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About Us

A Vibrant Industry in Austin

Healthcare is one of Austin's largest and fastest-growing industries, with 87,000 local jobs and an annual payroll of more than $5 billion. Austin is home to six publicly traded healthcare company headquarters that generate approximately 5,600 jobs (700 locally) and $1.3 billion in annual revenue worldwide.  The impact of healthcare will continue to grow and the AHC wants to make sure Austin is at the forefront in innovation and leadership.  AHC is working through education, mentoring, networking, and international programs, to foster a supportive environment for healthcare and bring together a wide spectrum of organizations, including:

• Hospitals
• Physicians
• Outpatient Services
• Pharmaceuticals
• Medical Technology
• Digital Health
• Device Manufacturers
• Academia
• Professional Service Providers
• Government Agencies

Mission Statement

The Austin Healthcare Council is a non-profit organization created by healthcare industry leaders working together to further establish Austin’s position as a global healthcare innovation center.


Speaker at Conference

The Austin Healthcare Council Fellows

The Austin Healthcare Council Fellows initiative is designed to engage, educate, and foster leadership among those who will carry our industry forward through an era of unprecedented change. Fellows bring together select industry executives to explore new solutions that meet the challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system in years ahead. The annual initiative engages these key professionals to better implement business strategies, create value, and effect change.

Health Transformation Summit - June 7th & 8th

Partnering for Success:  Modern Healthcare  Magazine and Austin Healthcare Council team up to present a two day event to bring together senior executives from hospitals and heatlh system, suppliers, payers and venture capitalist along with other entities along the care continuum to discuss how the healthcare industry is changing and how leaders can drive and implement transformation in their own organizations. Achieving next generation healthcare transformation through innovation, communication, and collaboration.

Board of Directors

Mini Kahlon

 Mini Kahlon, PhD, Board Chair

University of Texas, Dell Medical School

Gus Cardenas*
Austin Healthcare Council, President 

Bill Rice, M.D.
St. David’s Healthcare, Sr VP Clinical Innovations

Norm Chenven, M.D.
Austin Regional Clinic, CEO / Founder

Laura Howard
Ernst & Young, Principal 

Emma Cartmell
Capello Group Inc., Managing  Partner 

Charles Barnett, Board Vice Chair

Charles Barnett, Board Vice Chair

Compass Strategic Solutions, CEO

Philip A. Sanger, M.D.*
Texo Ventures, Managing Partner

William McLellan*
Austin Healthcare Council, Board Member

Jay Fox
Baylor, Scott, & White, CEO

Greg Hartman
Seton Hospital, President of External/Academic Affairs

Mitch Morris, M.D.
Optum, Executive Vice President

Learn More about Austin Healthcare Council

Austin Healthcare Council is apolitical and does not lobby government or take positions on healthcare policy issues.