Overview

Recognizing that his hometown—despite its reputation as a health services capital—ranked far behind peer cities in community health, physician and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist established a robust, collaborative health movement: NashvilleHealth.

Focus Areas

Davidson County ranks 83 out of 95 Tennessee counties for child wellbeing. We must do more to make sure every child grows up in a healthy, safe environment.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Concentrating on this issue, is critical to improving health in Nashville.

Many Nashvillians use tobacco products, risking their health and those around them. 
To help our community, our goal is to decrease the percentage of those who smoke.

Leadership

U.S. Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Founder & Chairman

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U.S. Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Founder & Chairman

Senator William Frist, M.D. is a nationally-acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Board of the health service private equity firm Cressey & Company. He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.

Senator Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Frist completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford. As the founder and director of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, he performed over 150 heart and lung transplants, authored over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles, and published seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, and leadership. He is board certified in both general and heart surgery.

Dr. Frist annually has led medical mission trips to Africa and Haiti, and emergency response teams to disasters around the globe, including to Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Bangladesh, Sudan, New Orleans after Katrina, Haiti after the earthquake, and the horn of Africa. He is chairman of both Hope Through Healing Hands, which focuses on maternal and child health and global poverty, and SCORE, a statewide collaborative education reform organization that has helped propel Tennessee to prominence as a K12 education reform state. Most recently he launched NashvilleHealth, a community wide initiative that creates a culture of health and wellbeing by serving as a convener to open dialogue, align resources and build smart strategic partnerships to forge a dynamic plan to improve the health of all Nashvillians.

His current board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Kaiser Family Foundation, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Bipartisan Policy Center, and Nashville Health Care Council. He is a member of the advisory committees for global health at Duke, Harvard, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. His previous board service includes Princeton University and the Smithsonian Institution.

In the private sector, he serves on three public company boards, Select Medical, Teladoc and AECOM, (the largest engineering/architectural company in the world). In addition he is a board member of Unitek (nursing and information technology), Aegis (lab), Aspire (palliative care), MDSave (health consumerism), Cognosante (information technology in health) and Accolade (patient navigation). Past board service includes Third National SunTrust Bank in Tennessee.

Currently Dr. Frist serves as an adjunct professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University and clinical professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College. As a leading authority on healthcare, Senator Frist speaks nationally on health reform, government policy, global health, education reform, and volunteerism.

Dr. Frist is married and has three sons and lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

Caroline Young

Executive Director

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Caroline Young

Executive Director

Caroline Young is the executive director of NashvilleHealth, an initiative focused on improving the health of the citizens of Nashville-Davidson County. NashvilleHealth is chaired and was created by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in an effort to address area health equity issues and ensure Nashville continues to be a great place to live and work.

Prior to leading NashvilleHealth, Caroline served as president of the Nashville Health Care Council, one of the nationʼs foremost healthcare industry associations. Under her leadership, the Councilʼs membership grew to encompass 300 diverse organizations and launched the one-of-a-kind Fellows initiative designed to further the skills of senior business leaders. Additionally, the Councilʼs innovative Leadership Health Care program, dedicated to nurturing the talents of Nashvilleʼs next generation of healthcare industry leaders, expanded to nearly 1,000 members.

Prior to joining the Council, Caroline was the founding executive director of Life Science Tennessee (formerly known as the Tennessee Biotechnology Association). She also served as the director of communications and advertising for the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD).

Caroline holds a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi.

Molly Sudderth

Director of Community Engagement

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Molly Sudderth

Director of Community Engagement

Molly Sudderth serves as director of Community Engagement for NashvilleHealth and is responsible for managing the organizationʼs outreach efforts, and assisting with implementation of key strategies to support its efforts to build a collective, community-wide approach toward a culture of health.

Sudderth has worked in communications in both the public and private sectors in Tennessee for almost 20 years, including serving in senior positions with the Nashville Convention & Visitorʼs Bureau, the Office of former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell and the Tennessee Departments of Childrenʼs Services and Economic and Community Development.

Prior to joining NashvilleHealth, she served as senior director of Community Relations at the Governorʼs Foundation for Health and Wellness and was responsible for leading the foundationʼs Healthier Tennessee Communities program.

A Nashville native, Sudderth holds a bachelorʼs degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

A SPECIAL THANKS

NashvilleHealth Change Makers

Our NashvilleHealth partners are providing the leadership, collaboration, and investment critical to setting our city on a path toward a healthier future.

Executive Board

William H. Frist, M.D.

Partner, Cressey & Co.
Founder and Chairman

Joel Bradley, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer
United Healthcare Community Plan

Jeffrey R. Balser, Ph.D., M.D.

