2012 FALL idn summit speakers

Charlie Agee, MD
Verne Baker
Tony Benedict
Deirdre M. Baggot
Vincent E. Boles
Buddy Bradley
James F. Burke
Barbara Campbell
Joan Ching, RN
Dee Donatelli
Marvin Eichorn
Nila Getter
Brandi Greenburg
CJ Guarasci
Maria Hames
Ed Hardin
David Hargraves
Winifred Hayes
Erich Heneke
Bill Kopitke

Robert Lane
Chuck Lauer
Kinei Lin
Michael Louviere
Matthew Mental
Carl Meyer
Pamela Negri
Eric O'Daffer
Peggy Reiley
David Ryan
Rick Salzer
Claire Senot
Anthony Slonim, MD
William Stitt
Nick Swift
Danny Szpiro
Richard Traum
Gary Wagner
Amy Webb


Gregory G. Wojtal
Patricia Witzel













Charlie Agee, MD

Chief Medical Office, Arizona West Region

Banner Health





Dr. Charlie M. Agee, MD, is the chief medical officer of the Arizona West Region for Banner Health with direct supervisory responsibility for all of the chief medical officers in the region. He leads the system-wide clinical strategic initiative teams for the surgical care improvement project as well as reducing variation in orthopedics. Dr. Agee has a key role in linking evidence-based medicine with clinical operations to ensure that safe, reliable care is delivered. He also has responsibility for developing innovative models of care that deliver value and maximize patient’s wellness. Prior to his current position, Dr. Agee was the CMO for Banner Del E. Webb and served as the first CMO for Banner Estrella Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle and completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.Top.

Deirdre M. Baggot

Vice President

The Camden Group





Deirdre Baggot is a vice president at The Camden Group and a nationally recognized thought leader in bundled payments. Prior to joining The Camden Group, Deirdre served as the administrator of the cardiac and vascular institute at Exempla Saint Joseph in Denver, Colorado, where she lead the efforts to win the bid to be selected as an Acute Care Episode cardiovascular services pilot program – only one of four in the nation.. Prior to joining Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in 2005, Ms. Baggot worked for ten years in academic healthcare, first at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and later at The University of Michigan Health System in a number of key leadership roles. Ms. Baggot’s current research interest is in executive decision-making and healthcare payment reform. Additionally Ms. Baggot is a national speaker and author who has published more than 20 papers on bundled payments, healthcare reform, physician integration, and service line strategy and development. Top.

Tony Benedict

Vice President Supply Chain

Abrazo Healthcare





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 chain at Vanguard Health Systems Abrazo region. He has also had 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. Tony 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

Major General (Ret.)

U.S. Army

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.

Buddy Bradley

Vice President, Corporate Accounts

Owens & Minor

Buddy Bradley has over 37 years of experience serving the medical industry. Upon graduation from East Tennessee State University in 1975, he began his career at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, TN, where he served in several positions, including materials administrator and assistant administrator. In 1981, he began his sales career in Knoxville, TN, working for American Hospital Supply/Baxter. In 1994, Buddy joined Owens and Minor as a sales representative in the Knoxville area. During the last eighteen years with Owens and Minor, he has held a variety of leadership positions such as account manager, manager of account development, division vice president, area sales director/mid-Atlantic/southeast, and director of corporate accounts. He currently serves as vice president, corporate accounts.  Top.

James F. Burke

Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs

Scottsdale Healthcare 

James F. Burke has held a variety of medical positions at Scottsdale Healthcare since 1991. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and chief medical officer before being named senior vice president of medical affairs in 2008. Dr. Burke was in the private practice of family medicine from 1982-1991. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1979, completed his residency in the Scottsdale Healthcare Family Medicine Residency Program, and is board-certified in family practice. He holds an MBA from Arizona State University and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Burke serves on the board of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, as well as the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Health Professions.  Top.

Barbara Campbell

Clinical Cost Improvement Director

Banner Health

Barbara Campbell is clinical cost improvement director at Banner Health. Banner is one of the largest nonprofit systems in the country, operating in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. Banner has 23 hospitals and health care facilities. Banner Health has been named as a Top 5 Health System (Large) in the nation based on clinical excellence by Thomson Reuters in its annual hospital system ratings published by Modern Healthcare magazine and has received the 2011 “Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare” Award by the national trade publication, HealthLeaders. Ms. Campbell provides effective leadership, education and communication to the facility management staff, executive suite and especially the medical staff throughout the system to promote supply chain management activities for supply cost reduction. Barbara is a registered nurse; CNOR and has her Masters of health services administration from University of St Francis, Jolliet, IL. Top.

