Jo Ann Autenrieb
Gen. Vincent E. Boles
Dr. David A. DiLoreto
Dr. David Hagedorn
L. David Harlow III
Dr. Tom Krejcie
Michael T. Langlois
Neil S. Olderman
Dr. James Ramsey
Herb K. Schultz
Patricia S. Tyson
Susan M. Widhalm
Gregg A. Yocum
Vendor Access Program Manager, Supply Chain Organization
In her 14 years with Intermountain Healthcare, Jo Ann Autenrieb served as purchasing supervisor, contract analyst and currently, as vendor access program manager. Intermountain Healthcare currently operates 23 hospitals and more than 150 clinics throughout the region, and employs more than 32,000 people. In 2007, Ms. Autenrieb was charged with standardizing and improving Intermountain’s Vendor Access program. The first phase of the program was implemented in 2008. This year, as it enters the next phase of implementation, Intermountain has more than 1,850 vendors who have completed and are current on their requirements. Prior to joining Intermountain Healthcare, she specialized in supply chain operations in the “high tech” industry. Past roles include materials manager and purchasing manager. She also has worked as a project manager for a leading electronic sales organization and consulted for several foreign companies and a large personal computer firm. Ms. Autenrieb is currently serving on the National Vendor Credentialing Summit Committee. Top.
Vice President, Supply Chain
Tony Benedict is a supply chain executive with over 20 years of proven performance in driving multi-million dollar savings from transforming supply networks and improving business process performance. He is currently the vice president for supply at Vanguard Health Systems Abrazo region. He has also has experience in the high tech industry serving in various management positions at Intel Corporation. Mr. Benedict was a Best Practices Lecturer in Decision Technologies at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh from 1999-2006. He has eight years of experience working in information systems in the high-tech industry and over 10 years in various sales and marketing roles in the pharmaceutical industry while working at GlaxoSmithKline. Mr. Benedict has been a CPIM instructor for APICS for the past seven years and has taught business process improvement, process design, and SAP materials management and production planning. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psycho-Biology and an MBA in Finance and Operations. Mr. Benedict is also APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Control (CPIM). Top.
Vincent E. Boles Inc.
Gen. Vincent Boles is a career Army officer with 33 years experience. Highlights include managing the nation’s $27 billion ammunition account, assuming command of the Army’s War Reserve equipment six weeks before the attacks of 9-11, and flexing into operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations, as well as deployment to Kuwait in preparation for the invasion of Iraq with 142 personnel, growing to a force of 8,000 soldiers, civilians and contractors in 90 days. From Kuwait, the General was forward deployed into Iraq where he assumed command of the 16,000 personnel responsible for providing all logistical support and services to the 150,000 members of the coalition. Following redeployment from combat operations, Gen. Boles led the training of 120,000 soldiers before his final Army assignment, serving as the Army’s Chief Operating Officer for Logistics Operations, overseeing the logistics strategy for the 1.1 million soldier Army. Today, Gen. Boles is president of Vincent E. Boles Inc., a leadership and logistics consulting service. Top.
Senior Vice President, Center for Performance Improvement
Jean Chenoweth is senior vice president, Center for Performance Improvement, Thomson Reuters. She is nationally and internationally known for her efforts to improve hospital management and clinical outcomes through measurement of performance. Ms. Chenoweth is responsible for development of the first national benchmarks for health systems to assess adherence to mission and relative value delivered to communities they serve. She leads research, in collaboration with academic and research institutions, to identify best practices in leadership, clinical quality and business practices in top performing hospitals. In conjunction with the King’s Fund, she led research on national measurement of hospital performance in the United Kingdom and served on the Board of Trustees of CHKS, Ltd., a company founded to provide hospitals with business and clinical information for improvement of performance. She has served as president of the American Association of Healthcare Data Systems and on a variety of AHA, HHS, CMS and NCVHS advisory committees during her career. Ms. Chenoweth is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (BA, Psychology) and the University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois (BS, Health Information Management). Top.
