Six HealthTrust member organizations have been singled out for supply chain excellence, social stewardship and innovation benefitting their patients, stakeholders and communities. Recipients of the Member Recognition Awards – the most prestigious honors presented annually by HealthTrust – were announced at the recent HealthTrust University Conference in Nashville.
Outstanding Member – Surgery Partners, Brentwood, TN for initiatives to achieve optimal value and performance using HealthTrust contracts and offerings primarily in the areas of neurostimulation, spine and osteobiologics. Over the past 18 months, Surgery Partners’ overall adoption of on-contract supplies, category utilization and strategic sourcing agreements has steadily increased resulting in lower supply expense and achievement of supply chain objectives.
- Rick Salzer, senior vice president, procurement and supply chain
- Natalie Gustafson, senior supply chain manager
- Joye Booher, senior director, procurement and supply chain
- Kathy Kilgore, senior analyst of purchasing
- Jessica Rodriguez, senior supply chain manager, Rx
Operational Excellence – QHR Health, PLUS, Brentwood, TN for driving efficiencies in contract, spend and leveraged savings opportunities.
- Jeff Kimmell, RPh, senior vice president, supply chain; president, PLUS
- Kim Milliken, director, supply chain
- Susan Dorsey, associate vice president, supply chain operations
- Tracy LaChance, director, supply chain
- Dwayne Gunter, president, QHR
Clinical Excellence – Southwest Health System, Cortez, CO for the health system’s COVID response including education campaigns to provide information to rural community members as well as vaccination initiatives focused on rural communities.
- Marc Meyer, RPh, BPharm, CIC, FAPIC, director of pharmacy and infection control
- Kelsey Gilbert, PharmD, pharmacist leader outpatient pharmacy
- Lindsay Yeager, RPSGT, CCSH, director of sleep services
- Christopher Alvarez, director of patient access
- Matthew Lindsay, NR-Paramedic, CCEMTP, director of EMS/ambulance
Social Stewardship – St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, ID for transitioning to reusable sterilization containers in response to shortages of Blue Wrap, resulting in reduced waste and cost savings.
- Adrian Wengert, MBA, vice president, supply chain
- Jason Merrill, senior director, supply chain management
- Kacey Wear, MSN, RN, BSN, CEN, clinical category director
- LaNae Cunningham, manager, sterile processing
- Taylor Easterday, MBA Finance, KT, logistics manager
- Sam Roberts, MBA, finance director
Pharmacy Excellence – Scripps Health, San Diego, Calif. for early adoption of a medication central prior authorization initiative and working with HealthTrust Clinical Pharmacy Member Support to improve biosimilar conversions and other key therapeutic areas.
- Lisa Risser, CPA, MBA, FACHE, FHFMA, corporate senior vice president, ancillary operations
- Tony Jackson, PharmD, MBA, assistant vice president pharmacy
- Aaron Ginsberg, PharmD, director of central pharmacy services
- Hardi Tjhie, CPhT, prior authorization technician specialist
- Kathy Kim, BS, CPhT, prior authorization technician specialist
- Betty Richardson, RPh, clinical pharmacist
- Erin Lowrey, CPhT, prior authorization technician specialist
- Angela Rosenblatt, MS, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP, APh, corporate director of pharmacy, ambulatory services
Innovation Award – LCMC Health, New Orleans, La. for executing a long-term agreement centered on Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) in six regional facilities resulting in cost savings and substantial reduction of the health system’s carbon footprint. Savings from the EaaS arrangement will aid investment in core healthcare initiatives and immediate improvements to better serve the community:
- Joseph Thibodeaux, MBA, vice president, chief resource officer
- Stephanie Grant, BBA, CMRP, purchasing director
- Clifford (C.T.) Harlan, senior director of operations
HealthTrust also presented Ford Motor Company with the inaugural Challenge Accepted Award in recognition of Project Apollo, the auto maker’s bold contribution to manufacture and deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals, first responders and at-risk communities during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Initiated in March 2020, Ford, in partnership with United Auto Workers, produced and distributed millions of units of urgently needed PPE to help protect healthcare providers and communities across the United States – at no cost to the receiving organizations. Under Project Apollo, Ford’s workforce produced:
- 120 million face masks
- 22 million face shields
- 6 million washable isolation gowns
- 50,000 patient ventilators (by the end of August)
- More than 32,000 powered air-purifying respirators in collaboration with 3M