Greater Nashville Board of American Heart Association wins Gold Award

Keith Churchwell, Kelley Tune, Clay Bright, Glen Golemi

Keith Churchwell, Kelley Tune, Clay Bright, Glen Golemi

The Greater Nashville board of directors of the American Heart Association recently earned national recognition for its work saving and improving lives in the Middle Tennessee community. The prestigious Gold award recognizes the Greater Nashville board as one of the top American Heart Association boards in the country.

The American Heart Association recognizes these boards for their local impact, which in turn helps build toward the association’s nationwide goal to dramatically improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 2020.

“As we launched our 2020 Impact Goal, we recognized that we will only achieve it if we engage more volunteers, more deeply,” said Kelley Tune, Metro vice president for the American Heart Association’s Greater Nashville chapter. “Strengthening the core of our volunteer leadership, our local boards and committees, is one of the keys to our success.”

The Greater Nashville board is engaging area business leaders to join forces and make a health impact on their community, by having their own companies participate in heart health movements such as Go Red For Women and My Heart, My Life; addressing childhood obesity by engaging more Middle Tennessee schools to participate in Jump Rope For Heart and Red Out heart health school programs; advocating for public policy encouraging a healthy community; and reinforcing leadership for American Heart Association causes. Together, they are driving toward the association’s 2020 Impact Goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%.

The award-winning Greater Nashville board includes:
2013-2014 Board Chairman Deborah Pitts
2013-2014 Board President Marilyn Dubree, chief executive nursing officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Executive Cabinet
Keith B. Churchwell, M.D., chief medical officer, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute
Gregory G. Bashian, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S., Centennial Heart Cardiovascular Consultants, board president-elect
Clay Bright, vice president, Brasfield and Gorrie, past board chairman
Dick Cowart, Health/Public Policy chair, Baker, Donelson, Bearman and Caldwell
George Crossley, M.D., Saint Thomas Heart, past board president
Angela Humphreys, partner, Bass, Berry and Sims, board chair-elect
Dick Miller, president, Earl Swensson and Associates
James C. Seabury III, CEO, Enterprise Electric, LLC
Keith Wolken, CEO, SMS Holdings Corporation
2013-2014 board members
Jason Boyd, COO and interim CEO, Metropolitan Hospital Authority, Nashville General Hospital at Meharry
Fred Carr, COO, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Ernie Clevenger, president, CareHere, LLC.
Julie Damp, M.D., internal medicine, Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute
David Dill, president/COO, LifePoint Hospitals, Inc.
Bruce Doeg, Business Department chair, Baker Donelson Bearman & Caldwell
James Drumwright, COO, TriStar Heart
Ken Harms, COO, UPS MidSouth District
Kate Herman, president and publisher, Nashville Business Journal
Ben R. Leedle, president/CEO, Healthways, Inc.
Randy Lowry, president, Lipscomb University
Charles P. Mouton, M.D., MS, SVP for health affairs and dean, Meharry Medical College
Steve Otto, CEO, TriStar Skyline Medical Center
Brad Perkins, M.D., chief transformation officer, Vanguard Health Systems
C. Wright Pinson, M.D., CEO, Vanderbilt Health System
Dawn Rudolph, chief experience officer, Saint Thomas Health
Denise Wilder Warren, SVP and CFO, Capella Healthcare, Inc.


Joey Barnett, M.D., PHD, vice chairman of pharmacology, professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology and director of graduate studies in pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Steven V. Manoukian, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, vice president and medical director of cardiovascular services, HCA
Advisor Samuel Hazen, president of operations, HCA