Nashville Health Care Council Fellows

“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 University Medical Center, Fellows Class of 2013

Nashville is a one-of-a-kind city.  It is a melting pot of music, culture, people, and healthcare, the often-neglected facet of Nashville, despite being Nashville’s biggest industry.  In Middle Tennessee alone, there are 250 healthcare companies, 16 public companies, $70 billion in global revenue, and 400,000 global jobs, making the “Athens of the South” also the Silicon Valley of Healthcare.  While other cities throughout the country can meet those numbers, none other can beat the unprecedented collaboration, one-of-a-kind innovation and implementation, and combined expertise of current healthcare leaders.


Recently, I developed and began teaching a course in conjunction with the Nashville Health Care Council.  In the ever-changing industry of healthcare, what worked yesterday or today does not translate into what will work tomorrow, which many of these students have already come to realize with their existing experiences.  The only way we can combat the upcoming tough challenges of the healthcare industry is for the leaders of today to come together and train the leaders of tomorrow to face challenges in the context of privately-held start ups all the way to publicly-traded companies through innovative collaboration.  Together, we can develop strong solutions to the problems of today and tomorrow.

Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Dinner on June 28, 2013. by Donn Jones.

To adequately teach this course on collaboration, I had to collaborate myself, so my colleagues from the healthcare industry of Nashville came together with me to create and teach the innovative curriculum.  The healthcare legacy needs to be carried on, and I hope that the future leaders from this Fellow course will launch themselves with the skills needed to think outside the box and collaborate to solve healthcare’s toughest problems, all while bettering themselves, their companies, and, ultimately, their communities.


Nashville Flooding and What You Can Do

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 the damage sustained to their homes. Nashville institutions like the Grand Ole Opry House, Broadway and the Opryland hotel have sustained heavy damage. The Obama Administration has declared Cheatham, Davidson, Dyer, Hickman, Montgomery, and Williamson counties federal disaster areas, and it will take months and lots of hard work to repair the areas damaged.

However, with the barrage of bad news, I find it very uplifting to see people from all over the area coming together to help those in need. With every picture of devastation, you see three pictures of neighbors, first responders and families pitching in to rescue people in need and lend a hand to those who have lost so much. This truly captures the essence of the Volunteer State. Our leaders have also done a fantastic job including Mayor Karl Dean and Governor Phil Bredesen.

I continue to have people come up to me and ask, “how can I help?” I have been directing people to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. They have been working in partnership with Davidson County’s Office of Emergency Management for the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund. According to the CMFT, grants from the fund will support relief and restoration in the Davidson County area. For more information, you can visit

Chapters of the Red Cross have been operating shelters all across Middle Tennessee to help those suffering from loss. For more information about the Red Cross’ work, please visit