd. Nashville 37209 615.724.9114 toa.com A skilled general orthopaedic surgeon capable of treating most concerns, Phillips maintains a special interest in foot and ankle treatment, shoulder surgery, joint replacement and sports medicine. He serves as president of TOA where he has practiced for more than 30 years. The board-certified surgeon is an active member of the American Foot and Ankle Society and is on the North American Faculty of AO (Society for the Study and Advancement of Trauma Treatment). Phillips played football for Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude. He completed medical school, internship and surgical residency at Vanderbilt.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Mariann R. Piano, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA Nancy & Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing, Senior Associate Dean for Research & Postdoctoral Fellowship Director Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 461 21st Ave. S., GH 415 Nashville 37240 615.343.2936 nursing.vanderbilt.edu Piano leads Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s research program, responsible for supporting faculty scholarly endeavors and expanding its research function. She also directs the school’s postdoctoral program. Piano has a distinguished career in substance abuse research concentrated on understanding the adverse impact of alcohol drinking patterns on the cardiovascular system. Her current research examines the effects of binge drinking on cardiovascular function and risk factors in young adults. Her research has been supported by the American Heart Association, NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research and NIH’s National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Piano is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association and a 2019 inductee into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
Lisa Piercey, MD, FAAP Commissioner Tennessee Department of Health 710 James Robertson Parkway Andrew Johnson Tower, Fifth Floor Nashville 37243 615.741.3111 tn.gov/health
Piercey began her role as the 14th commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health in January 2019. Previously, she spent a decade in health systems operations, most recently as executive vice president with West Tennessee Healthcare where she had oversight of five rural acute care hospitals, two inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, a behavioral health hospital and eight community mental health centers and the system’s population health initiatives. Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both general pediatrics and the specialty field of child abuse pediatrics, she is a faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Piercey has been president of the Mid-South Healthcare Executives chapter, as well as the national chairman of the Management Series Editorial Board. She currently serves as an at large board member for ACHEMT. Piercey received her undergraduate degree from Lipscomb and her medical degree and pediatrics residency training from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine. She also holds an MBA from Bethel University. Piercey received the William Schaffner, MD, Public Health Hero Award for 2020.
Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, FAAAS Executive VP for Research Vanderbilt University Medical Center Director Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 2220 Pierce Ave. 652 Preston Research Building Nashville 37232 615.936.1512 vicc.org A renowned researcher, Pietenpol has led the NCIdesignated Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2007. She is co-chief scientific advisor for Susan G. Komen, a founding member of the national advisory
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committee for the Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research and a past presidential appointee for a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board. In 2016, she was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts and cancer leaders advising the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Pietenpol has received numerous awards, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Pietenpol, who has been on faculty at Vanderbilt since 1994, is also a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
C. Wright Pinson, MD, FACS Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.343.9324 mc.vanderbilt.edu Pinson wears many hats at Vanderbilt with broad oversight of adult and pediatric care. Formerly the health system’s chief medical officer, Pinson began assuming greater leadership responsibilities in 2009 as part of the executive team established by Jeff Balser, MD. In addition to his administrative duties, Pinson is a renowned surgeon in the specialty of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and liver transplantation. He is a past president of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. Pinson, who received his medical degree from Vanderbilt and his MBA from the University of Colorado, has been on faculty since 1990. He is on the board and a past chair of the Tennessee Hospital Association, sits on the board of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, advisory council of the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee and is a past chair of the Nashville Health Care Council Board. On Jan. 1, 2020, Pinson began a three-year term as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees, the organization’s highest policymaking body.
David Posch Executive VP, Office of Population Health Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network 3401 West End Ave., Suite 300 Nashville 37203 615.343.6319 mc.vanderbilt.edu In June 2015, Posch was named to a newly created position to strategically guide population health efforts across Vanderbilt Health System and help establish population health strategies for the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network. He has held a number of leadership roles within Vanderbilt, most recently serving as CEO for the adult hospital and clinics, as well as overseeing Vanderbilt Medical Group. Prior to Posch’s arrival at Vanderbilt in 1999, he held administrative positions with the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Patsy Powers Partner, Healthcare Industry Co-Chair Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8808 wallerlaw.com Powers works with healthcare clients to solve problems including structuring compliant transactions and physician relationships, conducting internal investigations and, when necessary, the disclosure of violations of Stark and anti-kickback violations. As a past leader of Waller’s healthcare regulatory
group, Powers has advised hospital leaders, their counsel and compliance departments in all manner of complicated regulatory problems. Powers rejoined Waller in 2015 after serving as senior associate general counsel at Vanderbilt University. Chambers USA and Best Lawyers have recognized Powers for her healthcare experience. She is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Powers earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and her law degree from the University of Tennessee.
Al Pramuk Chairman & CEO Gresham Smith 222 Second Ave. S., Suite 1400 Nashville 37201 615.770.8100 greshamsmith.com Pramuk has served as chairman of Gresham Smith’s board of directors since 2016 and as chief executive officer since 2017. The architecture design and engineering firm serves a broad range of national clients with healthcare as the firm’s largest market. Pramuk is responsible for aligning the firm’s leadership to execute Gresham Smith’s overall strategy and operations in pursuit of smart, sustainable growth. He serves on the board for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Nashville Downtown Partnership board, and serves as an advisory board member for the Nashville chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. A licensed professional engineer, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Texas.
Amber Price, DNP, CNM, RN COO TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital & The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial 2201 Murphy Ave. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com & thechildrenshospitalnashville.com Price started her career as a NICU nurse. She received her executive doctorate in nursing from The Johns Hopkins University with a focus on change leadership. Prior to joining TriStar Centennial Medical Center, she was vice president of HCA’s Women’s Hospital at Henrico Doctors’ in Richmond, Va. Price served as state president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in Virginia and currently serves on several state executive boards in Tennessee, including the Maternal Mortality Review board and the Perinatal Quality board. She was nominated for Birth Advocate of the Year in 2015 and was the recipient of the Monarch award for Innovation in Nursing in 2017. A popular speaker and author of numerous articles, Price published a chapter on women’s voice in maternal healthcare in 2018 in “Nobody Told Me about That,” a guide to the first six weeks postpartum. She is a Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” 2020 honoree.
Gina Pruitt Member-in-Charge KraftCPAs 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.782.4207 kraftcpas.com Pruitt is the member-in-charge with KraftCPAs’ risk assurance and advisory services (RAAS) team where she oversees a variety of IT audit, consulting and risk management services. She has more than 30 years of experience with considerable time spent providing services in the healthcare industry. Previously with a Big Four firm, Pruitt served as the national healthcare industry partner for enterprise risk services (ERS) and was southeast regional director for internal audit
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 services. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Leadership Health Care, and multiple other professional organizations. Pruitt is also a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
R David Raiford, MD Chief of Clinical Staff Vanderbilt University Medical Center Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.875.8721 mc.vanderbilt.edu Raiford took over as chief of clinical staff in July 2014. In this role, he is responsible for patient and physician advocacy, as well as operations of the inpatient medical practices at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also serves as senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Raiford joined Vanderbilt in 1991 to help found and lead an interdisciplinary program in liver disease and continues to maintain a clinical practice in hepatology. He is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology.
W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD Chair, Department of Medicine Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Physician-in-Chief Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital & Clinics 1161 21st Ave. S. Preston Research Building, Suite D-3100 MCN Nashville 37232 615.322.5000 vumc.org Rathmell, the Cornelius Abernathy Craig Professor of Medicine, was named chair of the Department of Medicine in August 2020 after serving as interim, becoming the ninth chair since the department in the School of Medicine was founded in 1925. She is also physician-in chief for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Clinics. In her new role, she is responsible for more than 850 faculty and 640 staff members in 13 academic divisions. An internationally renowned physician-scientist, Rathmell is a leading figure in the field of cancer research with an emphasis on kidney cancer and leads the Vanderbilt Integrated Molecular Oncology Research Training Program for clinical fellows and co-leads the Vanderbilt Clinical Oncology Career Development Program. She is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, books and chapters and is a sought-after guest speaker. In November 2019 the Kidney Cancer Association recognized Rathmell’s research accomplishments and leadership with its top honor, the Eugene P. Schonfeld Award, and she is a recent recipient of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Landon INNOVATOR Award for Personalized Medicine. Rathmell serves on numerous national committees, including the National Cancer Institution Board of Scientific Advisors. She earned her medical degree and a doctorate in biophysics at Stanford University and completed medicine and oncology training at the University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Cynthia Reisz Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.6283 bassberry.com For almost 35 years, national healthcare providers have called upon Reisz for her transactional and operational experience. Her extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and its regulatory framework allows her to structure complex deals that comply with federal and state healthcare laws. Reisz utilizes her vast experience in both the healthcare and corporate sectors to advise not only providers but also their private equity investors. With this background, she is able to advise healthcare companies in critical business decisions and operational matters. Reisz is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She has served on the American Health Law Association Board of Directors since 2013 and is currently president-elect of AHLA. Reisz will begin her AHLA term as president beginning in June 2021. Reisz, who is also a member of the American Bar Association’s sections on business law and health law, is a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council and is a Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” 2020 honoree.
