The 2017 Fall IDN Summit Faculty is listed below.  Stay tuned for the 2018 Spring IDN Summit Faculty announcement coming soon!
Winna Asuming PharmD
Pharmacy Operations Manager
Providence St. Joseph Health

Winna Ama Asuming, PharmD has proudly served in the dynamic field of pharmacy for over a decade. Her career in the field of pharmacy originated from the whimsical notion of “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and an avid desire to improve lives through healthcare. Winna pursued and obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco in 2006 and subsequently began her career in the field of pharmacy with St. Joseph Health, St. Mary. Some of her achievements include, a publication in the medication resource “Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation,” and oversight of the pharmacy as the Pharmacy Operations Manager at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary. As part of her desire to give back to the community, Winna has dedicated a portion of her time to teaching weekly finance/debt elimination lessons to members of her Church as a component of their Empowerment Classes, as well as volunteering as a Wish Granter with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, enhancing the lives of children with terminal conditions. In her spare time, Winna enjoys communing with loved ones, exercising, and indulging in educational materials surrounding finances as she acknowledges “wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Richard Bagley
Commercialization Director
Intermountain Healthcare

As the Director of Supply Chain Commercialization, Richard works as a senior supply chain leader at Intermountain Healthcare to deliver the supply chain triple aim of ‘Becoming a Model’. This effort includes our strategy to share supply chain best practices and make available to other providers our supply chain products and services. Richard has a proven track record of leading complex and diverse teams to deliver exceptional customer value. He has led major award-winning supply chain initiatives such as Intermountain Healthcare's procurement transformation and product standardization. Prior to his current role, he led the category management team at Intermountain. He has worked for 3M Health Information Systems in development of their electronic medical records. He also worked for Siemens developing commercial IT products. He is a graduate from the University of Utah with a degree in computer science and also has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, where he taught for 17 years.

Karla Kay Barber RN BSN, CVAHP
System Director of Clinical Resource Operations
Centura Health

Karla works in the supply chain department for Centura Health in Denver, Colorado as a system director of clinical resource operations developing a mature value analytics program. She has her BSN and a certification in value analytics from the American Hospital Association. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, AVHAP and AHRMM. In ten plus years in clinical value analytics for Centura Health she has partnered with and educated senior leaders, physicians and fellow nurses on the value of research and evidenced-based decision-making. Some recent examples are development of physician lead groups for Orthopedics and Spine that have secured >$5.5 million is cost reductions for FY 2017. Karla firmly believes that the greatest accomplishment we can provide our patients is to share the knowledge learned through these processes with peers and healthcare leaders across the country.

Tony Benedict
Omicron Partners, LLC

Tony Benedict is a CEO / COO steeped in Operations, having led step-change results in manufacturing based companies in 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.

Hector Boirie
SVP, Chief Resource Officer
Providence St. Joseph Health

Hector Boirie is senior vice president of The Resource, Engineering & Hospitality Group for Providence St. Joseph Health, the third largest health system in the United States. With 50 hospitals, 829 clinics, senior services, and supportive housing, the health system serves communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. At Providence St. Joseph Health, Boirie is transforming how the health system provides clinical and non-clinical supplies, engineering and hospitality services to each and every location throughout the system. He leads nearly six thousand caregivers engaged in sourcing, production and delivery of clinical and non-clinical supplies, food and nutrition, engineering, and environmental services comprising a multi-billion dollar budget. At Sisters of Mercy Health System, he helped develop and implement Resource Optimization & Innovation. Known as ROi, this vertically integrated supply chain model delivered more than $1 billion in savings, and now serves providers across the country.

Suzette Maria Bouchard-Isackson MSN, RN, NEA-BC
System Director, Perioperative Services, and Transformation Team Officer
Trinity Health

Suzette is the Trinity Health, System Director, Perioperative Services, & Transformation Team Officer. Her current work involves transforming care across the Perioperative Departments. There are over 60 hospitals and 650+ operating rooms within Trinity Health that provide care to surgical patients. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President, Surgical Services for St Joseph Mercy Hospitals-Ann Arbor & Livingston. An experienced leader, she has worked as staff nurse, manager, director of surgical services, vice president, as well as interim CNO. She has extensive background in leading perioperative clinical areas including health technology planning and implementation. She is a member of AORN and Sigma Theta Tau. Suzette graduated from Northern Michigan University and completed a graduate degree at Madonna University. She is Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified.

Doug Bowen
VP Supply Chain
Banner Health

Doug joined Banner Health in 2002 as Vice President of Supply Chain. Prior to joining Banner, he served 17 years in Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership positions with HCA in Utah, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas. His focus is on supply chain cost discipline, utilization improvement, multi-facility operations, and value analysis. His goal is to optimize network value for patients, payers, providers, and suppliers. Banner’s Supply Chain achieves high scores in the triple aim of Cost, Quality, and Outcomes:

• SC cost is less than 1% of all corporate overhead
• SC quality is ranked #5 among US Hospital Systems by Gartner
• SC outcomes of $50M+ each year in savings to the bottom line with an 8.1 Return on Investment (ROI)

Doug has successfully transitioned the delivery and management of the supply chain from a multi-individual hospital perspective to a centralized, high-performance corporate supply chain service center for 29 hospitals. Doug holds his BS, MBA, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) and is a member of AHRMM. He has published articles in Modern Healthcare, Journal of Healthcare Contracting, COO Magazine, HFMA, Healthcare Finance News, Supply Chain World, and was recognized in The Journal of Healthcare Contracting’s Top People to Watch.

