Register Now2018 Tennessee Healthcare Innovation Forum
October 15 – 16

Governing Board Co-Chairs

Matthew Gibson, PhD, FACHE Matthew Gibson, PhD, FACHE
Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer
Erlanger Health System
Bernard A. Harris, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP Bernard A. Harris, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP
NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut
Board Member
, Texas Medical Center
, Harris Foundation
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner
Vesalius Ventures
Thomas Miller Thomas Miller
Chief Executive Officer and President
Quorum Health
Alan Watson Alan Watson
Chief Executive Officer
Maury Regional Health
Tennessee Hospital Association

Governing Board Members

  • Karen Beam, RN, BS, MSN, CPHQ, CSSGB, Vice President Quality and Clinical Performance, Parkridge Health System
  • Julie A. Becker, DBA, MBA, BSN, RN, Chief Experience Officer/Vice President, RCCH HealthCare Partners
  • Robert M. Brooks, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Erlanger Health System
  • Roger Dmochowski, MD, Executive Director Risk Prevention, Professor, Department of Urologic Surgery, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Professionalism, Section of Surgical Sciences, Associate Surgeon-in-Chief, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Wesley Geminn, PharmD, Chief Pharmacist, State Opioid Treatment Authority, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Michael Herman, Chief Operating Officer, High Point Health System
  • Christopher E. Johnson, PhD, Professor and Chair, Health Management and Systems Sciences, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Services
  • Chris Lehmann, MD, FAAP, FACMI, MIAHSI, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Scott Lethi, RN, BA, BNS, MHA, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer, Cookeville Regional Medical Center
  • Amy Matthis, MSHA, MBA, CPHQ, Quality Outcomes Director, West Tennessee Healthcare
  • Anne Melton, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer, Sumner Regional Medical Center, High Point Health System
  • Sue Murphy, RN BSN MS, Chief Experience Officer, Patient Experience and Engagement Program, UChicago Medicine
  • Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN, Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Mark Penkhus, Vice President, HCA Physician Services Group, HCA Healthcare
  • Jennifer Radtke, BSN, RN, CEN, Infection Prevention Management, University of Tennessee Medical Center
  • Michele Reynolds, Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive, Quorum Health
  • David Robert, MD, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, West Tennessee Healthcare
  • Tim Scarvey, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development, HCA TriStar Health
  • Edward Septimus, MD, FIDSA, FACP, FSHEA, Vice President, Medical Director of Research and Infectious Disease, HCA Healthcare
  • Jennifer Slayton, RN, MSN, Executive Director, Quality and Improvement, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Brad Trom, Executive Director of Pharmacy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Tama Van Decar, MD, Chief Medical Officer, TriStar Health Division (HCA)
  • Lynda Watts, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Covenant Health – Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center
  • Herman Williams, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer, RCCH HealthCare Partners



We are currently working with the Governing Board to develop the agenda based on their insight and direction. We will post sessions and speakers as soon as they are finalized. Below is our general forum daily schedule.

Healthcare Innovation Forums 2018-19 Daily Schedule


Our speakers will be added in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned…


The Governing Board is reviewing nominated sponsors and selecting the industry-leading partners that they will be inviting to participate. For sponsorship inquiries, please email Steve Bangsund at

Title Sponsor

Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.

Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. is an in vitro diagnostics company dedicated to providing solutions for the global challenge of antibiotic resistance and hospital acquired infections. Established in 1987, the company began research activity for microbiology solutions in 2004 and relaunched in 2012 as Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. to develop and commercialize its first diagnostic platform.

BioFire Diagnostics

With more than 25 years of molecular experience, BioFire Diagnostics, LLC sets the standard for molecular diagnostics through its pioneering advances in syndromic infectious disease testing.

As BioMérieux’s Global Center of Excellence for Molecular Diagnostics, no other company has FDA-cleared and CE-IVD marked assays for more pathogens. BioFire Diagnostics has produced the easiest, fastest and most comprehensive multiplex PCR system available: the FilmArray.

The FilmArray System from BioFire is the new standard for syndromic infectious disease diagnostics. Simple, fast and comprehensive, the FilmArray delivers accurate results in about an hour. The right test, the first time can impact all areas of patient care. Healthcare providers can see faster diagnoses and improved antibiotic stewardship. Labs can see improved efficiency and reduced costs and downstream testing.

Supporting Sponsor

SLD Technology

SLD Technology designs and fabricates cutting-edge laminar airflow systems for operating room environments. Our AirFRAME® system, is an adaptation from the same downflow cleanroom systems utilized in semiconductor and the biopharma markets. This fully integrated solution brings air, lighting and ceiling-hung equipment supports into a single fixture that hangs above the patient bed.

Bringing it all together as a factory assembled system reduces schedule, coordination and site conflicts that require attention from multiple trades and vendors in field erected methods. Modules install in hours versus weeks using traditional methods and can accommodate tomorrow’s technology today.

Utilizing contamination control expertise and technologies from cleanrooms, SLD surpasses the minimum design guidelines as required by ASHRAE 170. SLD products offer a lower cost of ownership to all healthcare stakeholders by increasing contamination control while lowering maintenance and energy costs. AirFRAME® is the more efficient project delivery method on the market today.

Location and Venue

The Westin Nashville

The Westin Nashville
807 Clark Place
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: 1.615.248.2800 | Website

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Forum Contact

Please contact Steve about any of your forum or sponsorship needs.

Steve Bangsund, Executive Director, Healthcare Innovation ForumsSteve Bangsund

Executive Director
Healthcare Innovation Forums

503.765.5117 – Direct
503.481.5263 – Cell

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