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  • Bike Ride Through Kadriorg Park, Estonia

    by Bill Frist

    Rode bikes with Mary and Lee through Kadriorg Park, Estonia, site of Peter the Great’s Summer Palace, and then went by the President’s Palace.  Apparently he is a Princetonian but I did not see the orange and black flag flying that day (wonder if he was at reunions?  Finally to romantic Old Town to see…

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  • Biking in Estonia

    by Bill Frist

    Biking in Tallin, Estonia with Sister Mary and Lee on cobblestone streets with cozy nooks amidst romantic towers

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  • Health care system should focus on easing patients’ lives

    by Bill Frist

    Over the course of the past century, advances in public health and medical care have led to improvements in life expectancy that our ancestors would not have been able to imagine. Average life expectancy for Americans born in 2013 is approaching 80 years. While we now live longer and typically spend most of these years in good health, many live with advanced and complicated illnesses. Health problems that once caused death are now controllable as chronic conditions. With these chronic conditions comes the risk of chronic illness and chronic symptoms.

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  • Nashville Health Care Council Fellows

    by Bill Frist

    “What we witnessed is bipartisan dialogue, exposure to world-known individuals, new methods of learning, strategies and tactics I have put to use, and a consistent and engaging forum for dialogue. I consider this class one of the single most important investments I have made in myself.” -Laura Beth Brown, Vice President, Vanderbilt Health Services, Vanderbilt…

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  • California Cycling

    by Bill Frist

    I finished my 75 mile ride from San Francisco to the Red Woods near the Russian River.  Now, it is time to enjoy nature and great conversation.  

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  • LeConte Adventures

    by Bill Frist

    Tennessee features some of the most exquisite landscape on the planet, and I recently made the hike up to the LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   Waking up at Zoder’s in Gatlinburg, saying “Hi” to Cesar the parrot, who has been here 31 years and says “Hello!” back to me each…

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  • Future of Healthcare is Personalized Medicine

    by Bill Frist

    (Diplomatic Courier, July 08, 2013) By Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. It is a common refrain that America has the best health care in the world, but our people are far from the healthiest. We spend twice as much as any other nation on health services, yet rank dismally, behind more than twenty other countries in…

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  • What a Difference a Decade Makes

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, May 28, 2013) By Rep. Barbara Lee and Bill Frist A Democratic Congresswoman and a former Republican Senator aren’t afforded many opportunities to work together. Especially at a time of fiscal crisis when every dollar is scrutinized and fought over, partisanship pushes us into opposite corners. But we agree on a program that…

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  • A Crucial Moment for Global Nutrition

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, May 22, 2013) On June 8, the United Kingdom, under the leadership of Prime Minister David Cameron, will host “Nutrition for Growth,” a high-level meeting where donor governments, including our own, will pledge funding and other commitments to address undernutrition and its devastating impact on the long-term health and productivity of millions of…

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  • Phasing Out Fee-For-Service

    by Bill Frist

    (The New England Journal of Medicine, May 22, 2013) By Bill Frist and Steven Schroeder In March 2012, the Society of General Internal Medicine convened the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform to recommend forms of payment that would maximize good clinical outcomes, enhance patient and physician satisfaction and autonomy, and provide cost-effective care. The…

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  • Cost Sustainability

    by Bill Frist

    (Modern Healthcare, May 18, 2013) By Bill Frist and Dr. Manoj Jain We have done it. We have decreased the increase in the cost of healthcare. Let us explain. For three decades (1980–2009), the cost of healthcare has been increasing each year at an average rate of 7.4%—double the rate of inflation. However, over the…

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  • How to Build a Better Health-Care System

    by Bill Frist

    (Washington Post, April 17, 2013) By Tom Daschle, Bill Frist, Pete Domenici, and Alice Rivlin Tom Daschle, a Democrat and former senator from South Dakota, was Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2003. Bill Frist, a Republican and former senator from Tennessee, was Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2007. Pete Domenici, a Republican and…

