All Kickoff Day & Finance and Innovation Day activities are at the Country Music Hall of Fame unless otherwise noted.

All times are Central Time (CT). All times and dates subject to change.

*ACHE only applied to Kick Off and Finance & Innovation Days. As an independent chartered chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the ACHE Middle Tennessee Chapter, is authorized to award a total of 6.5 hours of ACHE Qualified Education credits toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have it considered for ACHE Qualified Education credit should list their attendance when they apply to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.



11:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

11:30 – 12:30 pm

Lunch & Networking 

1:00 – 1:10 p.m.

Welcome and State of the Nashville Health Care Council

1:10-1:45 p.m.

Fireside Chat with Sam Hazen: If this Tree could talk…50 years
of building a fertile healthcare ecosystem from Nashville

Moderator: Bobby Frist, CEO, Healthstream

Speaker: Sam Hazen, CEO, HCA Healthcare

Impact Statement:  If this Tree could talk…

Nashville IS the front row seat to the industry.  Starting over 50 years ago with the founding of HCA to the now dynamic city that draws capital investment, entrepreneurs and talent from across the country, healthcare continues to be center stage for it all.  The story of how an ecosystem gets built, with deep expertise, capital investment, reinvestment, creative culture, and passion for people and place, will be told by leadership of the nation’s largest healthcare system and how it continues to evolve for the future.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Panel: Strategic Investments in Healthcare

Moderator: Michael Burcham, Executive Partner, Shore Capital Partners


Nancy-Ann DeParle, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Consonance

Julian Harris, Operating Partner, Deerfield PE & CEO, ConcertoCare

George Renaudin, President, Medicare and Medicaid, Humana

Impact Statement: 

Leaders in healthcare investing will share their vision for aligning their investment
portfolios and operations, to the pain points of payers, providers and the industry at
large. They will identify trends, explore practical applications along-side reimbursement
models, and opportunities for the future of healthcare and Nashville’s pivotal role.

2:30 – 3:05 p.m.

Fireside Chat with John Driscoll: Increasing Access to Care

Moderator: Cindy Baier, CEO, Brookdale Senior Living

Speaker: John Driscoll, President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Impact Statement: 

Our Care Delivery fireside chat explores how the scope of care has expanded in recent years, both in terms of where and the type of care that is given. Technology, paired with demand for health equity, has scaled healthcare outside of traditional settings. The home, office, and retail consumer locations are all viewed as potential sites of care. At the same time, behavioral health is being increasingly integrated with physical health to achieve a more holistic view of health for patients. Speakers will dive deep into the implications of these trends for payers, providers, and the broader healthcare ecosystem.

3:05 – 3:25 p.m.


3:25 – 4:10 p.m.

Panel: AI in Healthcare, Where are we now? A primer on the state of artificial intelligence in the healthcare space.

Moderator: Marty Bonick, CEO, Ardent Health


Aneesh Chopra, CEO, CareJourney

Julie Yoo, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Amy Waldron, Global Leader, Healthcare & Life Sciences Solutions, Google Cloud

Impact Statement:

AI has taken the world by storm, consistently mentioned across media outlets and in strategy sessions, and increasingly part of regular office conversation. In this panel, we explore how AI is being used across operators of various sizes and across unique applications. We bring a financial lens to the technology and hear how investors are shaping their theses in the space, where they are feeling optimistic, and where they see limitations. 

4:10 – 4:55 p.m.

Panel: How Collaboration is Driving the Future of Healthcare

Moderator: Michal Lementowski, Barclays, Managing Director – Investment Banking – Global Healthcare Group


Neil de Crescenzo, CEO Optum Insight

Chris Hunter, CEO, Acadia

Tim Hingtgen, CEO, Community Health Systems

Impact Statement: 

We sit in unique seats as leaders of healthcare entities within this very specific point in time. This Nashville leadership panel will reflect on the learnings that have come from the pandemic, including the tensions between workforce challenges and delivering high quality care. As a strategy healthcare hub of the US, Nashville is well positioned to influence the forward-looking view of the industry at large. With this perspective comes potential solutions, but also honest challenges, including how we can bridge delivery of care, cost of care, leadership, and innovation together. This panel will explore the dynamics at play that support collaboration in Nashville, and how organizations can harness a collectively deep and diverse healthcare expertise to meaningfully rethink healthcare in America.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Session KickOff Reception



8:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Breakfast & Networking

9:30 – 9:40 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:40 – 10:10 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Adam Boehler, CEO, Rubicon Founders: The State of Healthcare

Moderator: Rick Landgarten, Managing Director, Global Head of Healthcare, Barclays

Speaker: Adam Boehler, CEO, Rubicon Founders

Impact Statement:

The US spends nearly 20% of its GDP on healthcare, and overall employment in healthcare is expected to grow 13% through 2031. Supporting a sector of the economy requires an ecosystem approach between traditional providers and tech giants, between healthcare hubs and remote geographies, and between the public and private players. We’ll discuss some of the major trends we see across the healthcare landscape today, and preview how our speakers will tackle targeted deep dives throughout the day.