Director, Capital Lifecycle Solutions
Premier Consulting Solutions
Carol Davis-Smith is a director in Premier’s Consulting Solution Division with responsibility for the development and deployment of capital lifecycle management processes and tools to Premier staff and owners. Ms. Davis-Smith has worked as a clinical engineer for nearly 20 years in not-for-profit health systems at Premier. Most recently, she assumed responsibility for the Strategic Technology Consulting services. Before joining Premier Consulting Solutions, Ms. Davis-Smith worked with Premier’s field force to pilot an IDN-based capital specialist role. She joined Premier in 1996 as a senior specialist in the technology assessment program. Previously, Ms. Davis-Smith was a clinical engineering manager at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She received a BS Degree in Bioengineering Technology and an MS in Engineering. She is a certified clinical engineer and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). In 2009, Ms. Davis-Smith received the AAMI Clinical Engineering Achievement Award.Top.
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Resurrection Health Care
Dr. David A. DiLoreto has been the executive vice president and chief medical officer for Resurrection Health Care since July 2009. Dr. DiLoreto oversees physician alignment strategies, clinical innovation, quality and performance improvement for the six hospital health system. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Emory University. He completed his ophthalmology residency at California Pacific Medical Center, and an orbit and ocular oncology fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Top.
Administrative Director of Supply Chain
Virginia Mason Medical Center
John Donnelly is the administrative director of supply chain for Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. He has been certified as a Lean workshop leader and has led many kaizen events to improve supply chain. His certification includes training with Shingijutsu in Japan. VMMC includes a 336-bed hospital, multi-specialty group practice of more than 440 physicians, including a network of clinics and the Benaroya Research Institute. VMMC’s focus is on quality in both clinical and service components of the patient experience. In 2002, Virginia Mason embarked on an ambitious, system-wide program to change the way it delivers health care and in the process, improve patient safety and quality. It did so by adopting the basic tenets of the Toyota Production System (TPS), calling it the Virginia Mason Production system, or VMPS. Top.
Director of Clinical Engineering and Capital Services
Catholic Healthcare West
Joseph Dysko is the director of clinical engineering and capital services for Catholic Healthcare West (CHW). Mr. Dysko has over twenty five years of experience in clinical engineering and technology management. In his role with CHW, Joe is responsible for aligning the clinical engineering services across the system, enhancing the capital contract portfolio, and directing efforts in long-range capital replacement planning. Prior to joining CHW, he was the executive director, engineering and capital resource group for MedAssets Supply Chain Systems. He was also the executive director, capital management for the Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Dysko was the corporate director of clinical engineering for Advocate Health Care in Illinois, where he developed and directed a system clinical engineering division. He also served as director of clinical engineering and equipment planning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Mr. Dysko received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.Top.
Princeton Management Advisory & Constulting
Willie Foerstner is a senior healthcare executive with 32 years of sales and management experience in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has over 20 years of healthcare financing experience with 10 years devoted to providing corporate finance solutions and technology asset management to the healthcare sector. His professional business experience includes: financial services, sales and marketing, and strategic asset planning. He has successfully implemented technology asset management programs in major academic/research institutions and cutting-edge healthcare systems such as Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health Systems. Previously, he held various positions at Siemens during his 28 year tenure. They include V.P Corporate Finance at Siemens Financial Services, Inc., V.P. Structured Finance at Siemens Medical Solutions, Inc. During his tenure at Siemens he developed and successfully implemented technology asset management programs at major academic, research institutions and cutting edge healthcare systems. Mr. Foerstner is a member of Healthcare Capital Services based in Florida, a leading healthcare financial services organization. Top.
RN, MHA, Director, Performance Services
Gena Futral joined VHA in 2008 and serves as VHA’s director for Performance Services. She has worked with more than 100 hospitals helping to identify and prioritize their organizational, operational and clinical improvement opportunities. She is an expert at identifying physician practice pattern variances and developing strategies for aligning hospital and physician incentives to improve cost, efficiency and patient care quality. Ms. Futral assists with developing the strategic direction of Performance Services. She is also the Performance Services representative for VHA’s Supply Networks and is responsible for Network physician preference strategic initiatives. Previously, Ms. Futral was a senior consultant with Goodroe Healthcare. Earlier in her career, she was a cardiovascular service line administrator for a tertiary hospital program. She began her career working as an orthopedic nurse and later transitioned to critical care. She earned her Masters in Healthcare Policy and Administration from Mercer University in Atlanta and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. She is a member of the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International. Top.
