Lee announces membership of Health Care Modernization Task Force

Gov. Bill Lee welcomes delegates to a summit on economically distressed counties in Linden on Aug. 13, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee has announced the membership of his Health Care Modernization Task Force. Here is who’s on it:


  • Stuart McWhorter, commissioner of the state Department of Finance and Administration.
  • Bill Carpenter, former chairman and CEO of LifePoint Health.

Task force membership:

  • James Bailey, professor and director of the Center for Health System Improvement at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
  • Mike Carrigan, chief administrator of Premier Medical Group.
  • Brian DeBusk, first vice-chairman on the board of trustees if Lincoln Memorial University.
    James Hildreth, president of Meharry Medical C0llege.
  • Melanie Keller, CEO Meritan Inc.
  • Mary Kiger, executive director of TN Charitable Care Network.
  • Kathie Krause, chief nursing officer at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
  • Shantelle Leatherwood, CEO of Christ Community Health Services.
  • Alan Levine, chairman, president, and CEO of Ballad Health.
  • Jim King, family physician.
  • Kim Parker, director of inpatient and crisis services, Pathways Behavioral Health Services.
  • Jeff Tibbals, Scott County Mayor.
  • Michael Ugwueke, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
  • Andrea Willis, chief medical officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
  • Randy Wykoff, dean and professor of the College of Public Health at  East Tennessee State University.

Lawmaker members:

  • Senate Speaker Pro Tem Ferrell Haile, R-Gallatin.
  • Senate Finance Chair Bo Watson, R-Hixson.
  • Senate Commerce Chair Paul Bailey, R-Sparta.
  • Senator Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis.
  • House Utilities Subcommittee Chair Pat Marsh, R-Shelbyville.
  • House Insurance Committee Chair Robin Smith, R-Hixson.
  • House Business Subcommittee Chair Ron Travis, R-Dayton.
  • Rep. John DeBerry Jr., D-Memphis.

7 Responses to Lee announces membership of Health Care Modernization Task Force

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    jim east says:

    TONS of “these and those” on this board but what about average citizens, Gov. — where are they on this body ???

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    steve cates says:

    I see no “average citizens” nor any active, main-stream DEMS!!

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    Lenny says:

    All from the Democrat Party

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    Helen G Lewis says:

    Tech gadgets has taken the market….and now healthcare…Is there any kind of quality control or batteries checks…How many professional can operate these devices…and can you buy replacement parts…or the new version has already replaced your current model……?? Can you depend on the FDA????….I have been on both sides of the fence….Having critical insults to put in a down computer system and been a patient waiting for the computer to come back up….the computer stops, it all stops……And my chart can be hacked….and my info, sent to telemarketers, marketers…..it will be for sale….

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    MANY of the names on the list are wealthy democrats. Average citizens don’t understand the issue most likely

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      MARLE says:

      Yeah….average citizens should just shut up and pay the bills. Same is true of education appropriations and a whole host of other bright idea initiatives.

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