8 Leading U.S. Healthcare Providers Join SMI to Help Shape and Improved Healthcare Supply Chain

Scituate, MA (February 2, 2012): The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) is pleased to announce several new provider members thus far in 2012, committed to collaborating with key supply chain executives across the industry who are united in shaping a transformed, efficient healthcare supply chain in support of quality healthcare delivery. New to the SMI membership are:

  • Adventist Health System – Celeste West, Corporate Vice President, Supply Chain & Carole Owens, Corporate Director Supply Chain/iSynergy
  • BayCare Health System – Judy Lipscomb, Regional Vice President, Materials Management
  • Cedars-Sinai Health System - Jerry Dea, Director, Supply Chain Management
  • Christus Health – Ed Hardin, Vice President, Supply Chain Management
  • Northwestern Memorial HealthCare – Gary Fennessy, Vice President, Operations
  • Presbyterian Healthcare Services – Matthew Pehrson, Vice President, Supply Chain and Resource Management
  • Roper St. Francis Healthcare – Scott Ferguson, Corporate Director, Materials Services
  • Scottsdale Healthcare – Michael Hildebrandt, Associate Vice President/Supply Chain

Michael Hildebrandt of Scottsdale Healthcare commented, “I am very grateful to be joining the SMI team and I look forward to participating in this collaborative model of IDN’s and Suppliers sharing Supply Chain expertise and facing HealthCare Reform challenges together.”

According to Tom Hughes, SMI’s Executive Director, “We are pleased to welcome our newest members who join the ranks of other prestigious organizations working together to create innovative solutions to challenges within the healthcare supply chain. These solutions are made available free of charge to the industry at large. We encourage everyone to visit our website to review the tools and solutions that have been created and made available to date.”

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 (SMI 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.

For more information on SMI, including a complete list of members, visit: www.smisupplychain.com.