Dee Donatelli

Senior Vice President

Hayes, Inc.

Dee Donatelli provides leadership and direction for Hayes, Inc. Provider Services. She is responsible for the sales and delivery of Hayes evidence-based outcomes criteria and research to hospitals. Prior to joining Hayes, Dee was vice president of consulting for VHA. She was 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. Prior to joining VHA in 2005, Dee spent 15 years in healthcare supply chain consulting, working for Cap Gemini and BD Healthcare/Concepts in Healthcare. Prior to consulting, Dee spent 17 years in a large IDN as manager and director of nursing services, purchasing and value analysis manager, and director of materials. Ms. Donatelli received her Master’s Degree in business and management from Webster University, her Bachelors Degree in nursing from St. Mary’s of the Plains College and social work degree from Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ.  Top.


Marvin Eichorn

Chief Financial Officer

Mountain States Health Alliance

Marvin Eichorn has served the Mountain States Health Alliance since August 1998 when he joined as senior vice president of regional operations. He was named chief financial officer in January 1999. He is responsible for the for-profit activities of the Alliance, including the largest physician group in the market, as well as network development activities for the Alliance, in addition to providing overall financial leadership and direction. He is also responsible for Integrated Solutions Health Network, MSHA’s ACO. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was employed by Covenant Health/Fort Sanders Health System in Knoxville, TN, where he held various positions over a 14-year period, including executive vice president/non-hospital operations and executive vice president/chief financial officer. Prior to his employment with Covenant Health, he was the chief financial officer of a private development company in Pensacola, FL, and served five years in public accounting with Ernst and Young.  Top.


Nila Getter

Nursing Product Manager

Kettering Health Network

Nila Getter has worked at Kettering Health Network for over 30 years, starting as a staff nurse before moving into the role of clinical nurse manager in med-surg, ICU, ED and outpatient areas. For the past 12 years, her role has been the clinical value analysis liaison for nursing, physical therapy and other areas as the nursing product manager in supply chain management. For many years, she facilitated customer service training for new employees. Nila earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Miami University of Ohio and her Master’s Degree from Andrews University in Michigan. Nila is very active in the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals and is presently the president of that organization. Top.


Brandi Greenburg

Managing Director

The Advisory Board

Brandi Greenburg is the managing director for the Advisory Board. Brandi’s research focuses on strategic issues affecting biopharmaceutical, medical technology, and health care services firms. She works with each unique institution across a diverse membership to distill the most meaningful insights from our internal databases and ongoing provider research programs. Brandi also spent two years as a senior consultant with the Advisory Board’s syndicated research division. Her research focused broadly on hospital revenue enhancement strategies, with a special emphasis on marketing, hospital-physician relationships, and customer service operations. She co-authored a report entitled Service Innovations in Specialty Care and has interviewed over 250 hospital executives, line managers, and vendors. Prior to assuming her current role, Brandi was a practice manager with the Los Angeles office of the Boston Consulting Group. The majority of her work supported clients in the biopharmaceutical, medical device, and health care delivery sectors. Top.


CJ Guarasci

Director of Patient and Family Experience

Kettering Medical Center System

CJ Guarasci is the director of patient and family experience at Kettering Medical Center System in Dayton, Ohio. With more than eight years of experience in healthcare customer service and more than 17 years with leadership training, she is responsible for working with leaders and staff to create a positive experience for patients. CJ is passionate about enhancing the patient experience. In her role, she coaches leaders on HCAHPS and facilitates orientation for new employees that emphasizes the organizational culture. Prior to joining Kettering, CJ’s career included project management, public relations and communications. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in communications from the University of Dayton and a Master’s in Education Degree with a focus on counseling psychology from James Madison University in Virginia.  Top.

Maria Hames

Partner

HealthCare Links

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 Links’ 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 Master’s Degree in business management from Pepperdine University. Top.

