2023 Advisory Board Chair-Elect

Dennis Mullins, MBA, CMRP

VP Supply Chain Operations
Atrium Health
Charlotte, NC




What are 2-3 of AHRMM's top strengths?

  • Industry legacy
  • Educational/Content
  • Clinical alignment path forward via CQO and Clinical Integration initiatives

What are 2-3 of AHRMM's greatest opportunities for improvement?

  • Improve chapter relations
  • More collaboration with AHVAP
  • Take advantage of virtual conferences in addition to live conference

Describe why you are a good candidate for this leadership role.

I feel that I am a great candidate to be chair of AHRMM because of several reasons. First, I have committed my personal career to the healthcare supply chain industry over the past 35 years. My career spans across 10 years of military service, 8 years with the largest for-profit healthcare system in the country and 15 years with three different academic healthcare systems. The diversity of my experience allows me to relate to the many different categories of healthcare providers. This experience also forced me to learn how to innovate.

An example of this is the execution of the Indiana University Health Integrated Service Center and the complete transformation of our supply chain strategy. Our service center provides a platform for future phases of shared services. Also, throughout my career I have been successful with developing strong talent. I’m strong at identifying gaps and developing mitigation strategies to address them. I am also accustomed to developing new processes when needed. All of this will help with moving AHRMM towards executing on its “Envision Future”. As a former member of the AHRMM Board of Directors, my running for Chair-Elect will allow me to continue working and advocating for the envisioned future of AHRMM and the development of health care supply chain professionals. I believe that in order to accomplish this, the AHRMM board must be responsive and receptive to supply chain leaders in this country and the healthcare community at large, encouraging an open dialog in order to foster a more cohesively dynamic and integrated supply chain that includes all components of CQO. I believe that this will help to advance the health care supply chain profession.

As Chair of AHRMM, you have my word that I will ensure that we foster a collaborative relationship with our industry peers. This will be accomplished by ensuring that all board members carefully weigh all the facts before making decisions or determining strategy. As board members we act as a trustee of the AHRMM community that elects each one of us. As that trustee we must understand our impact on the industry while being accessible and willing to collaborate with members of the AHRMM community; no one chapter is more important than another. I will work tirelessly to ensure that we foster a more connected relationship with our local chapters with the intent of improving membership, attendance at our annual conference and the ongoing education of those who desire to build a career in health care supply chain.

Describe where you see health care evolving over the next 5 years and supply chain’s role in that evolution. What initiatives/direction would you advocate to prepare the AHRMM membership for these changes?

COVID-19 changed our industry in a substantial way. In many ways it forced us to expedite the validation of many technologies and processes that were not widely accepted prior to. Things such as virtual visits, remote working and predominately webinar meetings were all validated through necessity. Over the next 5 years those processes will be further enhanced for maximum efficiency. Additionally, during the course of the next 5 years, we will continue to see further advancements in technology that will further inform patients about their health. Faster access to care will also be a major factor impacting the urgency to improve supply throughput in both the acute and non-acute setting. Additionally, the services provided by healthcare organizations is expected to grow significantly. This is primarily due to the anticipated increase in Medicare beneficiaries coming into retirement age. As this generation enters the retirement population, we will see roughly 70 million people entering retirement.

Awards & Recognition

2020 Top 25 Health Care Supply Chain Award
2019 Chainnovator Innovation Award Runner-Up

Modern Materials Handling
July 2019 Cover Story

Journal of Healthcare Contracting
2019 Contracting Professional of The Year
2018 10 People to Watch

Healthcare Purchasing News
Nov 2019 Supply Chain Worth Watching

AHRMM National Board Member 2017 -2019
Elected by industry peers