Deborah Brown RN, BSN, MBA
Navigant Consulting

Deborah Brown is an Associate Director in the Healthcare practice of Navigant Consulting. She is an experienced strategic healthcare executive in hospital operations, clinical practice and supply chain. Most recently, she supported a large supply network with their activities towards Clinical to Supply Integration and their efforts to transform to value-based healthcare. Prior to her supply chain leadership experience, she was a Chief Nursing Officer for a top 100 hospital, where she was able to lead with “Quality as a Business Strategy.” She has been noted for innovation, adaptability and resilience. Deborah’s successful healthcare career has delivered large multimillion dollar savings and strong operational efficiencies. Deborah has a unique skill that allows for cross functional integration that is essential in reducing the cost of healthcare.

Gerald Evans Buller DPh., MMHC
Director, Specialty Pharmacy Services
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jerry Buller, DPh., is the Director of Specialty Pharmacy Services at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In this position, Jerry is responsible for planning, implementing, and overseeing specialty pharmacy services at a four‐hospital academic medical center. Previous work experience includes five years as the pharmacy director at Metro Medical Supply and Bellwether Oncology Alliance where he operated an oncology and dialysis specialty pharmacy licensed in 50 states. While at Metro Medical, Jerry opened and managed physician-owned pharmacies serving large oncology and rheumatology practices based throughout the U.S. For over 9 years Jerry worked at Georgia Cancer Specialists, PC in Atlanta where he served as the Director of Pharmacy and Business Services. Jerry received his A.A. in Political Science from Macon College and his B.S. in Pharmacy from NOVA University in North Miami Beach, FL. He has also completed his Masters in Management of Healthcare from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management.

Bruce Carlson
Health Care Resource, Supply Chain, Materials Management, and Interim Staffing
R B Carlson and Associates, LLC

Bruce provides interim staffing to health care providers in the area of supply chain and materials management. Interim staffing assignments include seeking opportunities to identify substantial, long term savings and efficiencies for the health care provider. Bruce has over 30 years of progressively complex healthcare supply chain management experience in materials management, purchasing, logistics, supply chain, self-warehousing, performance improvement and performance measurement areas. These experiences have been earned by serving health care systems including: Tenant Healthcare Corporation, University of Indiana Medical Center, Ascension Health, and Valley Health System. Bruce earned his Master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Methodist University.

Trey Beuttel
Senior Director, Client Relations
Bluegrass Business Media

Ms. Casey has more than 25 years of health care industry experience. She joined Premier in 1999 and has led sourcing operations and the service lines of lab, imaging, facilities, and IT. In her role as a vice president of strategic sourcing, she has been a driving force behind Premier's programmatic strategies such as ASCEND®, supplier diversity and breakthrough technology. In her current role, Sue provides service line leadership in the lab and facilities/construction areas, engaging with suppliers and members on mutual opportunities. Her previous business experience was in account management and sales with IBM Corporation and Cerner. Her clinical experience was as a Medical Technologist at Sinai Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She received her MBA from Loyola University in Baltimore and her BS in Medical Technology from the University of Maryland.

Frank Cirillo
Vice President, Business Strategy
Acurity, Inc.

Frank Cirillo is Vice President, Business Strategy, 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 responsible for a far-reaching span of control, including, but not limited to, supply chain operations and all contracting. Frank received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, graduate training from St. John’s University, and holds certification from the “Top 40” executive management program administered by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is also president/CEO of the Cirillo Consulting Group.

Terry K. Cox MA, MS, FAHRMM
Director, Supply Chain Services
Yuma Regional Medical Center

Terry has done numerous interim leadership assignments the past two years at PIH in California, Dartmouth Hitchcock in New Hampshire and Yuma Regional Medical Center. Terry was the first ever HonorHealth Director of Supply Chain Operations. SLHN is a 10,000 plus employee, 3,700 affiliated physicians, five acute care hospital network. Prior to SLHN he was one of a handful of MedAssets executive leaders specializing in senior leadership interim supply chain roles. He served as the Director of Supply Chain Management at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), Houston, Texas, the largest Pediatric institution in the United States. He served as the Corporate Assistant Vice President for Supply Chain Pharmacy Operations for the largest for-profit healthcare system in the country. He was responsible for a $1 billion corporate wide supply chain initiative for over 160 hospitals. Savings estimates were projected at $30 million per year. Prior to that position, he served as the Regional Vice President of Material and Contract Management for a six-facility healthcare system. In less than one year he saved over $3M, primarily thru contract negotiations and maximization, standardization, optimization and system leveraged volumes.

