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AHRMM Spring Summit Agenda 2024

Schedule of Events

Schedule of events is subject to change. All sessions are listed in Central Time.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9
DAY 1: NAVIGATING THE HUMAN ELEMENT

Session 1
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CT

Heather Woodling

Heather Woodling

Andrei Armanca

Andrei Armanca

Pamela Bryant

Pamela Bryant

Brent Petty

Brent Petty

Ryan Burke

Ryan Burke

Leadership and Career Advancement
Leading the Charge: Shaping the Future of Health Care Supply Chain

Delve into leadership approaches that emphasize adaptability and resilience and are tailored to the complexities of the health care supply chain field. Participants will gain insights into promoting collaboration and teamwork to enhance efficiency and achieve superior outcomes in this critical sector.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify effective leadership strategies that address the unique challenges and opportunities of the health care supply chain field.
  • Recognize the importance of adaptability and resilience in leadership roles and how to foster collaboration and teamwork among diverse groups for improved efficiency and outcomes.

Format:

Panel Discussion

Speakers:

Heather Woodling, CMRP, Senior Director Supply Chain Services, Palomar Health

Heather Woodling is the Senior Director of Supply Chain at Palomar Health and Vice Chair of AHRMM’s YPAC.  Beginning her journey in the Health Care Supply Chain at the entry level, Heather is passionate about leveraging her personal experience to champion the creation of opportunities and career pathways for fellow young professionals. She believes it’s the key to ensuring the future and growth of our field.

Andrei Armanca, Healthcare Supply Chain Sr Consultant, PwC

Andrei is a Senior Associate within PwC’s Provider Transformation practice, where he provides advisory services to healthcare organizations to optimize their supply chains. He began his journey in Healthcare Supply Chain through Ochsner Health’s Administrative Supply Chain Fellowship Program, where he rotated through the various Supply Chain divisions. He is a large advocate for healthcare supply chain as a profession as he is a member of AHRMM’s YPAC as well as has done various podcasts and conference presentations on healthcare supply chain talent development and strategy.

Brent Petty, Chief Relationships Officer, Bluegrass Business Media

Pamela Bryant, Senior Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Parkland Health

Pamela Bryant is the Senior Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer for Parkland Health. Parkland is one of the largest public hospitals in the country with more than 1 million patient visits annually. Pamela has over 25 years of supply chain experience and leads a team of over 200 personnel and is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain, including procurement, strategic sourcing, informatics, logistics, distribution, vendor management, and equipment/asset management. She has a proven track record in driving cost reductions, supporting dynamic growth, implementing new initiatives, improving operational efficiencies, and driving supplier diversity. Pamela earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and her Master of Business Administration degree from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. She is an advisory board member of The Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) and previously served as president of the local North Texas chapter. She also serves as the Board Vice Chair for the Dallas Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council (DFWMSDC) is the Board Finance Chair of the Women’s Business Council Southwest (WBCS) and is a founding member of the Global Health Exchange’s (GHX) Customer Advisory Board.

Moderator:

Ryan Burke, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, Pandion Optimization Alliance

Ryan leads the Sourcing Department at Pandion Optimization Alliance, a regional-health system owned group purchasing organization based in Rochester, NY. He is responsible for strategic contract negotiations and awards as well as supplier relations and management. Before his role at Pandion, Ryan held progressively advanced roles in supply chain management over 9 years at Rochester Regional Health. He has experience in expense reduction, inventory management and onsite supply chain consulting. Ryan holds a master’s degree in health system administration from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Session 2
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT

Lisa Farmer

Lisa Farmer

Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews

Workforce Dynamics
Strategies for Planning and Development

Learn about innovative recruitment and retention strategies specifically designed for the dynamic health care supply chain field in this presentation. Discover the pivotal role of continuous talent development initiatives in bolstering skill sets, expanding knowledge bases, and nurturing employee contentment to drive organizational success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore effective recruitment and retention strategies tailored to the health care supply chain sector and the importance of ongoing talent development programs to enhance skills, knowledge, and overall employee satisfaction.

