Lillee Smith Gelinas
Winifred S. Hayes
Clara Anne Spencer
Mark St. George
Senior Vice President, Sourcing Operations
Pete Allen is senior vice president, sourcing operations at Novation, leading the strategic direction as well as the daily operations of Novation’s contracting and program services. Departments reporting to Allen include pharmacy, lab, food, facilities, corporate, research and business products, capital, PPI and imaging, custom contracting, medical/surgical and medical/surgical distribution. Allen joins Novation with more than 18 years of in-depth health care supply chain experience. Prior to joining Novation, he served in numerous positions at BD Medical, including national accounts director and political lobbyist. Since 2002, has led the worldwide Infusion Therapy business unit. He spent five years with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where he was responsible for national accounts and global healthcare marketing. In addition, for the past 10 years he has been an active fundraiser, medical team leader, volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for the Project Perfect World Foundation, a non-profit, 501 3-c charity dedicated to improving the lives of children in the developing world. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing and international business from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University. Top.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Sourcing
Michael Berryhill is senior vice president, strategic sourcing services, at MedAssets. He is responsible for leading MedAssets’ national group purchasing contracting services as well as regional, custom and diversity contracting. These groups include the following disciplines: medical, radiology, surgical, cardiology, laboratory, non-medical, IT and pharmacy. In addition, he is responsible for capital equipment service lines and pre-commitment contracts. Prior to joining MedAssets, Michael was the executive vice president of supply chain services for The Broadlane Group. Michael has more than 24 years of experience in healthcare, including work in both the clinical diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to joining Broadlane, he worked in the clinical diagnostic laboratory business for Bio-Rad Laboratories. He was responsible for capital equipment sales for the western United States with a focus on instrumentation for toxicology and hemoglobin analysis. Previously, Michael spent eight years at ICN Pharmaceuticals as a chemist where he worked on purification of radio-labeled nucleotides and proteins used in clinical research. He also managed its worldwide Radiochemical Technical Service division. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in education from State University of New York. Top.
Director of Supply Chain
Ed Bonetti is a supply chain executive who has spent the majority of his career in the manufacturing sector, so he brings a unique “outsider’s” perspective to his current position as director of supply chain for Lifespan, a 1,200 bed academic medical system in Providence, RI. His leadership, operational, and change-management skills have been developed through more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, quality control, global sourcing, logistics, and channel marketing. In his current role, Ed has responsibility for centralized supply chain operations which, includes oversight of purchasing, contracting, value-analysis, and a low unit-of-measure distribution center. Top.
Corporate Director, Materials Management
Bruce Carlson serves Valley Health as the Corporate Director of Material Management. He has over 30 years of progressively complex health care supply chain management experiences in materials management, purchasing, logistics, supply chain, performance improvement and performance measurement areas. These experiences have been earned in the community, religious, university, and for-profit environments. Current responsibilities include providing materials management services and support to Valley Health’s three owned facilities, plus a Valley health managed facility and four affiliate facilities which draw supplies from the shared services center located in Winchester, Virginia. Bruce earned his Masters in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Bachelors in Business Administration from Central Methodist University. Top.
Alan H. Channing is the President and CEO of the Sinai Health System (SHS) in Chicago, Ill., which is made up of Mount Sinai Hospital, the Schwab Rehabilitation Institute, the Sinai Medical Group, the Sinai Urban Health Institute, and the Sinai Community Institute. SHS is an integrated healthcare delivery system located in the Lawndale community on the west side of Chicago. Mr. Channing attended undergraduate school at the University of Cincinnati and graduate school at The Ohio State University where he retains an assistant professorship in healthcare management. Alan has been the CEO of several large teaching hospitals, including Wishard Memorial in Indianapolis, Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, New York, and the renowned Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. He was recruited to lead St. Vincent Charity Hospital and Saint Luke's Medical Center through a merger, a combination of medical staffs, and a dramatic financial turnaround in the urban core of Cleveland. He positioned St. Vincent to be the key healthcare provider for the revitalized downtown. Under his leadership, St. Vincent Charity Hospital achieved the best JCAHO score in their history. He successfully recruited new physicians to the staff and developed successful niche products that improved financial condition of the hospital. This, combined with improved physician and staff productivity, supported increase patient volume. Top.
Effective Jan. 1, 2011, Frank Cirillo retired from the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and formed the Cirillo Consulting Group, LLC, with headquarters in New Jersey. Mr. Cirillo partnered with several long-time associates in numerous general and specialized healthcare businesses and clinical fields. The group provides general and specialized business and healthcare consulting services. For the previous 25 years, Mr. Cirillo has held several senior management positions at HHC. During the latter two years of his tenure, Mr. Cirillo, HHC's first Chief Restructuring Officer, led HHC's priority project—the restructuring of HHC's clinical and operational programs—yielding HHC an implementation change roadmap resulting in savings and additional revenues of over $300 million annually. For the the prior 13 years, Mr. Cirillo was HHC's Chief Operating Officer responsible for a far-reaching span of control, including, but not limited to, supply chain operations and all contracting. Trained in business, finance, and auditing, Frank received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, graduate training from St. John’s University, and holds certification from the “Top 40” executive management program administered by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Top.
Since July 2008, Joe Colonna has served in the role of Vice President, Supply Chain Management, for Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, Ga. At Piedmont, Mr. Colonna has worked closely with Piedmont’s executives, clinicians, and the supply chain team to completely re-organize how supply chain is viewed by the organization and is proud to say that supply chain now plays a significant role in the strategic plans of the organization. Prior to Piedmont, he was a principle in Appleseed Healthcare, a supply chain and leadership consultancy. Starting with the United States Air Force, his unique blend of healthcare experience comes from working for over 25 years in multiple roles throughout the healthcare supply chain industry, including roles in provider, consulting, distribution and group purchasing organizations. Mr. Colonna is a member of the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management. In addition to making several presentations at professional society meetings, he has published numerous articles pertaining to healthcare expense control and leadership development. He has made a major contribution to the purchasing and materials management profession by co-creating and presenting educational programs throughout the U.S. He also served on the Editorial Board for First Move and previously served as a member of NCI’s Board of Advisors. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Healthcare Purchasing News. Top.