Karen Rhea, MD, FAPA CMO, Tennessee Centerstone 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217 615.463.6600 centerstone.org As CMO for Centerstone’s Tennessee region, Rhea ensures that psychiatric services are effectively integrated into service lines throughout the state. Her specific interest is in providing treatments that work at the interface of the patient’s physical health and psychiatric issues. She has been a facilitator of relationships with academic and medical centers around teaching, research and clinical care. While seeking innovative additions to psychiatric care in the real world with multiple collaborators. Rhea, a triple-boarded physician, received her medical degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by internship, residency and fellowship training in pediatrics, psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbilt. Rhea is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the Academy of Pediatrics, a recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from NAMI and a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Clay Richards CEO naviHealth 210 Westwood Place, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.577.1900 navihealth.com As co-founder and CEO of naviHealth, Richards has responsibility for the strategic vision and leadership of the organization which is dedicated to improving the healthcare experience for seniors. He has led the company through exponential growth, serving clients nationwide. Richards has spent the majority of his career in healthcare where he most recently served in executive roles at Healthways prior to founding naviHealth. He is active in the community, serving on the board of the Martha O’Bryan Center and Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School Board of Visitors, among other involvement. He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee and his law degree from the University of Mississippi. He was named one of the ‘Most Admired CEOs’ for 2020.
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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.
Michelle Robertson COO & CNO Ascension Saint Thomas 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284-7847 getsthealthcare.com Robertson was named chief operating officer in 2017, overseeing operations for Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health system. In 2019, she accepted a dual role as the system chief operating and chief nursing officer. An Ascension associate for 29 years, her experience includes serving as CEO of Seton Family of Hospitals and COO of Ascension Texas. Robertson earned her nursing degree from the University of Arizona and her MBA from the University of Colorado. An active volunteer, she sits on the board of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee.
Todd Robinson, FAIA President & Principal ESa 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.9445 esarch.com Robinson joined ESa as a project architect in 1981 and was named president of the large design firm in 2017 after taking on increasing leadership roles. The Nashville native and University of Tennessee graduate has said his passion for healthcare design was informed at an early age when his mother succumbed to a terminal illness. His personal experiences help inform his work to combine form and function with end users in mind. He has worked on new, renovated and expanded healthcare facilities across the nation. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robinson is a charter member of Planetree’s Design Advisory Council and remains an active participant in the Planetree Visionary Design Network. Robinson has also been honored as a “Health Care Hero” and is actively involved in Leadership Health Care, as well as serving on the board of ServisFirst Bank.
Jason Rose CEO AdhereHealth 5200 Maryland Way, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.346.0880 adherehealth.com Rose has served as CEO of medication management and adherence company AdhereHealth (formerly PharmMD) since March 2018. He has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare technology and is known as a serial HIT entrepreneur focused on disruptive technology to drive digital health innovation. Previously, he served in executive positions with Cerner,
Gap Gemini Ernst & Young, Inspiris and Ardent Health Services. Rose earned his undergraduate degree from Radford University and a Master of Health Services Administration from George Washington University.
Meg Rush, MD President Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way Nashville 37232 615.936.1000 childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org Rush, a neonatologist and professor of clinical pediatrics, was named president of Children’s Hospital in February 2020. Previously, she had served as Children’s Hospital chief of staff since 2007, adding the responsibilities of executive medical director in 2012. She was named interim president in 2019. In her roles, she has assisted in the development and implementation of clinical operations and practice standards, strategic planning, and oversight of medical staff governance together with the pediatrician-in-chief and surgeon-in chief. Rush earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati followed by internship, residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt, where she joined the faculty in 1990. She earned a Master of Management in Health Care (MMHC) in 2014. Rush is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
William Rutherford Executive VP & CFO HCA Healthcare One Park Plaza Nashville 37203 615.344.9551 hcahealthcare.com Rutherford is chief financial officer and executive vice president of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. Rutherford has management responsibility for the company’s Treasury Department, Office of the Controller, Information Technology, Government Programs, Development, Investor Relations, Parallon and HealthTrust Purchasing Group. Immediately prior to his current role, Rutherford served as COO of the Clinical and Physician Services Group, helping to provide leadership oversight of physician employment, recruiting and practice management for over 3,000 providers. Rutherford’s current board membership includes Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS) and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Past board memberships include Center for Non-Profit Management and YMCA Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center. A CPA, Rutherford received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Tampa. He is a 2013 Council Fellow.
Grant Rutledge Chief Development Officer TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com Rutledge, who was announced as chief development officer in late 2017, is charged with working in conjunction with division leadership to develop and implement growth strategies and initiatives including program and service line development, collaborative arrangements with other healthcare systems, physician groups and payers, joint ventures and new business. He joined HCA Healthcare in 2016 as vice president of Practice Operations in the Physician Services Group. Previously, he was president of BCP Group, an orthotic and prosthetic clinic company. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Atlanta offices of Bain & Company, Arcapita, and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Rutledge earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a 2019 Council Fellow.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 John Rutledge President & CEO American Physician Partners 5121 Maryland Way, Suite 300 Brentwood 37027 615.928.6275 appartners.com Rutledge founded APP in 2015. The company works with partners to deploy a proactive emergency department model focused on improving quality and outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and lowering costs. The company has enjoyed exponential growth since its founding. In its first year, the company worked with 215 providers, which has now grown to more than 1,300 providers across 14 states. Healthcare veteran Rutledge brings decades of operational experience to APP. Previously, he helped found and lead RegionalCare Hospital Partners (RCCH Healthcare Partners before the 2018 merger with LifePoint Health) and served as COO and president of Province Healthcare. Rutledge graduated from Lipscomb University.
S A. Dexter Samuels, PhD Executive Director Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy Senior VP, Student & Faculty Affairs Meharry Medical College 1005 D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6435 mmc.edu In his role as senior vice president, Samuels directs the offices of admissions, the registrar and student life. As executive director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry, he oversees a program dedicated to leadership in health policy along with research and reform on national, state and local levels, supporting Meharry’s mission to the underserved. He also serves as a member of Meharry’s executive management team. Previously, Samuels served as vice president for Student Affairs at Tennessee State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State, his master’s from Western Kentucky and his doctorate from TSU. He is a 2016 Council Fellow.
Ivanetta Davis Samuels Senior VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Meharry Medical College 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. Nashville 37208 615.327.6419 mmc.edu In her leadership role at Meharry, Davis Samuels is an is an essential advisor to Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, the college’s president, providing strategic legal and regulatory expertise. In 2017, she shepherded the process that led to a historic partnership between Meharry and HCA Healthcare. Samuels is a veteran attorney in Nashville with nearly 25 years of experience practicing both criminal and civil law. Prior to joining Meharry, she was an attorney in the Metro Department of Law, handling regulatory, administrative, legislative and a variety of legal issues for the city of Nashville and Davidson County. Davis Samuels earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern and her law degree from Vanderbilt. She is a Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow and sits on the board of Amedisys.
Warren Sandberg, MD, PhD Professor & Chair of Anesthesiology & Chief of Staff for Perioperative & Critical Care Services Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1211 21st Ave. S., Medical Arts Bldg. #722 Nashville 37212 615.936.1595 mc.vanderbilt.edu/ anesthesiology Sandberg came to VUMC from Harvard in 2010. He has responsibility for the administrative, research, educational and clinical activities of the Anesthesiology Department, which is home to more than 140 anesthesiologists, 130 nurse anesthetists and 120 trainees. A prolific researcher interested in processes, workflow and technology, Sandberg has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkley and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Chicago, followed by his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Sandberg completed residency and fellowship training in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital.
William Schaffner, MD Professor of Preventive Medicine, Department of Health Policy & Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1500 21st Ave. S. Village at Vanderbilt, Suite 2600 Nashville 37212 615.322.2037 vumc.org/health-policy A 2018 inductee into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame, Schaffner is one of the nation’s pioneers of rigorous infection control programs in hospitals with his Nashville program becoming the standard of excellence nationwide. His career has spanned creating new epidemiologic science, translating that science into progressive national health policy and communicating these advances and critical public health issues to the public and medical professionals around the globe. Schaffner is a national leader on the subject of adult immunizations, having contributed more than 300 original research papers and 200 invited chapters, reviews and editorials. He was president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and is now its medical director. He is a founding member of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) of which he is past president. Schaffner was frequently called upon by national media to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigation efforts and vaccine distribution. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.