Format:

Presentation

Speaker:

Lisa Farmer, Vice President Supply Chain, Baptist Health

Lisa Farmer is a results driven leader of supply chain who is currently the Corporate Vice President of Supply Chain at Baptist Health in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Searching out new, different and innovative ways to accomplish objectives is a primary focus.

Moderator:

Robert Matthews, (Retired) Senior Supply Chain PreSales Consultant, Workday Inc.

Bob Matthews is a self-described lifetime “supply chain nerd."  He recently retired as Senior Supply Chain PreSales Consultant for Workday, an international cloud-based ERP software company ranked #1 by KLAS for six consecutive years.   Prior to Workday, Bob was Assistant Vice President of Supply Chain for a large academic health system in upstate New York.   He’s passionate for leveraging education, tools, and technology to improve processes, increase user satisfaction, and create positive change.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
DAY 2: FINANCIAL FORTITUDE

Session 1
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CT

Joseph Jang

Joseph Jang

Mark Terranova

Mark Terranova

Strategic Cost Management
Striking a Balance: Mastering Cost Management in the Health Care Supply Chain

Discover approaches to enhancing cost efficiency by exploring avenues for savings beyond traditional procurement methods. Strategies for recognizing and proactively addressing risks inherent in cost management practices will be presented as well as how to foster resilience and sustainability to uphold operational excellence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe ways to optimize indirect spend within the health care supply chain, identifying cost-saving opportunities in areas beyond direct procurement.
  • Identify and mitigate risks associated with cost management in the health care supply chain, ensuring sustainable and resilient operations.

Format:

Presentation

Speaker:

Joseph Jang, Partner, Pathstone Partners

Joseph is currently a Partner at Pathstone, an advisory firm that drives and sustains margin improvement for healthcare organizations. Joseph developed a strong passion to work in healthcare as he witnessed significant health disparities in terms of affordability and access growing up in Manila, Philippines. Joseph has over 15 years of experience partnering with over 40 healthcare organizations to drive over $500M+ margin improvement through total non-labor cost reduction and revenue enhancement initiatives in purchased services, pharmacy, lab, finance, revenue cycle, IT and clinical supplies. Outside of work, you can find Joseph spending quality time with his wife and three kids, cheering for the Michigan Wolverines, serving his church and local community, singing, and writing his own music. Joseph holds an MBA with distinction, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also earned a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Moderator:

Mark Terranova, Associate Vice President of Supply Chain Management, SUNY University Hospital at Downstate

Mark recently joined SUNY University Hospital at Downstate as the Associate Vice President of Supply Chain Management. In a short time he has reestablished the Supply Chain process by selecting a new ERP, implementing a process to manage the item master, contract pricing while creating a closed loop for product requests and many other good management principles. He has moved supply chain initiatives started by consulting firms into operational management procedures to achieve best practices. Formerly and for the previous nine years Mark served as Vice President of Supply Chain for Grady Health System, where he provided innovative solutions and leadership to all aspects of the Grady Health System supply chain including thriving during the pandemic with no stockouts and using creative means, engaging the community to support the patient population. His broad background in all aspects of the supply chain allow him to deliver results that improve operational efficiency and lower operating costs while improving employee engagement. He has successfully implemented supplier diversity processes at Grady Health System to exceed and sustain the annual goal of 20% of total spend committed to diverse suppliers. In addition, his specific expertise includes cost reduction strategies, strategic visioning, integration of value analysis (CQO), high compliance PPI (physician preference item) contracting and implementing a high compliance GPO (Excelerate), benchmarking, capital life cycle cost analysis and using information as an economic tool, retrieving and constructing, managing and leveraging supply chain data as a formal business asset to drive supply chain savings and support the decision making process.

Session 2
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT

Shawn Stack

Shawn Stack

Lana Makhanik

Lana Makhanik

Optimizing Revenue Cycle
Beyond Costs: Improving the financial performance of your Health Care Organization

Join us for an in-depth exploration of approaches to enhance the revenue cycle in health care, focusing on boosting financial performance without compromising operational efficiency. Learn proven methods to optimize revenue while ensuring sustainable profitability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine proven strategies to optimize the revenue cycle, ensuring improved financial performance profitability while maintaining operational efficiency.