Dennis Daar
Managing Partner
Medical Strategies International

Dennis has been in the medical supply and device industry for over 36 years. For the past 17 years he has been the Managing Partner for Medical Strategies International, LLC (MSI). MSI is an outsource corporate accounts firm that helps clients develop their National Accounts strategy, and then works toward gaining and implementing agreements with GPO's, IDN's, Equipment Planners, and Government Sales. Prior, he held senior management positions at Stryker, SSI/Hill-Rom, Inc., STERIS/Hausted, and Skytron. His diverse responsibilities range from developing and implementing National Accounts, Equipment Planning Relationships, Government Contracts, Sales Management Strategies, and International Operations. Dennis is a past Chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee, of which he has been affiliated for over 27 years, and Chairman of HISCI's Educational Committee. Dennis has been both a speaker and has appeared in print on various topics including: healthcare, sales management, national accounts, and international issues. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Georgiana D'Alessandro Esq.
Senior Project Manager - Supply Chain
The University of Vermont Health Network

Georgiana reports to the Chief Supply Chain Officer for the University of Vermont Health Network to support high-risk, complex, enterprise and cross-departmental projects within the network. UVM Health Network is a 1,325-licensed bed not-for-profit health system located in Vermont and northern New York with 6-hospitals, and the largest being an academic medical center in Burlington VT. Georgiana works alongside project leaders from clinical and administrative departments to plan and implement projects; analyze and improve organizational systems processes; and manage corporate-wide contracts for products, equipment and services. Georgiana is an attorney admitted to practice law in California and Vermont. Other work experience includes Director of Sourcing for custom contracting within Vizient (f/n/a Novation), and an associate attorney at a private law firm in San Diego, CA, where she litigated contract law principles and represented employees and unions in civil and administrative proceedings. Georgiana received her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont and her Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law. In her free time, she volunteers as a youth lacrosse coach, is an avid foodie and cook, and spends time with her corgi dog.

Michael Dankwerth
Executive Director
AllSpire Health, LLC

Mr. Dankwerth has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries with expertise in strategy & performance improvement consulting, clinical supply chain management, business transformation, and strategy development. Currently, Michael serves as Vice President, GPO Operations for HealthTrust and as Executive Director of the AllSpire Health GPO, LLC, a regional group purchasing organization that is comprised of five IDNs representing 38 acute care facilities and over 1,300 non-acute facilities, located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Prior to joining HealthTrust and AllSpire Health GPO, LLC, he was responsible for client C-Suite Relationship Management and delivery of enterprise-wide performance improvement advisory services with MedAssets/Vizient. Previous experience includes roles in general management, finance, enterprise sales & marketing, strategy, and supply chain/clinical cost management consulting with Capgemini Consulting, Owens & Minor, Allegiance Healthcare, Baxter Healthcare, and American Hospital Supply Corporation. Michael holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and an M.B.A. in Strategy & Marketing Management, with a concentration in Health Enterprise Management, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Donna Lynn Fahy
Director of Purchased Services
Cape Fear Valley Health

Donna Fahy has more than 25 years of experience in leading high performing supply chain organizations. As Purchased Services Director, Donna is recognized for her expertise in strategy formulation and execution, total cost of ownership, process management, shared services, and operations. Her initial introduction to health care began at Cape Fear Valley Health System in1997 in the finance division. Donna served in various Analytical and Cost Management roles before moving into Supply Chain Operations. She has used that experience to develop the data driven strategies that were key to the successful creation of the Purchased Services Team. By connecting the financial component to the supply chain strategy, her team has extracted millions of dollars in savings and is recognized as an integral component of the overall corporate goal of making healthcare affordable. Her team drives the enterprise-wide strategy, contracting and supplier relationship management for all Purchased Services. She also serves on the Premier Strategic Sourcing Purchased Services Committee and co- chairs the Capstone Health Alliance Purchased Services Oversight Committee.

Stephanie Falconer
Contract Portfolio Director, Perioperative Services
Beaumont Health

Stephanie Falconer is the Contract Portfolio Director for Perioperative Services at Beaumont Health, the largest health care system in Michigan, based on inpatient admission and net revenue. She has over 20 years of operational and leadership experience in perioperative services and clinical value analysis teams. As the Contract Portfolio Director, she is responsible for product lines for 8 hospital campuses with over 129,000 surgical cases per year. Prior to joining supply chain, she served as the Director of Perioperative Services at Beaumont Health’s Royal Oak Campus, one of the nation’s highest volume operating rooms-performing over 52,000 surgeries in 2016. She has also served as a clinical nurse and Administrative Manager at Beaumont, Royal Oak and Director of Surgery as part of Adventist Health System in Florida prior to returning to Beaumont.