Mavis Schorn, PhD, CNM, FAAN, FACNM, FNAP Senior Associate Dean for Academics & Professor of Nursing Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 461 21st Ave. S., SON 278 Nashville 37240 615.343.5876 nursing.vanderbilt.edu
missions, financial aid, clinical placement and student affairs for its more than 800 students. A Certified Nurse Midwife, Schorn is active in interprofessional education initiatives and has published extensively on midwifery care with a research focus on the third stage of labor. She recently received a $3.2 million federal grant to develop a scholarship program for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students. She is also the project director for a federal grant supporting sexual assault nurse examiner education. Schorn is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American College of Nurse-Midwives and National Academy of Practice.
Nancy Schultz Vice President, Nashville North Highland Company 5105 Maryland Way, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.370.2790 northhighland.com Schultz has more than 28 years of management consulting experience across multiple industries including healthcare, retail and hospitality. Prior to North Highland, she worked for “Big 5” consulting firms in project management, packaged systems design and implementation, and process re-engineering, including manufacturing, distribution, and financials. Schultz, who earned her degree at Vanderbilt University, is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Mark Seitz President & CEO NDC 402 BNA Drive, Suite 500 Nashville 37217 615.366.3230 ndc-inc.com Since 1953, NDC has been a leading global provider of both upstream and downstream healthcare supply chain products and support. A former assistant attorney general for the state, Seitz was tapped to lead NDC in 2005. Before joining the company, he spent two decades in healthcare law at a large regional firm. He is a member of the boards of directors for the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) and the Nashville Health Care Council . Seitz received his law degree from Tulane University.
Patricia Sengstack, DNP, FAAN Senior Associate Dean for Informatics Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 461 21st Ave. S., SON 272 Nashville 37240 615.343.4930 nursing.vanderbilt.edu Sengstack is a nurse informaticist with extensive health system, government and academic technology experience. She oversees VUSN’s informatics and technology activities, including support for the school’s extensive distance learning and face-to-face classes, and provides strategic vision for future opportunities. She has expertise in the impact of health information technology on patient safety and the evaluation of IT systems. Sengstack has a joint appointment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as its nursing informatics executive, where she provides strategic leadership regarding technology and the nursing workforce. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has been named to several lists of influential women in health IT.
Schorn provides overall academic leadership for Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s master and doctorate of practice programs, responsible for curriculum, ad-
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Robin Shah Founding Member & Chief Commercial Officer OneOncology firstname.lastname@example.org onconcology.com Shah is a founding member of OneOncology, which focuses on partnering with community practices to deliver world-class cancer care close to home. In his role as chief commercial officer, he works with every business function on overall strategy, market demand and communication. Previously, he served as vice president of provider marketing and strategy for Flatiron Health and was administrator of a comprehensive community cancer center in his hometown of Gettysburg, Pa. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from George Washington University his MBA from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.
Dion Sheidy Partner, Advisory Industry Leader, Healthcare KPMG LLP 1201 Demonbreun St., Suite 1100 Nashville 37203 615.244.1602 kpmg.com Sheidy has more than 25 years of experience delivering high-value business advisory and assurance solutions for healthcare clients nationwide. His engagements include providing services to integrated healthcare delivery systems, commercial health plans, health and dental maintenance organizations, indemnity insurers, fiscal intermediaries, provider-based healthcare institutions, case management companies and others. He is a graduate of Penn State University.
Richard C. Shelton, MD Chief Science Officer Centerstone 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org Shelton serves as chief science officer of Centerstone. Previously, he served as CEO of Centerstone’s Research Institute, during which time he elevated the role of science in the care being delivered around the nation. A veteran researcher and educator, Shelton served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine and at the medical center for nearly three decades. In 2012, he joined the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as the Charles Byron Ireland Professor, vice chair for Research and head of the Mood Disorders Research Program. He maintains his UAB appointment along with his Centerstone role. Shelton earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville.
Pat Shepherd Managing Partner Avondale Partners 40 Burton Hills Blvd. Suite 450 Nashville 37215 615.467.3533 avondalepartnersllc.com As co-founder and managing partner at Avondale Partners, Shepherd began his career as assistant general counsel to Heinhold Commodities, Inc in Chicago before moving to Nashville, where he spent 17 years at J.C. Bradford & Co. as a general partner and the firm’s general counsel. Along the way he held served on and chaired the FINRA (formerly NASD) District 5 Committee and was a member of FINRA Membership Committee. Shepherd also has been active with SIFMA (previously the Securities Industry Association), serving on the executive committee for the Compliance and Legal Division, and as a member
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of its Federal Regulation Committee. He received his finance degree from the University of Notre Dame before earning his law degree from DePaul University Law School.
James Shill CEO Heritage Medical Associates 222 22nd Ave. N. Nashville 37203 629.255.2139 heritagemedical.com Named CEO of Heritage Medical Associates in 2019, Shill carries more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, most recently as CEO of Ferguson Medical Group in southeast Missouri. Prior to that, he held leadership positions with multiple healthcare organizations in Alaska, including the state’s largest locally-owned medical clinic. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Utah State University and his MBA from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business in Salt Lake City.
Divya Shroff, MD, FHM CMO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com Shroff has been chief medical officer at Centennial since December 2013. In this role, Shroff oversees the quality and clinical leadership of the 741-bed campus with 1,706 physicians, APPs, CRNAs and more than 3,000 employees. Her direct oversight includes oncology service line, pharmacy, quality, medical staff and clinical informatics. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and completed her residency in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Shroff is board certified in internal medicine, a Fellow of Hospital Medicine, and a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Prior to joining TriStar Centennial, she served as the chief clinical transformation officer and vice president in the clinical services group for HCA. Shroff is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and sits on the boards of the Adventure Science Center and Friends of Radnor Lake.
Rhonda Sides Principal – Healthcare & Forensic/ Valuation Services Crosslin 3803 Bedford Ave., Suite 103 Nashville 37215 615.320.5500 crosslinpc.com Sides is principal for healthcare services, forensic/ valuation and litigation support services for Crosslin. For more than two decades, she has specialized in business valuation, financial fraud and forensics, and physician practice management issues including compliance, compensation, practice valuations, and financial feasibility issues. A CPA, Sides has co-authored three books, contributed articles to numerous publications, and is often called upon to lecture nationally. A past president of the Tennessee Healthcare Executives Association, she also is active in a number of state and national professional associations. Sides is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and has been recognized by area publications for her expertise, including twice being named a “Health Care Hero.”
Rob Simmons CEO Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance ONEC1TY 8 City Blvd. Nashville 37209 615.724.9114 toa.com Simmons was named CEO of Tennessee’s largest orthopaedic surgery group in June 2018. Previously, he served as chief operating officer at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis. Simmons earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Lynn Simon, MD President of Clinical Operations & CMO Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net Simon has leadership responsibilities for clinical services, quality and safety, nursing, and case management. She oversees medical staff relations, physician practice management, clinical integration initiatives and medical informatics. Before joining CHS in 2010, Simon was a practicing neurologist in Louisville, Ky. and served as vice president of Medical Affairs at Jewish Hospital and senior vice president and CMO of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” for the past three years. Simon also serves on the board for Kindred Healthcare.
Saurabh Sinha Founder & CEO emids Technologies 318 Seaboard Lane, Suite 110 Franklin 37067 615.332.7701 emids.com As founder and CEO of the healthcare IT company, Sinha has led emids to several awards including recognition in BusinessTN’s “Hot 100” and the Nashville Chamber’s “Future 50.” He focuses on the company’s global delivery capabilities with an emphasis on service. Prior to the company’s founding in 2000, he was with Wipro Technologies. He is a board member for the Nashville Health Care Council, Abe’s Garden, HIMSS Tennessee Chapter and is a past board member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. A 2015 Council Fellow, Sinha is also a past “Entrepreneur of the Year” honoree by the Nashville Chamber and Entrepreneur Center.
Bryan Sisk, DNP, MPH, RN, NE-BC, CENP Chief Nursing Executive TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com In June 2020, Sisk was appointed chief nursing executive for HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Division. He oversees nursing and nursing practice for more than 6,000 nurses supporting 20 hospitals and related care areas in parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. Sisk has over 30 years of nursing experience, serving in a variety of leadership, academic and clinical roles. Prior to joining the TriStar Division, Sisk most recently served as AVP of Nursing Leadership and Organizations at the HCA Healthcare corporate office. He is a proud veteran with 20 years in the United States
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Army where he held multiple leadership, academic and clinical roles as a nurse leader. Sisk received his undergraduate nursing degree from Arkansas Tech University, his Master of Public Health from Texas A&M University’s School of Rural Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Northern Kentucky. He is board certified Nursing Executive (NE-BC) by the American Nurse Credentialing Center and Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) by the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
Chapman Sledge, MD CMO Cumberland Heights 8283 River Road Pike Nashville 37209 615.352.1757 cumberlandheights.org Sledge has served as chief medical officer at Cumberland Heights since 2009. That same year, he was among the first group of physicians to receive certification by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). In January 2020, Sledge was certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) in the subspecialty of Addiction Medicine. In addition to his work at Cumberland Heights, he also serves as an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Sledge is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
Dan Slipkovich CEO Quorum Health 1573 Mallory Lane, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.221.1400 quorumhealth.com Slipkovich has more than 35 years of experience leading multi-billion-dollar hospital operations in senior leadership roles. Throughout his career, he has had direct operational responsibility for more than 200 hospitals in 29 states ranging from small rural facilities to large, urban academic medical centers. In 2005, he co-founded Capella Healthcare and served as the company’s CEO and board chair. A former member of the Federation of American Hospitals’ Board of Governors, Slipkovich has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.”
