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