David T. Vandewater

Member, Chief Executive Officer, Anther Health Services

David T. Vandewater USAP Bio

Throughout his career, Mr. Vandewater has been responsible for the operations of more than 500 hospitals and led dozens of joint venture partnerships that combined the strengths of community hospitals, not-for-profit or academic health systems and investor-owned operators.

Prior to forming Anther, he spent nearly two decades as president and CEO of Ardent Health Services where he grew revenues from $300 million to $4.4 billion and expanded the company to include 30 hospitals and 26,000 employees. Under his leadership, Ardent earned a reputation as one of the industry’s strongest and most innovative operators, forging successful joint venture partnerships with health care institutions including The University of Kansas Health System, The University of Texas System and Hackensack Meridian Health. During his tenure, Ardent-affiliated entities were consistently recognized for their strong workplace cultures with more than a third of the company’s hospitals named to “Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work” list.

Mr. Vandewater previously served as president and chief operating officer of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation. Under his leadership, the company grew to become the world’s largest health care organization with $20 billion in annual revenues and more than 340 hospitals, 130 surgery centers and 550 home health locations in 38 states and two foreign countries.