2017 In Charge – Health Care

As published in Nasvhille Post, March 2, 107


In what has long been an annual tradition, the Post team presents In Charge, a compendium of Middle Tennessee’s top business, political and civic leaders. The roughly 500 women and men found on our list, our eighth, represent the best of the best — and are always “in charge.”

Jeff Balser — President and CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Led the hospital complex’s separation from Vanderbilt and is overseeing joint ventures and collaborations via Vanderbilt Affiliated Health Network. VUMC’s precision medicine push last year landed $70M+ in NIH funding.

Craig Becker — President, Tennessee Hospital Association: Moved here from Maine in 1993 to be trade group leader and has been consistent advocate for Medicaid expansion that will help especially help state’s small and rural hospitals.

Mary Bufwack — CEO, Neighborhood Health: Head of nonprofit community health organization for more than half of its 40-year existence. Has expanded clinic network across three counties and is building out dental services with support from state and Delta Dental.

Bill Carpenter — Chairman and CEO, LifePoint Health: Former Waller lawyer has led hospital chain since 2006. Formed successful JV with Duke University Health System and last year formed home health/hospice JV with LHC Group.

Michael Cartwright — Chairman and CEO, AAC Holdings: Built up and listed nation’s first publicly traded addiction treatment company. Last year settled California patient death case. Aiming to keep up growth rate and rebuild share price after lowering guidance last fall.

Beth Chase — CEO, c3/consulting: Veteran consultant and advisor who counts numerous health care names among clients. Chairs board of Entrepreneur Center and is director of Ingram Industries, YWCA and Community Foundation, among others. Member of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta-Nashville Board of Advisors.

Paul Cleckner — COO, Saint Thomas Health: Joined health system last summer from LifePoint to take over from Bernie Sherry. Former Medical Reimbursements of America president works closely with Greg James, Saint Thomas’ clinical boss.

Dick Cowart — Shareholder, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz: Board member and health and public policy group leader of firm that now is among nation’s 50 largest. Advisor to for-profit and nonprofit providers on policy and governance issues.

Bob Crants — Chief Investment Officer, Pharos Capital Group: Helps lead firm based here and in Dallas that has of late invested in mental health, dermatology and PT ventures. Helped launch Goldman Sachs’ special investments group before co-founding Pharos.

Duncan Dashiff — Managing Director and Head of Health Care Services, Canaccord Genuity: Recently joined investment bank after working as COO of MedCare Investment Funds runs by Harry Jacobson. Before that co-founded Epiphany Health Ventures and led Morgan Keegan’s local office.

Neil de Crescenzo — CEO, Change Healthcare: Former Oracle exec who has taken revenue cycle management-centered Emdeon into new markets via acquisitions, including of local price transparency venture in 2014. Recently completed deal with unit of McKesson created $3B+ enterprise.

Jason Dinger — CEO, MissionPoint Health Partners: In 2011 launched Saint Thomas ACO that is now under Ascension Health umbrella and manages $1.5B in health care spending. Team has grown to work with 250,000+ members in seven states.

Brandon Edwards — CEO, ReviveHealth: Marketing agency founder relocated HQ to Nashville from California and has grown team to more than 60. Now part of Weber Shandwick with $13.5M in revenues from client list that includes VUMC, athenahealth, Tenet Healthcare.

Dan Elrod — Attorney, Butler Snow: Member of firm’s health care regulatory and transactions group. Certificate-of-need and licensing expert who has handled hundreds of applications for Tennessee providers.

Steve Flatt — CEO, National HealthCare Corp.: Assumed top spot of senior care provider (as first from outside founding Adams family) after more than decade with company overseeing development work and strategic partnerships. Former president of Lipscomb University and Ezell Harding.

Bill Frist — Chairman, Cressey & Company: Former U.S. Senate majority leader who also cofounded Aspire Health and is among leaders of Health Care Council’s Fellows program. In 2015 founded population health nonprofit NashvilleHealth.

Bobby Frist — Chairman, President and CEO, HealthStream: Co-founder of health care workforce development company and leader of team that has grown user base to 4.4 million and spent $150M+ on acquisitions in past two years.

Vic Gatto — CEO, Jumpstart Foundry; CEO, Solidus: Leads ex-incubator turned innovation fund that invests in health care startups and took over at helm of Green Hills-based VC firm after investors broke with founder Townes Duncan on strategy.

David Guth — CEO, Centerstone: Co-founded nonprofit behavioral health provider in 1997 after running treatment facility. Has steadily grown footprint via acquisitions to more than $310M in revenues from five states and a patient base that now tops 150,000.