Sean P Farley MBA, CMRP
Director, Organizational Procurement
Virginia Mason Medical Center

Sean Farley is the Director of Organizational Procurement at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. In his role he is responsible for supply contracting, purchased services contracting, value analysis, sourcing and purchasing teams. Sean brings experience in contract quality assurance practices in addition to a decade of standardization analysis and evaluation. Sean is merging 19 years of military medical logistics experience with the lean principles that are practiced at Virginia Mason to maximize savings opportunities and practice proactive supply chain planning. Prior to joining Virginia Mason Medical Center, Sean was a Medical Logistics Officer for 19 years in the Military Health System supporting military medical beneficiaries, Department of Defense Hospitals and deployable forces. Sean currently serves as the President of the Western States Material Management Association and is the AHRMM liaison for chapters in Colorado, Minnesota, and the Great Plains. He earned his Masters of Business Administration at Colorado Technical University and is a Certified Material Resource Planner.

Rex Fieck
Supply Chain Strategy
Nick Gaich and Associates

As Chief Supply Chain Strategy Officer at Nick Gaich and Associates, Rex Fieck has facilitated large healthcare system’s supply chain assessments while developing and implementing strategies that enable institutions to maximize their supply chain performance. He has performed as interim supply chain leadership and has advised and collaborated with industry suppliers to support the greater enhancement of the entire healthcare supply chain. Rex spent 24 years at Stanford University Medical Center, the last eight serving as the administrative director of Supply Chain Services, providing expertise and leadership for the entire supply chain at both Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital. The role included responsibility for both Procurement Services and Logistics & Operations. Rex successfully developed and implemented strategic initiatives that include medical/surgical JIT programs, on-site and off-site vendor supported distribution activities, the creation of a contract administration division, a Value Analysis Department and the Surgical Materials Department, which was responsible for the entire surgical supply chain. Rex is adept in both LEAN Six Sigma process improvement and quality management.

David Finley
Vice President of Strategic Supplier Engagement and Business Development
Premier, Inc.

David E. Finley is Vice President of Strategic Supplier Engagement and Business Development for Premier Inc, a leading provider-driven healthcare performance-improvement company. In this capacity, Finley supports Premier’s mission to transform healthcare by engineering and facilitating collaboration between the supplier community and Premier members. The team is focused on driving penetration for contracted suppliers and is integral to the successful onboarding of new members. Previously, Finley held leadership positions in specialty distribution, medsurg distribution, and manufacturing in a healthcare career spanning over 15 years, beginning in 1990 as a sales representative for Kimberly-Clark, now Halyard Health. He was later promoted to National Accounts Manager, District Sales Manager and VP of Sales for the West Region. Finley earned his undergraduate from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has been recognized for his work both within and outside of healthcare, as he is actively engaged in multiple philanthropic endeavors, holding board appointments and supporting charitable activities in Charlotte and the surrounding area.

Gregory Firestone
Vice President, Strategic Customer Relations

Greg Firestone is Vice President of Strategic Customer Relations at ROi. In his role, Greg collaborates with health system providers to identify opportunities for strategic alignment with ROi’s integrated supply chain services and solutions to enhance the operational infrastructure and financial health of fellow providers’ supply chains. Prior to ROi, Greg was Regional Vice President with MedSpeed, Founder & CEO of Dermal Life, LLC, and Co-Founder & President of Mossberg Labs. Preceding these positions, Greg was Owner & CEO of NCI, where he developed strategic business plans and market strategies for suppliers, distributors, GPOs, IDNs and large insurers; fostered relationships and strategic partnerships between supply chain stakeholders; founded the IDN Summit & Expo; and authored a book titled “Swimming with the Supertankers,” written to assist supplier sales and marketing professionals in gaining keen insights into the necessary elements for fostering mutually beneficial relationships with hospital and health system purchase decision makers. Greg is a Member of the IDN Summit & Expo Board of Advisors.

Nick Angelo Gaich B.B.A.
Nick Gaich & Associates

Nick Gaich is the founder and CEO of Nick Gaich and Associates, a firm dedicated to providing executive coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, and operational performance. Nick retired in 2012 as assistant dean of clinical and translational research operations, Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. Previously Nick was vice president of customer service and materials management and service line administrator for the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. During his tenure, his department received the Stanford Hospital Malinda Mitchell Service Quality Department of the Year Award and Stanford Hospital Outstanding Contribution and Achievement Award, and became the first and only non-clinical department to earn such recognition. Nick also served three years as partner and chief strategy officer of Appleseed Healthcare Resources, a firm dedicated to providing senior operations leadership personnel and education to the healthcare industry.

David Gilfillan
VP, Supply Chain
IASIS Healthcare

David Gilfillan has been Vice President of Supply Chain for IASIS Healthcare, located in Franklin, Tennessee since 2001. IASIS owns and operates 18 acute care hospitals throughout six states, one behavioral health hospital, several outpatient service facilities, more than 140 physician clinics, and Medicaid and Medicare managed health plans in Arizona and Utah that serve more than 665,000 members. With more than 3700 licensed beds, Gilfillan has responsibility for ~$350M in annual supply spend in addition to oversight of $250M in capital spend. Mr. Gilfillan came to IASIS Healthcare from HCA Medical City Dallas Hospital where he served as Supply Chain Director for the 699-bed hospital for three years. Prior to that, he was Director of Materials Management for LaGrange Memorial Hospital in LaGrange, Ill., and Assistant Division Director for Columbia/HCA’s Chicago Division. Earlier in his career, he served in various materials management leadership positions with Quorum Health Group. Mr. Gilfillan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