Ed Hardin

System Vice President, Supply Chain Management

CHRISTUS HEALTH

Ed Hardin has worked nearly 20 years serving the healthcare provider industry and today is system vice president, supply chain management, for CHRISTUS Health. Prior to this position, he served as vice president, collaborative & organizational development for ROi, the supply chain operating division of Mercy health system. Prior to joining ROi/Mercy, Mr. Hardin worked with several professional services firms, including Alvarez & Marsal, Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young, where he specialized in supply chain performance improvement and management solutions for the healthcare provider industry. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College (Fulton, Missouri) and a Master’s Degree in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis). He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Materials & Resource Professional, and President of the St. Louis chapter of AHRMM. Top.

David Hargraves

Vice President, Supply Chain Management

UPMC

David A. Hargraves is the vice president, clinical supply chain at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, an ~$10b international healthcare delivery network where he is responsible for all clinical strategic sourcing, procurement operations, consolidated service center operations, and Value Analysis. Prior to UPMC David worked in supply chain leadership positions with Alcoa and Ariba. David is a Certified Purchasing Manager, received his MBA from Waynesburg University, a B.S. in organizational leadership from Duquesne University, and A.S. degree in biomedical engineering technology from Penn State University. David currently serves as the president of the Large Hospital Consortium, an organization of healthcare teaching institutions, who assist each other in the implementation of proven and workable supply chain concepts. David is also an active member of AHRMM and ISM and recently presented “Optimization of Distribution and Receiving in Healthcare” at the AHRMM’s 49th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Boston. Top.

Winifred Hayes

President/CEO

Hayes, Inc.

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. Ms. Hayes lectures and publishes as an advocate for the role that evidence-based decision making plays in improving patient outcomes and healthcare resource allocation. Ms. 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 the University 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. Top.


Erich Heneke

Senior Manager-Supplier Risk Management, Finance, Audit and Controls

Mayo Clinic

Erich Heneke is currently senior finance manager in Mayo Clinic’s Supply Chain Management (SCM). His financial emphasis is in supplier risk management, audit/controls and financial planning & analysis.Erich has worked in Mayo SCM for 5 years, focusing his efforts on sound SCM controls, fraud prevention/detection, accuracy of balance sheet accounting and other controls related work, including Mayo’s voluntary Sox compliance. During his time at Mayo, Erich and his team have completed several projects addressing proper controls with supply chain, including: development of an award-winning credit card risk scoring platform, completion of a segregation of duties project mapping employees’ accesses across multiple applications, detection of several types of overpayments to vendors – including detection, collection and prevention of future leakage, automated management of pharmaceutical pricing and several other initiatives. Top.

Bill Kopitke

Senior Director of Purchased Services

Novation

Bill Kopitke is the senior director of purchased services at Novation LLC which serves the purchasing needs of nearly 2,500 VHA and UHC members and 6,000 Provista members across more than 28,000 sites nationwide. After managing the direct sales and marketing for Nest Entertainment in Coppell, Texas, Kopitke joined the VHA family of companies in 2006 in the research and product development department. Kopitke is now responsible for Novation’s purchased services local sourcing division, which focuses on consulting and custom services to significantly improve a hospital’s purchased services operations. Kopitke’s team leads assessments, strategic planning, custom contracting, or supplier management for several of the nation’s largest healthcare systems. Kopitke holds his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in business administration from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.  Top.


Robert Lane

Strategic Sourcing Manager

Premier Health Partners




Rob Lane is the strategic sourcing manager for Premier Health Partners where he specializes in contract negotiations for indirect, non –clinical commodities such as consulting, shipping, courier services, record storage, office supplies, copiers, marketing, nutrition, and leasing; overseeing over $75 million in actual spend. Rob Lane obtained his BA in finance from Hope College in 1989, and began his supply chain career in sales, working with retail giants Kmart and Meijer designing seasonal industrial apparel programs. His selling experience gave him a foundation to understand supply chain management from a manufacturing perspective, which helped him greatly when he took a job with Fraser Papers in 1998 as a purchasing agent specializing in the purchasing of chemicals for fine paper manufacturing. In December of 2001, Rob achieved his Master of Arts in management from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Top.



Chuck Lauer

Healthcare Business & 

Policy Expert

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.