Jay Hardcastle — Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings: One of city’s top health care advisors who focuses on contacts, regulatory issues and M&A. Helped arrange Baptist Hospital sale to Saint Thomas and is working with fast-growing Urgent Team, among others.

Sam Hazen — President and COO, HCA Holdings: Was named president in late 2016 and appears to be first in line to succeed CEO Milton Johnson. Started with hospital giant in early ‘80s before overseeing Western Group and being named COO in ’15.

Tim Hingtgen — President and COO, Community Health Systems: Was promoted twice in 2016 to move into top operations role and oversee drive to improve former HMA hospitals. Joined company in 2008 after working at UHS and Province.

Chris Holden — President and CEO, Envision Healthcare: CEO of former AmSurg since 2007, led company’s push into physician services through $2.3 billion acquisition of Sheridan and last year sealed even bigger deal with Colorado-based Envision.

Rusty Holman — Chief Medical Officer, LifePoint Health: Former Cogent HMG exec joined hospital operator in early 2013 and has led development of ambitious quality improvement program alongside partners at Duke University Health System. Focus on transparency, patient engagement yielding impressive results.

Angela Humphreys — Chair, Healthcare Practice Group, Bass Berry & Sims: Leads high-profile group home to more than 160 attorneys in four cities. Former chair of ABA’s health care M&A committee who has led billions of dollars worth of deals.

Joey Jacobs — Chairman and CEO, Acadia Healthcare: Co-founder and former CEO of Psychiatric Solutions has led Acadia since 2011. In 2016 sealed deal for U.K.’s Priory Group but had to divest number of facilities. Has set goal to grow top line to $6 billion by 2020.

Harry Jacobson — Co-founder, TriStar Technology Ventures: Former VUMC CEO has founded more than 10 companies and mentored countless others. Works with multiple investment funds, including Epiphany Health Ventures, MedCare Investment Fund and Iroquois Capital.

David Jarrard — President and CEO, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock: Founding partner of health care communications firm founded in 2006. With Chicago, team now numbers more than 30. Early this year formed alliance with veteran D.C. lobbyist group.

Milton Johnson — Chairman and CEO, HCA Holdings: Took over top gig in 2014 and has overseen growth of company’s market share to 25 percent. Will this year complete sale of Oklahoma facilities and emphasize investment in urgent care clinics and freestanding emergency departments.

Larry Kloess — Advisor, FCA Venture Partners: Former TriStar president, Centennial Medical Center CEO and chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association. Stepped aside in January as chairman of Clayton Associates, remains special operating partner of its FCA V fund.

Kevin Lavender — Senior VP, Managing Director of Healthcare Finance, Fifth Third Bank:Ex-commissioner of state’s Department of Financial Institutions and co-founder of MediSphere Health Partners. Has led health care finance division since 2005.

Charlie Martin — Chairman, Martin Ventures: Former Vanguard Health CEO returned in 2013 to investment firm he founded. Focused on technology investments and has emerged as prominent backer of blockchain in health care.

Tom Miller — CEO, Quorum Health Corp.: Former CHS division president tapped for top role at spinout company launched last year. Has sold some hospitals, is eyeing future acquisitions as he seeks to stabilize margins.

Frank Morgan — Managing Director, RBC Capital: Former Jeffries analyst has led health care services equity research at RBC since late 2008. Authority on hospital industry, senior living, behavioral and other operators.

Anna-Gene O’Neal — President and CEO, Alive Hospice: Formerly top quality exec at Cogent and Essent. Picked in 2012 to lead Middle Tennessee nonprofit hospice provider, which now has three inpatient units across 12-county service area.

Jonathan Perlin — Chief Medical Officer, President of Clinical Services, HCA Holdings:Joined hospital titan more than decade ago after being senior-most physician in federal government as Department of Veteran Affairs CEO. Oversees clinical operations, particularly care advancement through data analytics.

Clay Phillips — VP of Network Innovation, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee: Nashville-based exec oversees provider networks, Patient-Centered Medical Home programs, alternative payment deals and accountable care programs. Previously was attorney at Miller & Martin.

C. Wright Pinson — Deputy Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and CEO, Vanderbilt Health System: Clinical and operational leader who also serves as chief of staff at Vanderbilt University Hospital and develops partnerships with regional providers.

Marty Rash — President and CEO, RCCH HealthCare Partners: One of region’s most experienced rural hospital execs who built and sold Province Healthcare before starting over with RegionalCare. Last year took over leadership of Apollo Global-backed company following merger with Capella.

Heather Rohan — President, TriStar Division: Former nurse who began HCA career more than 30 years ago and moved into leadership role at 16-hospital group after leading flagship Centennial Medical facility for four years.

