Mr. Bovender is a 40-year veteran of the healthcare industry. Beginning his hospital administrative career in the United States Navy, he ultimately joined HCA in 1985. During his time at HCA, Mr. Bovender served as the Chief Operating Officer. In 2001, he was named President and CEO and served as Chairman and CEO from 2002-2009. Mr. Bovender was lauded by Institutional Investor magazine as “Best CEO in America” for healthcare facilities in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He is a founding member of the Nashville Health Care Council and has served on the Board of Directors for several human service and arts organizations, including Duke Universities’ Board of Trustees.