Emergency Medicine Physician and Assistant ED Director
Mercy's St. John's Regional Medical Center
Dr. David Hagedorn has more than 20 years of experience as an emergency medicine physician. He is currently the assistant ED director at Mercy’s St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri. Dr. Hagedorn has worked at St. John’s since 2002. Prior to that, he worked at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington, and Jordan Valley Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Hagedorn was one of the attending ER physicians treating victims of the May 22 EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri. Dr. Hagedorn earned his medical degree from the University of Utah Medical School and has a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University. Top.
Maria Hames joined HealthCare Links in March 1991. She has 20 years of experience in the healthcare market. Her background includes working with companies in senior management roles in the arena of healthcare corporate development and national sales management. Ms. Hames has been involved in start-up and acquisition, operational/sales management, strategic planning, accreditation, practice management, managed care contracting and risk contracting. As a partner in HealthCare Links, her responsibilities include IDN sales and contract implementation on behalf of HealthCare Link’s clients. She simplifies very complex sales processes at some of the largest healthcare organizations in the country. More importantly, her relationships are built on trust with a sincere desire to see all parties benefit. Her educational experience includes a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University. Top.
Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management
North Carolina State University
Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University distinguished professor of supply chain management at North Carolina State University, and director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative. He also serves as an adjunct professor with the Supply Chain Management Research Group at the Manchester Business School. Prior to this role, Handfield was an associate professor and research associate with the Global Procurement and Supply Chain Benchmarking Initiative at Michigan State University from 1992-1999. He has co-authored textbooks for MBA and undergraduate classes including Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 5th revision (with Robert Monczka) and Operations and Supply Chain Management 2nd revision (with Cecil Bozarth). Handfield is considered a thought leader in the field of supply chain management, and is an industry expert in the field of strategic sourcing, supply market intelligence, and supplier development. He has spoken on these subjects across the globe, including China, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Latin America, Europe, Korea, Japan, Canada, and other venues. He received his PhD in Operations Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BSc in Applied Math from the University of British Columbia. Top.
L. David Harlow is the regional coordinator of pharmacy operations for Carilion Clinic as well as the director of pharmacy for Carilion Clinic New River Valley Medical Center and Carilion Clinic Tazewell Community Hospital. Mr. Harlow received his Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy in 1992 from the Medical College of Virginia and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Florida WPPD program. His experience has included retail pharmacy ownership, home infusion, and restaurateur, as well as clinical pharmacy. Recent accomplishments include: implementation of Virginia’s First completely Remote Hospital Pharmacy Service; serving as custodian of the Carilion Clinic Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner Project; steward of Carilion Clinic’s closed-loop pharmacy initiative; business plan development for pharmacy integration into Carilion Clinic Medical Home Model; and creation of Carilion Clinic’s system-wide after-hours order management/verification program. He also serves as legislative resource for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Top.
Ed Hisscock is the founder and CEO of The Optimé Group, a technology company dedicated to solving some of healthcare’s most difficult operational problems. Ed previously served as CEO of Appleseed Healthcare Resources, a firm dedicated to providing senior operations leadership personnel and education to the healthcare industry. Prior to founding Appleseed Healthcare Resources, Ed served Trinity Health, and was responsible for leading the development and implementation of an enterprise supply chain and content management strategy and directed the sourcing and procurement of $100 million IT and Telecommunication spend. Top.
Steven Huckabaa is VP supply chain management, biomedical services and Center for Innovation and Research, Kettering Health Network, Kettering, Ohio. Mr. Huckabaa has reporting responsibilities for supply chain management, retail pharmacy, clinical biomedical engineering, office of research, and others. Kettering Health Network is a non-profit health system that joins Kettering Medical Center, Grandview Medical Center and Greene Memorial Hospital. Prior to joining Kettering Health Network, Mr. Huckabaa was senior administrative director of supply chain management at Arlington Memorial Hospital, Arlington, Texas. Mr. Huckabaa also spent six years with the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council as regional vice president of group purchasing services and new business development. Mr. Huckabaa began his career in 1973 by joining the United States Air Force until retiring in 1993. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theological Studies with a minor in business management. Top.
