ACE Advisory Board
These industry leaders provide input and guidance in development of the ACE Summit education program.
John Sdanowich is a veteran of 27+ years in in health care finance, operations and supply chain strategic sourcing and vendor relationship building. He has a successful record in the development of corporate supply chain strategies, negotiations, and alternative financing solutions. John’s experience includes team building, mentoring and coaching of staff, team integration. Expert in capital sourcing with strong background in cash flow improvements.
During his time with the Johns Hopkins Health system he was the Director of Capital Sourcing for Nobilant and The Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland. John created an integrated capital department, with three units, creating policies, procedures and workflows enhance the capital strategic sourcing process. He was with Johns Hopkins for more than 27years, 17 of those years as the Capital Administrator, responsible for the financing and negotiations of all health system medical equipment and service contracts.
John had oversight for the capital sourcing for the 6-JHHS hospitals and the sourcing of the other 12-GPO hospitals, totaling over $900-million in capital spend. The sourcing includes the total cost of ownership, all consumables and services as well as capital acquisitions. His focus on equipment is the technology, life-cycle-management and the obsolescence risk of the medical equipment. John’s approach includes reviewing the changes in vendor’s medical equipment, evaluating products at the factory and with senior management in research and development, to access the most economically feasible acquisition methodology. He was also responsible for making financial acquisition decisions for JHHS that includes lease-buy analysis and related finance polices.
John Co-Chaired the RFID committee, tasked with finding a real time location solution for tracking equipment, patients and employees, which was installed in the two new clinical towers. John has also worked in the Department of Emergency Medicine as the Assistant Administrator and as a Management Engineer, working on the re-engineering of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The main focus of the restructuring was in the departments of Surgery and Medicine. John has published: A White Paper, “Life-Cycle Financing for Capital Investments”, “Strategies to Maximize your Capital Dollars”, in Medical Imaging/MedAssets.Com Forum, and “How to Create a Capital Process to Maximize Investments”, in Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology. John is a regular speaker at the IDN Summit, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the ACE Summit. He is a board member of The John Carroll School and the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union.
As an Executive Director reporting to the Chief of Operations, Frank Aucremanne is responsible for all real estate, planning, design, construction, and facilities operations and maintenance across the Cleveland Clinic system. The system encompasses over 24 million square feet of facilities consisting of over 200 buildings located across three states and two countries.
Frank joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 from Naples, Italy, after retiring as a Navy Captain with over 28 years of service. While in Naples, Italy he was responsible for all U.S. Navy facility operations and maintenance across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. He is a registered professional engineer with 33 years of experience in all facets of facility planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance.
Frank graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering then later went on to receive his Master of Science in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Mike Gerhardt leads the Energy, Construction, and Facility Management team at Intalere. This team provides consulting support to Intalere members and other customers to reduce costs and improve quality related to capital equipment, construction, facility, and energy management technologies. Collectively the five individuals on his team have over 130 years of healthcare, supply chain, and construction experience. Individually, Mr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years of healthcare industry experience, ranging from Biomedical Engineering Leadership to Facility Management Consulting. He was recognized as the 2006 Outstanding Fee for Service Consultant at a large group purchasing organization. In his current role at Intalere, he was recognized as the 2014 Senior Director of the Year. Having spent half of his career working directly for healthcare providers, he has a connected and aligned perspective on helping healthcare organizations improve their quality and maintain a healthy bottom line so they can continue the critical mission of caring for patients. He has a passionate interest in sustainability, reducing energy costs, and the human impact on the environment. Mr. Gerhardt received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and also holds an Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cincinnati State University.
Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE, is the System Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Health. She has more than 10 years of experience as a healthcare director, is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a board member for the American College of Clinical Engineering. She is active in the creation of AAMI standards, works with the AAMI Foundation on Alarm Management and Healthcare Technology and works with CHIME on healthcare policy. Prior to joining Penn State Health, she was the Director of Clinical Engineering at Texas Children’s Hospital. She has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.
Dave Kistel is Vice President of Facilities & Support Services at Lee Health in Lee County, Florida. He is a graduate of Furman University. Dave is responsible for the integrated facilities and support service operations of a multi-hospital system including four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals with a total of 1,557 beds, 3 million square feet of physical plant, one nursing home, and over fifty (50) outpatient / physician office sites. His division includes 65 employees and five departments: Facilities Management Administration, Plant Operations, Facilities Planning & Design, Construction, and Environmental Safety.
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.