Nashville Health Care Council Announces Board of Directors

16:22 EDT 31 Jul 2017 | Businesswire
Nashville Health Care Council

The Nashville Health Care Council announces the appointment of its 2017–2018 board of directors. C. Wright Pinson, M.D., CEO, Vanderbilt Health System, will continue to serve as chairman of the board for the second year of his two-year term. R. Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO, HCA, begins the second year of his two-year term as vice chairman of the board.

“Given the rapidly evolving nature of the industry and the challenges we face, these new members bring valuable insights and perspectives to our board. I want to welcome each and look forward to their contributions. As an organization, we are well-positioned to serve as a convener for health care thought leaders and industry experts,” Pinson said.

New members appointed to the 2017–2018 Council board of directors include:

  • Molly Cate, Partner, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock
  • Michael S. Cole, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
  • Thomas Cooper, General Manager, Gulf Coast/Tennessee Region, GE Healthcare
  • William Crawford, Executive Vice President and Head of Health Care Banking, Cadence Bank
  • Stephen F. Flatt, President and CEO, National HealthCare Corporation
  • Robert A. Frist Jr., Co-founder, CEO, President and Chairman, HealthStream
  • Claire Cowart Haltom, Shareholder, Baker Donelson
  • Melissa Hendricks, Vice President, Marketing Strategy, Cerner Corporation
  • James Hiatt, Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean of the Skinner School of Business, Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Angela Humphreys, Member, Bass, Berry & Sims
  • A.J. Kazimi, Chairman and CEO, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
  • Eb LeMaster, Managing Director, Ponder & Co.
  • Terriance Moody, CEO, Dream Systems
  • Martin S. Rash, Chairman and CEO, RCCH HealthCare Partners
  • Todd Robinson, Executive Vice President/Principal, ESa
  • Saurabh Sinha, Co-founder, President and CEO, emids Technologies
  • Karen Springer, President and CEO, Saint Thomas Health

Click here to view headshots of the new Council board members.

Council board members continuing to serve for 2017–2018 include:

  • C. Wright Pinson, M.D., CEO, Vanderbilt Health System (Chairman)
  • R. Milton Johnson, Chairman and CEO, HCA (Vice Chairman)
  • Neil de Crescenzo, President and CEO, Change Healthcare
  • William Gracey, Former President and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (Immediate Past Chairman)
  • Samuel N. Hazen, COO, HCA
  • Christopher A. Holden, President and CEO, Envision Healthcare
  • Joey A. Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, Acadia Healthcare
  • Debbie James, President and CEO, Vivere
  • Rita Johnson-Mills, President and CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee
  • Lynn Massingale, M.D., Executive Chairman, TEAMHealth
  • T. Andrew Smith, President and CEO, Brookdale Senior Living
  • Wayne T. Smith, Chairman and CEO, Community Health Systems
  • Carl Whitmer, President and CEO, IASIS Healthcare

“I am excited for the Council to be led by such a diverse group of world-class health care leaders,” said Hayley Hovious, Council president. “Alongside our talented staff, we look forward to meeting the increased need for collaboration and a wider exchange of ideas in health care through our programming and member offerings.”

About the Nashville Health Care Council

The Nashville Health Care Council is a premier association of health care industry leaders working to inspire global collaboration to improve health care by serving as a catalyst for leadership and innovation. Supported by nearly 300 corporate members, including local 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 $84 billion in annual revenue. The industry is Nashville’s largest and fastest-growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit

Nashville Health Care Council
Katie Schlacter, 615-743-3147


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