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.
Ramesh Krish has 20+ years experience as a transformational consultant and industry specialist (MS, MBA, Six Sigma) focused on Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing, Outsourced / Shared Services, and Business Process Reengineering in the Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods and Financial Services industries. Ramesh joined Prime Healthcare in April 2017 as their VP of Supply Chain to focus on re-visiting their GPO and distribution strategy. Prime owns and manages 45 hospitals across 14 states. In his current role, Ramesh oversees a spend of more than $1.1B and is actively engaged with the C-Suite to develop an expense management framework to improve EBITDA and drive value across supply and purchased services categories.
Prior to Prime, Ramesh served as Vice President of Supply Chain at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In that role, he governed the supply chain organization through an outsourced service provider and driving year over year reduction in operating expenses. Ramesh's technical degree and initial roles related to optimization and modeling distribution, sales, and logistics for CPG supply chains. Upon graduation from Rutgers' MBA program, Ramesh spent a few years with Schering Plough and Bristol Myers Squibb doing business and financial analyses. Ramesh has consulting experience with several firms in New York and London working on large transformational projects in procure to pay, shared services, outsourcing, marketing strategy and technology assessment and implementation. Ramesh joined Credit Suisse as VP Shared Services & Supply Management where he developed commodity management strategies to identify, capture and realize savings. Ramesh has spent 7+ years with Amgen and has had several roles within the Global Strategic Sourcing Group at Amgen across various categories such as Clinical Trials, Regulatory & Safety, IT, Indirect Services, Call Centers and wholesaler distribution.
Ramesh resides in Orange County in the Los Angeles area where he lives with his wife and 2 daughters. Ramesh enjoys the outdoors and going to the gym.
Régine is the Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at NYU Langone Health System in New York City. In her current role she oversees the continuum of the supply chain operation for the Health System. Her vision is to bring direct patient care alignment into focus by pushing the boundaries of innovation. She is leading the charge to move the supply chain operation from a tactical to a strategic organization with targeted impact to the clinical, financial, and administrative pillars of the enterprise. Régine began her career in healthcare at New York Presbyterian Hospital where she spent 10 years mastering her skills with increased responsibilities along the continuum of Supply Chain. She then expanded her scope as the Director of Supply Chain at Cooper University Medical Center with the challenging but successful task of rebuilding the Supply Chain operations for the next five years. She transitioned her working knowledge with a brief and satisfactory consulting engagement with Nexera before finding her way to MUSC in 2010 where she was the Chief Supply Chain Officer until mid-summer 2016. During her tenure there she received many excellence awards for her results-driven and innovative leadership. After a yearlong intro to general studies at the Interamerican University of San Germán in Puerto-Rico, Régine earned her Bachelor's Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida. She then pursued her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy Management at Columbia University in New York before obtaining a certificate in Business Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She is fluent in French and Spanish.