Douglas Goldfarb
Regional Vice President
DLG Consulting

Douglas Goldfarb has over 25 years healthcare experience in both finance and operations for hospitals and surgery center management. He is currently Regional Vice President of the consulting firm DLG Consulting, based in the highly competitive market of Southern California. His experience includes revenue cycle collection improvement for distressed hospitals; managed care contracting for physician groups and surgery centers, including carve-outs and bundled payments; and medical group operations, including capitation arrangements and physician group acquisition/merger strategy to support local hospitals. Recent projects include Interim CFO of a district non-urban hospital in Northern California, development and negotiation of hospital line of credit, merger of 2 surgery centers including 26 new surgeons, and Interim Financial Director for rural health centers (FQHC) for hospital partner.

Gloria Graham DNP, RN, CVAHP
Immediate Past President

Gloria Graham DNP, RN, CVAHP is the Immediate Past-President of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) with 28 years’ experience, which has included positions in neuroscience, emergency medicine, forensic medicine and supply chain. Dr. Graham has expertise in product and device review, project management, shared governance, patient safety & value analysis. Currently, she is the Clinical Materials Specialist within the division of Contracts & Value Analysis for Supply Chain Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is responsible for the clinical value analysis process and other supply chain activities related to patient care, quality and safety. As an internal liaison to both clinical and non-clinical staff, Dr. Graham has been able to share how clinicians and supply chain partner with each other for improved patient care and safety. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Healthcare Leadership from Mt. St. Joseph University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Berea College.

Maria Hames
HealthCare Links

Maria Hames joined HealthCare Links in March 1991. She has over 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 Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in business management from Pepperdine University.

Ed Hardin
Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management
Beaumont Health

Ed Hardin has worked nearly 20 years serving the healthcare provider industry and today is Senior Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer at Beaumont Health. He previously served as System Vice President, Supply Chain Management, for CHRISTUS Health. Prior to this position, he served as Vice President, Collaborative & Organizational Development for ROi, the supply chain operating division of Mercy Health System. Prior to joining ROi/Mercy, Mr. Hardin worked with several professional services firms, including Alvarez & Marsal, Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young, where he specialized in supply chain performance improvement and management solutions for the healthcare provider industry. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College (Fulton, Missouri) and a Master’s Degree in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis). He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Materials & Resource Professional, and President of the St. Louis chapter of AHRMM.

Wini Hayes PhD,
Hayes, Inc.

Winifred S. Hayes, MS, PhD, RN, ANP, President and CEO, founded Hayes, Inc. in 1989 in response to a growing need in the healthcare industry for evidence-based assessments of health technologies. Under her leadership, Hayes, Inc. has become an industry leader in providing unbiased, timely, clinically focused, evidence-based research and analysis to health plans, hospitals, managed care organizations, government agencies, and healthcare systems. In June 1999, in response to the public outcry for independent, external medical review within the healthcare industry, Dr. Hayes formed Hayes Plus, a national Independent Review Organization (doing business now as IMEDICS). She sold the company in October 2005 after it was firmly established in the marketplace. Dr. Hayes was a founding member and the first President of the National Association of Independent Review Organizations (NAIRO). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization that is a leader in promoting healthcare quality through its accreditation and education programs.

Erich Heneke
Director - Supply Chain Management
Mayo Clinic

Erich Heneke is currently Director of Business Integrity & Continuity in Mayo Clinic’s Supply Chain Management (SCM). His financial emphasis is in Supplier Risk Management, Audit/Controls, Business Continuity and Financial Planning & Analysis. Erich has worked in Mayo SCM for 9 years, focusing his efforts on sound SCM controls, fraud prevention/detection, accuracy of balance sheet accounting and other controls related work, including Mayo’s voluntary Sox compliance. Erich graduated with honors from Wartburg College and earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Minnesota. He has his Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certifications, Certified Third Party Risk Professional (CTPRP) and is a Fellow for the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Erich is currently completing his doctoral degree in Business Management. In his spare time, Erich enjoys watching Seinfeld re-runs, managing his side consulting business, participating in a variety of sports and is a competitive tri-athlete (swim/bike/run). Erich, his wife, Kate, 4 year old daughter, Ryan, and Golden Retriever, Riley, reside in southern Rochester, MN.

Edward Hisscock
Vice President Clinical Sourcing and Informatics, Transformation Officer, Non-labor Spend
Trinity Health

Ed Hisscock is Vice President of Clinical Sourcing and Informatics Transformation Officer for Non-Labor Spend at Trinity Health, a leading catholic healthcare ministry. Ed has returned to Trinity Health to lead the enterprise sourcing and contracting efforts and the supply chain transformation to population health.

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.