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  • States’ Rare Chance to Expand Medicaid

    by Bill Frist

    (Politico, April 11, 2013) By Bill Frist A proposal unveiled by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam late last month leverages federal funds to purchase private coverage for new Medicaid eligibles in the state’s health insurance exchange. In recent weeks, Arkansas became the first state to embrace a similar plan. This market-based approach, known as “premium assistance,”…

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  • We Must Continue Our Legacy of Saving Lives

    by Bill Frist

    (Roll Call, March 7, 2013) Now is no time to shy away from our health investments By Bill Frist A decade ago, as I was beginning my time as Senate majority leader, bipartisan consensus in Washington helped launch a new era of progress in global health just when it was sorely needed. Twenty years had…

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  • Changing the Way Physicians are Paid: Report of the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform

    by Bill Frist

    (Health Affairs Blog, March 4, 2013) By Bill Frist and Steven Schroeder The loud cries warning that rising health care costs are going to destroy the nation’s economy have been shouted so often that the will to move firmly in any one direction has almost halted. We’ve all heard them: health care costs are unsustainable,…

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  • To Contain Health Care Costs, Pay Doctors Differently

    by Bill Frist

    (Politico, March 4, 2013) by Bill Frist and Steven Schroeder Lawmakers have spent decades dancing around how to stop health care costs from eating up greater and greater portions of our overall budget. Even now, the proposals on the table look at cuts in services, asking seniors covered under Medicare to pick up a higher…

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  • Podcast: Bill Frist Discusses the Fellowship Group with Modern Healthcare

    by Bill Frist

    Transplant surgeon and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) sees a healthcare industry in flux, driven by the need crack the “value equation” that ties cost control to outcomes. Frist signed on as co-director of a new fellowship program established by the Nashville Healthcare Council to help council members’ executives meet that challenge. Modern…

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  • How do you want to die?

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, Sept 11, 2012) It’s a fraught question, but unless we move beyond caricatured “death panels” and deal with grim realities thoughtfully and responsibly, we’re all in trouble. How do you envision death with dignity? I like to think of being at home in the comforting and supportive environment of family and friends. But…

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  • Personalized Medicine

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, July 10, 2012) It’s time to think of health in a disruptive way. Policy must set the enabling landscape, but the truly dramatic and the transformative will come from the exploding but still very young field of personalized medicine. All healthcare is local, and all health is personal. Personalized medicine is healthcare targeted…

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  • What my doctor thinks of Obamacare?

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, August 29, 2012) Lawmakers in D.C. may truly be committed to improving America’s health-care system. But according to actual physicians, our leaders are going about it all wrong Want real health reform that is in the interest of you and your family? Don’t make the same mistake that Washington did. In formulating ObamaCare,…

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  • Need for Affordable Care Cuts Across Party Lines

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, August 1, 2012) Need for affordable care cuts across party lines By Tom Daschle and Bill Frist On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court issued a decision that affects the health and well-being of every American, as well as the fiscal future of our nation. By affirming the constitutionality of the Patient Protection…

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  • Is AIDS the last bipartisan issue?

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, July 31) These days, Washington can’t agree on anything. Thankfully, though, some brave lawmakers are still willing to cross the aisle to fight a deadly disease. We live in fiercely contentious times. Every day, it seems, a new issue arises that Democrats and Republicans cannot agree on. Health care, taxes, energy, favorite flavor…

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  • Why both parties should embrace ObamaCare’s state exchanges

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, July 18, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. Largely lost in the fight over ObamaCare is a worthy provision that lets states develop insurance systems that are right for them — but they must act soon. When the new health care reform law was being debated in 2009 and 2010, everyone talked about “death…

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  • Helping Haiti Build Back Better

    by Bill Frist

    (The Washington Times, July 13, 2012) As a board member of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, I traveled to Haiti last month to check on the post-earthquake progress being made through the fund’s projects. What I saw confirms that developmental aid can have a greater impact than the humanitarian aid most people know. Moments after…