Laurel Junk joined Kaiser Permanente in early 2009 as vice president of procurement & supply’s supply chain team. In this role, Ms. Junk is directly responsible for the continuity of supply chain for the Northern and Southern regions of California as well as developing a supply chain strategy across all Kaiser Permanente regions in alignment with the needs of the organization. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Ms. Junk held the position of vice president, supply chain and contract manufacturing for Amgen. Previously, she was the worldwide vice president of supply chain for Johnson & Johnson's Medical Devices and Diagnostic Group. She has also held various leadership positions for a range of companies including IVAC, Unisys, and Eli Lilly. Additionally, she is a certified Six-Sigma black belt. Ms. Junk has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota-Institute of Technology and an MBA from Duke University. Top.
John Kautzer is executive director of support services and distribution for ROi's Integrated Sourcing Solutions team. John is responsible for leading the support services contracting team in the planning, development and implementation of Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) agreements for food service, environmental services, facilities and maintenance. In addition, John develops and manages distribution agreements for the ROi consolidated service center, medical surgical, radiology, food service and janitorial supplies. John has over 35 years of healthcare experience, including roles in the healthcare supply chain industry at a provider, GPO and vendor. Top.
Jay Kirkpatrick is CEO, MidAmerica Region, Parallon Supply Chain Solutions. He is responsible for $420 Million in supply cost. Jay also is responsible for all supply chain activities for 35 hospitals and 54 additional non-acute facilities across Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. He has 21 years of healthcare supply chain experience, including eight years as division supply chain CEO, eight years at the corporate offices of HCA, and five years as a director of materials management with Humana. Jay received his undergraduate degree from Miami University and an MBA from Eastern Kentucky University. Additionally, Jay is a Certified Materials Resource Professional (CMRP). He has served on the Association of Healthcare Resource Materials Management (AHRMM) Board of Directors as a director from 2005-2007, served as president-elect in 2008, was the president of AHRMM in 2009 and was the immediate past president of AHRMM in 2010. Top.
Gene Kirtser is President and CEO of ROi. Gene joined the company in 2007 with the goal of helping providers control their supply chain and creating a single-source, fully integrated supply chain model that could change the health care industry. Now, he is leading the company as it collaborates with like-minded health care providers to decode their supply chain. With 20 years of experience in the health care industry, Gene’s career has included senior-level roles in finance, operations, sales, marketing and business development on the supplier and provider sides of the health care industry. Prior to joining ROi, Gene worked at Baxter/Allegiance, ChoicePoint Health Systems, Maxxim Medical and SRI Surgical. Gene earned a bachelor’s of science degree in finance from Miami University.
Dr. Tom Krejcie is chief medical technology officer, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to receiving his Medical Degree, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Krejcie has been involved with the evaluation, selection, and education for proper use of all anesthesia-related capital and disposable equipment purchases, initially at the Jesse Brown VA in Chicago (1983 – 1996) and for the past 15 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Northwestern University). He most recently served as chair of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Executive Medical Technology and Device Committee, charged with the evaluation of all new devices and technologies for safety, efficacy and value before granting final approval for purchase and clinical implementation. Dr. Krejcie has served on the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Equipment and Facilities for over 10 years. Top.
Michael T. Langlois is vice president of supply chain at Beaumont Health System, a three-hospital Health System located in the metropolitan-Detroit area with over 1,750 licensed beds and over $2B in total revenue. Before assuming this role in November 2010, Mr. Langlois served Resurrection Health Care (Chicago) as its interim vice president of material management; as senior vice president for Daudlin, DeBeaupre and Company; and as senior vice president and chief supply chain officer with Ascension Health. Prior to joining Ascension Health in 2001, he was employed for almost 25 years by St. John Health, an eight hospital system within the Ascension Health organization. Mr. Langlois earned a Master's of Science Degree in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Top.
Charles S. Lauer was the publisher of Modern Healthcare for more than 25 years, taking it from a monthly money-losing proposition when Crain Communications purchased the magazine in 1976 to the nation’s leading healthcare weekly. Most recently, he was corporate vice president of Crain Communications, Editorial and Publishing Director of Modern Healthcare. Known throughout the healthcare industry and beyond as a leader, Chuck Lauer is now an author, public speaker, career coach and award-winning businessman who is in demand for his motivational messages to top companies nationwide. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, Mr. Lauer served in the United States Army as a corporal during the Korean War and continued his postgraduate education at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill. Top.
