The Bellwether Award
Bellwether League’s Board of Directors selects what it determines as industry innovators, pioneers and visionaries for their career-long achievements and contributions in the delivery of high-quality healthcare through effective and efficient supply chain operations and practices. They represent creative thinkers who take the initiative, expand the boundaries of what’s possible, and perform in a way that improves and promotes the profession of supply chain management among hospitals, group purchasing organizations (GPOs), manufacturers and distributors, consulting firms, educational institutions and media properties.
Using its best efforts, the Board evaluates candidates from a pool of submitted nominations that provide detailed information about their achievements, accomplishments, contributions, ethics and integrity, leadership, mentoring, practices and philosophy, all of which advances and influences their organizations at large and profession as a whole. The Board researches candidates’ work experience, work performance and their professional and voluntary activities. Candidates typically represent active, retired and deceased professionals with at least 25 years of exemplary service and leadership performance in supply chain operations as determined by the Board.
The Future Famer Award
Bellwether League’s Board of Directors selects what it determines as rising stars for their contributions to healthcare supply chain operational excellence during the first decade of their career and employment.
Using similar best efforts, the Board evaluates candidates from a pool of submitted nominations that provide detailed information about a specific project or process or several projects or processes they created and managed to benefit the organization as a whole and the patients it serves. They represent active professionals who do not yet qualify for Bellwether consideration, but have contributed to the supply chain profession in a meaningful way and make a difference through innovative achievements, leadership potential and pioneering work.
Future Famer candidates represent industry leaders in development. Their recognition is designed to encourage ongoing innovation and progress as they may seek Bellwether status later in their careers, building on the various projects they implement to advance the healthcare supply chain and healthcare industry as a whole.
The Ammer Award
A select committee of Bellwether League’s Board of Directors evaluates supply chain management teams for the “Dean S. Ammer Award for Supply Chain Excellence” based initially on a completed and submitted nomination form that requires extensive financial and operational data as well as anecdotal observations about policies, practices and procedures of the departmental candidates.
Using submitted and verified information, the Ammer award committee determines whether the departmental candidates demonstrated Ammer Level 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 performance achievements with the higher two levels requiring additional evaluation.
Those departmental candidates considered as potential Ammer Level 4 or 5 operations then undergo a thorough on-site consultative evaluation and validation of their application by selected members of Bellwether League’s Ammer Award committee to determine at which level of performance they have achieved success. An organization achieving Ammer Level 5 status represents the highest honor bestowed by Bellwether League on a healthcare supply chain management team.