Dawn Rudolph — Chief Experience Officer, Saint Thomas Health: Moved here in 2010 from Indiana hospital to be president and CEO of Saint Thomas West. Took on system-wide role in 2013 and now oversees patient satisfaction and experience initiatives.

Bill Rutherford — CFO, HCA Holdings: Former financial chief of company’s Eastern group and outpatient service. Named CFO when Milton Johnson was promoted in 2013. Has overseen several share offerings and extended loan facilities into the 2020s.

Lynn Simon — President of Clinical Services and Chief Quality Officer, Community Health Systems: Former CMO of Jewish Hospital and Saint Mary’s HealthCare in Louisville. Joined CHS in 2010 and took on clinical services role in 2014. Company has reduced serious safety events by more than 70 percent since 2013.

Andy Smith — CEO, Brookdale Senior Living: Former chair of health care group at Bass Berry & Sims took top role at Brookdale in 2013. Acquisition of rival Emeritus hasn’t gone well, leading to activist pushes to spin off company’s real estate and buyout chatter.

Wayne Smith — Chairman and CEO, Community Health Systems: CEO since 1997 faced difficult 2016 after announcing spinout of Quorum and still not getting enough good results from Health Management Associates facilities acquired in 2013.

Karen Springer — CEO, Saint Thomas Health: Promoted from COO to system’s top role in 2015. Has revamped executive suite in past year with hiring of new COO and CNO among others, and acquired Capella stake in JV as well as Sumner doc group.

Robin Steaban — Chief Nursing Officer, Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics:Veteran nurse and hospital leader oversees the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. Joined VUMC in 1990 as nurse coordinator and was appointed to system-wide role in 2014 as part of leadership reorganization.

Chris Taylor — President, Parallon Business Solutions: Previously CFO of HCA’s TriStar division appointed in 2014 to lead business solutions company. Last year led move into new North Gulch office building along with Sarah Cannon unit.

Donato Tramuto — CEO and President, Tivity Health: Recruited by board of former Healthways in 2014 to be chairman, replace embattled CEO Ben Leedle year later. In 2016 oversaw sale of big divisions and rebranding to focus on three remaining units.

Paula Torch — Senior Research Analyst, Avondale Partners: Former retail analyst at Barclays Capital joined boutique investment firm in 2012 and covers hospital operators, other providors across the country.

Brent Turner — President, Acadia Healthcare: Joined Acadia in 2011 after serving at Psychiatric Solutions and as treasurer for what is now CoreCivic. Key lieutenant to Joey Jacobs as Acadia has quickly grown to $3 billion in revenues.

David Vandewater — President and CEO, Ardent Health Services: Leader since 2001 of hospital chain that is putting bow on big deal to buy LHP Hospital Group and grow to 19 hospitals and $3 billion in revenues. Was president of Columbia/HCA in 1990s.

Melissa Waddey — President of Ambulatory and Operations Services, LifePoint Health:Named to newly created role early this year and now overseeing physician services alongside number of headquarters departments. Former chair of Leadership Health Care who joined LifePoint in 2010.

Paul Wallace — Managing Director, Heritage Healthcare Innovative Fund: Ex-Healthways sales exec with nearly two decades of VC and PE experience. Last year closed second fund with $220 million in backing from big names.

Don Webb — CEO, Williamson Medical Center: WMC veteran since 1985 was appointed to top role in 2012. Has overseen hospital partnership with VUMC on children’s wing as well as affiliations with Williamson Medical Group.

Joseph Webb — CEO, Nashville General Hospital: Former Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare exec and TSU alum getting a handle on operations at Metro-owned hospital. Pushing population health initiatives in North Nashville but needed to ask for extra $16 million in subsidies early this year.

Phil Wenk — President and CEO, Delta Dental of Tennessee: Joined insurer in 1997 and was picked to lead it in early 2000. In 2014 launched foundation to support dental schools, children’s hospitals and clinics. Active in community as director of Nashville Zoo, Music City Bowl, other groups.

Carl Whitmer — President and CEO, Iasis Healthcare: Former PhyCor and KPMG exec who took over from longtime Iasis leader David White in 2010. Growing big managed-care division in Arizona but was forced to pull IPO plans in late 2016.

Marcus Whitney — CEO, Health:Further: Serial entrepreneur who is positioning Health:Further as forum for global health care innovation. Founded Jumpstart Foundry in 2010 and The Unlikely Co. in 2015 and is key player in building of soccer club Nashville SC.

Karey Witty — CEO, Corizon Health: Succeeded Woodrow Myers in late 2015 and has since rebuilt prison health care firm’s C-suite with new CFO, COO and CAO. Former CFO at HealthSpring, NaviHealth and Corrections Medical Services, which merged with America Service Group to form Corizon in 2011.


Jordan Lipson