Nashville Health Care Council Names NHC President Steve Flatt to Inaugural Fellows Class

Nashville Health Care Council Names NHC President Steve Flatt to Inaugural Fellows Class

National HealthCare CorporationGerald Coggin, 615-890-2020Sr. VP of Corporate Relations

(NYSE MKT: NHC, NHC.PRA),the nation's oldest publicly traded long-term health care company, is pleased to announce that its President, Steve Flatt, has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the . The Fellows initiative engages industry leaders in addressing health care’s greatest challenges and exploring new strategies to meet these issues facing the U.S. health care system today.

The inaugural class, selected by the Council Fellows Advisory Committee headed by Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., includes 33 of the nation’s top health care executives.

“We set out to assemble a class whose intellect, experience and industry focus spanned the full spectrum of health care,” said Frist, co-director of the Council Fellows. “These individuals, pulled from the best and brightest our industry has to offer, have a challenging task ahead, and we look forward to their work.”

“I am honored to be a part of a program which has as its goal to create a forum for thought leadership which will help guide the future of the health care industry - in Nashville and around the country,” said Flatt.

The Fellows is the next stepin building Nashville’s rich health care legacy of leadership, innovation and creativity. The initiative will engage these key professionals to better implement business strategies, create value, drive industry growth and effect change.

“In this era of unprecedented transformation, it’s critical we take a deliberate approach to shaping the health care industry – and especially training its leaders - so that Nashville continues on a strong path forward,” said Caroline Young, Council president.

The Fellows curriculum includes eight day-long sessions, held between March and June, which will leverage the expertise of the industry’s founding experts in Nashville, as well as nationally-known figures and leading academic institutions. Topics as part of an integrated curriculum include: industry trends, strategic opportunities, leadership skill development, change management, innovation, entrepreneurship and globalization. Personalized leadership training and a unique immersion component are also hallmarks of the specially-designed curriculum. The sessions will be hosted at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

“This is the right time and Nashville is the right place for the Fellows initiative,” said Larry Van Horn, co-director of the Fellows and health care management and economics professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. “The convergence of this curriculum, these regarded speakers and this impressive list of class members will foster meaningful discussion that we cannot delay any further.”

The Fellows initiative is presented in partnership with: , , , , and .

More information, including class member biographies, curriculum information and biographies of speakers, will be posted throughout the next month at .

The Nashville Health Care Council, founded in 1995 as an initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is an association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than $70 billion in revenue and over 400,000 jobs, and is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit .

NHC affiliates operate for themselves and third parties 73 long-term health care centers with 9,221 beds. NHC affiliates also operate 36 homecare programs, six independent living centers and 17 assisted living communities. NHC’s other services include Alzheimer’s units, long-term care pharmacies, hospice, a rehabilitation services company, and providing management and accounting services to third parties. Other information about the company can be found on our web site at .