SMI is staffed by the Executive Director who reports to the Board of Directors, along with an Associate Executive Director, Administrative Manager, Membership & Communications Manager and Membership & Communications Coordinator. Meet our staff:
Thomas Hughes is the Executive Director for SMI responsible for the overall operations of the organization, moderation of bi-annual Forums, and oversight of industry initiatives. He brings nearly 40 years of industry experience to the group.
Hughes was the Vice President of BD Healthcare Consulting & Services and the founding principal of Concepts in Healthcare. He is recognized for pioneering new approaches for hospital- vendor partnering to reduce the total delivered cost of supplies, and has developed a Quality Assurance Program that utilizes a problem-focused, quantitative management tool that has been implemented into all the functions of materials management.
Prior to beginning his consulting career, he had a long and accomplished career on the front lines of hospital administration and materials management at such organizations as Tufts New England Medical Center and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.
Hughes is a respected industry advisor and academic instructor on hospital and materials management issues. He is a past president of HCMMS, a member of AHRMM, and a recipient of its Leadership Award in 1994. Hughes was recently recognized by Healthcare Purchasing News as being among supply chain management’s most influential people.
Dennis Orthman is Associate Executive Director for SMI, responsible for the ongoing support and coordination of SMI member-led initiatives. His role includes research, analysis, and coordination of team activities. He has served as a consultant to the healthcare supply chain marketplace for over ten years, and brings us over 25 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining SMI, Orthman served as Principal Consultant with BD Healthcare Consulting and Services, where he worked with healthcare clients around the country to streamline their internal supply chain operations. In his career as a healthcare supply chain consultant, Orthman served in leadership roles as a Director for VHA Improvement Services and as a Senior Consultant for Concepts in Healthcare. At the provider level, Orthman began his supply chain career at Boston City Hospital and also served in operational leadership at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and at the corporate level for Partners Healthcare System where he was responsible for system contracting and supply utilization. Throughout his career, he has contributed to industry publications, managed multifaceted million dollar projects, facilitated senior management initiatives, implemented new systems and processes, and successfully delivered positive results for his clients.
Orthman is a member of AHRMM, a past board member of HCMMS, and remains an active member in a variety of local community associations and charities. He was recently recognized by Healthcare Purchasing News as being among healthcare supply chain influencers to watch.
Christine Dean is SMI's Membership and Communications Manager, responsible for membership, communications and technology as well as assisting the Associate Executive Director with the coordination of SMI member-led initiatives. Her role includes project planning, research, database management, reporting, and website projects. She brings over 20 years of marketing communications experience most notably in the technology and healthcare fields.
Carolyn Huntington is the Membership and Communications Coordinator for SMI, responsible for assisting Directors and Managers with marketing communications, forum management and membership support. A former corporate webmaster and analyst, Carolyn brings extensive experience in designing and developing corporate websites, creating and optimizing content, and generating and analyzing key metrics for strategic planning. She will assist the leadership team in establishing a more robust social media strategy for SMI and its members.
Prior to joining SMI, Carolyn was Assistant Vice President/Senior Webmaster at State Street Corporation where she oversaw the organization’s multiple web initiatives. Most recently she partnered with global, national and local State Street teams to bring a new online strategy to life for the corporation. Carolyn is known for her innovative thinking, creativity and detail orientation. She brings bring a strong history of project management, analysis, process improvement, customer service and integrated communications to her role at SMI.
Pamela Poshefko is Administrative Manager, responsible for the support of ongoing operations including Finance and Budget, membership dues and payments, and back office support.
Poshefko has over 35 years of experience in finance, supply chain management (SCM), and hotel services, working for academic medical centers, universities, and as a consultant. Her diverse operational and consulting experience has enabled her to assist clients in moving along the continuum from strategic development, through process improvement and redesign, to sustainable business and clinical outcomes
Prior to joining SMI, Poshefko was Senior Consulting Manager at Implementation Management Assistance (IMA), a Philadelphia area full service healthcare consultancy. At IMA, she worked with clients on non-labor expense management; including supply chain management strategic plans, contracting strategies, financial tracking, and comparative benchmarking.
Poshefko has served as the Director of Materials Management for the Tufts Medical Center and The Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, MA, and at Brandeis University. She is a member of the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management and Healthcare Financial Management Association.