HCF Derek Szesny, Senior Director of Pharmacy Operations at Kindred Healthcare (left) and HCF Kevin Kyde, RVP of Sales with Anthem, Inc.

The Healthcare Fellows (HCF) class of 2021 celebrated the completion of the program at Everyday Kitchen Restaurant & Bar in early November. The event included a presentation from Russell F. Cox, President & CEO of Norton Healthcare, on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Cox discussed the value in creating a positive culture within the organization, the importance of communication with employees during the pandemic and using innovation to improve upon processes and programming. Cox also extolled the virtues of vulnerability, humility and emotional intelligence .  The 2021 class consisted of 19 professionals from across Louisville​. ​This is the 17th class of the program, which has now graduated over 350 up-and-coming healthcare leaders. See full class roster here.

Success was made in 2021 with three in-person sessions, an updated application and review process, establishment of DE&I goals and a new Journal Club initiative. Preparations will begin for the class of 2022 with an updated curriculum incorporating digital health into the ecosystem theme.  An alumni association will be created, and the Journal Club will be expanded to include alumni.  

Program History
Launched in 2005, the HCF program (originally called Emerging Leaders Development Plan), was developed to help up-and-coming executives in healthcare and life sciences build relationships with peers, improve skills and interact with leaders from Louisville’s health-related business community. The focus was on executives and emerging leaders because The Beyond Merger Report, published in 2002, called for projects to “cultivate and attract large numbers of better- educated knowledge workers.”

The inaugural class included 26 Fellows from companies such as Humana, BKD, EY, Frost Brown Todd, Kindred Healthcare, Baptist Health, UofL, Anthem, Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs, Norton Healthcare and more. Sessions covered startups, mergers & acquisitions and the future of the business of healthcare.


HEN board member and HCF Vice Chair, Joseph A. “Tony” Brosky, Jr. PT DHSc SCS (left) and HCF Sara Mahoney, PhD, both with Bellarmine University.

HEN board member Sean Muldoon, MD, MPH FCCP, with Kindred Healthcare (left) and HCF Charlotte Mabry with Vimarc.

HCF Shane Fitzgerald with UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital (left) and HCF Fata Dzeko with Lacuna Health.