Format:

Presentation

Speaker:

Shawn Stack, Director, Health Care Finance Policy, Perspectives & Analysis, Health Care Financial Management Association (HFMA)

As HFMA’s Director of Perspectives & Analysis, Shawn is responsible for developing policies and positions on topics important to the Association’s mission into recommendations for content strategy and product services for HFMA membership. He serves as a subject matter expert and consultant to the membership on health care policy, finance and revenue cycle operations. Shawn previously worked as a consultant with HMA/Burns and Associates, where he served as Senior Consultant. Prior to that, Shawn was Director of Health Care Policy and Economics for The Ohio Hospital Association and Director and Assistant Director of Access and Revenue Cycle at a major academic medical center and designated cancer hospital. Shawn is a graduate from Kent State University and holds an EPIC Resolute Certification.

Moderator:

Lana Makhanik, COO, VUEMED

Lana Makhanik is the COO of VUEMED, a healthcare IT company that solves inventory management, supply chain, and product usage documentation problems in hospitals using UDI-compliant RAIN RFID and barcode scanning technologies. Lana is a subject matter expert on: data-driven clinical inventory optimization; supply chain visibility and predictability; clinical documentation at the point of care; AIDC solutions; KPIs and data analytics; and the relationship between item master management and revenue integrity.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11
DAY 3: COLLABORATIVE SYNERGY

Session 1
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CT

Tom Lubotsky

Tom Lubotsky

Joe Dudas

Joe Dudas

Vicky Lyle

Vicky Lyle

Nausheen Ahmed

Nausheen Ahmed

Power of Partnerships
Beyond Transactions: Building Transformative Alliances in Health Care Supply Chain

This session will focus on the core tenets of mutual value creation and effective communication techniques vital for nurturing strong partnerships. Discover collaboration models within the health care supply chain, illustrated by successful partnerships that have driven measurable outcomes and highlight the power of transparency and shared goals in achieving mutual success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the principles of mutual value creation in partnerships and communication strategies essential for building and maintaining strong alliances, emphasizing transparency and shared objectives.
  • Identify innovative models of collaboration within the health care supply chain, including examples of successful partnerships that have led to transformative outcomes.

Format:

Panel Discussion

Speakers:

Joe Dudas, Division Chair, Supply Chain Management Innovation and Planning, Mayo Clinic

Role: As a Division Chair at the Mayo Clinic, Joe Dudas is responsible for providing oversight and coordination of Mayo’s Supply Chain Strategic Initiatives. Additionally, Joe is the Inspirity Systems and Operations EVP. The Mayo Clinic Supply Chain manages Purchasing, Distribution, and Inventory Management functions across Mayo Clinic. Over the past 15+ years, Mayo’s Supply Chain has been on a transformative journey to move a decentralized and autonomous function to that of a highly integrated and, in part, commercial shared service. The results to-date total over $1B in value to Mayo Clinic. Commercially, Mayo Clinic Supply Chain provides Source to Pay Business Process Outsourcing (Inspirity), Category Management to a larger Regional Purchasing Group (CAPTIS), Logistics Services (Supply Chain Solutions) as well as collaborating with industry to deliver other commercial supply chain solutions.

Experiences: Mr. Dudas has over 30 years’ experience from various industries, including healthcare, retail, IT outsourcing, and telecommunications, as well as enterprise analytics. Previous professional experience includes leadership roles at EDS (now DXC Technology), AT&T, and Rite Aid Corporation. Mr. Dudas is an Inspirity HP Board Member and Industry Advisor to the University of Michigan. He holds an MBA in Accounting and Finance from York College of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Current projects: Inspirity HP, Digital Supply Chain, Supply Chain Performance Consulting, International, Initiative Portfolio Management as well as Supply Chain Innovation.

