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HealthCare Transformation Summit

About Us

A Vibrant Industry in Austin

Healthcare is one of Austin's largest and fastest-growing industries, with 172,500 local jobs and an annual payroll of more than $5.2 billion.  Austin is home to nine publicly traded healthcare company headquarters that generate approximately 6,000 jobs (850 locally).  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 in its design stage, 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.

Modern Healthcare / Austin Healthcare Council / Healthcare Transformation Summit 2019

 At this unique, two day event, Modern Healthcare in conjunction with the Austin Healthcare Council will bring together senior executives from hospitals and health systems, suppliers, payers, venture capitalist, and other entities along the care continuum to discuss how the heatlhcare industry is changing, and how leaders can drive and implement transformation in their own organizations.

For more information and registration click the Healthcare Transformation logo at top of the page or see our Events tab.

Board of Directors

Charles Barnett, Board Vice Chair

 Charles Barnett 
Board Chair

Compass Strategic Solutions, CEO

Gus Cardenas
Austin Healthcare Council, President/CEO 

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

Jay Fox
Baylor, Scott, & White, CEO

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

Earl Maxwell
St. David’s Foundation, CEO 

Sara T. Brand
True Wealth Ventures, Managing Partner

David Evans

Integral Care, CEO

ChenvenNorman Chenven, M.D.
Vice Chair

CEO/Founder Austin Regional Clinic

Mini Kahlon, PhD
University of TX, Dell Med School Vice Dean,
Past Board Chair

Laura Howard
Ernst & Young, Principal 

Craig A. Cordola
Seton/Ascension Texas, President/CEO

Meredith Duncan
Aetna Executive Director, Texas, NM, Ok

David Smith
United Way, CEO

Emma Cartmell
Cappello Global, Partner

Board Observers:

Phil Sanger, M.D. and Bill McLellan

Learn More about Austin Healthcare Council

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