Dee Anna Smith CEO Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com Appointed CEO in 2006, Smith is responsible for carrying out the overall strategic mission and vision for Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. With cutting-edge clinical research as the foundation to its integrated cancer programs, Sarah Cannon provides access to world-class cancer care across the U.S. and U.K. Joining Sarah Cannon Research Institute in 2005 in an executive capacity, she previously was founder and CEO of Summit Research Solutions. Smith received her accounting degree from Pepperdine University and has been recognized for her healthcare contributions. She received Pepperdine University’s 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award and was recognized by Nashville-based Operation Andrew as a Rodgers Award recipient for making an impact on lives and communities in Middle Tennessee and beyond in October 2017. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree, a 2013 “Health Care Hero,” and recipient of Lipscomb University’s 2013 “Heroes in Business Award.” Smith is chair of the Pepperdine University Board of Regents, board chair for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and serves on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Kevin Smith, MD, PhD, FACP President Tennessee Medical Association 701 Bradford Ave. Nashville 37204 615.385.2100 tnmed.org Smith, a primary care physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was inducted as the 2020-21 TMA president in May 2020. The 166th physician elected to TMA’s highest office since the organization’s founding in 1830 represents 9.500 physicians across the state. When he isn’t seeing patients, he teaches general internal medicine at Vanderbilt. Previously, Smith was in private practice at Ascension Saint Thomas West Hospital. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and also earned a master’s degree in healthcare management from the Vanderbilt Owen School of Management. Smith has also served as president of the Nashville Academy of Medicine and treasurer of the Tennessee American College of Physicians.
Marty Smith President & COO Quorum Health 1573 Mallory Lane, Suite 100 Brentwood 37027 615.221.1400 quorumhealth.com Smith has oversight of operations for Quorum Health’s hospitals and outpatient centers across 13 states. Previously, he served as Division III President of Operations for Community Health Systems with responsibility for 35 affiliated hospitals in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. He joined CHS in 1998 as a hospital CEO in Cleveland, Tenn. before being promoted to leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Smith holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee.
Stephen Smith Director Division of TennCare 310 Great Circle Road Nashville 37243 615.507.6444 tn.gov/tenncare Stephen Smith is the deputy commissioner and director of TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. In his current role, he manages a $12.7 billion healthcare enterprise that provides services to 1.4 million Tennesseans. Before becoming director, Smith served as the deputy director and chief of staff of TennCare. Previously, Smith served as chief of staff to Governor Bill Haslam, where he oversaw day-to-day operations of the governor’s office and served as top advisor and strategist. Smith also previously served as deputy commissioner for policy and external affairs at the Tennessee Department of Education. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his law degree from the Nashville School of Law.
Wayne Smith Executive Chairman Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net Smith joined CHS in 1997 as president and CEO and was named chairman in 2001. At the beginning of 2021, he transitioned from CEO to executive chairman. He is nationally recognized as a healthcare leader with more than 35 years of executive level experience in the industry. Prior to joining CHS, Smith was with Humana Inc., where he held a variety of senior management positions, including president and COO. He has been selected by Modern Healthcare as
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David Spigel, MD Medical Oncologist Tennessee Oncology PLLC Chief Scientific Officer Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7724 sarahcannon.com tnoncology.com Spigel joined Sarah Cannon in 2003 and oversees all scientific aspects of the clinical trial program. He serves as a primary contact for pharma and biotech partners, as well as the strategic site physicians with whom Sarah Cannon conducts cancer research. Spigel earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. After completing an internal medicine and chief residency at Indiana University Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He is board certified in medical oncology and is a partner with Tennessee Oncology, PLLC.
Chase Spurlock, PhD Founder & CEO Decode Health 111 10th Ave. S., Suite102 Nashville 37203 855.899.9551 decodehealth.ai Spurlock founded healthcare analytics company Decode Health in 2019 and its predecessor company IQuity in 2015. He is responsible for driving the company’s mission to help reduce the cost of healthcare through identification of uncontrolled, misdiagnosed and undetected chronic diseases. After previously developing and commercializing machine learning tools in genomics, he currently leads Decode Health’s efforts building AI that can predict chronic disease risk and provide actionable information to care management and technology companies. These insights enable proactive clinical decision-making leading, better patient outcomes and lower costs. Spurlock is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of the South and received his doctorate from Vanderbilt, where he also serves on the medical school faculty. He also serves as adjunct assistant professor for healthcare administration at New York University.
Tom Starling, EdD CEO Mental Health America of the MidSouth 446 Metroplex Drive, Suite A-224 Nashville 37211 615.269.5355 mhamidsouth.org Starling is a veteran at leading health-related nonprofits in Middle Tennessee. Since 2009, he has directed the efforts of MHA MidSouth, which provides a range of behavioral health resources including suicide prevention, Alzheimer’s caregiver support, professional CEUs, advocacy and community education throughout the region. His previous experience includes leading the Middle Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association and the United Way of Rutherford County. After earning an undergraduate degree from Baylor in psychology, Starling completed a master’s in theology and ethics from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a master’s in bioethics
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from Vanderbilt, and a doctorate in education administration from Tennessee State University. Starling is a past chair of the national Mental Health America Board.
Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD CMO Vanderbilt Medical Group Chief Patient Experience Officer & Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2311 Pierce Ave., Suite 1209 Nashville 37232 615.936.1453 mc.vanderbilt.edu A renowned retina specialist, Sternberg maintains an active academic and research program in addition to his clinical practice. His titles at VUMC include George Weeks Hale Professor of Ophthalmology, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, associate dean for Clinical Affairs, chief medical officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group and, since 2014, chief patient experience officer. Sternberg earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins University and a fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Duke University. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2003.
Riley Sweat Managing Director & Co-Head of Health Care Raymond James & Associates 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 505 Nashville 37203 615.645.6775 raymondjames.com Sweat joined Raymond James in 2001. From 1989 until 2001, he served as managing director and head of healthcare investment banking for SunTrust Equitable Securities. Prior to that, he spent five years working for First Union Bank, where he was involved primarily in mergers and acquisitions. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and an MBA in accounting and finance from Vanderbilt University.
T Fahad Tahir, FACHE CEO Ascension Saint Thomas Hospitals Midtown & West 4200 Harding Road Nashville 37205 615.222.2111 getsthealthcare.com In late 2017, Tahir was appointed to the top leadership post of Saint Thomas Health’s flagship hospitals In Nashville. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of Saint Thomas Medical Partners, which enjoyed unprecedented growth under his leadership. Tahir, who has been with Ascension since 2003, is known for his ability to build partnerships with both physicians and payers. Prior to moving to Nashville, he held leadership roles at health systems in Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. Tahir earned his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. He sits on the board of the American Heart Association Middle Tennessee, is a past member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board and is a 2019 Council Fellow.
Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN Dean Belmont University Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing 1900 Belmont Blvd. Inman Building 301 Nashville 37212 615.460.6781 belmont.edu/healthsciences Taylor joined Belmont as dean of the Health Sciences College in February 2012 after serving as assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Services Administration and as a consultant to China’s Ministry of Health where she contributed to the re-design of China’s rural healthcare delivery system. Earlier, she served as a faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and as director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Disease Management Program. Her research interests include preventing long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences, discovery of best practices for preparing the next generation of healthcare providers and healthcare policy. Taylor holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree, a 2014 Council Fellow, past president of the Tennessee Public Health Association and was appointed by Governor Lee to serve on the Tennessee Chronic Disease Prevention task force.
Jerry Taylor Member Thompson Burton, PLLC One Franklin Park 6100 Tower Circle, Suite 200 Franklin 37067 615.716.2297 thompsonburton.com A veteran healthcare attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the area of regulatory compliance, Taylor is a member of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Taylor, who works with clients across industry sectors, helps clients navigate healthcare regulation from certificate of need to Stark and anti-kickback laws. Earlier in his career, he served as an assistant state attorney general and as general counsel to the Tennessee Health Facilities Commission, the agency responsible for the CON program. Taylor sits on the board of the Tennessee Justice Center and is a past member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors.
R. Jason Thurman, MD, FAAEM CMO TriStar Skyline Medical Center 3441 Dickerson Pike Nashville 37207 615.769.2000 tristarskyline.com Thurman, who serves as chief medical officer for TriStar Skyline, previously served in a variety of leadership roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, including with quality and safety, the emergency medicine residency program, and stroke. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, followed by residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and is a certified professional in patient safety (CPPS).