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  • The Crucial Need to Hold Students to a Higher Standard

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, posted on July 3, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. Far too many U.S. teens leave high school unprepared for college — not to mention the job market Over the last few months, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors have walked across a stage and received a diploma, an important moment that should be…

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  • The world needs more health-care workers — millions more

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, Posted on June 19, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. The most impressive part of any hospital or health clinic is the caring, skilled employees who prevent and treat illness. But the workforce we have is not enough.   As I visit health programs in far off corners of the world and right here…

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  • America must invest in research universities — or get left behind

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, June 5, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. Gone are the days when Bell Labs was the nation’s prime innovator. Today, we must rely on universities — and those universities need our help Innovation gave birth to Microsoft, FedEx, Xerox, Starbucks, Apple, and thousands more businesses that have powered America’s growth, making us the…

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  • How to wean America from its dangerous food addiction

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, posted on May 22, 2012 ) By Bill Frist, M.D. The nation’s obesity epidemic is as much about brain chemistry as it is poor diet and laziness — a fact we must realize if we’re going to treat obesity effectively In ancient history, eating was for survival. Food was tough to come by…

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  • How Facebook is reinventing organ donation

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, Posted on May 8, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. Thousands of Americans die each year waiting for heart, lung, and kidney transplants that never materialize. Mark Zuckerberg is intent on changing that What do you use Facebook for? To keep up with friends, share pictures of your kids, or pass around the latest…

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  • 5 reasons deficit hawks should lay off global health initiatives

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, April 24, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. America’s national debt is ballooning at a worryingly rapid pace. But some programs ought to be spared the chopping block. Government spending is about to get chopped — no matter who wins the next presidential election. President Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romney have both…

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  • How the U.S. Can Find and Train More Great Teachers

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, April 10, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. Consider Laura. When she entered the third grade, she couldn’t understand the stories all her friends enjoyed. She was even too embarrassed to read aloud. Why? She could only read at a first grade level. Laura’s hardly alone — but that’s small comfort. A recent study…

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  • Premium Support is the Only Way to Fix America’s Medicare Mess

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, March 27, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. To save Medicare — and rein in our national debt — we must transform the entitlement program into a defined-contribution system Nothing is scarier than losing your health. A close second, however, is getting sick and not being able to afford the care you need. For…

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  • How the Supreme Court’s ‘ObamaCare’ ruling will affect you

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, March 13, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. The nation’s highest court is about to judge the president’s signature legislative achievement — and it’s not just politicians who are invested in the outcome. Is the new health care law constitutional? You might think it doesn’t matter — or at least, that it doesn’t matter…

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  • 3 ways to fix America’s child poverty problem

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, February 28, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. One in five American children suffers through extreme financial hardship. It doesn’t have to be that way Americans hear a lot about decline. Declines in manufacturing, fading productivity, plummeting home values, spiralling deficits, and sadly, dwindling faith in the American dream. Let me tell you where…

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  • What Childhood Poverty Means

    by Bill Frist

    (Huffington Post, February 3, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. This post is part of a series on childhood poverty in the United States in partnership with Save the Children and Julianne Moore. Moore leads the organization’s Valentine’s Day campaign, through which cards are sold to support the fight against poverty in the U.S. To learn…

