Healthcare leaders in Austin, Texas, are trying to replicate the success that Nashville has enjoyed as a national incubator of healthcare innovation and services.
Former U.S. Senator Dr. Bill Frist of Nashville told the inaugural meeting of the Austin Healthcare Council last week that literally hundreds of companies popped up in Nashville because of the spirit of collaboration fostered there by leaders and the Nashville Health Care Council.
Frist, a heart-transplant surgeon who served as Senate majority leader between 2003 and 2007, was a member of the family that founded HCA Holdings.
He said the Austin Healthcare Council is a good way to engage the many hospitals, physicians and technology companies in the region in a dialogue about the future of consumer transparency and quality and cost.
The Nashville council, which was started in 1995, has an annual budget of $3.3 million to bring together dozens of healthcare CEOs monthly for meetings, hold public forums and host a leadership fellowship that grooms up-and-coming executives for their challenge.
Gus Cardenas, president of the Austin Council, said his group hopes to build that kind of programming in the future.