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Matthew Tincher, MD, FACEP CMO TriStar Horizon Medical Center 111 Highway 70 East Dickson 37055 615.446.0446 tristarhorizon.com Tincher, who serves as chief medical officer for TriStar Horizon, previously served as medical director for the Emergency Department and has worked at TriStar Horizon for nearly 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University and his medical degree from the Cincinnati College of Medicine, followed by residency in emergency medicine at Emory University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Alex Tolbert Founder Bernard Health 618 Church St., Suite 310 Nashville 37219 615.528.3399 bernardhealth.com Tolbert founded Bernard Health in 2006 driven by a desire to improve the U.S. healthcare system. Today, the fast-growing benefits business has 75 team members and a presence in seven states. BerniePortal, the web-based HR platform built by brokers for brokers, was launched out of Bernard Health in 2008. The family of brands now also includes Alpine, Bernard Benefits and Bernard Healthcare Financial Planning. Toblert earned degrees in finance and international studies from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School followed by a law degree from Vanderbilt and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management. Tolbert has also passed all three levels of the CFA designation and is fluent in Spanish.
Corina Tracy President, Hospice & Palliative Care Compassus 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.224.8028 compassus.com Since 2003, Tracy has held a number of leadership positions within the company, including executive vice president and COO, director of clinical services, executive director, regional director of operations, senior vice president of clinical services and now president, hospice and palliative care. Tracy serves on the Legislative Affairs Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is a member of Leadership Health Care, and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Van Tucker President & CEO Launch Tennessee 90 Oceanside Drive Nashville 37204 launchtn.org As president and CEO, Tucker supports the mission and vision of the organization to make Tennessee a national model for supporting entrepreneurs and startup ventures by empowering a network of resources across the state. Tucker spent most of her career in banking and finance, cofounding a startup community bank. Her time spent in the entertainment and fashion industries drives her appreciation for the entrepreneur and investor experiences. Leading teams to develop innovative solutions to problems, working with others who are fueled by purpose, and the human connection to technology are her passions. She earned her MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and has donated her time to a variety of private and community boards.
Mike Tudeen CEO CareBridge 926 Main St. Nashville 37206 615.679.9087 carebridgehealth.com Launched in early 2020 with backinag by Oak HC/ FE and Google, along with support from Sen. Bill Frist, MD, CareBridge is a health tech firm focused on improving care for individuals receiving long-term support services. Tudeen leads the company’s efforts to optimize decision support, electronic visit verification, data aggregation and member support for those at high risk of hospitalizations across the country. Previously, Tudeen was CEO of PopHealthCare, which was acquired by Guidewell in 2018, and INSPIRIS, sold to United Healthcare in 2011. Earlier in his career, he spent a dozen years with Healthways. Tudeen earned his undergraduate degree from Central College in Iowa and his master’s from Emporia State University in Kansas. He is a member of the Harpeth Capital Advisory Board.
Brent Turner CEO Summit BHC 389 Nichol Mill Lane, Suite 100 & 160 Franklin 37067 877.463.3553 summitbhc.com Turner leads the team at Summit BHC, which focuses on the provision of psychiatric services and substance use disorder treatment within a flexible continuum of care. Services include intensive outpatient therapy, residential programs, acute psychiatric care, dual diagnosis programming, detox, and health and wellness programs with facilities in 16 states. Turner brings nearly two decades of executive healthcare experience to the company, including spending eight years as president of Acadia Healthcare, where he led expansion of the company from six facilities to nearly 600. He also spent seven years in senior management with Psychiatric Solutions.
U Jeffrey Upperman, MD Surgeon-in-Chief, Chair of the Department of Pediatric Surgery Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way Nashville 37232 615.936.1057 childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org Upperman, a national leader in pediatric trauma and disaster preparedness, joined Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Nov. 1, 2019. He earned his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School, completed his internship and residency at University Hospital in New Jersey, followed by a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Upperman, who has published more than 180 peer-reviewed publications, 200 abstracts and 20 book chapters, focuses on sepsis, inflammation, trauma and disaster preparedness, He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Red Cross. A retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps, he served as chief of Surgery during operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in 2004.
Mike Ussery President & COO National HealthCare Corp. 100 East Vine St. Murfreesboro 37130 615.890.2020 nhccare.com Ussery, who has served as COO since 2009, added president to his title at the beginning of 2017. Ussery joined NHC in 1980 as a facility administrator before moving into corporate leadership in increasingly responsible roles, including regional vice president and senior vice president of operations. He sits on the board of Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and its foundation, as well as the board of the Christy Houston Foundation. He is a 2019 Council Fellow. Ussery earned his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame and his MBA from Middle Tennessee State University.
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 32 years of experience to his leadership of the firm’s Healthcare Tax Practice. He has extensive experience in delivering valueadded tax services to clients in a wide range of other industries, including healthcare technology, business services, distribution and information technology. Van Buren has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions; due diligence; federal, state and local tax planning; and managing tax engagements to both public and private companies. His service to clients has included assisting several in their process of SEC registration and subsequent financial tax accounting and tax return filings.
Larry Van Horn, PhD Associate Professor of Management & Executive Director of Health Affairs Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management 401 21st Ave. S., #317 Nashville 37203 615.322.6046 owen.vanderbilt.edu A national expert and researcher on healthcare management and economics, Van Horn is a leading figure withing Vanderbilt’s healthcare community. A prolific researcher, Van Horn’s interests include consumer driven healthcare, 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. Van Horn is founder and director of the Center of Health Care Market Innovation at Vanderbilt, has co-led the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Program with Sen. Bill Frist, MD, since its inception, sits on a number of corporate boards and is a member of the Harpeth Capital Advisory Board and CEO Council for Council Capital. Van Horn holds two master’s degrees from the University of Rochester and a doctorate from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Tama VanDecar, MD CMO TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com VanDecar was named TriStar Health’s chief medical officer in June of 2017 and is responsible for physician administrative and operational oversight of approximately 2,600 physicians that provide patient care at 20 hospitals and related care areas serving communities in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Chattanooga, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Atlanta. Following a distinguished 20-year military career, VanDecar joined HCA Healthcare’s Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Florida, first as vice president of Medical Affairs and was named the hospital’s CMO a year later. VanDecar earned a bachelor’s degree from Carlton College in Northfield, Minn., and her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. She continued her medical education in San Antonio, Texas, completing an internal medicine internship and anesthesiology residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, followed by an obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center. She serves as an at large board member for ACHEMT.
Robert N. Vero, EdD Regional CEO Centerstone 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217 615.463.6600 centerstone.org Vero serves as CEO for Centerstone’s operations in Tennessee. He has worked in behavioral healthcare since 1976 and holds retired licenses as a Marital and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Psychological Examiner. He has served as co-chair of the Nashville-Davidson County Behavioral Health and Wellness Advisory Council and is a member of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Long Term Care Task Force. Vero is a two-time winner of the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organization’s Volunteer Leadership Award and has served three terms as president of the organization. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology and his master’s degree in counseling from Creighton University. Vero earned his doctorate in human development counseling from Vanderbilt. Vero has plans to retire from Centerstone in May 2021 after 40 years with the organization.
Molly Vice Director of Leadership Health Care Nashville Health Care Council – Leadership Health Care 500 11th Ave. N., Suite 200 Nashville 37203 615.743.3151 leadershiphealthcare.com Vice is the director of Leadership Health Care, an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council to develop the talents of emerging industry leaders through educational programs and networking opportunities. Vice joined the Council staff in 2014 and most recently served as director of events and sponsorship fulfillment. Previously, she was an event manager for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Vice was a member of the Young Leaders Council Class 68 and served as a Young Leaders Board Intern for Alive Hospice in 2018 and 2019. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.
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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 past chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Forum and a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association. Voigt, who serves as part of the adjunct faculty for Belmont University School of Law, has been recognized by numerous publications on a local and national basis for his work in health law.
W Hays Waldrop Founder & President Institute of Healthcare Executives & Suppliers 101 Hampstead Lane Franklin 37069 615.794.2501 ihesllc.com Waldrop founded the Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers (IHES) and the Council of Supply Chain Executives (CSCE) 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 (CPES). The organizations currently work with more than 115 hospital CEOs and 50 leading healthcare corporations from across the country. Involved in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years, Waldrop is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been routinely recognized as a healthcare leader in Middle Tennessee and is a past “Health Care Hero” honoree. Waldrop serves on multiple company boards and is an advisor to multiple others.