President and CEO,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

William F. Carpenter III

Chairman and CEO,
LifePoint Health

Neil de Crescenzo

President and CEO,
Change Healthcare

Bob Dittus, M.D., MPH

Executive Vice President
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Gary Garfield

Past Chairman, President and CEO,
Bridgestone Americas

James E. K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D.

President and CEO,
Meharry Medical College

R. Milton Johnson

Chairman and CEO,
HCA

Rita Johnson-Mills

CEO
rjMills Enterprises

Ken Levitan

President and Founder,
Vector Management

Wanda Lyle

Managing Director,
UBS Nashville Business Solutions Center

Bill Paul, M.D.,

Director,
Metro Public Health Department

Ralph J. Schulz, Jr.

President and CEO,
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Karen Springer

President of Healthcare Operations
Ascension Health

Donato J. Tramuto

CEO,
Tivity Health

Stephaine Hale Walker, M.D.

Overseer of Health & Wellness
Mt. Zion Baptist Church and
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship

Joseph Webb, D.Sc.,

CEO,
Nashville General Hospital

Andrea Willis, M.D.,

Senior Vice President and CMO,
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Steering Committee

Nancy Anness

Chief Advocacy Officer
Saint Thomas Health

Stephanie Bailey, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Meharry Medical College

Melinda Buntin, Ph.D.

Chair, College of Health Policy
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

John Chobanian

VP, Operations
Governor’s Foundation for Health & Wellness

Terry Cook

Tennessee State Director
The Nature Conservancy, Tennessee

Magi Curtis

Partner
Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock

Dan Dummermuth

President & CEO
YMCA of Middle Tennessee

John Esposito

Chairman & CEO
Warner Music Nashville

Michelle Fiscus, M.D.

Deputy Medical Director, Division of Family Health and Wellness

Tennessee Department of Health

Gary Gaston

Executive Director
Nashville Civic Design Center

William “Todd” Henry

Deputy Chief of Police
Metro Nashville Police Department

Hayley Hovious

President
Nashville Health Care Council

Phil Johnston, PharmD.

Professor & Dean
Belmont University College of Pharmacy

Shawn Joseph, Ed.D.

Director
Metro Nashville Public Schools

Patricia Kirkpatrick

Director, Quality Improvement

Amerigroup

Rebecca Leslie

Executive Director
Nashville Academy of Medicine

Bill Paul, M.D.

Director of Health
Metropolitan Nashville Public Health Department

Dexter Samuels, Ph.D.

Executive Director
RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College

Vicki Shepard

Vice President, Government and Industry Relations
Tivity Health

Divya Shroff, M.D.

CMO
Tristar Centennial Medical Center

Tom Starling Ed.D.

President & CEO
Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee

Joseph Webb, D.Sc.

CEO
Nashville General Hospital

Consuelo Wilkins, M.D.

Executive Director
Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Michele Williams, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

Kristen Zak

Senior Health Policy Advisor

Office of the Mayor

NashvilleHealth Partners

Aegis Sciences Corporation

Alignment Nashville

Alive Hospice

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

Amerigroup

Baby & Co.

Bank of America

Baptist Healing Trust

Bass Berry & Sims

Belmont University

Belmont University School of Pharmacy

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Bridgestone Americas

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Catalyst Healthcare Research

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Change Healthcare

Cigna HealthSpring

Colliers International

Connectus Health

Cressey & Co.

Cumberland Consulting Group

Cumberland Pediatric Foundation

CVS Health

eTransX, Inc.

Faith Family Medical Clinic

Governorʼs Foundation for Health and Wellness

Hall Strategies

HCA

Healthy Nashville Leadership Council

The Heimerdinger Foundation

Hope Through Healing Hands

Hope Clinic for Women

Interfaith Dental Clinic

Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock

LifePoint Health

Lipscomb School of Pharmacy

March of Dimes

Martha OʼBryan Center

Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

Meharry Medical College

Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee

Metro Public Health Department

Metro Nashville Police Department

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Metro Developmental Housing Agency

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Nashville Academy of Medicine

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Nashville Civic Design Center

Nashville General Hospital

Nashville General Hospital

Nashville Health Care Council

Neighborhood Health

New Beginnings Center

Nurses for Newborns

Office of the Mayor

Office of Senator Bill Frist

Pfizer

Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College

Safety Net Consortium

Saint Thomas Health

Siloam Family Health Center

TennCare

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Hospital Association

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Tennessee Pharmacists Association

Tennessee Primary Care Association

Tennessee Public Health Association

Tennessee State University

The Little Clinic

The Nature Conservancy

Tivity Health

TriStar Centennial Medical Center

UBS Nashville Business Solutions Center

UnitedHealthcare

United Way

Urology Associates

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Medicine

Vector Management

Warner Music Nashville

Walgreens

Womenʼs Heart Alliance

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

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