10:10 – 10:50 a.m.

Panel: Consumerization of Care & Increased Role of Retail

Moderator: Paul Kusserow, Chairman, Amedisys


Kevin Ban, Chief Medical Office, Walgreens

Marc Watkins, Chief Medical Officer, Kroger Health

Dave Johnson, CEO, 4sight Health

Impact Statement:

As patients increasingly take charge of their own healthcare decisions, they are seeking convenient and accessible information and solutions for their medical needs. Retailers can fill an important role in closing care gaps across settings, providing a range of services beyond traditional prescription fulfillment. In this panel, we explore how traditional consumer players are intersecting and partnering with the healthcare ecosystem. We will explore consumerism for all aspects of the market from urgent and acute through chronic illness.

10:50 – 11:10 a.m.


11:10 – 11:50 a.m.

Panel: Fueling the Momentum of Value-based Care

Moderator: Will Shrank , Venture Partner, Andreessen Horowitz


Wyatt Decker, Executive Vice President, Chief Physician, Value-Based Care, UnitedHealth Group 

Brad Smith, Founder & CEO, Russell Street Ventures

Rob Allen, CEO, Intermountain

Impact Statement:
The shift toward value-based care has been a catalyst for innovations in care delivery and expanded the way we think about who participates in the healthcare system. In this panel, we’ll hear from a diverse set of seasoned leaders who approach value-based care from their unique vantage point—across scale, policy expertise, rural populations, and a payer-provider angle. They’ll reflect on where they’ve been and where they are going to further evolve the value-based care stack.

Noon – 1:00 pm

Lunch & Networking

1:10 – 1:40 p.m.

Fireside Chat with Alex Karp, CEO, Palantir: What it Takes to Win

Moderator: David Dill, Chairman & CEO, Lifepoint Health

Speaker: Alex Karp, CEO, Palantir

Impact Statement:

Envisioning a new paradigm in healthcare requires stretching our beliefs about the art of the possible. Technology enables that creativity and has the power to unlock significant development across the value chain, from drug discovery to hospital operations and from unified health data to clinical pathways. During this chat, we first look outward and explore some of the most innovative forms of tech today and follow by bringing this into strategies for the present day.

1:40 – 2:20 p.m.

Panel: Beyond the Hype: Generative AI IRL Today

Moderator: Jessie Beegle, Chief Innovation Officer, Lifepoint Health


Aashima Gupta, Global Director, Healthcare Strategy and Solutions, Google Cloud

Shivdev Rao, CEO & Co-Founder, Abridge

Mangesh Patil, Chief Data Analytics Officer, HCA Healthcare

Impact Statement:

Generative AI is slated to change many of the ways we practice and interact with healthcare, increasing productivity and access to care, while decreasing costs. 75% of health system executives believe generative AI has reached a turning point in its ability to reshape the industry, however, only 6% have an established strategy. In this session, we’ll lay the foundation (in laymen’s terms) for the fundamentals of Generative AI (what it is and what it isn’t), discuss real world applications being used in the industry today (how you can think about the technology and where your organization can start), and foreshadow where the technology will take us next.

2:20 – 2:40 p.m.


2:40 – 3:20 p.m.

Panel: Corporates as Investors

Moderator: Tom Cowhey, Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, CVS Health


Vishal Agrawal, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer, Humana

Brian Regan, vHead of Healthcare, Welsh Carson

Amy Mulderry, SVP and Chief Development Officer and CFO Carelon, Elevance Health

Impact Statement:

When corporations make big investments, we see how core business capabilities can take capital farther, and drive greater impact. The past few years in healthcare have witnessed meaningful M&A activity and partnerships from payers, providers, retailers, and pharmacies. As stakeholders look to expand their ownership of the patient’s care continuum, we see new partnerships being forged and a new era in care delivery models.

3:20 – 4:00 p.m.

Leadership Panel: Reflections on the Future of Healthcare

Moderator: Jon Kaplan, Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group


Lynn Simon, President, Healthcare Innovation & Chief Medical Officer, CHS

Stu Clark, CEO, Premise Health

Nancy Brown, General Partner, Oak 

Impact Statement:

Our closing panel is not one to miss, inviting reflections from Sessions and presenting honest opinions from leading operators and investors. You’ll hear where leaders converge on forward looking trends, diverge on the path to get there, and watch them debate lessons of the day. The editorial style commentary promises to be candid and thoughtful in offering fresh perspectives that synthesize learnings from Sessions.

4:00 p.m.




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