Nick Walker Practice Leader & Nashville Managing Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 1400 Nashville 37201 615.503.2860 pwc.com/us/en/industries/ health-industries.html Walker is the managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Nashville office, as well as the firm’s Healthcare practice leader in both Nashville and across the Southeast. He has more than 25 years of experience serving a broad range of clients including SEC-registered healthcare providers and payers, as well as privately held and non-profit healthcare entities. In addition to recurring audit and financial reporting, he has had significant involvement in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, due diligence, restructuring activities, internal control review and optimization assessments, and securities offerings/ registrations under the Securities Acts. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he is a past vice chair of the Health Enterprises Network and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Paul Wallace Managing Director Heritage Group 20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 150 Nashville 37215 615.665.8220 heritagegroupusa.com In 2011, Wallace joined Heritage Group, a venture capital firm with strategic investors representing some of the nation’s largest healthcare organizations. Previously, he worked with a number of investing firms including Petra Capital, Lazard Asia, and Gilbert Global. He also served as a senior vice president with Healthways. Wallace received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is a 2013 Council Fellow. He sits on a number of portfolio company boards.
Leigh Walton Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.6201 bassberry.com Walton, who has helped develop the firm’s national healthcare practice, counsels healthcare providers in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and collaborative business agreements. She is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s 5,000-member M&A Committee and currently serves on the ABA’s Corporate Laws Committee. In 2019, Walton was elected as a member of the 2019 Class of Fellows by the prestigious American College of Governance Counsel. She has been recognized by Lawdragon Magazine as one of the top 500 lawyers in America for the past 10 consecutive years. In addition, the Vanderbilt Law School graduate has won numerous national and international accolades. A member of the American Health Law Association, she speaks nationally on healthcare business and legal issues and is teaching a course on healthcare M&A at Vanderbilt Law School. Walton is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Ming Wang, MD, PhD Founder & Director Wang Vision Institute CEO Aier-USA 1801 West End Ave., Suite 1150 Nashville 37203 615.257.9792 wangvisioninstitute.com The well-known laser eye surgeon graduated from Harvard Medical School and is one of the few cataract and LASIK surgeons to also hold a doctorate in laser physics, a degree he earned at MIT. He has performed more than 55,000 procedures, including on over 4,000 doctors, 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 also serves as a clinical professor for Meharry Medical College. Wang established the nonprofit Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration, which has helped patients from more than 40 states and 55 countries with surgeries to restore vision performed at no charge. Additionally, he is involved in expanding healthcare options in his native China and is the founding president of the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, he was named CEO of Aier-USA, to lead expansion efforts of China’s Aier Eye Hospital in the United States. Aier currently has more than 500 location on three continents.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Marc Watkins, MD, FACOEM CMO & VP Kroger Health 2620 Elm Hill Pike Nashville 37214 615.423.5722 krogerhealth.com Watkins was tapped as chief medical officer for Kroger Health in August 2018, supporting all lines of health including retail and specialty pharmacy, clinic business, nutrition and dietitian programming and the company’s employee health plan. Previously, he served as chief medical officer of The Little Clinic under the Kroger Health platform. Prior to that, he spent six years with Concentra Health Services in a number of physician leadership roles. Watkins earned his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross in Massachusetts and his medical degree and master’s in public health from Meharry. The board-certified physician is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. He is also the two-time recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal, having spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, serving exclusively with the U.S. Marines. Watkins is a past board member for the Nashville Health Care Council and a 2016 Council Fellow.
Alan Watson, FACHE CEO Maury Regional Medical Center 1224 Trotwood Ave. Columbia 38401 931.381.1111 mauryregional.com Watson, who joined Maury Regional in February 2010 as COO, became CEO of the 275-bed facility in 2012. He has more than 30 years of healthcare experience including prior experience as CEO at St. Mary’s Medical Centers in Campbell and Scott counties, Baptist Hospital West in the Knoxville area, and Bradley Memorial Hospital in Cleveland, Tenn. He has an undergraduate degree in nuclear medicine technology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and a master’s degree in community health administration from California College for Health Sciences. He sits on the Tennessee Hospital Association Board and is a past chair.
Jennifer Weaver Partner Waller 511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville 37219 615.850.8116 wallerlaw.com Weaver focuses her practice on False Claims Act/ qui tam litigation, healthcare fraud investigations, Medicare audits and appeals, and corporate compliance issues. She has extensive experience representing healthcare providers in both federal and state False Claims Act litigation across the country, securing numerous legal victories. Weaver has defended pharmacy providers, hospitals, behavioral healthcare companies, long term care facilities, home health providers, laboratory companies, ambulance providers and medical device manufacturers in False Claims Act cases. She is also a frequent writer and speaker on False Claims Act and healthcare fraud and abuse issues. Weaver earned her undergraduate degree from New York University and her law degree from Columbia Law School.
Joseph Webb, DSc, FACHE CEO Nashville General Hospital 1818 Albion St. Nashville 37208 615.341.4000 nashvillegeneral.org Webb became CEO at the beginning of 2015 following a nationwide search for an executive to lead Nashville General Hospital. He is board-certified
in Healthcare Management and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Nationally, Webb serves as an At-Large member of the Board of America’s Essential Hospitals. He is on the Board of the Nashville chapter of the American Heart Association and is a member of the Steering Committee of NashvilleHealth. Webb is a graduate the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he earned a Master of Science in Hospital and Health Services Administration and a Doctor of Science in Health Services Administration. He also holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Health and Physical Education from Tennessee State University in Nashville.
Steven Webber, MBChB, MRCP Chair, Department of Pediatrics & Pediatrician-in-Chief Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way, Nashville 37232 615.322.3377 childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org Webber joined the faculty as the James C. Overall Professor and pediatrician-in-chief in August 2012. After a national search, he came to Nashville from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and affiliated children’s hospital where he led the pediatric cardiology program and was medical director of the Pediatric Heart and Heart-Lung Transplant Program. Webber received his medical degree and residency training in the United Kingdom and completed additional training in the United States and Canada. He currently leads the second largest department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and one of the largest pediatric departments in the country.
Sam Weinstein, MD CEO Specialty Care 3 Maryland Farms, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.345.5400 specialtycareus.com Weinstein joined clinical services provider company Specialty Care in 2015 as chief medical officer and was promoted to president and CMO the following year. In September 2017, he was elevated to his current role as CEO of the company that supports more than 400,000 procedures across the nation annually. Previously, Weinstein served as a medical operations consultant to a variety of healthcare companies and earlier served as director of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and surgical director of cardiac transplantation and mechanical assistance at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. He has completed 30 mission trips around the world as a board member and surgical director for Heart Care International, which teaches congenital cardiac surgical techniques and management skills to local physicians in economically challenged countries. Weinstein earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also holds an MBA from Fordham University. He is a 2018 Council Fellow.
Phil Wenk, DDS, FACD President & CEO Delta Dental of Tennessee 240 Venture Circle Nashville 37228 800.223.3104 deltadentaltn.com
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.
John West Managing Partner, Nashville Deloitte 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 400 Nashville 37203 615.313.4397 deloitte.com West, who has more than two decades of experience in public accounting succeeds Terry Hardesty as managing partner in Nashville. He oversees nearly 400 professionals in Nashville and also serves as Tennessee lead recruiting partner. He has worked with many of the firm’s largest clients in healthcare, technology and hospitality. West earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Middle Tennessee State University and serves on MTSU’s Accounting Advisory Board.
Richard W. Westling Member Epstein Becker Green 424 Church St., Suite 2000 Nashville 37219 629.802.9251 ebglaw.com Westling launched the national firm’s Nashville office in June 2017. A member of EBG’s Health Care & Life Sciences and Litigation practices, Westling focuses on compliance and government enforcement defense and splits his time between Nashville and Washington, D.C. Previously a partner with Waller, his healthcare work has been recognized by Chambers USA and Nightingale’s Healthcare News. Westling, who spent more than eight years with the U.S. Department of Justice, is known for his experience in complex compliance challenges, government investigations and high-profile enforcement actions. He earned his undergraduate degree from Sewanee: The University of the South and his law degree from Tulane. He holds a certification from the Health Care Compliance Association.
Joe White COO TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center
391 Wallace Road Nashville 37211 615.781.4000 tristarsouthernhills.com White was appointed to his current position in May 2020 and oversees daily operations and service line growth through advancements in new technology and new procedures. Previously, White served as vice president of Operations and interim chief operating officer at HCA Healthcare affiliate Riverside Community Hospital In Riverside, Calif. and as associate COO at MountainView Hospital In Las Vegas. White earned his bachelor’s degree In Healthcare Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his Master of Heath Administration from the University of Minnesota.
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
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Marcus Whitney Co-founder & Partner Jumpstart Health Investors 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 211 Nashville 37206 615.478.2188 jumpstarthealth.co Founder & CEO Health:Further firstname.lastname@example.org healthfurther.com Whitney is an entrepreneur and innovator. After launching his technology career as a programmer at HealthStream, he became chief architect and director of technology at Emma and has since co-founded multiple companies. He partnered with Vic Gatto to create Jumpstart in 2009. After starting out as an incubator, Jumpstart segued into to a seed stage healthcare innovation fund and now invests in innovative healthcare products in partnership with start-up and growth-stage private companies. In addition, Whitney is founder and CEO of Health:Further, which advises health systems on strategic leveraging of innovation. Whitney is also active in the community and sits on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards. He is co-founder and minority owner of Nashville SC, Nashville Major League Soccer team. He is a 2019 Council Fellow.