JoAnne Levy is vice president of Integrated Sourcing Solutions for ROi. In her role, she oversees the ISS division, which includes ROi’s Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), managing nearly $1 billion in purchasing volume; performance consulting; and the Regard private-label portfolio. She also serves as ROi’s legal liaison. Prior to joining ROi, Ms. Levy served as vice president of global logistics with Covidien/Mallinckrodt in St. Louis. She managed the customer service, distribution, transportation, compliance and planning functions for $1.2 billion in global pharmaceuticals business. Prior to that position, Ms. Levy was vice president of pharmaceutical logistics, senior director of international and market development, and director of sales and marketing support, all for Covidien/Mallinckrodt. Before moving into management, she served in various legal roles for Mallinckrodt, and earlier worked in private practice. JoAnne received her undergraduate, law and master of business administration degrees — all with honors — from Washington University in St. Louis. Top.
Dan Majka is a senior vice president in Kaufman Hall’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Majka consults on a national basis for clients, including regional healthcare systems, academic medical centers, and community hospitals. His areas of expertise include the preparation of integrated strategic and financial plans, development of capital allocation processes, financial advisory services for bond issues, and merger and acquisition-related analyses. Mr. Majka is also actively involved in development efforts related to Kaufman Hall’s ENUFF Software Suite. Mr. Majka is a frequent speaker at the meetings of professional associations in the healthcare industry, including local and regional programs of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. His topics include, among others, healthcare financial planning and capital allocation. Mr. Majka has a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. and a Masters of Health Administration from The Pennsylvania State University. Top.
Charles Martin is the chairman and CEO of Vanguard Health Systems, Inc., headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., a post he has held since 1997. Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. owns and operates 26 acute care hospitals and complementary facilities and services in Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Phoenix, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; and Massachusetts. Prior to his position with Vanguard, Mr. Martin was chairman, president and chief operating officer of OrNda HealthCorp. Under his leadership OrNda grew from revenue of $450 million to $3 billion in four years to become the nation’s third largest investor-owned hospital management company. His career also includes serving as president, director and chief operating officer of HealthTrust Inc., as well as executive vice president and director of Hospital Corporation of America, and chief operating officer and director of General Care Corp. Top.
Gary McMann is chief supply chain network at Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. L.A. County Department of Health Services supports a population base in excess of 10 million and is the second largest health system in the nation. Mr. McMann provides comprehensive supply chain leadership and management for four major teaching hospitals (approximately 1,900 beds affiliated with USC and UCLA Medical Schools) and multiple ambulatory care centers and clinics. Mr. McMann coordinates and directs all aspects of system-wide supply chain management activities within the Department of Health Services, including financial and personnel management, system-wide product/equipment standardization, centralized purchasing, value analysis, contract negotiation, vendor management, information systems, and all other related materials management functions. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and had been featured in various industry publications. Top.
Scott McLaughlin obtained his Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Ohio University in 1993. Since that time, Mr. McLaughlin has accumulated 18 years of progressive healthcare supply chain experience including contracting, purchasing, logistics, warehousing & distribution and JIT operations.
His supply chain career has allowed him to accumulate a wide variety of experience having worked in West Virginia, Alabama and Texas for a combination of stand-alone and system facilities, as well as for-profit and not-for-profit institutions. For the last 10 years, Mr. McLaughlin has worked for Memorial Hermann Hospital system in Houston, Texas, where he currently holds the position of director of contracting and procurement.
Michael D. Means has served as president and chief executive officer and member of the board of directors for Health First, a regional not-for-profit, integrated health care organization since its inception in August 1995. Health First’s current configuration includes Holmes Regional Medical Center, a 528-bed tertiary medical center; Cape Canaveral hospital, a 150-bed community hospital; Palm Bay Hospital, a 152-bed hospital, the 100-bed Viera Hospital, which opened April, 2011; and more than 20 off-site facilities. He has an extensive background in health care administration in central Florida. Mr. Means served as president and chief executive officer of Holmes Regional Medical Center from September 1988 through July 1995. Prior to joining Holmes Regional Medical he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Top.