Terry Cox is Corporate Director, Supply Chain Servies at Shriners Hospitals for Children. Terry has held a variety of positions both in and out of the Healthcare Industry, including service in the U.S. Army where he received several awards of distinction, including the bronze star for achievement, and was the first American Hospital Association certified material and resource professional in the military. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in history with teacher certification and a graduate degree in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology. Top.
Kevin DeMerchant is a Registered Nurse with 26 years experience in healthcare. He has worked in a number of specialty areas including NICU, pediatric trauma centers and the PACU. Kevin was an educator for vascular Access for MSH in Toronto. He has spent the last 14 years in various clinical roles in Supply Chain Management with an emphasis on processes, policies and procedures as they relate to standardization and Value Analysis Teams. Kevin is presently a Clinical Resource Specialist with Mohawk Supply Chain Service in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Top.
Dee Donatelli provides leadership and direction for VHA’s Performance Service team. She is responsible for the delivery of VHA’s consulting services related to supply chain non-salary cost reduction and VHA’s Clinical Quality Value Analysis TM.
Dee brings more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry. Prior to joining VHA in 2005, Dee spent fifteen years in health care supply chain consulting working for Cap Gemini and BD Healthcare/Concepts in Healthcare. She previously spent 17 years in a large IDN as Manager and Director of Nursing Services, Purchasing and Value Analysis Manager, and Director of Materials. She has served as CMRP and Fellow of American Hospitals Association/AHRMM, committee members for Certification of the AHA, leading practice committee chair for AHRMM, director of AHRMM National Board and board member Kansas State ANA and AHRMM Board. She has also served as chairperson of the American Heart Association Local Chapter and as keynote and guest speaker at various industry meetings. Top.
Mark Dozier is the Director of Sourcing & Contracting for Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn. His contracting office consists of the following five teams: med/surg contracting, physician preference contracting, capital/lab contracting, purchased services contracting, and supplier diversity contracting. The Mayo Clinic enterprise consists of 23 hospitals based in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Florida. The Mayo Clinic Sourcing & Contracting team is also responsible for the contracting services of the Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center (UMCSC) alliance, based in Edina, Minnesota. The UMCSC consists of 34 member IDNs in ten states; the alliance members currently are comprised of 112 hospitals with an annual product spend of $3.5B. Prior to Mayo Clinic, Mark worked in SCM for healthcare networks in North Carolina and Indiana. Mark has a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and has also passed the certified public accountancy exam. Top.
With 25 years of experience in healthcare sales, marketing, and management, Dave Edwards is an enthusiastic champion of creating win/win scenarios through collaboration, particularly between healthcare providers and suppliers. He is an energetic leader with a proven record of success as part of a Fortune 50 company, a start-up-device company, as a partner of a small medical manufacturer, and for the past 10 years, as an executive with Premier healthcare alliance, one of the country’s largest group purchasing organizations. Dave was promoted to his present position in December 2009 and is responsible for contract uptake (sales), recruiting, and business development. During his tenure with Premier, he has helped propel the alliance’s purchasing volume from $12 to $33 billion. He was the principal architect of Premier’s field force strategy, and later created Premier’s supplier relations framework. Dave has won numerous awards and received Premier’s highest honors, including the People’s Choice Award for Field Employee of the Year and the People’s Choice Award for Best Customer Service. Before graduating from DePauw University in 1984, he served two years with the university’s Peace Corps in Costa Rica, Haiti and Honduras. In addition, he was selected for the Georgetown University Institute for Comparative Political and Economic Systems, and worked at the Northeast/Midwest Senate Coalition. Top.
Craig Frazier is Vice President, Ancillary Clinical Services/Resource Management for Sinai Health System in Chicago, Illinois. In his role, Craig has operational and strategic responsibilities for Imaging Services, Pathology Services, Cardiovascular Services and Service Line, Materials Management Services, Clinical Engineering, GPO relations and Affiliate Program, and the Endocrinology Service Line. Prior to his current role, Craig has held other positions at SHS as well as with the University of Chicago Medical Center and Clarkson Hospital (Omaha, NE). Top.
Lillee has 34 years of experience in healthcare, including five years in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. Formerly a VHA shareholder hospital CNO, Lillee has served at VHA since 1986 where she works with the more than 150 VHA staff professionals. Lillee facilitates VHA's national and regional networks with Chief Nursing Officers and nursing leaders, and is a moderator for VHAtv broadcasts and webinars. She serves as the VHA national nurse planner for educational programs and assures adherence to American Nurse Credentialing Center guidelines for over 200 programs annually. Her areas of focus include the VHA Leadership Conference, the VHA TV Nursing Leadership Excellence Series, VHA’s Return to Care, and the VHA Foundation Healthcare Safety Network. Numerous national organizations throughout the United States call upon her expertise, including the American Nurses Association, The Joint Commission, Institute of Medicine, National Patient Safety Foundation, the National e-Health Collaborative and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For the National Quality Forum (NQF), she co-chaired the Nursing Care Performance Measures Project with the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Mary Naylor, which resulted in the establishment 15 national voluntary consensus standards for nursing-sensitive care in the United States. She is currently a member of the NQF National Priorities Partnership Care Coordination Workgroup. A Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), she serves on The Academy’s Workforce Commission and Informatics Expert Panel. She was appointed to the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a Federal Advisory Committee, as the "consensus nominee" for the nursing profession, and served from 2005-2008. She attended Louisiana State University, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master’s degree in nursing, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania where she also studied at the Wharton School of Business. Top.
Mr. Goldstein is Vice President for the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), President and Chief Executive Officer for Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York, President for Long Term Care for the University of Rochester Medical Center and President, Strong Partners Health System. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the chair of AHA Regional Policy Board 2 where he previously served as a delegate. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). He has served on numerous boards of directors and committees, including Highland Hospital of Rochester, University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Partners Health System, Visiting Nurse Service, and Rochester Regional Healthcare Association. He also holds a joint appointment as Professor in Community and Preventive Medicine for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to assuming his position at Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals, Mr. Goldstein served as President of Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York; Acting President of The Children's Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio; Assistant Administrator of the University of Nebraska Hospitals and Clinics and Administrator of the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute, Omaha, Nebraska. He also served as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine. Mr. Goldstein is a Diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives and received his Master's degree from the St. Louis University Graduate School of Hospital and Health Care Administration and his Bachelor's Degree from Utica College of Syracuse University. Top.