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  • Tennessee Tenure Reform

    by Bill Frist

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  • Tennessee SCORE

    by Bill Frist

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  • Health As A Currency For Peace

    by Bill Frist

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  • Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act 2010

    by Bill Frist

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  • Sri Lanka Tsunami

    by Bill Frist

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  • Hurricane Katrina

    by Bill Frist

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  • Haiti Earthquake

    by Bill Frist

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  • Hope Through Healing Hands Water PSA

    by Bill Frist

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  • Frist Back From Haiti

    by Bill Frist

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  • University of Alabama – Health Care Reform Summit

    by Bill Frist

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  • Childhood Obesity

    by Bill Frist

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  • Bill Frist on Morning Meeting w/ Dylan Ratigan

    by Bill Frist

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  • Frist on Health Care Reform

    by Bill Frist

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  • American Morning -Health bill- A First Step

    by Bill Frist

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  • Larry King Live / Dean, Frist spar over summit

    by Bill Frist

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  • The Greatness of America

    by Bill Frist

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  • Portrait Two

    by Bill Frist

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  • Portrait One

    by Bill Frist

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  • Sen. Frist in Africa

    by Bill Frist

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  • Sen. Frist Water

    by Bill Frist

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  • Sen. Frist on Mission

    by Bill Frist

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  • Importance of K-12 Education

    by Bill Frist

    I was asked yesterday about education reform, specifically charter schools and vouchers. However, I used the opportunity to talk about some of the big issues in K-12 education and how important it is to the greatness of America. Take a look… The Greatness Of America from Bill Frist on Vimeo.

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  • Looking Back On The Portrait Unveiling

    by Bill Frist

    Norman Shumway was smart. Peering over the open chest cavity — a flabby and worthless heart just lifted out and my mentor knowingly guiding my then novice hands as we sewed in a healthy heart — he would say: “Remember … whatever you’re doing at a moment’s time, you never own it.  You are… always……

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  • Meeting With GE Foundation in Cambodia

    by Bill Frist

    I had a wonderful meeting today in Pnom Penh with Dararith Lim, health executive for General Electric who oversees the GE Healthymagination initiative for the underserved in Cambodia. I have been on the advisory board for the Healthymagination initiative for the past couple of years, exploring the opportunities that American technology, initiative, and business can…

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  • Tour of the new URS-designed Caterpillar plant

    by Bill Frist

    I sit on the board of the giant engineering company URS, so today Karyn, Bryan and I toured the new URS-designed Caterpillar plant in Suzhou, China. Very impressive. 72,000 sq./m, LEED Gold certified factory of front-loaders (and corporate office). Took only 14 months to complete. URS recently acquired Scott Wilson, a London-based, global engineering firm….

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  • Refugees International Gala

    by Bill Frist

    05.07.10 This past evening, I attended to the 31st Annual Refugees International Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium with many former Senate colleagues and advocates for those displaced by crisis or conflict. At the gala, I was honored to receive the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award, which was named in the honor and memory of Penny…

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  • Nashville Flooding and What You Can Do

    by Bill Frist

    The numbers from the flooding in Nashville continue to astound. Twenty-one people have died in Tennessee and thousands of people have been driven from their homes. The pictures that are continuing to come in show the level of devastation in Middle Tennessee, and many families are just now being able to get back and see…

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  • SCORE Joins Highlands Town Hall Debate 2010

    by Bill Frist

    COOKEVILLE — The Highlands, Nashville’s WTVF NewsChannel5, Tennessee Tech University, and the League of Women Voters of Tennessee today announced that the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) is joining as a sponsor in the Highlands Town Hall Debate 2010, a general-election gubernatorial debate scheduled for September 14 at TTU in Cookeville. SCORE, a not-for-profit,…

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  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Pledges $500k to SCORE

    by Bill Frist

    BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee today announced a $500,000 contribution to advance K-12 public education reform — and better health outcomes — in partnership with the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. “BlueCross BlueShield has a history of supporting promising community work across Tennessee, especially when it…

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  • CGIU Student Grant Competition Extended to April 30

    by Bill Frist

    There is exciting and timely news for students looking to make a direct impact in the world. Each year, the Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI U sponsors a competitive grant program called the Outstanding Commitment Awards. These grants are given to students who submit proposals for “Commitments to Action” that are aimed at improving communities and…

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  • Frist Op-Ed in USA Today: “Race to the Top swiftly changes education dynamic”

    by Bill Frist

    NASHVILLE — Something remarkable is happening in American public education. In a matter of months, the Obama administration’s Race to the Top competition engineered the kind of wholesale reform that ordinarily would take a generation to pull off. Ideas once considered to be the realm of conservative education policy are seeing a refreshing bipartisan embrace….

