In 1992 I accepted the role of Project Manager at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. While there, several critical care additions including ED, NICU, ICU, Surgery, and PACU were completed.
In 1997 I accepted a Corporate Material Management/Capital Equipment position with Community Health Systems. During 18+ years with CHS I had responsibility for both routine capital and for all corporately managed capital projects. Corporately managed projects included renovations, expansions, and full hospital replacements. I developed, and implemented CHS procedures and processes including the creation of a refurbished equipment acquisition program all of which are used by CHS today. My role was to insure that the needs of our facilities were appropriately addressed, provide coordination with the entire project team, and to insure that each project schedule was completed as planned. The expectations were to complete the project at the best cost, and to achieve the highest level of GPO contract compliance possible. This was accomplished by adhering to comprehensive equipment standards, and by taking advantage of the purchasing volume this creates. We tracked as many as 120 active projects of various sizes. In 2015 equipment plans for these projects totaled approximately $409 million.
In August of 2015 Community Health Systems announced plans to spinoff 38 hospitals and Quorum Health Resources into a new company. Quorum Health Corporation was born on April 29, 2016 and I was selected to be the Senior Vice President of Material Management and Chief Purchasing Officer. My role encompasses responsibility for the full scope of supply chain activities, and all capital purchases.
Jill joined Texas Children’s Hospital in 2002, coming on the tail end of the 1998 facilities expansion that added 1.2 million square feet to the Texas Children’s campus. Through the organization’s 2005 Special Strategic Plan and subsequent Vision 2010 facilities expansion (a four building, 2.4 million square feet, $1.13 billion, 6 year initiative), Jill remained intimately involved in planning, developing and executing the Vision.
Jill is currently leading the development of the second Texas Children’s pediatric community hospital campus in The Woodlands, Texas, a $360 million development, and the 19 story vertical expansion of Pediatric Tower E on Texas Children’s main Texas Medical Center campus, a $506 million project, part of a $575 million expansion focused on critical care, surgery and emergency services.
Jill also serves on several organizational committees, including Environmental Safety, Emergency Management, Facilities Executive, Executive Space Management and Capital Management, and is a key member on many task forces.
Jill is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Prior to switching to facilities management and joining the healthcare industry, she spent several years as a practicing architect in both California and Texas, working primarily for commercial and institutional clients.
James Venker has been instrumental in the development of Premier’s Construction program and collaborates in the negotiation of many of the agreements within the facility's portfolio as well as several construction web tools. He provides construction and facilities expertise to Premier members and their facilities teams, and assists members in capital contract utilization. His responsibilities include the promotion, education and utilization of Premier’s Construction Services Program in the areas of construction materials, infrastructure equipment and non-clinical equipment. Additionally, Jim provides construction spend and contract utilization reviews, assists members in integrating Premier agreement opportunities into construction contract document specifications, and works to assist contracted suppliers in addressing member needs.