Michael Wiechart Executive VP & COO TeamHealth 320 Seven Springs Way, Suite 450 Brentwood 37027 800.342.2898 teamhealth.com Wiechart is part of the executive leadership team of Knoxville-based TeamHealth. Like CEO Leif Murphy, Wiechart divides time between Knoxville and his home city of Nashville. He brings nearly 30 years of healthcare management experience to his operational oversight of the clinician services organization, which has more than 16,000 affiliated clinicians serving 3,000 acute and post-acute facilities and physician groups nationwide. Prior to joining TeamHealth, Wiechart served as founder and managing director of Sunergeo Health Partners. Before that, he was president and CEO of RCCH Healthcare Partners and Capella Healthcare and also held leadership roles with LifePoint Health. Wiechart earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is currently a doctoral candidate in health services administration at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He is a board member for American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee.
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 notfor-profit corporations providing community-based behavioral health services. Wilbur, who has more than 30 years of behavioral health experience, previously held management positions with Magellan Health Services in Nashville and led Case Management, Inc. in Memphis. She sits on the board of Compass Coordination, Inc., which provides community-based supports for those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Wilbur is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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Consuelo Wilkins, MD VP for Health Equity Vanderbilt University Medical Center Associate Dean for Health Equity Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 2525 West End Ave. Sixth Floor, Suite 600, Room 659 Nashville 37203 615.322.7498 vumc.org medschool.vanderbilt.edu A nationally recognized leader in health equity, Wilkins has pioneered methods of stakeholder engagement that involve community members and patients in all stages of biomedical and health research. Wilkins earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and her medical degree from Howard University. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a geriatric medicine fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Wilkins joined the faculties of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College in Nashville in 2012. She served as director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance from 2012 to November 2020 and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2020.
Marie Williams Commissioner Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Andrew Jackson Building, Sixth Floor 500 Deaderick St. Nashville 37243 615.532.6500 tn.gov/behavioral-health After serving as deputy commissioner of TDMHSAS since August 2011, Williams was appointed commissioner in October 2016 by Gov. Bill Haslam and reappointed to the role under Gov. Bill Lee. A licensed clinical social worker, she has oversight of the agency’s divisions ranging from crisis and mental health services to substance abuse prevention and combatting the opioid epidemic. In all, the department serves approximately 350,000 Tennesseans annually. Earlier in her career, Williams served as director of Homeless Services for Catholic Charities of Memphis and was later selected as a Community Builder Fellow with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Calling on that experience, she launched the Creating Homes Initiative after joining TDMHSAS and has won national accolades for the program’s success.
Michele Williams, MD, FAAP CMO & Medical Director Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center 1035 14th Ave. N. Nashville 37208 615.327.9400 mwchc.org Williams began working with the non-profit community health center as a pediatrician in 2002 and was named chief medical officer in 2005. Williams is actively involved in quality initiatives and primary care organizations and is an advisory committee member for the Bureau of TennCare and active provider in the Tennessee Primary Care Association. 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 University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is a member of the prestigious Alpha
Omega Alpha medical honor society and received the NAACP hometown Hero Award 2014 in Maury County. Williams is the recipient of the Dorothy Brown Humanitarian Award and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Robin Williams, MD Chair Nashville Academy of Medicine 28 White Bridge Road, Suite 400 Nashville 37205 615.712.6236 nashvillemedicine.org After completing her term as president, Williams steps into a new role as chairman of the board of the Nashville Academy of Medicine (NAM), the state’s oldest professional organization for physicians. In 2019, Williams chaired the Medical Foundation of Nashville Board, which supports health access, promotes healthy lifestyles, champions health and medical education, and cooperates with other charitable entities to work towards a healthier Nashville under the NAM umbrella. Williams is a breast surgeon with Saint Thomas Medical Partners. She earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed surgical residency at Howard University. She is a former president of Tennessee Women in Medicine and has volunteered with Project Access Nashville Specialty Care since 2013. Williams is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Andrea Willis, MD, FAAP Senior VP & CMO BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee 1 Cameron Hill Circle Chattanooga 37402 423.535.5600 bcbst.com In the fall of 2013, Willis was promoted to her current position to lead health programs for the company’s more than 3.4 million members with a focus on clinical quality, optimizing care and overall medical management. Willis previously served as medical director of the BlueCross CHOICES Long-Term Services and Supports Program. Prior to that, she was medical director for BlueCare Tennessee and CoverTennessee. Before joining BlueCross, Willis was director of CoverKids and deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health. She holds a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins. She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Morgan Wills, MD, FACP President & CEO Siloam Health 820 Gale Lane Nashville 37204 615.298.5406 siloamhealth.org Wills was tapped to lead Siloam in 2013. Previously, he had been an internist at the nonprofit safety net health clinic since 2000, serving as the sole staff physician for the first five years. In 2010, Wills founded the Siloam Institute of Faith, Health and Culture as an educational initiative of the health center, which has a mission of bridging the gap among the faith community, the medically underserved, and academic medicine. Wills, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, received his medical degree from Vanderbilt and his master’s degree in theological studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a 2016 Council Fellow.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Blake Wilson VP & Division Head, TMA Medical Banking INSBANK 2106 Crestmoor Road Nashville 37215 615.515.4272 insbanktn.com tmamedicalbanking.com In 2013, INSBANK and the Tennessee Medical Association teamed up to create TMA Medical Banking with dedicated services to meet medical practice needs including customized financing solutions for working capital, medical equipment and facilities, and practice acquisitions, as well as customary banking products and services. Wilson was selected to oversee this strategic partnership in July 2013. Wilson, who joined INSBANK in 2008 as a commercial credit analyst, served as assistant vice president and relationship manager immediately prior to taking on his current role. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and has served on multiple non-profit boards.
Stephen Wilson CEO UnitedHealthcare of the Mid South 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 200 Brentwood 37027 615.372.3622 uhc.com Wilson was appointed to the chief executive office for Tennessee, Arkansas and southwest Virginia in June 2017 and Mississippi and Louisiana in July 2019. Immediately prior, he was CFO for the Southeast Region, which includes 22 offices across nine states. Before joining UnitedHealthcare in 2006, Wilson worked for John Deere Health Care for nearly a decade. He received both is undergraduate degree and MBA from Illinois State University.
Bryant C. Witt Partner Hall Booth Smith PC 424 Church St., Suite 2950 Nashville 37219 615.277.5002 hallboothsmith.com Witt has extensive experience in all aspects of the representation of hospitals, physicians and other healthcare organizations. He also handles complex regulatory issues. Witt, who led his former firm’s healthcare practice group, has substantial trial experience defending healthcare entities in professional liability matters and business litigation. Witt received his law degree from the University of Memphis and is a member of the American Health Lawyer’s Association and the Health Law Sections of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations.
Pamela Womack CEO Mental Health Cooperative 275 Cumberland Bend Nashville 37228 615.726.3340 mhc-tn.org CEO since MHC’s founding in 1993, Womack led the development of this full-service behavioral health agency for adults, children and adolescents. Today, MHC offers integrated care that includes community-based case management, psychiatric clinic, psychotherapy and 24-hour emergency services with 10 offices serving 42 counties. Womack initiated MHC’s partnership with Metro Police, making MHC the agency of record for immediate mental illness
triage and assessment. Womack, who previously served 14 years as director of Community Services for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health, is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Amber Woodward-Smith CFO Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com Woodward-Smith joined Sarah Cannon in 2019 as chief financial officer. She is responsible for operational and financial leadership of the company. Previously, Woodward-Smith served as CFO for HCA Healthcare’s Physician Services Group – Urgent Care. She was recruited to HCA Healthcare to lead 24 CareNow clinics, which were added to the Urgent Care portfolio in 2014. The following year, her leadership expanded to support all urgent care operations across the enterprise. With her oversight, WoodwardSmith advanced several key acquisitions and developments to better serve patients in the urgent care setting. She has worked in a variety of financial leadership areas for several nationally recognized healthcare organizations, as well as helping scale several start-ups in Nashville and beyond.
Victor Wu, MD CMO Division of TennCare 310 Great Circle Road Nashville 37243 615.507.6440 tn.gov/tenncare As chief medical officer for the Division of TennCare, Wu 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, D.C., 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. He is a 2019 Council Fellow.
