SMI Announces Expanded Growth in 2010

Scituate, MA (5/16/2010): SMI is pleased to announce the addition of several new members thus far in 2010 including:

  • AtPar, Inc. – Kishore Bala, Vice President
  • BSN Medical, Inc. – Carl Meyer, Vice President, National Accounts & Distributor Relations
  • MediClick, Inc. – Paul Dryden, Vice President & Mike Merwarth, President
  • Texas Children’s Hospital – Terry Cox, Director, Supply Chain Services
  • VUEMED – Lana Makhanik, Vice President, Business Development

Texas Children's Hospital is a pediatric hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. With 639 licensed beds and 465 beds in operation, Texas Children's is the largest children's hospital in the United States and is affiliated with the Baylor College of Medicine as that institution's primary pediatric training site. About becoming an SMI member Terry Cox commented, “I have been an active participant in AHRMM, Premier Advisory board, and other professional organizations. When asked by John Gaida to join the ranks of SMI I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of such a great organization for change in our profession. My hope is that I can contribute back in some way.

According to Carl Meyer, "BSN Medical, Inc. is thrilled at the opportunity to join this talented group of industry leaders and to learn from them while sharing our insights for the ultimate improvement in the healthcare supply chain." BSN Medical is a leading supplier of medical leg wear, wound care and fracture management products.

VUEMED provides easy-to-use, high return-on-investment inventory tracking and data management tools, designed specifically for specialty procedure lab environments, to help hospitals cut inventory costs, maximize charge capture, and improve patient safety. Lana Makhanik says she "looks forward to continuing working with SMI's energetic, forward-thinking professionals who share the goal of moving the healthcare supply chain into the 21st century."

Paul Dryden of MediClick indicated that “SMI has established itself as one of the premier Forums for healthcare leaders who are passionate about improving the supply chain. MediClick is dedicated to this same vision and we are eager to work side-by-side with industry innovators on practical solutions to some of healthcare’s most pressing issues.” MediClick develops innovative software solutions for the healthcare supply chain with particular focus on helping large IDNs take control of their supply and purchased services contracts.

Kishore Bala of AtPar stated,”SMI provides a venue where stakeholders come together with healthcare as a mission, and collaboration creates results for operational improvement. It is a privilege to be a part of this organization.” AtPar, Inc. is a leader in providing mobile supply chain execution software for healthcare. Their suite of well-integrated applications, are successfully addressing the challenges faced by the healthcare industry today.

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