Hughes Named Executive Director of SMI

Scituate, MA (March 14, 2005):  Thomas W. Hughes, MBA, has been named as Executive Director of the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI), a non-profit association of IDNs, manufacturers and distributors. Previously, he was the Vice President of BD Healthcare Consulting & Services and the founding principal of Concepts in Healthcare. Hughes 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, Hughes had a long and accomplished career on the front lines of hospital administration and materials management at such organizations as Tufts New England Medical Centre 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.

About SMI: SMI is a not-for-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to improving the healthcare supply chain through direct information exchange and collaboration between senior healthcare supply chain executives. The group will grow to 40 IDNs and 40 healthcare partners including manufacturers, distributors and service providers. SMI has been formed to influence, shape, and advance the future of the healthcare marketplace.

For more information on SMI contact Tom Hughes, Executive Director for SMI, at [email protected] or [email protected]