Tom Wylly Senior Partner Brentwood Capital Advisors 5000 Meridian Blvd., Suite 350 Franklin 37067 615.224.3830 brentwoodcap.com One of the city’s go-to healthcare finance intermediaries with 40 years investment banking experience, Wylly advises rapidly growing healthcare technology and outsourced services companies on M&A, recapitalization and capital raising transactions. Prior to joining BCA in August 2001, he was co-head of the corporate finance department of J.C. Bradford & Co. He joined J.C. Bradford in 1980 and was named partner five years later. Before that, he was with Wachovia as a corporate banking officer. Wylly also sits on the Nashville Capital Network Advisory Board and is a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Y Caroline Young Executive Director NashvilleHealth 40 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 370 Nashville 37215 email@example.com nashvillehealth.org Young partnered with Sen. Bill Frist, MD in 2015 to create NashvilleHealth, an initiative aimed at addressing health equity issues and making their hometown healthier. Previously, Young spent more than a decade with the Nashville Health Care Council, joining the organization in 2004 as vice president and founding executive director of Leadership Health Care before being named president in 2008. Before that, she was the founding executive director of the Tennessee Biotechnology Association (now Life Science Tennessee) and director of communications and advertising for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Young, who earned her undergraduate degree at Ole Miss and her master’s from the University of Tennessee, sits on the Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Board of Directors and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Kinika Young Senior Director of Health Policy & Advocacy Tennessee Justice Center 211 Seventh Ave. N., Suite 100 Nashville 37219 615.255.0331 tnjustice.org Young is a lawyer and health policy advocate who frequently speaks on issues of healthcare access, focusing on the role of public benefit programs to help people who lack adequate resources. In her role at the Tennessee Justice Center, she leads efforts to build a movement across the state to protect and strengthen the safety net for children, families, seniors and people with disabilities and move towards the equitable allocation of resources. Young, who joined TJC in 2017, graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in political science, followed by law school at Tulane University. She is a certified Building Strong Brains trainer and a member of the Leadership Team of ACE Nashville. Young is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 INDEX 2nd Generation Capital...............................22
Dispensary of Hope......................................34
Acadia Healthcare..................................16, 34
Diversicare Healthcare Services........... 30
Easter Healthcare Consulting.................. 13
Elite Sports Medicine & MPOWER Performance..................................................... 27
AdhereHealth...................................................38 AdvancedHEALTH...........................................8 Aegis Sciences Corporation...................... 4 Aier-USA............................................................ 44 Amedisys............................................................26 American Health Partners.......................3, 5 American Pathology Partners................ 27
emids Technologies..................................... 40 Epstein Becker Green..................................45 ESa................................................................... 31, 38 Faith Family Medical Center.............21, 34 Farris Bobango................................................. 13 FCA Venture Partners.................................26
Michael Burcham Executive Coaching................................................................6
Monroe Carell Jr. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital at Vanderbilt..................................... 5, 38, 43, 45
Mountain Group Partners...........................10 Murfreesboro Medical Clinic....................35 Narus Health............................................... 9, 30 Nashville Academy of Medicine.... 27, 46 Nashville Capital Network............................9 Nashville Entrepreneur Center.............2, 9 Nashville General Hospital....6, 14, 32, 45
Synovus.................................................................14 TennCare................................................12, 41, 47 Tennessee Association of Mental ÂşHealth Organizations.................................46 Tennessee Department of Health............................................................23, 36 Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services...46 Tennessee Donor Services......................... 17
Nashville Health Care Council................22, 27, 44
Tennessee Hospital Association............................................9, 10, 28
Nashville Medical Group Management Association...........................................................8
Tennessee Justice Center..................23, 47
Tennessee Medical Association..4, 31, 41
Focus Search Partners.................................16
Nashville Technology Council.................32
Tennessee Nurses Association................ 17
Ascension Saint Thomas............... 2, 12, 14, 22, 38, 42
Frost-Arnett Company................................ 31
NashvilleHealth......................................... 16, 47
National Health Investors.................... 2, 30
Tennessee Oncology.....4, 6, 13, 17, 18, 23, 35, 42
Avondale Partners..........................26, 31, 40
National HealthCare Corp.............2, 15, 43
Baker Donelson........................... 6, 10, 18, 20
Hall Booth Smith....................................28, 47
Barge Design Solutions..............................20
Bass, Berry & Sims............12, 21, 22, 38, 44
HCA Healthcare........14, 16, 20, 34, 35, 38
North Highland Company.........................39
Belmont University............................4, 18, 42
Health Connect Partners.......................... 30
NorthCrest Medical Center........................ 12
BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee.20, 46
TriStar Centennial Medical Center.............................................9, 22, 36, 40
Bone McAllester Norton.......................2, 26
TriStar Health..................... 13, 16, 38, 40, 44
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.........5, 8, 19, 27, 28, 32
HealthStream............................................. 16, 35
Onlife Health.................................................... 30
TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center....................................................................10
Brentwood Capital Advisors...................47
TriStar Horizon Medical Center.........5, 43
Heritage Group................................ 30, 31, 44
Heritage Medical Associates............17, 40
Perception Health........................................... 15
TriStar Skyline Medical Center & Madison Campus....................... 15, 17, 22, 42
HighPoint Health System..........................35
Petra Capital Partners.............................5, 15
Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics................10
PhyBus........................................................... 21, 28
Inner Design Studio....................................... 13
TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center............................................................. 8, 34
PhyMed Healthcare Group........................ 15
TriStar Summit Medical Center.......18, 29
Institute of Healthcare Executives & Suppliers............................................................. 44
CareHere.......................................................... 4, 9
JRG Ventures..................................................... 17
Jumpstart Health Investors...............16, 46
Center for Medical Interoperability.........8
Centerstone..................................18, 21, 28, 31, 34, 38, 40, 44
Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network...............................................................36
Change Healthcare......................................... 12
American Physician Partners..................39 Applied Health Analytics..............................9 Ardent Health Services....................... 2, 5, 8 Ascension Medical Group.......................... 13
BrightSpring Health Services.....................3 Brookdale Senior Living................3, 26, 34 Burr & Forman.................................................26 Butler Snow........................................................14 Cadence Bank...................................................10 CapStar Bank.................................................. 30
Cigna........................................................................2 CleanSlate Outpatient Addiction Medicine..............................................................29
Fifth Third Bancorp....................................... 27 First Horizon Bank.....................................5, 19
KraftCPAs..................................2, 8, 31, 32, 36 Launch Tennessee.........................................43 LBMC.....................................5, 6, 8, 30, 32, 43 Leadership Health Care..................... 24, 44
PricewaterhouseCoopers......................... 44 Quorum Health.................................26, 28, 41 Radsource.............................................................3 Raymond James & Associates...............42 Regions Bank................................................... 30 Relevance Ventures................................17, 26
Community Health Systems.......15, 18, 21, 40, 41
LifePoint Health........................... 10, 13, 17, 35
Compassus.........................................13, 30, 43
Lipscomb University................... 6, 8, 19, 20
Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy.....................................................39
Concert Genetics............................................. 31
Row Associates................................................ 12
Council Capital.........................................22, 24
Martin Ventures.............................................. 30
Sarah Cannon................6, 24, 27, 41, 42, 47
Cressey & Co......................................................16
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center.............................................4, 46
Sarah Cannon Research Institute.... 4, 17, 18, 23
Maury Regional Medical Center.............45
Shearwater Health....................................4, 24
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison............ 44
Crosslin......................................................... 10, 40 Crux Strategies.................................................16 Cumberland Consulting Group.................8 Cumberland Heights...............................12, 41 Cumberland Pharmaceuticals................24
Meharry Medical College.................... 14, 15, 20, 23, 39
DCI Donor Services........................................ 17
Mental Health America of the MidSouth.............................................................42
Mental Health Cooperative.......................47
Metro Board of Health................................22
Delta Dental of Tennessee........................45
Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority..............................................................14
Dickinson Wright..................................... 16, 27
48 Nashville Medical News
Siloam Health...................................................46 SmileDirectClub..............................................24 Specialty Care..................................................45 State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company.............................................................. 31 Summit BHC.....................................................43 Sumner Regional Medical Center.........35
Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance........................................................ 35, 40 Tennessee Retina...............................................2 Thompson Burton.........................................42 Tivity Health......................................................28 Trilliant Health......................................................2
TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center................................................... 10, 34, 45
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center..............................................12, 17, 34, 36 Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health.....................................................................14 Vanderbilt Medical Group.........................42 Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital & Clinics.................................... 22, 37 Vanderbilt University Medical Center..........................4, 9 13, 22, 23, 29, 32, 36, 37, 39, 42, 46 Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School...................................................................43 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine............................................4, 9, 29, 37 Vanderbilt University School of Nursing............................14, 23, 32, 36, 39 Vanderbilt Vaccine Center......................... 12 Virsys12.................................................................20 Voyent Partners........................................17, 26 Waller.................. 5, 6, 20, 26, 28, 31, 36, 45 Wang Vision Institute.................................. 44 Williamson Medical Center................30, 31 Wold | HFR Design.........................................16
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