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  • Frist’s Statement on Race To The Top.

    by Bill Frist

    NASHVILLE – Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who chairs the education-reform group Tennessee SCORE, on March 4 issued this statement following news that Tennessee is a finalist in the federal government’s groundbreaking Race to the Top competition: “Tennessee’s spot as a finalist confirms what we’ve known: The Volunteer State is poised to move…

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  • Frist Statement on Race to the Top

    by Bill Frist

    NASHVILLE — Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who chairs the education-reform group Tennessee SCORE, today issued this statement following news that Tennessee is a finalist in the federal government’s groundbreaking Race to the Top competition: “Tennessee’s spot as a finalist confirms what we’ve known:  The Volunteer State is poised to move farther, faster in public education reform…

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  • Special Session Presents Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

    by Bill Frist

    By: Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. In my 12 years of service to Tennesseans in the United States Senate, I learned that progress often comes from taking advantage of moments when the stars align around a specific goal.  In Tennessee, one of those moments is upon us, as for the first time in over 25 years…

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  • Bill Frist Receives 2011 NBAA Humanitarian Award

    by Bill Frist

    Bill Frist Receives 2011 NBAA Humanitarian Award from Bill Frist on Vimeo.   Bill Frist Flies Missions Worldwide to Help Those in Need Esteemed doctor, pilot and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has been awarded the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 2011 Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership in recognition of his life-saving efforts…

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  • Frist Visits Refugee Camp in East Africa

    by Bill Frist

    This week I traveled with Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden to refugee camps in eastern Kenya along the Somali border to witness the impact of the most acute food security emergency on earth.We need your help, and your help I promise will make a difference. Yesterday we visited intake centers just on the border where…

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  • Sen. Frist heads to Kenya to study famine’s effects

    by Bill Frist

    More than 29,000 young children have died of malnutrition and disease in Somalia in the past 90 days. We are now on our way to the Horn of Africa to see what more we as a nation can do. Early this morning, our plane left Washington, D.C., bound for East Africa. I’m flying with Second Lady…

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  • East Africa – “The Children’s Famine”

    by Bill Frist

    As I write this, East Africa is in turmoil. Roughly 12 millions people, almost 5 million of which are children, along the Horn of Africa are experiencing the worst drought in sixty years. Tens of thousands have already died and millions more are at risk, especially children, who are dying at such a rate this…

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  • Tennessee Global Health Coalition PSA and Recap

    by Bill Frist

    On Monday, Hope Through Healing Hands partnered with the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health to put on a Summer Social for the Tennessee Global Health Coalition. Global Health Coalition PSA from Bill Frist on Vimeo.

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  • Mother-and-child health challenges persist globally

    by Bill Frist

    This Mother’s Day, moms in Tennessee and around the world have more to celebrate than ever before. Infant mortality rates are declining in many communities and many countries. Yet even today, where a woman gives birth determines dramatically different odds of survival for her child. We can, and must, change that. A baby in Shelby…

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  • Medicine Serves as a Currency for Peace

    by Bill Frist

    Just eight years ago, fewer than 50,000 HIV-positive people in Africa had access to the medicines needed to live. Today, through American-created and -supported programs, almost 4 million people are being treated for as little as 40 cents a day. They are raising their children, building their communities, farming the land and inventing new technologies;…

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  • Frist’s Foreword to the 2011 State of the World’s Mothers Report.

    by Bill Frist

    “Working together with developed and developing country partners, we reduced the total number of under-5 deaths worldwide by more than one-third in less than two decades.” When children in developing countries die, we all mourn this loss of life, especially when we know that most of these deaths could have been easily prevented. We are…

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  • Can Africa Make The Cut?

    by Bill Frist

    by Raynard Jackson Whenever the U.S. government enters into a state of fiscal austerity, politicians always look for budget cuts from programs they deem to be less important or have little or no constituency. Foreign policy budgets, especially those directed towards Africa seem to always show up near the top of that list. The left…

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  • Using Health as a Currency for Peace

    by Bill Frist

    I just had this video made introducing my message of using Health as a Currency for Peace and thought I’d share it with you. Health As A Currency For Peace from Bill Frist on Vimeo.

