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Clayton McWhorter Dies After A Lifetime Of Leading, Launching Nashville Healthcare Firms

Jan 25, 2016

One of the biggest names in Nashville’s health care industry died over the weekend. Clayton McWhorter was 82 years old. He either started or led a half-dozen companies, including HCA, HealthTrust and PharmMD.

In his later years, he founded a health reform advocacy group, and McWhorter became somewhat critical of an industry that made him one of the richest businessmen in the city.

“I sort of believe we’ve got a system where we don’t want you to get well or die, because either way we lose a customer," McWhorter told WPLN in 2012. "Let me say, good people have made a lot of money off a flawed health care system. It's fee for service. If you're selling trinkets, you've got to sell a lot of them, I hate to say it, but we're selling medicine."

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McWhorter was also active in politics, primarily as a Democratic donor. But he also nearly ran for governor in 1994.

McWhorter trained as a pharmacist at Alabama’s Samford University, where the pharmacy school is now named after him. He's also given millions of dollars to Belmont University. Ingram Barge named one of its vessels the R. Clayton McWhorter.

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