Kinei Lin

Manager, Global Transportation Services, Customer

Federal Express



                            Kinei Lin is the manager of international customer engineering for FedEx Life Science and Specialty Services. Lin oversees all aspects of operations and capabilities for the life sciences sector and the innovation, development, and implementation of global transportation and logistics solutions, including cold chain and specialized services. Kinei Lin possesses significant knowledge of global transportation, customs clearance regulations, and supply chain from his direct field experiences and strong academic background. Kinei started his FedEx career in Japan as a service engineer in 1998, he was promoted to manager of operations planning & engineering for Asia-North Pacific Region in 2001 where he was responsible for building out the FedEx network, improving customs clearance performance, and developing supply chain solutions for the high-tech sector. Lin holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of engineering in operations research and industrial engineering with concentration in supply chain and logistics from Cornell University. Top.


Michael Louviere

System Vice President Supply Chain 

Ochsner Health System

Michael Louviere is system vice president supply chain, Ochsner Health System. Prior to his position at Ochsner, he had joined Baptist Health System in 2004 as vice president of supply chain. Key activities include leveraging the system for improved product quality and improved supply chain. Additional 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.

Matthew Mentel

Executive Director, Technology & Business Solutions

ROi

Matt Mentel is the executive director of technology and business solutions for ROi, Matt is responsible for providing approaches to optimize ROi’s supply chain functions by utilizing technology and process improvements. In his role, Matt oversees all of ROi’s technical functions, content services and customer business solutions, which involves working with ROi’s strategic business units to identify, develop, and implement new and future tools to support the ongoing growth of ROi. Matt has more than 20 years of experience in health care, including 12 years in supply chain and information technology. Prior to joining ROi, Matt held various positions with Mercy, the 6th largest Catholic health care system in the United States. Matt’s career includes service to a variety of other health care providers, including SSM Healthcare System and St. Louis University Hospital, and a health care consulting/accounting firm. . Top.

Pamela Negri

Assistant Director of Purchasing Services

Oregon Health and Science University

Pamela Negri is the assistant director of purchasing services at Oregon Health & Science University. Ms. Negri has 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector. Pamela currently has oversight of purchasing, research stores and value analysis at OHSU. She worked in a similar capacity at Stanford Hospital and Clinics for 15 years prior to her time at OHS.  Top.

Eric O'Daffer

Research Director

Gartner Research

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.

Peggy Reiley

Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

Scottsdale Healthcare

Peggy Reiley is senior vice president and chief clinical officer for Scottsdale Healthcare. She has been with Scottsdale Healthcare for over 14 years. She spearheaded the initiative and paved the way for the hospital system to receive the prestigious recognition of magnet status for excellence in nursing care. Prior to her position at Scottsdale Healthcare, Ms. Reiley was vice president for nursing at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA. Ms. Reiley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from Northeastern University in Boston, a Master’s Degree in nursing from Boston College, a Master’s Degree in health policy and management from the Harvard school of public health, and a Doctor of Philosophy in social policy from Brandeis University. Ms. Reiley has written numerous articles on clinical issues, quality of care and nursing management. Her clinical interests are in the elderly and functional status. Her management interests are in building excellence in nursing practice.  Top.

David Ryan

Director of Strategic Sourcing

Catholic Health Initiatives

David Ryan serves as the director of strategic sourcing for Catholic Health Initiatives, a 76-hospital, $9.6 billion health system operating in 19 states. In this role, he oversees the supply, equipment and purchased services sourcing processes for the system, ensures proper alignment with the organization’s GPO and focuses on creative approaches to the management of supply, equipment and service related expenses. Prior to David’s tenure with Catholic Health Initiatives, he worked in an international consulting firm supporting their healthcare supply chain practice and was employed in both hospital-based and regional roles managing a variety of hospital supply chain operations. David has over 25 years of healthcare supply chain experience. David is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in biology and holds an M.S. Degree in finance from Northern Illinois University. Top.