Since 2001, Mr. Montagnolo has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of ECRI Institute, an internationally recognized technology assessment and patient safety organization. Mr. Montagnolo specifically directs the activities of several ECRI publications, including its popular Health Devices Magazine. In recent years, Mr. Montagnolo has focused on expanding ECRI Institute’s healthcare technology advisory services and consulting services. Mr. Montagnolo also works with ECRI Institute customers and staff on client-specific consulting engagements typically focused on technology forecasting, planning, and assessment. A frequent presenter at seminars and leadership retreats, Mr. Montagnolo speaks on subjects such as the future of healthcare technology, strategic technology planning and patient safety. Prior to 2001, Mr. Montagnolo spent five years on ECRI Institute’s executive team as vice president for technology planning. He holds a Masters Degree in Radiation Science from Rutgers University and a dual-major undergraduate degree in Biology and English from La Salle University. Top.
Since 2001, Bill Mosser has served as vice president materials management at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. FMOLHS is comprised of five hospitals and many non-acute care entities with $250 million in annual supply spend. Mr. Mosseris also president and lead consultant for KTM Consulting, LLC, a supply chain and information systems project management consulting firm. Prior to founding KTM Consulting, LLC, William spent more than 30 years in various supply chain management and information systems leadership roles in the healthcare and automotive industries. Most recently he served as the senior executive for supply chain services at a major university-based urban health system. Top.
Eric O’Daffer is Research Director for Gartner Research. He brings 20 years of experience in medical product manufacturing, sourcing, distribution, contracting, strategic marketing and sales channel development to his role. Eric works with executives across the healthcare value chain, advising them on business strategy and supply chain best practices. Eric previously led the focus on early-stage healthcare businesses for OneAccord Partners. He was also CEO of Esurg Corporation, a supply chain start-up sold to Henry Schein Corporation in 2007. Esurg was recognized in 2006 as the IDN Summit Healthcare Supply Chain Innovative Company of the Year. Eric’s background also includes 10 years at Cardinal Health, serving in roles of increasing responsibility. He has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois. In recent years, Eric has been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Top.
Neil S. Olderman is a partner in Drinker Biddle’s Health Law Practice Group. His practice involves counseling and advising healthcare providers, medical device manufacturers and distributors and service providers focused on the healthcare industry in licensing, strategic affiliation, marketing and joint agreements. From 1992 until 1998, Mr. Olderman served as associate general counsel to Premier Health Alliance (now Premier, Inc.). Mr. Olderman is also vice president of Innovative Health Strategies LLC, the procurement and outsourcing consulting firm affiliated with Drinker Biddle. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner in the Chicago office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field LLP. Mr. Olderman received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Indiana University, and Public Affairs and his JD Degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in 1990. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association and the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys. Top.
John Ortiz is a partner in the healthcare consulting practice of Tatum LLC. Mr. Ortiz has 34 years of healthcare experience specializing in business planning and improving organizational performance. Prior to joining Tatum, he spent 11 years in hospital and physician operations management with a Catholic healthcare system and 22 years in providing advisory services to hospitals, physician practices, health plans and governments in the US and abroad. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pratt Institute of Technology and his Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Houston. He is a member and a lecturer for the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Healthcare Management and Information Systems Society. Top.
Corporate Director, Supply Chain
Wellmont Health System
Brent Petty is the corporate director, supply chain, for Wellmont Health System, Kingsport, Tenn. In this position, Brent has responsibility for contracting, purchasing, operations, logistics, value analysis and information technology. At Wellmont, Mr. Petty oversees the supply cost as well as leading a team in “margin management” with a supply budget of over $140,000,000.00. He has been with Wellmont for eight years and brings over 15 years of experience in supply chain leadership. Mr. Petty is a past president of the Tennessee Society of Healthcare Materials Management (TSHMM) as well as past chairman of National GPO Materials Management Advisory Committee. He is accredited by Association for Healthcare Rescores & Materials Management (AHRMM) as Certified Materials Resource Professional. (CMRP). In 2010, Mr. Petty was honored by The Journal of Healthcare Contracting as the “Contracting Professional of the Year.” Top.