Angie A. Haggard is the Operating Vice President of OMSolutions, the services business unit of Owens & Minor. She has nationwide responsibility for resource management and technology operations. She is a supply chain advisor and faculty member of Owens & Minor’s University and has almost 20 years of supply chain experience, within and outside of the healthcare industry. She has worked with community and academic acute care institutions and IDNs to advise and improve upon internal and external supply chain operations including performance improvement; medical/surgical and purchased services cost savings identification and implementation; process improvement and redesign; resource re-alignment; inventory management; contract management; standardization; and storage optimization design. Prior to Owens & Minor, Angie worked in a national and international supply chain capacity with companies such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Hewlett Packard, and Wal-Mart supply chain operations. She holds a BS in logistics and transportation, Cum Laude, from the University of Tennessee. 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. Maria 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, Maria’s 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.
Mr. Hardaway has 25 years of experience in various facets of health care operations, planning and strategy development. He is currently responsible for PCS Strategy and Transformation Practice. Since joining Premier Consulting Solutions (previously until June 2009) in 1994, he has led projects ranging from strategic planning to financial turnarounds, to hospital/physician alignment. From 2004 thru 2006, he served as COO of Phase 2, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RehabCare, and was responsible for the operations and strategic direction of the 50-person firm, including transitioning the firm from a partnership to a subsidiary of a publicly traded corporation. Prior to joining Phase 2, he was Vice President of Planning for the Texas Hospital Association. His responsibilities included the development and implementation of strategic/marketing plans and market research for the organization. Before THA, he held a number of positions with Kaiser Permanente, including Director of Planning of its Texas Region.
Mr. Hardaway received his M.S. from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his Bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Westlake United Methodist Church and Trinity University Health Care Administration Alumni Association’s Board. Top.
Ed Hardin is an experienced healthcare professional with nearly 20 years of healthcare experience, including his current position with Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi), the supply chain operating division of the Sisters of Mercy Health System. Prior to joining ROi, he spent the majority of his career as a supply chain consultant, serving primarily acute care faith-based health systems and children’s provider organizations as well as several UK and Canadian-based hospitals. His expertise includes solution development, performance measurement and management, large-scale system implementations, and operations improvement and transformation. He holds a Master of Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) and is also a Fellow of both the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and Association of Healthcare Resource & Material Managers (FAHRMM). Top.
Winifred S. Hayes, MS, PhD, RN, ANP, President and CEO, founded Hayes, Inc. in 1989 in response to a growing need in the healthcare industry for evidence-based assessments of health technologies. Under her leadership, Hayes, Inc. has become an international pioneer in providing unbiased, timely, clinically focused, evidence-based reports to health plans, hospitals, managed care organizations, government agencies, and health care systems. Her expertise, as both a clinician and consultant, has made her one of the leading experts in the fields of evidence-based health technology assessments, comparative effectiveness research, utilization review, and clinical guideline development, with a focus on the actionable application of findings.
Dr. Hayes lectures and publishes as an advocate for the role that evidence-based decision making plays in improving patient outcomes and healthcare resource allocation. Dr. Hayes currently serves on the Board of Directors of URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization that is a leader in promoting healthcare quality through its accreditation and education programs. She is also an Associate of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation™ (WBL). Dr. Hayes received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Johns Hopkins University, her BS and MS in Nursing, and her Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification from theUniversity of Maryland. She has served as an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Occupational Health Nursing Graduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and on the faculties of Emory University and the University of Maryland. Dr. Hayes currently serves as a Population Health Associate, Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University, and Philadelphia, PA. Top.
Meghan started her career in the non-profit trust administration division of a regional bank. After helping a community foundation with a system implementation, she picked up the bug for software administration and has been working in IS ever since. After leading customer implementations at a software company for 5 years, Meghan transitioned to the health care industry in 2003. As Director of Shared Services, she has played a prominent leadership role in Dean and SSM’s implementation and long-term management of an integrated electronic health record. She has responsibility for 50 team members supporting more than 10,500 clinic and hospital based users in the greater Madison, Wisconsin area. Dean and SSM currently have more than 70,000 patients using their web portal to securely communicate and collaborate with care teams. This communication alternative has proven to be wildly popular with patients and their families. In 2006, Meghan’s team decided to outsource patient portal support to PDS and became the first Epic customer to provide 24x7 on-line and phone support for MyChart patients.
Dave Hesson has 30 years of progressive management experience in healthcare leadership and is a Vice President with Aspen Healthcare Metrics, specializing in healthcare supply chain savings consulting. He is currently engaged with a large public health system's sustainability project. Prior to joining Aspen, Dave formed Hesson Consulting, a healthcare supply chain education and consulting company specializing in contracting, logistics, Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) and Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) relations. He worked with several large IDNs, a large physician specialty products company, a large medical supply distribution company, and a medical device company. Dave spent over eight years with Clarian Health as their Vice President of Operations, responsible for all areas of the supply chain.
Debra Honey is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. She is the founder and president of Honey Consulting, Inc. a firm specializing in hospital operations and performance improvement. For the past twelve years, Ms. Honey served as Vice President for Clinical Operations and Clinical Leadership Development for Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver Colorado, the second largest non profit healthcare system in the US. Her responsibilities included clinical operational support for system initiatives and the individual hospitals. Providing internal leadership for major system-wide, clinical and nursing initiatives and supporting system hospital specific needs was a key function. Other relevant expertise include workforce and nursing competency, nursing leadership, clinical leadership education, training and development, electronic medical record planning and implementation and business intelligence implementation. Ms Honey also has been in leadership roles and participated in major quality and safety initiatives, clinical service line assessment, development and operations, outcome measurement and dashboard development, strategic capital allocation and technology assessment, facility planning and construction, and risk management initiatives. Top.
James Huff has held various Supply Chain Management positions in healthcare and metals industries over the past seven years. In his current role as a Process Analyst, James has acted as the Project Manager for UPMC’s distribution optimization and warehouse technology initiatives. Prior to joining UPMC, James worked in Alcoa’s global procurement organization where he was responsible for the sourcing of environment, health and safety commodities. James holds an MBA from Duquesne University, and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Management Information Systems and Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Top.
