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December 7, 2015

Nashville Health Care Council, Senator Frist Announce 2016 Fellows Class

Nashville Health Care Council, Senator Frist Announce 2016 Fellows Class

Program convenes industry leaders in the nation’s health care capital, seeks innovative solutions for field’s most pressing challenges

Today, the Nashville Health Care Council, along with Fellows co-directors former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and health care economist Larry Van Horn, announced the 2016 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The 30 senior leaders from various sectors of the health care industry will address challenges facing the nation’s health care system and collaborate toward transformative solutions.

“Today’s health care decision-makers must be able to draw upon a diverse set of skills to effectively lead their organizations through the unprecedented changes our health system is facing,” said Frist. “This year’s curriculum will provide a rare opportunity for the class to collaborate with innovators who are truly shaping our health care system. I am excited to see what we learn together.”

The members of the 2016 Fellows class are:

Tim Bewley, First Vice President, SunTrust Bank
Hamilton Bowman, COO, EnableComp
Barbara Brennan, COO and Chief Nursing Officer, Alive Hospice
Denise Burke, Partner, Waller
Chip Chambers, M.D., Senior Medical Director, Cigna-HealthSpring
Sam Chang, M.D., Professor of Urologic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Mike Coggin, Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, LifePoint Health
Jana Dreyzehner, M.D., Behavioral Health Medical Director, Amerigroup TN
Mike Duffy, President, Hospital Solutions and Global Supply Chain, Cardinal Health
Aaron Gani, Enterprise Vice President – Innovation, Humana
Vic Gatto, CEO, Jumpstart Foundry
Aron Goldfeld, Vice President, Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs, TeamHealth
Tammy Hawes, CEO and Founder, Virsys12
Shannon Hooper, Senior Vice President and Practice Leader, ReviveHealth
Eric Keen, General Partner, Council Capital
Daniel Lieber, COO, Altegra Health
Brian Marger, COO, TriStar Centennial Medical Center
Ricardo Martinez, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, North Highland Worldwide
John McClellan, Vice President – Operations, Division 5, Community Health Systems
Michele Molden, Senior Vice President and Partner, The Advisory Board Company
Neal Patel, M.D., Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Amy Rock, Senior Director, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
Matthew Russell, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Reasoning
A. Dexter Samuels, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Health Policy, Meharry Medical College
Mark Thompson, Vice President, Operations Finance, Healthways
Mike Uchrin, CEO, Health Choice
Marc Watkins, M.D., Vice President and Corporate Medical Director, The Little Clinic
Morgan Wills, M.D., President and CEO, Siloam Family Health Center
Dakasha Winton, Director, Associate General Counsel State Government Relations, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Chris Wyatt, CFO – HCA Information Technology and Services, HCA

The Fellows Initiative
Council Fellows brings together select industry executives for a two-day orientation retreat and eight full-day sessions to explore new solutions that meet the challenges facing the U.S. health care system in years ahead. The annual initiative engages these key professionals to better implement business strategies, create value, drive growth and effect change.

“Fellows is a venture that could only take place here in Nashville, a $73 billion health care hub, where we have immediate access to the industry’s founders as well as a host of respected health care experts, innovators and academic institutions,” said Hayley Hovious, Council president. “When you consider the unmatched reach and diversity of our health care community, there’s no question why this is the place to hold these important conversations and inspire the advancements that will reshape our business.”

The comprehensive curriculum will address issues such as the rise of the health care consumer, disruptive technology, integrated delivery networks, reimbursement shifts, population health management and globalization.

“As these new market drivers emerge, Fellows offers an opportunity to think differently about how we can create a better system,” said Van Horn, a leading expert in health care management and economics, and professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. “As we design the future of American health care, the leaders who come together through Fellows will be those who ultimately decide the direction of the country’s health care industry.”

Fellows has an enduring impact on its graduates, and the alumni program ensures that members continue collaboration long after their graduation. Each graduating class joins a distinguished group of alumni already applying their Fellows experience in the field.

The Council Fellows program is presented in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, HCA, Healthways, LifePoint Health and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

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About the Nashville Health Care Council
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Nashville Health Care Council is a premier association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Supported by nearly 300 corporate members, including Nashville-based and national health care companies, the Council serves as a trusted source for information on trends that influence the health care industry. The organization provides members with one-of-a-kind networking opportunities and access to Nashville’s elite health care business community.

Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than 500,000 jobs and $73 billion in annual revenue. It is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit


Contact: Katie Schlacter

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