Ex­pan­sion-minded coun­cil pro­motes growth, reaches out glob­ally to con­nect with lead­ers


The Nashville Health Care Coun­cil is an as­so­ci­a­tion of health care in­dus­try lead­ers work­ing to­gether to fur­ther es­tab­lish Nashville’s po­si­tion as the na­tion’s health care in­dus­try cap­i­tal. Founded in 1995 as an ini­tia­tive of the Nashville Area Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Coun­cil’s mem­ber­ship in­cludes more than 225 or­ga­ni­za­tions that are world lead­ers in hospi­tal man­age­ment, out­pa­tient ser­vices, dis­ease man­age­ment, aca­demic medicine, health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and be­yond. Also rep­re­sented are pro­fes­sional ser­vices firms with wide-rang­ing ex­per­tise in the health care in­dus­try. Nashville’s health care in­dus­try is its most im­por­tant eco­nomic engine, con­tribut­ing an over­all eco­nomic ben­e­fit of nearly $30 bil­lion and more than 200,000 jobs to the lo­cal econ­omy Coun­cil co-founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist Jr., chair­man emer­i­tus of HCA, char­ac­ter­izes Nashville as the “Sil­i­con Val­ley of health care.” “It has the right peo­ple, at the right time, at the right place to solve the needs of health care in our ever-chang­ing world,” Frist said. The Coun­cil pro­motes the con­tin­ued growth of Nashville’s health care in­dus­try by fos­ter­ing a sup­port­ive oper­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment for ex­ist­ing, start-up and re­lo­cat­ing health care busi­nesses. Through ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, the Coun­cil pro­vides ex­ec­u­tives with timely in­for­ma­tion on key op­er­a­tional and pol­icy chal­lenges fac­ing health care com­pa­nies, as well as net­work­ing and men­tor­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Coun­cil events fo­cus on press­ing is­sues fac­ing the health care in­dus­try and have fea­tured lead­ers such as Cen­ters for Medi­care and Med­i­caid Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mar­i­lyn Taven­ner, U.S. Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer Todd Park, U.S. Se­nate Repub­li­can Leader Mitch McCon­nell (R-Ky.), AHIP CEO Karen Ig­nagni, Mi­crosoft CEO Steve Ballmer and nu­mer­ous other lead­ers from gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try and fi­nance. Since its in­cep­tion, the Coun­cil has placed a strong em­pha­sis on ex­pand­ing Nashville’s rep­u­ta­tion as a health care cap­i­tal by meet­ing with health care and busi­ness lead­ers across the na­tion and world­wide. More than 200 health care ex­ec­u­tives have joined the Coun­cil on mis­sions to 17 in­ter­na­tional cities in 14 coun­tries. In Novem­ber 2010, the Coun­cil with the Nashville Area Cham­ber of Com­merce con­ducted a trade mis­sion to San­ti­ago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina. The Coun­cil and Cham­ber pre­vi­ously em­barked on a study mis­sion to the United King­dom, which of­fered par­tic­i­pants an up-close look at the British and Scot­tish health care sys­tems through small-set­ting ex­changes with pol­i­cy­mak­ers, busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives and dig­ni­taries in Lon­don and Ed­in­burgh. The Coun­cil has also hosted busi­ness and gov­ern­ment lead­ers from around the world to Nashville, in­clud­ing groups from Rus­sia, Swe­den and Asia. Dur­ing a re­cent Nashville visit Asia busi­ness ex­perts shared first-hand in­sights on pri­vate sec­tor busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­formed and ex­panded Chi­nese health care sys­tem.

FOR MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION on the Nashville Health Care Coun­cil, please visit www.health­care­coun­cil.com

The Coun­cil re­cently marked its 15th an­niver­sary by host­ing 500 mem­bers at a panel ses­sion fea­tur­ing leg­endary health care lead­ers and en­trepreneurs.

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