Steven W Huckabaa
System Vice President Supply Chain
Avera Health

Steve Huckabaa joined Avera Health in August 2012 as System Vice President for Supply Chain Management. His current role covers Sourcing, Centralized Purchasing, MMIS, Hospital Materials Management Operations, Avera Distribution Center, Print Management Services, System-wide Courier Services, Collaboration Services, PACE (Avera GPO Services) and a few other responsibilities. During his 24 years in the healthcare industry Steve has held various executive positions on the provider side, trade association side, and group purchasing side in sales management. Besides his supply chain experience on the provider side he also has experience in corporate development, long-term pharmacy, retail pharmacy with concierge service to bedside, durable medical equipment ownership with concierge service to bed side, and medical research (neuroscience, pharmaceutical, and medical device). He also has consultant experience in pharmacy wholesaler, closed-door pharmacy, regional medical distribution, and state-run diversity programs. Prior to entering the healthcare industry Steve spent 20 years in the United States Air Force. Steve and Sheree have been married 41 years. He holds a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies with a minor in business management.

James Hutchinson CPM
Senior Director Supply Chain Information Systems
Banner Health

James Hutchinson is senior director of supply chain information systems and analytics for Banner Health. His responsibility includes strategy, planning and development of information systems infrastructure and analytics supporting effective decision-making and predictive performance outcomes. James is a finance graduate of Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business and holds a CPM designation from the Institute of Supply Management.

Michelle Jackson
Senior Director, Recruitment and Retention Marketing
Vizient, Inc.

Greg Knapp serves as Vice President of Sourcing Operations with responsibility for Vizient’s business technology and support services contract portfolios. In this role, Knapp leads the information technology product contracting, telecommunications, business products/services, environmental services/facilities, laboratory and food services contract portfolios. Greg has been with the family of companies for more than 28 years and has led many areas within the sourcing teams. Prior to joining VHA, Novation, and now Vizient, Knapp had responsibility for pharmaceutical purchasing and IV systems at a Vizient Shareholder.

Brad Muckenfuss MBA,MHA
Facilities Operations Project Manager
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Sherry Johnson is a seasoned supply chain leader with over 32 years’ experience in the areas of healthcare operations, sourcing, value analysis, contract negotiations, risk management and insurance programs. Sherry has been at Children’s for 32 years. Prior to joining the Strategic Sourcing Team, Sherry served as the Director of Risk Management at Children’s Scottish Rite Hospital. As Manager of Strategic Sourcing, she oversees the capital, consumable, purchase services and applicable service agreements for Children’s. As the Strategic Sourcing Manager, she oversees the Strategic Sourcing Team which manages over $160+ million in contracting/acquisitions/services which incorporate capital, IST, Group Purchasing Organization and local consumable agreements. In addition, the Sourcing team assists the Value Analysis process, sourcing of master facility projects, system wide purchase services, and process improvement efforts in the organization as it relates to the Sourcing function. In addition to providing direction for these functions, Sherry provides input on integral to strategic system projects. Sherry is happily married with a daughter attending college.

Bonnie Kirschenbaum MS, FASHP, FCSHP
Consultant, Columnist

Bonnie is a Health Care Consultant with senior management experience in both the Pharmacy section of large corporate healthcare organizations and teaching hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. She has a particular interest in reimbursement issues, specialty pharmacy, and patient safety and in using technology to solve issues in each of these areas. She has proven success in developing and managing national pharmaceutical programs and strong leadership skills with expertise in strategic planning, negotiating GPO contracts and clinical trial agreements, developing and executing quality assurance programs as well as marketing clinical services and drug therapy optimization. Bonnie is a recognized industry leader in forging effective alliances between hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical companies and distributors and has spoken extensively in these areas.

Mary Beth Lang
Executive Vice President, Cognitive Analytics
Pensiamo (UPMC)

Prior to founding Pensiamo, Dr. Mary Beth Lang was Vice President of HC Pharmacy Central, Inc., and Supply Chain Management (SCM) Commercial Services at UPMC. Dr. Lang is still responsible for HC Pharmacy Central, Inc., a for-profit membership corporation and group purchasing organization that annually distributes $960 million in pharmaceuticals on behalf of its members. Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Lang was President of Diagnostix at Amerinet and a Pharmacy Manager for UPMC. Dr. Lang provides leadership as a member of the board of directors or committee member for many industry organizations, including: AHRMM (current: 2013-2017, Chair 2016); McKesson Pharmacy Executive Alliance (current); HPN Editorial Advisory Board (current); Federation of American Hospitals Pharmacy and Marketing Committees (current); Strategic Marketing Initiative Advisory Committee (current); and GS1 US Board of Governors (current); Committee GS1 US Healthcare. She regularly authors or contributes to industry articles covering topics on materials management, spend analytics, data standards in healthcare and benchmarking. Dr. Lang frequently speaks at industry conferences and symposia. She has served as adjunct faculty and guest lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

Michael Langlois
Healthcare Supply Chain Resource
Langlois & Associates, LLC

Michael T. Langlois recently left his post as senior vice president of supply chain at Beaumont Health System, a three-hospital Health System located in the metropolitan-Detroit area with over 1,750 licensed beds and over $2B in total revenue. Before assuming this role in November 2010, Mr. Langlois served Resurrection Health Care (Chicago) as its interim vice president of material management; as senior vice president for Daudlin, DeBeaupre and Company; and as senior vice president and chief supply chain officer with Ascension Health. Prior to joining Ascension Health in 2001, he was employed for almost 25 years by St. John Health, an eight-hospital system within the Ascension Health organization. Mr. Langlois earned a Master’s of Science Degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Roger Larkin
Administrative Director Supply Chain
Maury Regional Health