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  • Clinton Bush Haiti Fund: Inveneo Project

    by Bill Frist

    See how the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s grant to Inveneo is empowering rural and underserved communities in Haiti with information and communications technologies. Their grant will accelerate the development of sustainable, high-speed wireless broadband connectivity to 20 population centers in six rural regions across Haiti, which will in turn stimulate economic growth and support decentralization…

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  • Clinton Bush Haiti Fund: YouthBuild IDEJEN Project

    by Bill Frist

    See how the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s grant to YouthBuild International, partnering with IDEJEN, will put young people back to work in Haiti and give them the skills necessary to rebuild their country. The centers will serve at-risk youth (ages 16–28) by providing them with vocational training in construction and leadership skills for the future….

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  • Clinton Bush Haiti Fund: Artisans in Jacmel

    by Bill Frist

    See how money from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has provided sales and marketing support for local artisans. Their funds also helped these local business people rebuild their workshops, damaged during the earthquake. Through our support, artisans were able to complete their order to Macy’s for its exclusive “Heart of Haiti” collection, inspired by the…

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  • Conversation: Exploring Global Health

    by Bill Frist

    Tuesday night I was in New York at an event for Harvard Medical School, “Conversation: Exploring Global Health.” Moderated by 60 Minutes’ Byron Pitts, the event was a conversation about the history and direction of global health with Dr. Paul Farmer, who among other things leads the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at…

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  • Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Update

    by Bill Frist

    In the ten months since the catastrophic earthquake, the Haitian people have been working towards rebuilding and recovering. But now, a devastating cholera epidemic is spreading, threatening progress. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is dedicated to funding initiatives that create jobs, teach skills, and assist local businesses. With programs that promote economic opportunity for all…

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  • UPDATE: Haiti Cholera Outbreak

    by Bill Frist

    I write to you today a little more optimistic than my last post on the developing disaster in Haiti. I will be keeping on top of the situation there and encourage you to stop by to read updates on my personal website, BillFrist.com. This weekend, I urgently emailed around the medical community, searching for desperately…

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  • Haiti Cholera Outbreak

    by Bill Frist

    As the cholera outbreak continues to ravage through Haiti, killing hundreds and inciting terror and riots throughout the country, I’m afraid I may have more bad news. It has come to my attention today that the cholera outbreak is being vastly underreported and underestimated. My sources on the ground in Haiti have estimated that the…

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  • Senator Frist on the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

    by Bill Frist

    Why is ending childhood obesity such an important issue for you? Why is ending childhood obesity such an important issue for you? from Bill Frist on Vimeo. What is the private sector’s role? What is the private sector’s role? from Bill Frist on Vimeo. Why should the private sector care about childhood obesity? Why should…

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  • Senator Frist’s Recommended Changes to US Health Care

    by Bill Frist

    I sat down with the Alliance for Health Reform earlier this year and talked about some necessary changes and helpful ideas for the future of healthcare reform. Watch the videos below to see my thoughts on the big changes needed to US health care and especially the need to support primary care. Sen. Bill Frist’s…

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  • Private sector must join in fight against child obesity

    by Bill Frist

    More than one-fifth of preschool children are overweight or obese. That’s 20 percent of kids 5 years old and younger who are already on track for chronic health problems such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease before their first day of kindergarten. That’s more than 4 million toddlers already queued up for health…

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