Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) Announces New Chair

Scituate, MA (January 17, 2017):    The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI®), a non-profit, member-driven consortium of healthcare supply chain thought-leaders based in Massachusetts, recently announced Susan Schuette from Halyard Health as the new Chair of the SMI Board of Directors effective January 1, 2017. 

Susan Schuette has been a long-time member and board member of SMI and currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Accounts for Halyard Health, a medical technology company,headquartered in Alpharetta, GA.  She follows Jim Francis, Division Chair of Supply Chain Management at Mayo Clinic who served as Chair from 2015-2016.  Also, joining the SMI Board in 2017, Laurel Junk, Chief Supply Chain & Procurement Officer at Kaiser Permanente and Joe Walsh, Executive Vice President of Operations at Pensiamo. 

The mission of SMI is to bring both providers and suppliers together, in a collaborative, non-competitive environment to help shape the future of the healthcare supply chain.  The board of directors, under the leadership and guidance of the SMI Chair, works to determine the strategic direction of the organization and to preserve the mission and vision of SMI.  

Tom Hughes, Executive Director of SMI said, “It is my pleasure to welcome Susan Schuette as the new Chair of our board.  Her extensive leadership and many years of developing successful customer partnerships at some of the top global healthcare companies will be of great value to our members.   We are also very excited to have Laurel Junk and Joe Walsh, two highly-talented and respected supply chain leaders joining our board.  We have some exciting times ahead and I am confident that Susan, Laurel and Joe will be instrumental in our success.”

Susan Schuette said, “SMI remains an important and influential organization.   I am looking forward to serving the members of SMI over the next two years as we work together to help build a more effective and efficient healthcare supply chain.” 

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The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) is a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to improving the supply chain through direct information exchange and collaboration between senior healthcare supply chain executives and senior IDN supply chain executives.  SMI members include healthcare providers, manufacturers, medical distributors, and other healthcare supply chain businesses.  SMI, created to influence, shape and advance the future of the healthcare marketplace, provides an open forum for innovative idea-exchange and the development of collaborative process improvement initiatives. The members of SMI have created over 30 tools and resources, available free of charge, designed to help industry professionals address real supply chain challenges. For more information about SMI, including a complete list of members, visit: