SMI is Pleased to Announce Two New IDN Members

Scituate, MA (September 7, 2007):  The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI), a not-for-profit corporation uniting providers and suppliers in shaping an improved, more efficient healthcare supply chain proudly announces their two newest IDN members. Atlantic Health in Morris Plains, NJ and Orlando Regional Healthcare in FL have joined the ranks of leading IDNs and healthcare partners that comprise SMI. SMI convenes seasoned executives from the various segments of the healthcare supply chain to work collaboratively to develop beneficial solutions to healthcare supply chain issues. All work is done for the benefit of the entire industry and as such, all solutions created within SMI initiative teams are made available to the public at no cost via the SMI website under Tools Members include transactional trading partners from integrated delivery networks (IDNs) and academic medical centers; manufacturers of medical surgical, diagnostic and pharmaceutical supplies; capital equipment and medical device companies; distributors; service providers; IT companies; and other key suppliers. With these additions there are now 38 IDN and 33 Partner members. 

About SMI:
The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of senior-level executives representing diverse disciplines from the healthcare supply chain. Membership includes executives from the country’s largest integrated delivery networks (IDNs) as well as healthcare manufacturers, distributors, IT companies and service providers. SMI members have joined together to drive operational efficiencies, and implement process improvement across the healthcare supply chain. 

SMI was formed to provide a venue where collaborative teams work together to address industry issues and implement best practices, shaping the future of the healthcare supply chain value stream. SMI acts as a change agent for healthcare, and introduces non-healthcare related best practices and technologies to the healthcare supply chain. SMI provides critical mass representing key industry stakeholders and decision makers within the healthcare supply chain. Through collaboration, tools and techniques are developed and shared that members are able to take back to their organizations and customize to meet their unique needs. SMI is dedicated to improving the supply chain and to that end, all findings, improvements, processes, and established best practices are shared with the entire healthcare marketplace. 

SMI Staff: Thomas Hughes is Executive Director of SMI. Tom is responsible for the overall operations of the organization, moderation of bi-annual Forums, and oversight of industry initiatives. Teri Gallagher serves as Administrative Director for SMI. She is responsible for the ongoing operations of the organization including functions relating to membership, financials, coordination of Forums, ongoing communications and office administration. Dennis Orthman is Initiative Project Manager for SMI, responsible for the ongoing support and coordination of SMI member-led initiatives, including research, analysis, and coordination of team activities. 

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