Helen Huffman is a Lead Project Manager for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System located in Houston, Texas. She has over 5 years of experience in healthcare project management and over 15 years of project management experience within various industries including healthcare, telecommunications and finance. As part of the Memorial Hermann Supply Chain division, Helen has implemented multiple projects, examples of which include the Centralized Equipment Management Programs (UHS Asset360™ Program), Pulse Ox Reprocessing, Hospira PCA Implementation and the Alaris Infusion Upgrade. She has demonstrated leadership, organizational and management skills throughout her career and has maintained her Project Management Professional certification since 2005. She is currently managing a Courier Conversion Implementation, Reprocessing Trocars and Harmonics Initiative and the PCA Upgrade conversion for the hospital. Helen's goal is to enhance her clinical knowledge with health informatics and focus on health information initiatives to promote health and wellness in the community. Top.
Mary Katica is a designer with the Innovation Consultancy at Kaiser Permanente, a not-for-profit Integrated Delivery System providing healthcare for over 8.5 million people each year. The purpose of the Innovation Consultancy is to develop human-centered designs that positively impact the experience of Kaiser patients and the clinicians who care for them. Katica has been with Kaiser Permanente and the Innovation Consultancy since 2009. In her time with the Innovation Consultancy, Katica has partnered with IDEO to learn and internalize a human centered design methodology into Kaiser Permanente. With the Innovation Consultancy team, Katica has spent thousands of hours of time shadowing, conducting ethnographic observations in clinics, co-designing and prototyping with healthcare professionals, and field testing ideas in the front lines of healthcare. Mary Katica graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Industrial Design. 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 the CEO of the HCA’s Nashville Supply Chain Services. He is responsible for $420 Million in supply cost for the TriStar Division of HCA. 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 including; all customer service, purchasing, accounts payable, medical surgical/pharmacy distribution, regional contracting, capital procurement, pharmacy order entry, and facility supply chain perations. 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.
As Chief Operating Officer of ROi, Gene is responsible for oversight of ROi’s three operating divisions: Group Purchasing, Performance Consulting and Supply Chain. Group Purchasing focuses on collaborative product selection, leveraged value generation, and compliance monitoring. Performance Consulting drives clinical and operational improvement programs in the areas of surgery, patient care, pharmacy, and support services. Supply Chain includes purchasing, customer service, inventory management, warehousing, distribution, Rx repackaging, and transportation services, as well as self manufacturing of Custom Procedure Trays. Gene’s career has included senior level financial, operational, sales and marketing roles in healthcare manufacturing, distribution, outsourcing, and now provider operations. He received his BS in Finance from Miami University. Top.
Mr. Kreder is a Principal in the Life Sciences and Health Care industry practice of Deloitte Consulting. Paul also serves as the national leader of the Provider Supply Chain solution. Paul’s healthcare consulting experience involves regional health systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals, stand-alone children’s hospitals, and for-profit chains with an emphasis on assisting provider clients in solving strategic, operational, and financial challenges. Top.
Ed Kuklenski has been President and CEO of Suture Express since August, 2006 and has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. From 1989 to 2006, Ed was Senior Vice President of Shareholder Services for Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA). During his tenure with CHCA he was responsible for overseeing CHCA’s group purchasing, business development and insurance operations. Prior to CHCA, he spent nine years with American Hospital Supply Corporation and Baxter, Inc. in various finance, operations and sales management positions. Top.
Michael T. Langlois currently serves as the Vice President of Supply Chain at William Beaumont Hospitals, a three-hospital Health System located in the metropolitan-Detroit area with over 1750 licensed beds and over $2B in total revenue. Before assuming his role with Beaumont Hospitals in November of 2010, Mike served Resurrection Health Care (Chicago) as its Interim Vice President of Material Management; as Senior Vice President for Daudlin, DeBeaupre and Company, a Health Care Executive Search Firm; and as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer with Ascension Health, the largest Catholic and nonprofit health system in the United States. As CSCO at Ascension Health, Mike was responsible for directing the National Supply Chain Initiative for seven years. Prior to joining Ascension Health in 2001, Mike was employed for almost 25 years by St. John Health; an eight hospital system within the Ascension Health organization. At the time of his promotion, he was serving St. John as its Vice President of Materials Management. Mike has earned a Master 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.
Ed Lewis is currently the Assistant Director of Supply Chain Services for Texas Children’s Hospital, the largest children’s hospital providing pediatric services to children throughout the world. He has been with Texas Children’s Hospital for 15 years. Prior to Ed’s employment with Texas Children’s Hospital he was affiliated with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Ed is a current member and past Board member of the National Association of Purchasing Management, (formally N.A.P.M.) I.S.M., serving as Secretary Treasurer. He also served as Chairman of the HealthCare buyers Group through the National Association of Purchasing Management of Houston (N.A.P.M.) from 1995-1998. Ed served on the Board for the Houston Chapter of N.A.P.M. from 1995 -1998. He is the co-founder and past President of the Houston Chapter of AHRMM (Texas Gulf Coast Supply Chain Chapter) and is responsible for the By Laws for the organization. Ed is also serving as Regional Director for Region 7 on the National level of AHRMM (Association of Healthcare Resources & Materials Management. Ed was inducted in to International Who’s Who of Professional Management in 1994 and to the Manchester Who’s Who in 2004. He was awarded the Administrative Professional Forum Leader award at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2008 and was voted Leader of the Quarter July – September 2008 by Texas Children’s leadership. Ed obtained his BS in Business and Commerce from the University of Houston majoring in Purchasing and Materials Management. He holds a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Management Certification, C.P.M., and is also CMRP Certified.Top.
Michael joined Baptist in 2004 as Vice President of Supply Chain. Key activities include leveraging the system for improved product quality and improved supply chain. Current goal is to establish best practices in logistics and clinical areas. Baptist has gone from losing $53 million to a net income of over $50 million. Baptist Health System has reduced its supply expense over $34 Million in the last four years. Past experience includes US Oncology, Baptist Healthcare in Memphis, and Columbia HCA. Michael is a recognized international speaker and author in the field of healthcare materials management and pharmacy. BHS materials departments received the 2006 Healthcare Purchasing News Department of the Year award. Michael completed GE Leadership Essentials, BSA WoodBadge Training, and has earned DTM status with Toastmasters International. Top.