Assistant Vice President of Contracting and Supply Chain
Joseph Quinones serves as assistant vice president of contract administration and control, and oversees the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation Supply Chain. He served in the General Counsel Office for 13 years and has been in the Office of Operations for the last 7 years. HHC is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. He has personally led and successfully implemented multiple major transformation and savings initiatives. His work has led to over $100M in savings for his organization, helping HHC overcome continuous operating budget deficits. Mr. Quinones earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Seton Hall University where he was awarded the Department of Economics Academic Achievement Award. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the NYC University Law School.” Top.
University of Louisvlle
Since 2002, when he became the University of Louisville's 17th president, Dr. James Ramsey has worked aggressively to create a university culture focused on research and innovation. It is under his leadership and guidance that the University of Louisville Board of Trustees voted to expedite a merger between University of Louisville Hospital/James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare, and Catholic Health Initiatives and its Lexington-based operation, Saint Joseph Health System. The combined entity will represent more than 3,000 doctors and 91 locations with several billion dollars in combined revenue. Through Dr. Ramsey's focus on research and innovation, the University has become America’s second fastest growing research university in National Institutes of Health funding. Before assuming the University's top post, he served as senior policy adviser and state budget director for Kentucky, and senior professor of economics and public policy at the University of Louisville. Top.
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management
Dennis Robb currently serves as senior vice president of supply chain management for UC Health. In this role, Mr. Robb is responsible for contracting, distribution, inventory management, coordination of clinical advisory committees, price verification, system-wide standardization and vendor negotiations. Over the past 20 years, he has served in numerous roles with UC Health, including vice president of neuroscience and orthopedic services; executive director of The Neuroscience Institute; clinical director of the neuroscience intensive care and acute care units at University Hospital; and a neuroscience nurse clinician at Christ Hospital. Mr. Robb received a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Xavier University and a Master of Science in nursing administration from the University of Cincinnati. UC Health is an integrated health care delivery system that includes The Christ Hospital, The University Hospital, The St. Luke Hospitals, The Jewish Hospital, The Fort Hamilton Hospital and the physicians of Alliance Primary Care. Top.
Vice President of Pharmacy Services and Supply Chain
Brian Romig earned his B.S. in pharmacy from the Ferris State University in 1983 and his MBA from Central Michigan University in 1992. Brian is currently the vice president of pharmacy services and supply chain for Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to coming to Cone Health, Brian was vice president of pharmacy for Broadlane, Inc., corporate director of pharmacy for Tenet Healthcare, corporate director of pharmacy for McLaren Healthcare System and clinical staff pharmacist for MidMichigan Regional Medical Center. Mr. Romig is currently serving on the Apexus Advisory Board, Oncology Pharmacy Education Network of the Association of Community Cancer Centers, the ASHP SAG for Pharmacy Practice Managers, and the Health Connect Advisory Board. He has been a member of ASHP and State Societies for most of his professional career. Top.
Payer Relations Director
Joel Sangerman is payer relations director, DePuy Mitek. He has extensive experience in reimbursement, managed care contracting, government affairs and in the GPO/IDN segments of both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Prior to joining DePuy Mitek in 2009, Mr. Sangerman was director of reimbursement at Cell Therapeutics where he worked extensively with CMS on getting new payment methodologies approved for key oncology agents. Mr. Sangerman previously worked at Cepheid and managed key corporate GPO and IDN accounts. and the national VA account leading to large scale implementation of MRSA infection control programs throughout several integrated healthcare networks. As director of reimbursement at Scios, Inc., Mr. Sangerman led efforts with CMS on coding changes and coverage decisions in the acute care cardiovascular market. Mr. Sangerman also held various management roles at Aventis prior to the formation of Sanofi-Aventis in 2003. Top.
Regional Director, Region IX
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Herb K. Schultz was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Region IX. In this role, he represents the federal government on a wide range of health and social service issues. Previously, Mr. Schultz was senior advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and served as a principal advisor on health care reform. From 2005-2006, he served as vice president of government programs for McKesson Health Solutions, where he oversaw the company’s disease management and nurse advice programs for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. Mr. Schultz also previously served as a member of former Governor Gray Davis’ Cabinet. Prior to that, he was deputy director of external affairs for the California Department of Managed Health Care. Mr. Schultz received his BA in Political Science and International Studies from The American University in Washington, DC and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, also in Washington, DC. Top.
