SMI Announces Newest Members

Scituate, MA (May 30, 2008):  The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) is pleased to announce its newest Provider Partner, University Kentucky HealthCare, in Lexington, KY, represented by Jean Sargent, Director of Supply Chain Management. Jean is the immediate past president of AHRMM. According to Jean, “University Kentucky, UK HealthCare is excited to have been invited to join SMI. We look forward to participating with other industry leaders in development and implementation of processes that will improve healthcare supply chain and essentially patient care/safety.” New Industry Partners include AVID Medical, in Toano, VA and Smiths Medical in Rockland, MA. AVID Medical is a leading provider of TruCustom Procedure Trays, and is represented by CEO Michael Sahady and President, COO Rick Setian. Smiths Medical is represented by Steve Glover, Vice President of Corporate Accounts who commented that, “Smiths Medical is very pleased to be part of SMI as it challenges the healthcare industry to improve the manner in which business is conducted.” Smiths Medical is a leading supplier of high-quality medical devices and products for global markets. SMI is a not-for-profit organization uniting providers and suppliers in shaping an improved, more efficient healthcare supply chain.

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” at 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.