HealthTrust-led conference focuses on the health of the healthcare supply chain

Aug. 5, 2022

HealthTrust Performance Group, a leading improvement catalyst for healthcare, hosted the 24th annual HealthTrust University (HTU) conference to recognize, educate and inspire leading healthcare systems across the country around supply chain excellence, sustainability and innovation benefiting patients and communities.

With the theme, “Boldly Forward, The Future of a World Disrupted,” the live event was held July 25-27 in Nashville. The invitation-only conference featured notable discussions from experts across the healthcare continuum and fostered an atmosphere of collaboration to propel supply chain stability and excellence forward in an environment of global disruption.

More than 3,700 attendees, including exhibitors, sponsors and affiliates participated in the conference. HTU’22 featured expert insights and best-practice sharing in support of supplier diversity, staffing shortages and supply chain innovation. Members selected from among dozens of educational sessions focused on professional and personal development. Many classes offered Continuing Education credits in disciplines such as nursing, supply chain and pharmacy. The event also created an environment for sharing innovative best practices and networking, as well as entertainment and an evening at Topgolf.

Six organizations were honored with prestigious Member Recognition Awards: Community Health Systems, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Atlantic Health System Morristown Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis was named Outstanding Member for contract adoption initiatives leading to cost savings and improved patient outcomes.

In his remarks, HealthTrust president and CEO Ed Jones shared the results of a HealthTrust member survey assessing the magnitude of disruption that healthcare professionals have experienced in both their personal and professional lives. Notable findings from the survey included:

·       96% of respondents said that their world has been significantly disrupted over the past two years.

·        99% indicated that they think about supply chain in a much different way today than they did three years ago.

·        84% are more resourceful about solving issues and challenges since the onset of the pandemic.

·        75% have made changes to their personal lives as a result of the pandemic.

“As healthcare providers, we face ever-evolving challenges from global supply chain disruptions and labor shortages that are threatening the financial viability of hospitals and their ability to serve patients and communities,” said Jones. “Despite these obstacles – many of which are beyond our control – I am confident the collective wisdom and alignment of our members coupled with collaboration with other strategic partners can solve for many of the pressing issues that we face today or tomorrow.”

Several advisory board meetings, a Shift of Care Summit, and the industry’s largest Exhibit Hall featuring more than 370 vendors rounded out the event. The closing keynote featured bestselling author Kevin Brown (“The Hero Effect”). Entertainment was provided by country music artists, Nate Smith, Natasia Greycloud, and Brassfield.

The 25rd annual HealthTrust University will be July 17-19, 2023, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

HealthTrust release