Mr. Lubotsky is a broad based healthcare executive with 30 years in leadership roles among integrated delivery systems including clinical services and ambulatory development, physician practices, and healthcare alliances. In his current position, he serves as the Vice President Supply Chain and Clinical Resource Management at Advocate Health Care. In this role, Mr. Lubotsky is responsible for the overall leadership of Advocate Health Care’s supply chain operations including sourcing and value analysis, procurement, logistics and operations, and performance and technology development. This position sets the strategic vision, core strategies, organizational framework, and operating plan for supply chain including managing key relationships among suppliers, distributors, clinicians, group purchasing, and associates. A critical focus extends to developing the supply chain intelligence capability to drive evidenced based use of supplies, equipment and technology. Prior to joining Advocate Health Care, Mr. Lubotsky served as President of Akron General Partners as part of the Akron General Health System. Mr. Lubotsky’s experience also includes seven years in account management and operating roles at Premier, Inc. Top.
Prior to joining Greenville Hospital System/University Medical Center as their Executive Director Materials Management, John served as the Regional Vice President of Supply Chain at Catholic Health East Southeast Region. Previously, he served in senior leadership positions for materials management and purchasing for multi-site healthcare systems in the North and Southeast. He has an MBA degree from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea Ohio, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeast Illinois University, Chicago, and completed the Executive Program in Healthcare Administration at Ohio State. He is a former Board Member of the Association for Healthcare Materials/Resource Management, chaired numerous committees, served as the organization’s president in 2004 and was awarded the 2007 “Gossett Leadership Award–AHRMM.” John enjoys the healthcare Supply Chain arena and is frequently quoted in materials/supply chain magazines and has authored numerous articles relative to supply chain topics, including presentations at regional and national levels. Top.
David McCombs is Vice President of Enterprise Resource Planning/ Supply Chain Operations for the Bon Secours Health System, a $2.3 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system. David is responsible for directing the implementation of the Lawson enterprise resource planning system and its supply chain operations. A 30-year veteran of health care operations, McCombs was COO of the Moses Cone Hospital, a 550-bed not-for-profit community teaching hospital. McCombs received a BS degree from Wake Forest University and a master's degree in hospital health services administration from Duke University. McCombs is a member of the American Heart Association, the North Carolina Hospital Association and the Triad Health Executives Forum. Top.
VP Support Services
SCM Alliance, Inc.
Dan McDow, named as one of the “Ten People to Watch” in the 2007 issue of Journal of Contracting Magazine, is currently in the position of Vice President – Support Services for the SCM Alliance (Managed by Coalesco, Inc.). The SCM Alliance is a Regional Purchasing Cooperative that is jointly held by six health systems in Eastern Florida. Before joining the SCM Alliance, he was the chief operating officer of IHSCS,LC d/b/a Iowa Health System Consolidated Services headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Dan held various positions in and out of healthcare including director of shared services for a fortune 500 International Broadcasting and Publishing Firm, MMIS implementation analyst, OR business manager and materials manager. He has presented on various supply chain topics at numerous conferences throughout his career. Additionally, his professional experiences include receiving national recognition for establishing the “Perfect Order” initiative between Mfr and Distributor; National Innovation Award for 1st in the Nation for Custom Kit Assembly & Sterilization; Editorial board member of a nationally recognized Supply Chain Magazine, Advisory Board member of Creighton University - Economic Indicators, Global HealthCare Exchange Advisory Board Member, Meditech MMIS President - Users Group and VP Development & Membership of Supply Chain Society. Top.
Vice President, Materials Management
Mel Meck is the Vice President of Materials Management and has been actively involved with all phases of Materials Management for over 28 years. Mel is currently responsible for the Materials Management function for the 6 companies and all the entities that make up AtlantiCare. Services provided are: Purchasing, Distribution, Courier Services and Bio Medical. He is also the Administrator for Atlanticare’s Emergency Medical Services, which includes Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Specialty Care Transport Services, Interdivisional Helicopter Services and Medical Communications. Mel received his undergraduate degree from Rowan University and his graduate studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Management. He has also authored articles that have promoted the collaborative success required in the field of Materials Management. 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.
Corporate Director, Supply-Chain Services
Orlando Health/Healthcare Purchasing Alliance Inc.
Rosaline Parson has a 30-year history in Healthcare with a concentrated focus on the clinically integrated model of supply-chain activities within a multi-hospital system. Various roles included Clinical Manager of Critical Care, Corporate Resource Manager within Materials Management, Vice President of Marketing and Clinical Resources for a medical supply company and Corporate Director for a Regional GPO and Consolidated Service Center. Rosaline is currently responsible for the strategic direction of the self-contracting (Healthcare Purchasing Alliance –HPA) and self-distribution (Orlando Health-Consolidated Service Center-CSC) models covering one of the largest acute care systems in Central Florida (Orlando Health). Enterprise-wide focus include the development of strategic vendor business relationships that will enhance and support the business model of self- contracting and self-distribution, as well as, provide efficiencies within the supply-chain model our hospitals have adopted in preparation for upcoming healthcare changes. Current contract management through the self-contracting corporation is in excess of $350 million and distribution services include all low-unit-of-measure (LUM), just-in-time (JIT) and cross-docking activities to support Orlando Health and its ancillary departments and clinics. A graduate of Florida Southern College, Rosaline was voted as one of the “Ten People to Watch” by the Journal of Healthcare Contracting in 2007. She enjoys numerous professional memberships and associations. Top.
Kettering Health Network
Frank Perez is CEO of Kettering Health Network in Dayton, Ohio, and also Chairman/CEO of the Network’s four healthcare systems. During his more than 41 years in health care, Frank has served as chief executive officer at numerous organizations in the US and over seas ranging from 600-bed hospitals to systems with up to 2,000 beds. Frank has extensive experience in leading performance improvement initiatives in progressive health care institutions and has demonstrated the ability to promote integrated strategic alliances with medical staffs, as well as establish MSOs, IPAs, and Foundations. Some ten years ago he led in the merger of Kettering Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center in the Dayton Ohio area, expanding the system to include five hospitals. Then in 2008, Greene Memorial Hospital/Greene Health Partners joined KHN, and this year the Network was extremely pleased to add Fort Hamilton Hospital. The expanded organization now includes six hospitals and a seventh under construction, a college, retirement center, multiple affiliated programs and some 10,000 employees under one corporate umbrella—Kettering Health Network.