Administrator, Capital Administration Unit
John Hopkins Health System
John Sdanowich has been with the Johns Hopkins Health System for the past 17 years, 10 of those as the capital administrator, responsible for the financing and negotiations of all health system medical equipment. His focus is the technology, life-cycle-management and obsolescence risk of the medical equipment. Mr. Sdanowich’s approach includes reviewing the changes in vendor’s medical equipment, evaluating products at the factory, and with senior management in research and development. He has also worked in the Department of Emergency Medicine as the assistant administrator and as a management engineer, working on the re-engineering of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The main focus of the restructuring was in the departments of Surgery and Medicine. Top.
The Camden Group
Greg Shufelt is Senior Manager at The Camden Group, one of the nation’s leading healthcare business advisory firms. The firm provides a broad array of healthcare consulting services in areas ranging from strategic and business planning and financial advisory and compliance, to hospital operations improvement, hospital/physician alignment, clinical integration, and developing accountable care organizations. Prior to his work at The Camden Group, Mr. Shufelt was Vice President, Consulting Services at Strata Decision Technology. Greg holds an MBA in Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Trinity College. Top.
Performance Services Consulting Group, VHA Inc.
Patricia S. Tyson, vice president for VHA’s Performance Services consulting group, is passionate about improving clinical quality in patient care. She is an expert at analyzing physician practice patterns and hospital operations in interventional cardiology, cardiac surgery, and spine and orthopedic surgery. Patricia has more than 25 years of cardiovascular, clinical and management experience and has consulted with more than 150 hospitals and healthcare systems throughout the United States. Patricia has spoken about and published numerous, highly-regarded articles on topics related to hospital-physician economic alignment models, cost reduction, managing physician preference items, re-engineering strategies and nursing staff development. Top.
Chairman and Co-Founder
Don Wegmiller is Chairman and co-founder of C-Suite Resources, a healthcare market intelligence and executive advisory firm. He is also currently Chairman Emeritus of Integrated Healthcare Strategies. He currently sits on its National Board of Advisors. Integrated Healthcare Strategies is a leading authority on executive compensation and physician compensation for health care organizations. With over 900 clients located in all 50 states, Integrated Healthcare Strategies serves as consultant to many of the leading health care systems in the country. Wegmiller has also served as vice chairman of Scottsdale Institute, an information technology collaborative, since its founding in 1993. Prior to coming to Integrated Healthcare Strategies, he served as vice chairman and president of HealthSpan Health Systems Corporation, Minnesota’s largest health care network. Top.
RN, Manager of Physician Preference Contracting, Sourcing and Contracting, Supply Management
Susan is the manager of physician preference contracting, sourcing and contracting, supply chain management at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She joined Mayo Clinic in February 2009. Mayo Clinic is the sourcing and contracting provider for the Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center, Edina, Minnesota. Ms. Widhalm and the Physician Preference Contracting Team negotiate and manage integrated contracting initiatives in the areas of cardiology, radiology, gastroenterology and all disciplines in surgical services. Prior to Mayo Clinic, she spent 20 years in sales and marketing with Abbott Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Widhalm spent 15 years in the Chicagoland provider setting, holding several positions, including OR staff nurse, OR educator and director of surgical services. Ms. Widhalm received an MBA from Loyola University; a BS Degree in Health Science Administration from College of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill.; and an RN Diploma from St. Catherine’s School of Nursing, Omaha. Top.
Gregg A. Yocum is executive director of materials management with Saint Francis Health System, Inc., where his responsibilities include administrative management of the system purchasing supply and distribution, materials administration, biomedical services and postal services departments for the system. Mr. Yocum serves as co-chair of the New Technology Assessment Committee and as chairman of the Supply Chain Utilization Committee. He previously served as corporate director of materials management, Mercy Health System of Kansas, Inc.; director of materials management, Central Kansas Medical Center; and materials manager, Grady Memorial Hospital. Mr. Yocum received an MBA from Oklahoma City University and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from University of Oklahoma. Top.