Bellwether League, Inc.Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum explores key challenges emerging under market reforms

SCHAUMBURG, IL (October 8, 2013) – Bellwether League Inc., the  hall of fame for healthcare supply chain leadership, explored a litany of challenges and opportunities that supply chain executives will face in a reformed marketplace with attendees at its 1st Annual Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum.

During a panel discussion moderated by Co-founder and Founding Chairman Jamie C. Kowalski, the panelists of provider and supplier executives addressed the following:

In a town hall-type model, provider and supplier panelists and attendees shared their concerns, insights and questions about future clinical, financial and operational procedures.

Among the noteworthy nuggets from the group:

Bellwether League Inc.’s 1st Annual Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum preceded its 6th Annual Bellwether Induction Dinner event in Chicago on October 1.

About Bellwether League Inc.

Bellwether League Inc.’s Board of Directors selects deceased, retired and currently active professionals with a minimum of 25 years of exemplary service and leadership performance in supply chain operations that meet its criteria to be publicly recognized. Honorees demonstrate their qualifications by advancing the profession through work experience and performance and active participation in professional organizations and their communities.

To date, Bellwether League Inc., has identified and honored 62 innovators, leaders and pioneers in healthcare supply chain management in five distinct categories: Education & Media, Supply Chain Management, Group Purchasing, Supplier and Consulting Services.

Launched in late July 2007 by a group of influential veterans in the healthcare supply chain industry, Bellwether League Inc., is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation that identifies and honors men and women who have demonstrated significant leadership in, influence on and contributions to the supply chain from healthcare providers, healthcare product manufacturers and distributors, group purchasing organizations, consulting firms, educational institutions and media outlets.

Bellwether League Inc. is funded by five Founding and Platinum Sponsors – Kimberly-Clark Health Care, McKesson, MedAssets, Owens & Minor and Premier Purchasing Partners – and a host of additional sponsors.

The Board of Directors of Bellwether League Inc. includes a veteran group of industry advocates:

 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS

Chairman
John B. Gaida
Senior Vice President
Supply Chain Management
Texas Health Resources

Secretary
Patrick E. Carroll Jr.
President
Patrick E. Carroll & Associates

Treasurer
Mary A. Starr
Assistant Vice President, AdvantageTrust
HealthTrust Purchasing Group

Executive Director
Rick Dana Barlow
President
Wingfoot Media Inc.


MEMBERS

James R. Francis
Chair, Supply Chain Management
Mayo Clinic

Jamie C. Kowalski
CEO 
Jamie C. Kowalski Consulting LLC

Michael Louviere
System Vice President, Supply Chain
Ochsner Health System

Vance B. Moore
Senior Vice President, Operations
Mercy

Jean M. Sargent
Director, Advisory Solutions
MedAssets

John W. Strong
Principal
John Strong LLC

Mark A. Van Sumeren
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Owens & Minor Inc.


CO-FOUNDERS

Jamie C. Kowalski
Rick Dana Barlow


Founding Sponsors:

Hospira
Kimberly-Clark Health Care
MedAssets
Owens & Minor
Premier Purchasing Partners

Platinum Sponsor:

McKesson


Bellwether League Inc. (BLI) is a non-stock, not-for-profit Illinois corporation, tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(6). BLI donations and sponsorships are not deductible as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes, but may be deductible as a business expense.