Cumberland University


Healthcare leaders to speak at Cumberland University


Cumberland University will host two nationally recognized healthcare leaders, both professional nurses, on campus Tuesday March 3 to discuss the current state of the nation’s healthcare system. The event will take place Tuesday, March 3 at 1 pm in Labry Hall.

Virginia Trotter Betts, a nationally and internationally recognized leader in health and mental healthcare, and Nancy Anness, a health care leader known for her work in national and international medical missions, will offer their perspectives on current legislation and policy including the Affordable Care Act. They will also discuss the delivery system, the role of legislation, and the influence of policy on health care.


“We have put together an impressive program of speakers who represent the very best in the healthcare field to discuss a topic that affects every person, their health,” said Ronda Landers, Assistant Professor at Cumberland University. “It is extremely important that everyone understand their options regarding health care access and coverage.”

Virginia Trotter Betts is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in health and mental healthcare and policy and has been involved in health care as a clinician, administrator, educator, researcher, and policy activist.  She served as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities during the Bredesen administration and was the first nurse to serve as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet in Tennessee.  Dr. Betts is a psychiatric nurse and an attorney who completed postdoctoral studies in health policy at the Institute of Medicine as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the State University of New York.  In addition to her years in public service, she has had a rich academic career at Vanderbilt University in both the School of Nursing and the Institute for  Public Policy Studies and then at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) as Director for Health Policy and as Professor of Nursing. She is a past president of both the Tennessee and American Nurses Associations.

Nancy Anness has served in leadership, administrative, and clinical practice roles within Saint Thomas Health Services for 20 years.  Ms. Anness is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) well known for her work in national and international medical missions. Currently, she is the Vice President of Advocacy, Access, and Community Outreach for Saint Thomas Health, a ministry of Ascension Health.  Saint Thomas Health is a 5 hospital system in Middle Tennessee with more than 6,500 associates, 1,200 affiliated physicians, and 6 community health centers.  Ascension Health is the largest non-profit health system in the United States and the largest Catholic Health System in the world. Ms. Anness is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner and works to improve the health of individuals and communities through health policy, government relations and multiple ongoing community health efforts.

The event is open to the public.

For more information about this event please contact Ronda Landers, Assistant Professor,

at 615-547-1337 or

The goal of the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing is to prepare men and women for professional roles and responsibilities in health care as registered nurses. In keeping with the philosophy of Cumberland University, nursing is a distinct profession that evolves from both formal education and life experiences.