Roger Larkin is the Director Supply Chain for Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) in Columbia, TN. Roger joined MRMC in July 2011 and has over 25 years’ experience in Healthcare Supply Chain. Roger has responsibility for Contracting, Purchasing, Operations, Logistics, MMIS, and Value Analysis for MRMC's three hospitals, three ASC’s, five clinics and twenty-two physician’s offices. During his career, Roger has planned, procured, implemented and relocated two acute care hospitals and has installed two multi-hospital ERP systems. He graduated in 1988 from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. He is a Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) and is a member of the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) and the Tennessee Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (TAHRMM). Roger is Lean Certified from the Lean Healthcare Certificate Program Series at the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University, in conjunction with Healthcare Performance Partners. He also teaches Basic and Advanced Lean Classes at MRMC. Roger excels in pursuing, negotiating, implementing, driving compliance and standardization to produce cost savings throughout the system.

Chris Little PharmD, BCPS
Executive Director for Clinical Contracting

Chris Little is the Executive Director of Clinical Contracting for ROi. Chris holds leadership responsibility for ROi’s contracting and utilization programs in Pharmacy. Chris is a graduate of Drake University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and a specialized residency in Health System Pharmacy Practice Administration (PGY2) at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Chris brings experience to ROi in leading pharmacy services while working as a Clinical Coordinator, Pharmacy Director and Associate Chief of Pharmacy Services in the community and federal sectors.

Michael Louviere MBA, PD
System VP Supply Chain
Ochsner Health System

Michael Louviere is System VP Supply Chain at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana. Michael joined Ochsner in April 2012. Michael is a past president of AHRMM and maintains Fellow status. He is also a member of the Bellwether League’s Class of 2010 and received the ASHMM Leadership Award in 1995. He is a recognized international speaker and author in the field of healthcare supply chain and pharmacy. Past experience includes: Pediatric Pharmacist, Material Manager, COO, and VP Supply Chain. Michael has a BS in Pharmacy, MS in Hospital Pharmacy Administration and an MBA from LSU.

Thomas Lubotsky MHA; FACHE
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Advocate Health Care

Mr. Lubotsky serves as the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Advocate Health Care. In this role, he is responsible for the overall leadership of Advocate Health Care’s supply chain operations including sourcing, clinical resource management, procurement, logistics and operations, business intelligence/performance management and technology development. Mr. Lubotsky’s experience also includes seven years in account management and operating roles at Premier, Inc., a leading healthcare group purchasing alliance whose core business purpose centers on accelerating clinical improvement and supply chain performance. Mr. Lubotsky was responsible for the overall field leadership/general management of strategy and goal deployment, performance management, supply chain improvement planning, field operations, customer relationship management and business partner relationship support. Mr. Lubotsky is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a professional member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) and serves as a board member of the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI), a professional forum of leading healthcare systems and suppliers working collaborative toward addressing supply chain related issues and challenges.

William James Martin Pharm.D.
Vice President Sourcing, Purchasing and Value Analysis
Beaumont Health

Bill Martin currently serves as Vice President, Sourcing, Purchasing and Value Analysis for Beaumont Health System, one of the largest, medical and academic teaching institutions in the United States with over 1700 patient beds, 3700 physicians, 37 medical specialties, and fourteen thousand associates. In this role, he is responsible for providing corporate leadership of Beaumont Health’s contracting, purchasing, and value analysis functions related to $756M in supplies and $400M in purchased services spend. Prior to coming to Beaumont, Mr. Martin served as Vice President of contracting and value analysis for Ascension Health. He also served as the Director of Pharmacy for large metropolitan hospitals in Detroit and Las Vegas, as well as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy for the University of Houston. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctorate from Waye State University in Detroit, MI. He is a published author and speaker on topics of clinical pharmacy, the NASA space station program, and supply chain.

George McNellage
Vice President, Enterprise Solutions

George McNellage provides strategic oversight and direction for a team of regional vice presidents who are responsible for cultivating and developing new customer enterprise opportunities for Intalere. McNellage has extensive knowledge and sales leadership capabilities related to IDNs and C-Suite decision-makers. Previously, within the company, McNellage held the position of vice president, Strategic Accounts, in which he was responsible for new business development and account management of the strategic segments of the company’s acute care business. Prior to joining Intalere, he served as vice president, Sales and Marketing, for Navix Diagnostix, a privately-held vascular services company. During his tenure there, McNellage grew new sales revenues by 92 percent and implemented a GPO and IDN growth strategy. Before Navix, he served as the senior vice president of Sales and Marketing at start-up healthcare services company Xanitos. McNellage has also held sales leadership positions including vice president, Corporate Sales at Covidien, National Accounts and Sales & Field Operations at Tyco Healthcare and Mallinckrodt. McNellage earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of South Alabama.