Claire Senot

PhD Candidate, Operations Management Department, Fisher College of Business

The Ohio State University

Claire Senot is currently a PhD candidate in the Operations Management Department at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. Her research interests include healthcare operations, quality management and organizational learning. She recently received the best student paper award 2011 from the operations management division at the Academy of Management annual meeting for her research examining the tension between clinical and experiential quality. Her work is forthcoming in the Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) journal. Claire has an MBA from the Fisher College of Business with majors in operations and finance and a Master Degree from Audencia Graduate School of Management, France. She also worked as a senior inventory analyst at Sears Holdings, Chicago and was a process improvement analyst at Trimex, Australia. Top.

Athony Slonim, MD

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Barnabas Health

Dr. Anthony Slonim, MD is the executive vice president and chief medical officer for Barnabas Health. He is an internist and a pediatrician who did specialty training in intensive care medicine for both adults and children. He also has a doctorate in health policy and healthcare administration. Dr. Slonim has a research program in healthcare quality and patient safety focused specifically on high risk, low frequency events that occur during hospitalization. He is a professor of medicine, pediatrics, and public and community health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  Top.

Nick Swift

Senior Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer

Maury Regional Medical Center

Nick Swift joined the Maury Regional Healthcare System in December 2008 as chief financial officer (CFO) of Maury Regional Medical Center, a not-for-profit acute care facility in Columbia, Tenn. Mr. Swift was promoted to senior vice president of Finance/CFO in 2010, his current role. Prior to joining Maury Regional, Nick was employed by Sumner Regional Health System in Gallatin, Tenn., for 14-plus years, including sr. vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to Nick’s employment with Sumner, he was controller at stops in the imaging and dialysis sectors of healthcare as well as serving five years in public accounting with KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. Swift received his Bachelor’s Degree in business from Murray State University in Murray, Ky. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.  Top.

Danny Szpiro

Dean

Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University

Danny Szpiro is an award-winning teacher and expert on financial management, including the areas of management accounting, capital budgeting, post-investment review, and the Balanced Scorecard. From 2004 to 2012, Dr. Szpiro was a faculty member and administrator at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He joined Johnson as the founding director of The Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Program and ultimately advanced to the position of associate dean for executive education. From 1999 to 2004, he was an associate professor with Queen’s School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and, for most of that period, the director of Queen’s National Executive MBA program. Prior to joining Queen’s, he was a faculty member with the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Before pursuing an academic career, he spent many years in various international activities in the consumer electronics industry. Top.

Gary Wagner

Vice President of Supply Chain Management

The Methodist Hospital System

Gary Wagner is currently vice president of supply chain management at The Methodist Hospital System in Houston, TX. Gary has responsibility for all supply chain activities for this multi-hospital system with over $400 million dollars in annual purchase. Before joining Methodist, he was an assistant vice president, materials management, at Inova Health System. At Inova, Gary was directly responsible for developing and implementing an integrated supply chain strategy. Prior to joining Inova, he was an assistant vice president, materials management, with Bon Secour Health Care System. During his tenure, his accomplishments included an OR consolidation and implementation of a strategic supply chain management process for the Richmond division. At Bon Secour, he also had responsibility for support services and OR operations. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Stubenville, OH.  Top.

Gregory G. Wojtal

Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Arizona West Region

Banner Health

Perry Willmore joined St. Anthony’s in April 2007. He oversees purchasing, contracting, central supply, linen, print shop, mailroom, clinical engineering, and the value analysis committee. Prior to his position with St. Anthony’s, Perry was the executive director of clinical supply chain contracting for MedAssets. Mr. Willmore also has work experience in the GPO world with Novation. 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, and account executive for Novation. Perry started his career by serving 8 1/2 years as an OR technician in the U.S Army during the Vietnam era. 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.

Patricia Witzel

Chief Nurse Officer & Associate Vice President

Strong Memorial Hospital

Patricia Witzel received a BS degree in nursing from the University of Rochester, an MS in nursing from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester. Since joining the University, Ms. Witzel has held several roles, including staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, clinical chief for surgical nursing, clinical chief for medical nursing, and assistant director of information systems. She is currently associate vice president and chief nursing officer for Strong Memorial Hospital, a position she has held for the past 15 years. Ms. Witzel has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at the School of Nursing and is the author of several articles related to nursing administration. Ms. Witzel serves as an appraiser for the ANCC Magnet program and is actively involved in other aspects of the Magnet program.  Top.







Chuck Lauer

Former Publisher

Modern Healthcare

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.