the Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee. In this capacity, Laura was responsible for the Medicare Part A portfolio, providing policy direction for the Committee and advising Chairman Dave Camp and other Committee Members on issues affecting the nation’s 6,000 hospitals, home health providers, skilled nursing facilities and all other post-acute care providers. Additionally, her legislative portfolio included health information technology, high deductible health plans and health savings accounts, flexible spending arrangements, Medicare secondary payer issues, and the health
coverage tax credit given to unemployed workers through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.
Commander for Healthcare Operations and Strategic Planning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center during its integration. His clinical work includes cardiovascular disease management, heart failure surgery, and heart and lung transplantation. He led Thoracic Transplantation Procurement and Research for the INOVA Health System Heart and Lung Transplant Program in Virginia and currently serves as a staff Thoracic Surgeon for the MedStar Health System. Tetteh is an Alley Sheridan Award recipient from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. Tetteh served as Ship’s Surgeon and Director of Surgical Services for the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) battle group in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM in 2005. In 2011, he deployed as a trauma surgeon to Afghanistan’s Helmand and Nimroz provinces in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Forces, and has supported special joint forces missions to South America, the Middle East, the South Pacific, Australia, and Africa. He earned both the Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer and Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer designations, and his
military honors include two Meritorious Service Medals. Tetteh is author of the novel Gifts of the Heart and has published articles on surgical innovation, health information technology, ethics, wounded warriors, and process improvement.
industries ranging from healthcare to pharmaceuticals, to semiconductors. He is well known for his ability to apply strategic principles and quickly grasp entirely new industries. He has guided Global Fortune 50 companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Intel. Today, he is a Partner with Omicron Partners, LLC, a Strategy and Operations advisory firm. Most recently, Benedict was recruited to HonorHealth as the top Procurement and Supply Chain executive. At HonorHealth, he restructured the procurement and supply chain organizations post-merger and consolidated two ERP systems. Previously, he was Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Supply Chain for Tenet Health, and Vice President, Supply Chain, Vanguard Health Systems at Abrazo Community Health Network. Benedict received a bachelor’s in psycho-biology from Albright College and a Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in finance and operations from University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. He is a co-author of the Business Process
Management Common Body of Knowledge versions 2 and 3. He is an Adjunct Professor and has taught Project Management at Arizona State University. Tony resides in Tempe, Arizona, and enjoys golf, hiking, and motorcycle touring.
Maria Hames joined HealthCare Links in March 1991. She has 20 years of experience in the healthcare market. Her background includes working with companies in senior management roles in the arena of healthcare corporate development and national sales management. Ms. Hames has been involved in start-up and acquisition, operational/sales management, strategic planning, accreditation, practice management, managed care contracting and risk contracting. As a partner in HealthCare Links, her responsibilities include IDN sales and contract implementation on behalf of HealthCare Links’ clients. She simplifies very complex sales processes at some of the largest healthcare organizations in the country. More importantly, her relationships are built on trust with a sincere desire to see all parties benefit. Her educational experience includes a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in business management from Pepperdine University.
Dennis Mullins, MBA, CMRP, joined Indiana University Health as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Operations in May of 2015. Prior to IU Health, Dennis was at Baylor Scott and White Health in Dallas, Texas, where he led a large supply chain team as their Corporate Director of Supply Chain Integration. He also previously served in Supply Chain roles at Shands at The University of Florida and HCA Healthcare, among other organizations. Additionally, he honorably served in the United States Air Force for 10 years as a medical materials specialist. Dennis is a seasoned healthcare professional with more than 30 years of supply chain experience as an effective leader along with a proven ability to meet and exceed strategic supply chain goals. He holds an MBA from Amberton University and he is a candidate for a doctorate in business administration from Grand Canyon University.
supplier relationship management, category management, strategic sourcing, contract management, purchasing and program management, and contract marketing. In addition, Piper also serves as vice president of Intalere Choice®, the preferred portfolio subsidiary of Intalere, for which he is responsible for over 150 supplier marketing and sales enhancement programs unique to the Intalere Choice portfolio of services. Prior to joining Intalere, Piper held marketing and contracting strategy leadership roles at McKesson Medical Surgical, the largest NAC distributors in the industry. Previously, he led regional operations as general manager for Fortune 20 company Owens and Minor. During his career, Piper has achieved success in many major initiatives. He executed an industry first, exclusive agreement for Intalere with the largest Home Medical Services organization in the United States, as well as initiated strategic contracts with key medicalsurgical distributors to remove cost from mutual member supply chain, introduce new products to market and create new revenue streams. He developed national supplier contracts throughout the United States representing more than $250 million in annual purchases. In addition, Piper successfully implemented low unit-of-measure distribution programs to support a large integrated delivery network in central Kansas, and managed the construction of a new medical-surgical distribution center in the midwest, shipping $100 million in critical supplies to healthcare customers annually.
Director, Contracting and Resource Utilization, CHRISTUS Health
Sean Poellnitz is Director, Contracting and Resource Utilization for CHRISTUS Health. CHRISTUS Health is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost 350 services and facilities. In his role, Sean is heavily involved with change management, contracting strategy, GPO utilization, Value Analysis Committees, benchmarking integration and project management including working with senior executives (CEO, CNO, CFO, COO, and CIO) to drive positive change across CHRISTUS. He leads a team that manages a Capital Program with $1.3B of assets under management while coordinating contracting for Radiology, Lab, Cath Lab and Clinical Equipment. Formerly, Sean was the Contract Administrator at CHI Health Nebraska. Poellnitz, a native of Pittsburg, PA earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL. He has a graduate certification in Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently completing his Masters in Organizational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. Sean and Shavon, his wife of 9 years, have one daughter.
Josh Sandler is Vice President, Group Purchasing, for ROi. Josh is responsible for overseeing ROi’s strategic contracting and sourcing division, which helps health care providers manage the evaluation, selection, contracting, standardization and utilization of all products and services necessary for patient care. Josh and his team work with channel partners, ROi Members and ROi’s other operating units to deliver maximum clinical, operational and financial value from the supply chain through a committed sourcing model. Josh also oversees ROi’s private label brand of products. Josh has more than a decade of supply chain experience. Prior to joining ROi in 2012, Josh served as a Naval Supply Chain Officer in multiple strategic planning and logistics roles. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an MBA from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Section Chief, Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine, Mercy
Tim Schloss, MD, interventional cardiologist, serves as the Section Chief of Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine for Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital in St. Louis. In this role, Dr. Schloss is responsible for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and driving growth in service areas. Dr. Schloss is a physician leader of Mercy Cardiology Procedures and Quality Specialty Councils. He graduated with a medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, followed by a residency and fellowships at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Schloss holds certifications including: Board Certified in Adult Cardiology and Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine; Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology; Diplomat of the National Board of Echocardiography; Fellow of the American College of Cardiology; Fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions; and Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation.
Director of Nursing, Surgical and Emergency Services, Cleveland Clinic – Avon Hospital
modeling of health workforce issues, and the impact of health information technology on the federal budget. He also analyzed policy proposals aimed at achieving savings in Medicare. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Tetteh received his B.S. from State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, his M.D. from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, his M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He completed his thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota and advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Tetteh is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management, board certified in thoracic surgery, general surgery, clinical informatics, and healthcare management, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.