Bellwether League, Inc.Samuel G. Raudenbush (1931 - 2016)

Samuel G. Raudenbush

Work Experience – Minimum 10 years of service within the healthcare supply chain (including a hospital or nonacute care facility, manufacturer, distributor, GPO, consulting or service company).

Work Performance – Specific accomplishments/achievements in their respective organizations, including expense management measures, committee involvement and management leadership.

Professional Activities – Minimum 5 years of active association participation (e.g., office holder, committee chair or contributor, organizing and running meetings, mentoring others) on the national, regional and local level; performed a minimum of two speaking engagements (national, regional, local, facility) and published at least twice (including writing an article or being interviewed by the trade media) during career.

Advancing the Profession/Industry Influence – Challenging the norms, contributing to the thought process, pushing the envelope in terms of moving the profession/industry forward. Examples include serving as a mentor either within his or her individual organization or on a national, regional or local level outside of his or her individual organization; internal inservices for the C-suite on supply management; pioneering new concepts and ideas that may or may not become reality; influencing those up and down the corporate hierarchy on the benefits of and promotion of sound supply management.

Raudenbush exemplifies the type of individual to be honored by induction into Bellwether League Inc. He worked hard his entire healthcare career, advancing the profession and mentoring those around him. He was very active in local, state, and national materials management for the good of the profession. His dedication and commitment to our industry is something to be admired!

In His Own Words

What are your thoughts about the mission and philosophy of Bellwether League Inc. and how do you feel about becoming part of the organization as an honoree and inductee?

This is just an outstanding adventure. I feel extremely honored to be a part of this total program.

What attracted and motivated you to join the healthcare supply chain management field when you did?

Realizing corporate America was not exactly suited for me as I was with Goodyear corporate in Akron. I was looking for security, an area of growth and the opportunity to excel.

For what one contribution would you like to be most remembered?

Probably the success of placing a materials management staff member in the operating room and the tremendous success of that program.

If you were to encourage people – either outside of healthcare or just out of school – to enter the supply chain management field and potentially qualify to be a future Bellwether League Inc. honoree, what would you tell them?

Be creative, be honest, be considerate, be a great listener and do the job to the best of your ability.

How important is effective and innovative supply chain management during tough economic times?

Being away from the industry for 15 years, my thoughts of today would be that of great importance and necessity to have an effective supply chain management program for the survival of any healthcare institution.