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Tim Suther

Suther Named Nashville Healthcare Fellow 

Tim Suther (’82), co-chair of the Loras College Board of Regents, was named as a member of the 2023 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The Council Fellows welcomes thirty leaders selected from healthcare companies of all sizes and sectors who are poised to move our nation’s healthcare industry forward. Suther is the founder of Suther Strategic LLC, a business analytics advisory firm, and serves on the Coalition for Health AI, CEO Roundtable on Cancer and New Enterprise Ventures. Previously, he served in executive roles at Change Healthcare, JPMorganChase, and Acxiom among others.

“I’m honored,” Suther said. “As it’s based in Nashville, the healthcare capital of the United States, it means that our discussions are more likely to result in real programs that improve healthcare.”

The Council Fellows program is built to encourage collaboration and create space for healthcare leaders to unite behind a shared goal of creating lasting, impactful change in the industry. The five-month intensive program is led by a faculty of industry experts who will address topics such as innovation from inside and outside healthcare, social determinants of health, and how to transform the industry to be more equitable and inclusive.   

“The fellows program fosters innovation and excellence in the healthcare community in Nashville and nationwide. Council Fellows have influenced significant initiatives, built relationships that developed into partnerships and startups, and become the leaders that create meaningful change within their organizations – all with the goal of improving healthcare for all,” former US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, chair emeritus of council fellows, said. “I’m inspired by the work of the council and look forward to the continued impact of classes to come.”

“My takeaway from the program is to harness the enormous power of data and analytics, including AI, to reduce administrative burden and to improve clinical decision-making,” Suther explained. “Done right, this will eliminate billions in wasteful overhead and positively affect all who seek care. I’m also passionate about the Coalition for Health AI and the CEO Roundtable on Cancer.  The former is focused on guardrails enabling the safe and ethical use of AI in healthcare. The latter works to develop and implement initiatives that reduce the risk of cancer, enable early diagnosis, facilitate access to the best available treatments, and hasten the discovery of novel and more effective anti-cancer therapies to help eliminate cancer as a personal disease and public health problem.”

The Loras alumnus sees a strong connection between his fellowship and his alma mater.

“At Loras, we’re challenged to be active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers, and responsible contributors,” he said. “All four are 100 percent necessary for improving healthcare costs and outcomes in this country. My goal is healthcare’s triple aim: improve the health of populations, enhance the healthcare experience for individuals, and reduce the per capita cost of healthcare.”

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