ACE Advisory Board

The ACE Advisory Board is made up of individuals representing healthcare systems and GPOs.
These industry leaders provide input and guidance in development of the ACE Summit education program. 

Chairman -- John Sdanowich


Former Director of Capital Sourcing

Johns Hopkins Health System & Nobilant

Baltimore, MD

Most recently, John Sdanowich was the Director of Capital Sourcing for Nobilant  and The Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, MD.  He was with Johns Hopkins for more than 25 years, 17 of those years as the Capital Administrator, responsible for the financing and negotiations of all health system medical equipment and service contracts.    John was responsible for the capital sourcing for the 6-JHHS hospitals and the sourcing of the other 12-GPO hospitals, totaling over $700-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.  


Frank Cirillo

Vice President, Business Strategy

Acurity, Inc.

New York, NY

Frank Cirillo is vice president, business strategy, of Acurity, Inc. His main duties at Acurity are to bring value to health systems’ supply chain operations through group purchasing program participation and process improvement. Additionally, Frank provides consulting services to health systems with Acurity’s consulting arm, Nexera. For the previous 25 years, Mr. Cirillo 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 prior 13 years, Frank was HHC’s chief operating officer.  
Rebecca Gayden

Vice President, Contract & Program Services, Sourcing Operations

Vizient, Inc.

Dallas, TX

Rebecca Gayden serves as Vice President, Sourcing Operations with responsibility for Vizient’s Capital, Imaging, and Construction portfolio and program. Gayden joined Novation in 2005 as Capital Equipment Manager with responsibility of starting the Capital Group Buy program.  She has since provided leadership across a range of areas including Provista’s diversification strategy.  Prior to joining Novation, Gayden worked as an Equipment Planner for over 11 years, where she served as Project Manager on projects ranging in size from small ambulatory surgery centers to 1 million square foot replacement facilities.  Gayden holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Sacramento. 

Michael Gerhardt

Senior Director, Energy Construction, Facility Management


St. Louis, MO


Mike Gerhardt leads the Energy, Construction, and Facility Management team at Intalere.  This team provides consulting support to Intalere members 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.  Over the course of his career he has been recognized as the 2006 Outstanding Fee for Service Consultant at a large group purchasing organization and 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 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
Director of Clinical Engineering
Penn State Health System

Hersey, PA

Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE is the Penn State Health System Director of Clinical Engineering. She has 10+ years’ experience as a healthcare director, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, 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. Previous to Penn State, she was the Director of Clinical Engineering at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Dave Kistel
Vice President of Facilities & Support Services
Lee Health
Lee County, Florida

Dave Kistel is Vice President of Facilities & Support Services at Lee Health located in Lee County, Florida.   He is a graduate of FurmanUniversity.

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 five departments with four hundred and sixty-five employees.  The departments managed are:  Facilities Management Administration, Plant Operations, Facilities Planning & Design, Construction, and Environmental Safety.

  • LH is implementing a 10 year system facility master plan.
  • LH just completed a 128 bed, 300,000 sq. ft. Children’s Hospital on the HealthPark Medical Center campus. 
  • LH is adding a 268 bed expansion onto an existing 356 bed campus
  • LH has just broken ground on a 163,000 sq.ft. bed less facility in Estero, FL.
  • LH is expanding its Regional Cancer Center campus in East Lee County

Lee Health

  • Lee Memorial Health System was founded in 1916. 
  • LH has over 10,000 employees, 4,500 volunteers and auxilians, 115 employed physicians and more than 1,100 physicians on staff. 
  • Four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals with a total of 1,557 beds
  • Cape CoralHospital – 291 beds
  • Gulf Coast Medical Center – 356 beds
  • HealthPark Medical Center and the Golisano Children’s Hospital– 496 beds
  • Lee Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Hospital– 414 beds

Lee Health

  • Is the largest public health system in Florida that receives no direct tax support
  • Makes more than 1 million patient contacts each year
  • Has the only state approved Level II Trauma Center between Tampa and Miami
  • Is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the minimally invasive cardiac surgery program

-     HealthPark Medical Center was the first commercial site, after clinical trials, to perform Trans aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis.

  • Has the largest orthopedic program in Southwest Florida
  • Is accredited by and represented on the National Board of Review for Community Health Accreditation Program.
    • AARP ranked Lee Health as fifth in the nation on its list of 2008 Top Employers for Workers over 50 and second in the nation on its list of 2009 Top Healthcare Employers for Workers over 50.

Jerry A. McKinney

Former Senior Vice President Material Management/Chief Purchasing Officer

Quorum Health

Brentwood, TN

My hospital career began with Hospital Corporation of America in 1979.  I had over 14 yrs in Material Management with HCA hospitals in New Mexico, Arkansas, and Texas.  I also began specifying equipment and managing the annual capital equipment budgets for each of these hospitals.  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 encompassed responsibility for the full scope of supply chain activities, and all capital purchases.

Jill S.M. Pearsall

Vice President, Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services

Texas Children's Hospital

Houston, TX

Jill Pearsall is the Vice President, Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services at Texas Children’s Hospital.  She has leadership responsibility for facilities Planning, Project and Program Management, covering all aspects of planning, design, construction, and project delivery as well as on-going support programs of artwork, signage, interiors, logistics, space, parking, and facilities information and statistics.  Jill is a licensed architect in Texas and California and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).  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 T. Venker, AIA

Senior Director; Facilities, Construction & Environmental Services

Premier, Inc.

Charlotte, NC

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.