Frank came to the US in 1962 as a refugee fleeing Communist Cuba. He settled in Takoma Park, Md., where he worked as a cabinet-maker to support his mother and three younger sisters who had fled Castro’s regime a year earlier. Frank completed high school via correspondence school and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration with a minor in economics from Columbia Union College. Frank also holds a masters degree in Healthcare Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2009, Washington Adventist University (aka Columbia Union College) bestowed on Frank an Honorary Doctorate Degree in recognition of his outstanding career achievements. Top.
Corporate Director, Contracting & Sourcing
Baptist Health South Florida
Ms. Natalie Pita Ortiz is the Corporate Director of Contracting and Sourcing for Baptist Health South Florida. Baptist Health is the only single state system with a AA rating from S&P. With 6 hospitals, 15 outpatient care facilities, and 14,000 employees, Baptist Health has a large and diverse Supply Chain. With an average annual spend of $500M, Ms. Ortiz's 15 years of Supply Chain experience focus upon driving financial and clinical excellence. Overseeing contracting for all clinical and non-clinical functions, Ms. Ortiz is Baptist Health's key contact in transforming its Supply Chain operations from great, to best in class. Ms. Ortiz holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Florida International University. Top.
System Director, Supply Chain
CHRISTUS Health System
A recognized industry leader, Steve Pitzer has 28 years experience in contracting and logistics. Mr. Pitzer’s tenure, both past to present, has contributed to a results-oriented focus on Supply Chain Management, purchasing process development, automation, and standardization of clinical and business practices, strong customer relations and cohesiveness of business units. Mr. Pitzer began his tenure with CHRISTUS Health in 1998. Today as System Director of Supply Chain Management, Mr. Pitzer is responsible for the development and implementation of a 5-year strategic plan for all areas of the supply chain along with major capital projects and energy contracting. He leads the entire Supply Chain operations for the CHRISTUS System, exceeding $980 million in annual non-labor spend. Additionally, Mr. Pitzer serves on Advisory and Steering committees related to Supply Chain. He is a featured speaker at a variety of Industry and Supplier events. Top.
Facilitation Manager/Content Specialist
Sharon Pleggenkuhle joined the Walt Disney World Cast as a member of the Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Operations team. Since being cast in her first role, Sharon has held a variety of positions in Theme Park Operations, Guest Talent and Education Programs, and Disney Institute Business and Leisure Programs. Sharon transitioned to Disney Institute Business Programs following a multi-faceted leadership role recruiting, training, and mentoring 100+ Cast Members who provided educational experiences throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Sharon’s passion and dedication in developing and creating experiences that inspire and engage learners of all ages has earned the respect of her colleagues and fellow Cast Members. A three-time Partners in Excellence nominee, Sharon is consistently recognized for her excellence in program design, delivery and Cast development. Sharon received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising from Kent State University. Top.
Director, Supply Chain Services
Munroe Regional Medical Center
Judi has been in the materials management field for over 30 years with an educational background in finance. She received her BS from the University of Florida and an MBA from Nova University, and is a Certified Materials and Resource Professional. Judi and her team at Munroe Reigional have successfully implemented a business analystics tool and they have integrated this, along with other information technology into their Value Analysis, Technology and Administrative review process. Judi is well-known within the industry in the areas of value analysis, point of use automation and the expanding use of tehnology within materials management. Munroe Regional's Materials Management Division has received several awards for performance under Judi's leadership. She has been a speaker for AHRMM national meetings, local Chapters, VHA and Canada's Healthcare Supply Chain as well as being published. Top.
Assistant Vice President of Contracting and Supply Chain
Joseph Quinones serves as the 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 over come continuous operating budget deficits. His latest work has been leading a true “Supply Chain Construction,” personally working with all of the leaders and stakeholders in HHC to help fundamentally change how products are requisitioned, approved, purchased and then analyzed for best price. Through his work and leadership, he and his team are being nominated for the 2011 “Most Innovative Provider” GHXcellence Award. 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.
President and CEO
From 1976 to 1982, Bob was the Director of Operations for Northeast Red Cross Blood Service. From 1982 to 1983, Bob was the Director of Materials Management and Project Coordinator and assisted in building the first USDA Human Nutrition Research Canter at Tuft’s University in Boston. From 1984 to 1994, Bob was at the Neponset Valley Health System as Vice President of Materials Management for that system. In 1994, Bob joined Healthcare Services of New England, the largest and oldest group purchasing organization in New England and, as their Vice President, developed total service contracts for their membership. From 1995 to 2002, Bob held several executive positions at TFX Surgical Group. On March 1, 2002, Bob returned to the Provider side of the business as President and Chief Executive Officer of LeeSar, the Supply Chain Management Division, and Cooperative Services of Florida, the Group Purchasing Organization for Lee Memorial Health System and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System. Top.
The Camden Group
Mr. Randall is a manager with The Camden Group. Mr. Randall’s primary areas of expertise include accountable care organizations (ACOs), strategic and operational planning, operations effectiveness, and service line development. Prior to joining The Camden Group, Mr. Randall was a director at Sg2 Healthcare Intelligence. While at Sg2, Mr. Randall led multiple engagements in clinical service line planning and technology adoption in the areas of orthopedics, neurosciences, cancer services, cardiovascular services, and imaging. Mr. Randall completed an administrative fellowship at NorthShore University HealthSystem (“NorthShore”), formally Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. While at NorthShore, he led a team in developing a tool that credited each hospital admission and patient visit to an attending and referring physician. This tool has had a lasting impact on the health system by allowing them to understand, target, and enhance referral relationships. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and Master’s of Health Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Top.
Vice President for Membership Relations
Florida Hospital Assciation
Rich Rasmussen serves as Vice President for Membership Relations for the Florida Hospital Association (FHA). His responsibilities include managing grassroots activism, enhancing membership value in the association, overseeing the activities of the Florida Hospital Association Political Action Committee (FHAPAC), and is a member of the advocacy team. He also is responsible for supervising the emergency management functions for the Association. Prior to this role, Rich served as FHAʼs Vice President for Strategic Communications, a position he held for seven years.Rich came to FHA in 2000 following the merger of the Association and the Association of Community Hospitals and Health Systems of Florida (CHHS), where he served as Vice President, a position he held for ten years. He received his Broadcast Journalism degree from Florida Southern College in 1986. Top.
