Nashville Health Care Council Names Premise Health Executive to 2015 Fellows Class

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 2, 2015 – Premise Health™ a leading worksite health and patient engagement company dedicated to improving the cost and quality of employee health care, announced today that Beth Ratliff, senior vice president, has been selected as a member of the 2015 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. Now in its third year, the Council Fellows initiative engages industry leaders in clearly defining health care’s greatest challenges and exploring business strategies to navigate the complex issues facing the U.S. health care system.

“We are honored that Premise Health will be represented in the 2015 Council Fellows class, and we are excited for Beth,” said Stuart Clark, CEO, Premise Health.  “Beth is a valuable contributor to our organization and embodies the Premise Health mission of helping people get, stay and be well.  We know that the experiences she receives in this program will support our innovation and strategy efforts here at Premise Health.”

“It is an honor to be selected as a 2015 Council Fellow amongst such a talented group of individuals,” said Ms. Ratliff. “The 2015 Fellows class is made up of industry executives with diverse experiences and backgrounds; I look forward to contributing to the exciting discussions that are sure to take place.”

The 2015 class, selected by the Council Fellows Advisory Committee led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., includes 36 of the nation’s top health care executives.

“The 2015 Fellows include some of the industry’s best and brightest leaders with experience and industry focus spanning all sectors of health care,” said Dr. Frist, who co-directs the initiative with Larry Van Horn, a leading expert in health care management and economics and professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. “These individuals have a challenging task ahead, and I look forward to the meaningful discussion and debate that will come from our rigorous curriculum.”

The Fellows program, launched by the Council in 2013, is the next step in continuing Nashville’s health care legacy of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. The initiative engages key professionals to better implement business strategies, create value, drive industry growth and effect change on local, national and international levels.

“Over the past four decades, Nashville has become the nation’s health care industry capital. An initiative like this is a natural fit for Nashville, and we’re greatly encouraged by the innovative ideas and strong connections developing through Fellows,” said Caroline Young, Council president.

“Nashville is uniquely positioned to offer this one-of-a-kind curriculum,” said Van Horn. “In just a short time, Fellows alumni are excelling within their own organizations and creating new opportunities for Nashville.”

The eight daylong sessions, held between January and May, will utilize the expertise of industry leaders in Nashville, as well as nationally known figures and leading academic institutions. The integrated curriculum will include topics such as health care policy reform, shifts in reimbursement systems, disruptive innovation in technology, and advancements in personalized medicine, consumerism, integrated delivery networks, population health management and globalization.

Executive skills development 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.

The Council Fellows program is presented in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, HCA, Healthways, LifePoint Hospitals and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

More information, including class member biographies, will be posted at as it becomes available.

About 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

About Premise Health

Premise Health is a leading worksite health and patient engagement company dedicated to improving the cost and quality of employee healthcare.  With more than 40 years of experience, Premise Health manages more than 500 worksite-based health and wellness centers across the country.  The company serves more than 200 of the nation’s leading employers, including a significant number of the Fortune 1000.  Premise Health is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry.  For more information on Premise Health, visit