IDN Summit Advisory Board
Ed Hardin leads a supply chain organization of more than 150 personnel managing $600m in non-labor spend. Before joining Froedtert Health, Ed served as senior vice president Supply Chain Management at Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest health care system. In this role, Hardin oversaw a team of nearly 450 personnel responsible for sourcing, contracting, purchasing, value analysis, inventory management, distribution, transportation, records management, supply chain informatics and mail services. In all, his team managed $1.4 billion in non-labor spending. Prior to joining Beaumont Health, he served in a similar capacity at CHRISTUS Health, a faith-based, international health care provider with locations in the United States and Latin America. Prior to CHRISTUS Health, he served at Resource Optimization & Innovation, the supply chain division of Mercy in St. Louis, MO. His more than 25-year career in supply chain performance and management solutions also includes consulting positions at Alvarez & Marsal, Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young.
Ed is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Materials & Resource Professional for the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management. He was elected to the national board of AHRMM to begin a three-year term in January 2017. A strong advocate of his profession, he serves or has served on several industry advisory boards including the IDN Summit, Wayne State University Global Supply Chain Program, Stryker, Amazon Health, McKesson and Health Connect Partners. He earned his master’s degree in health care administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in Fulton, MO.
Prior to rejoining Trinity Health, Ed co-founded Optimé Supply Chain, a software solutions provider, and founded Appleseed Healthcare Resources, a supply chain consultancy. As an entrepreneur, he co-developed multiple supply chain optimization technologies and personally served over 100 healthcare provider organizations in the US and Europe.
Before his entrepreneurial journey, Ed served the provider sector at Mercy Health Services, later Trinity Health where he held several key supply chain positions in both the corporate and hospital settings. At the corporate office he was responsible for leading the development and implementation of an enterprise supply chain Information Technology (IT) and content management strategy and directed the sourcing and procurement of the organizations IT spend. In his role at the hospital, he designed and implemented a shared services cooperative and led the development of a contract and supply data warehouse.
Ed began his career in healthcare with American Scientific Products, later Baxter Healthcare. In his work at Baxter, Ed piloted a new services venture in contract materials management and consultation, led a regional distribution center and a regional technical services team and facilitated many change management, product management and educational events.
Ed holds an Electronics Engineering degree in from the Ohio Institute of Technology, a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science from National Lewis University and a Masters degree in Supply Chain Logistics from Michigan State University.