As System Director of Materials Management for Marshfield Clinic, Steve Smith has overall responsibility for supply chain activities of an 800-Physician, 6,400-employee Clinic system located in Central, Northern and Western Wisconsin. Smith is the Chairman of the Marshfield Clinic Strategic Procurement Council comprised of Physicians and Senior Leadership representing all areas of the system. Smith first joined Marshfield Clinic in the 1980s, but left after five years for career development and to gain knowledge about all aspects of the healthcare supply chain from various perspectives. For 18 years, Smith learned supply chain nuances in small- to large-sized hospitals and small- to large-sized IDNs, including academic, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Arkansas and Iowa. In 2008, Smith returned to his favorite Healthcare Organization, the Marshfield Clinic located in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Under Smith’s leadership, the organizations achieved significant expense reduction, supply chain process improvement, and systems modernization as it relates to supply chain. Smith is a U.S. Navy veteran having served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1973. He graduated cum laude from University of Wisconsin–Whitewater with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Top.
Director of Pharmacy Contracting
Clara Anne has worked for Carilion Clinic since March 2000 in her current role as Director of Pharmacy Contracting. During this time she has coordinated system-wide pharmacy contracting, insured maximization of the GPO agreements across the pharmacy portfolio and serves on the Clinical Products Committee to coordinate the initiatives that cross pharmacy with other clinical services. Her background includes hospital pharmacy practice in both for profit and not for profit setting, retail pharmacy and a regional manager for a group purchasing organization.These career experiences provide the insights in financial and clinical decision making that do produce positive clinical outcomes in savings initiatives. Top.
Director, Supply Chain & Performance Consulting
Mayo Clinic Florida
Mark is Director, Supply Chain, for Mayo Clinic Florida and the Mayo Performance Consulting Team. He is in charge of Supply Chain Operations for Mayo Jacksonville, a 214-bed Hospital and 380-physician outpatient diagnostic clinic. Mark has attained his Green Belt, Lean Belt and Silver Certification through Mayo’s Quality Academy process. The Performance Consulting Team has developed Integrated department support teams that provide delivery of Mayo Supply Chain solutions to attain specific and measurable quality and cost outcomes for major spend areas. Mark earned his B.B.A. at the University of North Florida in 1982 and has been at Mayo 21 years. Top.
Vice President, Materials Management
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
William Stitt currently serves as the Vice President of Materials Management at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. In his role, Bill is responsible for oversight and strategic direction for all supply chain functions and all non labor cost reduction activities for this 650 bed nationally recognized academic medical center. He is a 20 year veteran of the supply chain industry with experience in a variety of settings to include for profit healthcare companies, independent community hospitals, integrated delivery networks and has also served as an industry consultant. He is an experienced speaker and author on a wide range of supply chain topics to include contract management, cost benefit analysis, document management and professional development. Bill holds various industry certifications as a Certified Registered Central Service Technician and Certification in Healthcare Leadership through IAHCSMM and also is a Certified Materials Resource Professional and has achieved Fellow status in the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management. He is also active in industry management groups previously serving as the Region 5 Board Member for AHRMM and is currently the 2011 National President.Top.
Vice President, Suppy Chain Services
Geisinger Health System
Deb Templeton is the Vice President for Supply Chain Services at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA. She is responsible for all Corporate Purchasing, Logistics, Patient Transport, Linen and Supply Chain Operations and Strategic Planning for all Geisinger facilities. She and her team was awarded the Healthcare Purchasing News Materials Management Department of the Year Award in 2008, and well as a Premier Innovations award for the work in the area of Healthcare Supply Chain Data Standards. The Geisinger Supply Chain was also named one of the Top 25 Healthcare Supply Chains by Gartner in 2010. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Healthcare Purchasing News and serves on many local community Boards as well. She has over 26 years of healthcare management. Deb received her undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA maintaining licensure in both Pennsylvania and Florida and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton. Top.
Director, Supply Chain Management
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Hedy Tomlin joined Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Sarasota, Florida, in May of 2003. Sarasota Memorial, an 806-bed regional medical center, is among the largest acute care public health systems in Florida. Ms Tomlin has more than 25 years in the healthcare industry. Prior to Sarasota, she served as Director Corporate Materials Management at Norton Healthcare. Previous positions include Executive V.P. Clinical Operations, Adjuvant Dimensional Care and Clinical Education Specialist for Critical Care and Emergency Services. In her current role, Hedy is responsible for the oversight of Materials Management, Receiving, Distribution, Mail/Copy Center, Value Analysis, Technology Assessment and Biomedical Engineering. She also serves as the liaison for LeeSar and Cooperative Services of Florida, the Supply Chain Management Division and Group Purchasing Organization for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Lee Memorial Health System. Ms Tomlin has served on numerous committees and task forces for a national group purchasing organization, presented at AORN and Premier Conferences and is a member of AHRMM and AORN. Hedy holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and a Masters in Health Services Management from Webster University. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Healthcare Leader Institute and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Top.
Corporate Director of Professional Services
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Chris Toomes is Corporate Director of Professional Services. Mr. Toomes is responsible for the management of system wide Supply Chain Projects for 11 acute hospitals and 150 clinic locations for Memorial Hermann, the largest IDN in Texas. He is also responsible for vendor management, contracting and program management. During his tenure, Memorial Hermann has reached full implementation of its Asset360 program and achieved implementation of the largest supply and pharmacy automation program in the U.S. for Carefussion. Mr. Toomes is responsible for creation, negotiation and implementation of a capped pricing program which reduced cost for implants by over 9 million dollars annually. In addition, he led the creation of a system-wide clinical pharmacy programmer. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Mr. Toomes was director of business partner, Clinical Technologies and Services, Cardinal Health.Top.
Cooperative Services of Florida
Bill Tousey, RN, MBA is Vice President of Cooperative Services of Florida (CSF). CSF was formed in 1997 in a joint venture between Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) in Ft. Myers Florida and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMHCS) in Sarasota Florida. Upon receiving a nursing degree, Bill worked in various clinical settings before beginning his work in surgery. Once there, he pursued an orthopedic specialty focus and subsequently a management position. In 1986, he became Director of Surgery for Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers Florida. Over that time, Lee Memorial evolved into a health system after building a second site (Health Park Florida) and buying a third hospital (Cape Coral Hospital). As a System Director Bill pursued system wide computerization of Surgery Services, Centralized Budgeting for Supplies and Capital, and led the charge for supply standardization. Armed with an MBA, Bill was named System Resource Director and began to apply the surgery strategies on a system platform. Cooperative Services of Florida was the next stop where Bill and a team of professional negotiators and support staff administer contracting on behalf of their members. Top.
