Nashville Health Care Council Names AmSurg Vice President Mark Wainner to Inaugural Fellows Class

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — AmSurg is pleased to announce that Vice President, Financial Operations and Revenue Management, Contracting Mark Wainner has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The Fellows initiative engages industry leaders in addressing health care’s greatest challenges and exploring new strategies to meet these issues facing the U.S. health care system today.

The inaugural class, selected by the Council Fellows Advisory Committee headed by Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., includes 33 of the nation’s top health care executives.

“We set out to assemble a class whose intellect, experience and industry focus spanned the full spectrum of health care,” said Frist, co-director of the Council Fellows. “These individuals, pulled from the best and brightest our industry has to offer, have a challenging task ahead, and we look forward to their work.”

“Our goal for this program is to create a forum for thought leadership and help guide the future of the health care industry – in Nashville and around the country,” said Ben Leedle, president and CEO of Healthways and chairman of the Council.

The Council Fellows Initiative

The Fellows is the next step in building Nashville’s rich health care legacy of leadership, innovation and creativity.  The initiative will engage these key professionals to better implement business strategies, create value, drive industry growth and effect change.

“In this era of unprecedented transformation, it’s critical we take a deliberate approach to shaping the health care industry – and especially training its leaders – so that Nashville continues on a strong path forward,” said Caroline Young, Council president.

The Fellows curriculum includes eight day-long sessions, held between March and June, which will leverage the expertise of the industry’s founding experts in Nashville, as well as nationally-known figures and leading academic institutions.  Topics as part of an integrated curriculum include: industry trends, strategic opportunities, leadership skill development, change management, innovation, entrepreneurship and globalization. Personalized leadership training and a unique immersion component are also hallmarks of the specially-designed curriculum. The sessions will be hosted at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

“This is the right time and Nashville is the right place for the Fellows initiative,” said Larry Van Horn, co-director of the Fellows and health care management and economics professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. “The convergence of this curriculum, these regarded speakers and this impressive list of class members will foster meaningful discussion that we cannot delay any further.

The Fellows initiative is presented in partnership with: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee,Community Health SystemsHCAHealthwaysLifePoint Hospitals and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

More information, including class member biographies, curriculum information and biographies of speakers, will be posted throughout the next month at

About the Nashville Health Care Council

The Nashville Health Care Council, founded in 1995 as an initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is an association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than $70 billion in revenue and over 400,000 jobs, and is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit