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4th Annual Memphis Business Group on Health Conference


On September 6th, Memphis Business Group on Health hosted over 100 healthcare professionals at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis for its 4th Annual Conference.  The conference also convened a nationwide array of healthcare influencers under the overarching theme, You Can Get There From Here: Navigating Your Way To Effective Health Benefits in Changing Times.     

Bryan Jordan, Chairman, President and CEO of First Horizon National Corporation anchored the day’s events that featured John Santa with Consumer Reports; Clayton Nicholas, Vice President of Change Healthcare; and Debra Torres of CDC’s Division of Diabetes  and Lisa Chapman-Smith. 

It was a day of both education and inspiration as the speakers enlightened the audience with facts and findings about issues like overused or unnecessary tests at the doctor’s office and price transparency tools that allow both companies and employees to save on their healthcare investment without sacrificing quality of care. Debra Torres and Lisa Chapman-Smith spoke to the group about working with employees to preemptively strike diabetes before it has a chance to fully bloom. They shared evidence from the Diabetes Prevention Program about the power of awareness and adherence to meds and diet that have allowed many of their participants, who are classified as pre-diabetic, to live well and avoid the worst case scenario.  

The conference concluded with a panel comprised of leaders from “the big three” in the city– David Archer, CEO- Memphis Market, Saint Francis Healthcare; Jason Little, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation; and Gary Shorb, CEO, Methodist Healthcare. They collectively discussed the changing role of hospitals and health systems and the impact these changes will have on health benefits, bringing the healthcare debate right to our own backyard.  


“This year’s conference was perhaps the most informative and timely to date. There is a war raging in our nation around healthcare. There are so many uncertainties. This was the perfect forum to get some of the burning questions answered and to get people engaged in a meaningful, constructive discourse,” says Cristie Upshaw Travis.  

She continues, “I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the speakers who joined us to make this year’s conference such a success.  And of course, we are always thankful for the attendees. There is no conference without an audience!”

See our articles in the Memphis Business Journal, Commercial Appeal and Memphis Daily News.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 2:28 PM

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