Independent Healthcare Supply Chain Coach
Susan M. Tyk is currently working as an independent Healthcare Supply Chain Coach. She has over 30 years in the healthcare industry including, Supply Chain Director for a multi-hospital system for 16 years and a Senior Director for Ascension Health Supply Chain, the largest not-for-profit catholic healthcare system in the country. Responsibilities at Ascension included the management of the Supply Chain IT, data warehouse and data analytics. She was instrumental in working with SMI and the Department of Defense (DOD) in deploying a “perfect order” pilot that will be used in the future to improve supplier and customer relationships. Susan has knowledge with nineteen Material Management Systems and has worked with various software and application companies to improve process and performance in both supply chain and financial applications. In addition to working with software, data and data applications she is passionate about distribution and logistics and providing better processes for supply management to reduce overall inventory cost. She was noted as leader by her peers in the industry in working with suppliers to implement a Freight Management Program that significantly reduces costs for inbound freight by eliminating supplier mark ups and requiring hospitals to take control of their inbound freight expense by eliminating pre pay and add on purchase orders. Susan is a long standing member of AHRRM and was recognized in 2007 by Healthcare Purchasing News as an “Industry Influencer to Watch”. Various certifications include TQM certification in 1999 and Project Management certification in 2000. Top.
Joe Walsh is a procurement and progressive supply chain professional with a successful track record of leading global supply chain transformations at Fortune 500 companies. He brings more than 10 years of experience from the office products/retail and foodservice industries to his current role at Intermountain Healthcare. Joe’s supply chain career began at Corporate Express where he quickly moved into the Director of Supply Management role, reporting directly to the CFO. During his six years at Corporate Express, Joe led the global strategic sourcing organization for Corporate Express and its “Procurement Services” clients. He was also hand-selected to build an integrated supply business. Joe was recruited to the foodservice industry in 2004 to help Foodbuy, the world’s largest foodservice GPO, transform its supply chain. Joe decided to relocate back to the Mountain West region of the country and apply his supply chain experience to the health care industry. Joe is currently the Director of Category Management for Intermountain Healthcare where he is responsible for more than $1B of annual clinical and non-clinical products, services, software and distribution purchases. He is involved with supporting the self-distribution strategies and also leading the organization through a procurement transformation. Top.
Dr. Allen Weiss was appointed President and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System in September, 2006. Previously, he was President for over six years. He is responsible for a 681 bed, two-hospital integrated health care system in Naples, Florida. NCH is one of only six hospitals in the country ranked in the top 5 percent for both quality and safety by HealthGrades for six years. Additionally, NCH was named first in the state for cardiology and cardiac care twice and is the busiest hip and knee replacement hospital in Florida and the second busiest in the nation for Medicare patients. After graduating from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and subsequently completing his training at both the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery of Cornell University, he had a solo practice in Rheumatology, Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics for twenty-three years. He is board certified in all three specialties and is recognized both as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.
His interest in the development of the three core competencies of the NCH Healthcare System—demonstrated quality, operational efficiency and fiscal responsibility—began during his executive MBA program at Florida Gulf Coast University where he was named Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Weiss also has led a very successful physician hospital organization that has recently developed expertise in utilization and case management while working with physicians to measure and demonstrate quality. At the state level, Dr. Weiss led the Quality committee of the Healthy Florida Foundation that subsequently shared recommendations for evidenced based medicine to transform healthcare. In 2008, he received Distinguished Executive of the Year recognition from the Women’s Bar Association. In 2010, he was recognized as one of the Men & Women of the year by Gulfshore Life. Top.
John Whittlesey is a partner with the Healthcare Management Council, Inc. in Boston, a firm specializing in hospital benchmarking and performance improvement. Since 1990, HMC has built a rich array of tools to define performance improvement issues, anchor them with senior management and middle managers alike, and ultimately direct internal performance improvement efforts. A member of HMC’s team since 1995, John provides strategic insight and direction to HMC in product development, client management, and ongoing operations. Given his leadership roles in a number of hospitals and healthcare systems, he offers a wealth of hands-on hospital operations experience. John holds a B.A. in psychology from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and an M.A. in Hospital and Health Services Administration from in Cincinnati’s Xavier University. Top.
Mr. Willmore joined St. Anthony’s in April 2007. Prior to his position with St. Anthony’s, Perry was the Executive Director of Clinical Supply Chain contracting for MedAssets. Most of his career has been in Hospital Operations but has also included work experience in the GPO world with Novation and MedAssets. Positions he has held have included Unit Manager Surgical Services, Director of Surgical Services (non-nurse) for two large facilities in the BJC Health System, Assistant Administrator and then VP of Hospital Operations for a large facility in Texas, Account Executive for Novation and the position mentioned earlier with MedAssets. Perry started his career by serving 8-1/2 years as an Operating Room Technician in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. Mr. Willmore is a member of AHRMM. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in Management and Supervision, a Bachelor’s degree in Management, and a Master’s degree in Health Services Management. Top.
Dale Wright brings more than 35 years of healthcare experience to his role as senior vice president of contracting for Amerinet and president of Amerinet Choice®, Amerinet’s private label and sourcing company. Wright is responsible for ensuring that the Amerinet group purchasing portfolio of agreements is competitive and innovative, setting the strategy for contracting in all disciplines, including custom contracting. He also leads product development, supplier negotiations and operations for Amerinet Choice. Wright has worked in the healthcare industry since 1970. Prior to joining Amerinet, he owned Ni-Med, Inc., a medical device manufacturer. Wright also previously served with Health Services Corporation of America, joining the company in 1986 as an area vice president. Over a nine year period, Wright went on to become vice president of the eastern United States region and, ultimately, corporate vice president over national operations and sales. Wright’s experience also includes leadership positions with Fox-Meyer Hospital Supply (now part of Owens & Minor) and American Hospital Supply (now Cardinal Healthcare). Top.