Vicky Lyle, Vice President, Industry Associations Owens & Minor

Vicky Lyle is the Vice President of Industry Relations at Owens & Minor, where she leads the Company’s involvement with industry and trade organizations worldwide. She currently serves on the executive board for Professional Women in Healthcare (PWH) was the Chair for the 2021 and 2022 term. She also serves on the board of Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA) and serves on the Council of Supplier Diversity for Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA). She also serves as a member of the AHRMM Learning UDI community. Vicky has been with Owens & Minor for over 35 years, contributing business and technical expertise across all facets of the supply chain. Prior to her current role, she served as Operating Vice President, Service Line Strategy, where she was responsible for the development of the clinical inventory solutions platform along with service line operations, implementation and support. In her time with the Company, she has led several strategic cross-functional projects, including business acquisitions, distribution center strategy, and the creation of Owens & Minor’s Third Party Logistics (3PL) service offering. Vicky holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Averett University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Tom Lubotsky, Vice President of Supply Chain, Allina Health

Mr. Lubotsky is a broad based healthcare executive with over 40 years in leadership roles among integrated delivery systems including clinical services and ambulatory development, physician practices, and healthcare alliances.  His current position serves as the Vice President Supply Chain at Allina Health in Minneapolis responsible for the overall leadership of Allina’s supply chain operations including sourcing, clinical resource management, procure to pay, logistics and operations, business performance and technology development.

Moderator:

Nausheen Ahmed, Director, Supply Chain Optimization, Cedars-Sinai

Nausheen Ahmed, Director of Supply Chain Optimization at Cedars-Sinai, leads end-to-end system-wide strategic & tactical decision support. Her responsibilities comprise driving digital transformation, developing analytical tools to enhance business intelligence and deploying performance measures to increase accountability. She’s also invested in directing supply logistics efficiency by advancing methods of demand and supply planning with key suppliers. Nausheen excels at integrating input to identify areas of improvement and implementing activities to optimize operation and drive results.

Session 2
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT

Aanand Esterberg

Aanand Esterberg

Reuben Philip

Reuben Philip

Keith Lohkamp

Keith Lohkamp

Devin Sumaoang

Devin Sumaoang

AI Unleashed
Digitization Frontiers: Unraveling the Potential of AI in Supply Chain Management

What is the future potential of AI in the health care supply chain? Gain insight by exploring the larger technological landscape encompassing machine learning, data analytics, and automation. Possibilities in these areas as well as predictive maintenance will be discussed, offering a glimpse into the transformative power of these technologies in reshaping supply chain dynamics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the technological landscape related to AI in supply chain, including machine learning, data analytics, and automation, while delving into the future potential of AI, exploring possibilities such as predictive maintenance.

Format:

Panel Discussion

Speakers:

Aanand Esterberg, Consultant GS1

Aanand Esterberg is co-founder of Woody Creek, Inc., an Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) technology acceleration consultancy. As a consultant to GS1, Mr. Esterberg supports AI technical initiatives to address GS1 members’ needs. He received the MSEE from Stanford University and the BSEE/CS from the University of California, Berkeley.

Reuben Mathew Philip, Senior Product Manager, Clarium Health

Reuben is a senior product manager at Clarium Health, where he leads the design and development of an AI forward platform to enhance collaboration within healthcare, with real-time data visibility and actionable insights. He is passionate about building products that solve high impact problems for real people, and pushing the envelope of how technology can make health care better for all of us.

Keith Lohkamp, Senior Director, Industry Strategy, Workday

Keith Lohkamp is senior director of industry strategy at Workday, responsible for the product direction and strategy for the health care, retail, and hospitality industries. With 20+ years of product management experience, Keith held product strategy roles at Infor, Lawson, Neoforma, and PeopleSoft before Workday. As an advocate for change and improvement within health care, Keith has served on the board of Strategic Marketplace Initiative and the leadership team for GS1 US Health care.

Moderator:

Devin Sumaoang, Director of Supply Chain Transformation and Design, University of Washington

Devin Sumaoang is a Fellow of AHRMM with a passion for supply chain and its critical role in patient care. As the Director of Supply Chain at the University of Washington and Past President for WSHMMA, he spearheads strategic initiatives to optimize operations and explore emerging technologies. Devin's leadership has been instrumental in driving transformative digital change resulting in significant cost savings and operational efficiency gains. With a track record of success in supply chain transformation, strategic planning, and team leadership, Devin is committed to ensuring the supply chain ecosystem is positioned at the forefront of technological advancements around AI, ML, and automation.