Neeta Moonka MD, MHA
Physician Advisor, Supply Chain
Virginia Mason Medical Center

Dr. Moonka received her medical degree from Temple University and went on to complete residencies in both anesthesia and pediatrics at New York University Medical Center. After practicing medicine for over 25 years within the hospital and surgery center environments, she joined Virginia Mason as the supply chain Physician Advisor in 2012. Dr. Moonka currently provides expertise and experience in the following areas:
• Physician engagement to implement PPI (physician preference item) supply standardization
• Supplier PPI negotiations
• Implementing and maintaining a value analysis process as well as new technology analysis.
• Understanding of system-based thinking as well as the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS); the Toyota Production System based process improvement program

Mike Neely
Perimeter Solutions Group

Mike has extensive leadership experience and a comprehensive background in supply chain management, healthcare consulting, and implementation of best practices. He is a frequent speaker on supply chain and professional development topics. Mike has served as Director, Supply Chain at Southcoast Health and as Interim Chief Supply Chain Officer at the University of Miami. He previously held roles in senior management at KPMG, McFaul & Lyons and Johnson & Johnson, and served as Vice President Operations at Optime’ Supply Chain. Mike is a former President of AHRMM as well as a CMRP and Fellow in AHRMM. He was Director of National Affairs for the Institute for Supply Chain Management, where he holds the status of Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.). Mike also compiled and manages updates to the on-line Supply Chain Lexicon for AHRMM and previously conducted a national activity based costing study of the procurement process within hospitals for the Health Industry Distributors Association.

Michelle O'Connor M.Ed
President and CEO
CMR Institute

Michelle O’Connor is President and CEO of CMR Institute. For the last 24 years she has increased the Institute’s ability to provide education needed in a rapidly evolving healthcare market. From new hire, leadership, sales, market access, to managed markets, Michelle ensures that CMR Institute creates resources that improve the performance and effectiveness of commercial sales teams. Michelle has a strong interest in and passion for working with organizations to develop and implement innovative learning and development initiatives that increase ROI. CMR Institute is sought after by life sciences companies to increase sales and market share through our applicable blended learning resources. Over the past 50+ years, the company has provided expert training for more than 150,000 biopharmaceutical, medical device, and other life science professionals worldwide. These training resources are created in partnership with industry experts, assuring the content is relevant and actionable.

Eric O'Daffer
Research Vice President

Eric O’Daffer is Research Vice President for the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Group. He brings over 20 years of experience in medical product manufacturing, sourcing, distribution, contracting, strategic marketing and sales channel development to his role. Eric works with executives across the healthcare value chain, advising them on business strategy and supply chain best practices. Prior to joining Gartner, Eric led the focus on early-stage healthcare businesses for OneAccord Partners. He was also CEO of Esurg Corporation, a supply chain start-up leveraging technology to combine the best of distribution, manufacturing and group purchasing contracts into an integrated program for the clinic and physician market. He has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois.

Curtis L. Passafume Jr. MBA, RPh
System Vice President Pharmacy Services

Over a 37 year career that began with his graduation from the Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences along with obtaining an MBA in Healthcare Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, Curt has focused his practice in the areas of fiscal management, professional development, strategic planning and leadership. He has held professional leadership roles at a number of Fortune 100 organizations and now serves as the chief pharmacy officer for OhioHealth in Columbus Ohio and surrounding regions. His professional affiliations include ASHP, ACHE, OSHP (a prior Timothy Moore Management awardee), COSHP and OPA. He is a current member of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and NABP where he currently chairs the statewide oversight committee for the developing medical marijuana program. He is an active member of a number of national pharmacy advisory boards and holds an adjunct faculty appointment with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy where he teaches health system pharmacy finance, budgeting and fiscal management within the HSPA residency program. He is the current RPD for both ASHP accredited HSPA residency programs based at OhioHealth.

Joe Quinones
Senior Assistant Vice President for Contract, Administration, & Control
NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation

Joseph Quinones serves as the Senior Assistant Vice President of Contract, Administration and Control and oversees the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation Supply Chain. He served in the General Counsel Office for 13 years and has been in the Office of Operations for the last 8 years. HHC is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.3 million New Yorkers every year and more than 450,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 80 community based clinics. He has personally led and successfully implemented multiple major transformation and savings initiatives including restructuring how HHC delivers inpatient food and manages Dietary Operations, Nurse Agency Staffing, Waste Management, Pharmaceutical and Medical/Surgical prime vendor distribution. His work has led to over $100M in savings for his organization, helping HHC over come continuous operating budget deficits. His latest work has been leading a true “Supply Chain Construction”, personally working with all of the leaders and stakeholders in HHC to help fundamentally change how products are requisitioned, approved, purchased and then analyzed for best price. Through his work and leadership, he and his team have been awarded the “Most Innovative Provider” GHXcellence Award for 2011. The HHC GHX Project was also recognized by Supply Demand Chain Executive as one of the top 100 Supply Chain projects in the United States. Mr. Quinones earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Seton Hall University where he was awarded the Department of Economics Academic Achievement Award. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the NYC University Law School.