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Looking to Other Industries for Best Practices, Collaborating Supply Chain & Clinical and Bravery on the Battlefield: Just a Taste of our Summit Keynote Speakers

posted by: Cheryl Flury
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We can’t believe that there are only four weeks left until the Healthcare Supply Chain Summit! Registrations are flowing in, and a highlight for attendees is sure to be our lineup of keynote speakers. Along with forward-thinking members of the healthcare community, we will also be joined by two best-selling authors and industry experts and a Medal of Honor recipient, all ready to share their experiences to our audience.

Jason Jennings, thought leader on business leadership and productivity and author of the best-selling The Reinventors – How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continual Change, will be our first Tuesday morning keynote. Based on his research on more than 100 innovative businesses, like Apple and Starbucks, Jennings will share six points that he has tailored to the needs of the healthcare industry to help crack the code on organizational change. 

On Wednesday, Teresa Dail RN, BSN, Chief Supply Chain Officer, and Tom Faciszewski, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will discuss techniques for making the connection between the supply chain and clinical teams to bridge shared business processes. Dail and Faciszewski will discuss the role of the supply chain in providing better care at a lower cost, including examples from their experiences and ways that attendees can leverage the supply chain in their own organizations.

Also on Wednesday, Mark Laret, CEO, UCSF Medical Center, will share an executive’s perspective on driving change within a healthcare organization. Pulling from his experience leading one of the most distinguished healthcare institutions in the world, Laret will discuss how UCSF reversed a $60 million annual loss in 2000 into a $70 million annual gain. By focusing on quality of care and effectively managing costs, his organization is now focused on delivering business results and striving towards the future of healthcare. Laret will share his vision and leadership strategies at UCSF, and how other organizations can learn from his team’s successes.

Where Mark Laret will discuss healthcare successes that other organizations can learn from, Kate Vitasek will show us how healthcare can look to other industries to find examples of success via collaboration. An internationally recognized innovator in supply chain management and trading partnerships and author, Vitasek will discuss how the world’s most successful companies are creating deep collaborative relationships with their suppliers, accelerating the pace of innovation and competitive advantages. She will explain how healthcare can learn from these examples to create shared visions across the supply chain while managing change for mutual gains.

Closing out the Summit will be Sgt. Dakota Meyer, United States Marine Corps veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, sharing his story of valor in the Afghan War. Meyer will share his experiences from September 8, 2009 when he and Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez responded to the sounds of an attack they heard over the radio, when American and Afghan soldiers were ambushed by 50 insurgents. Deciding to go into the “killing zone” to help, the two men participated in five missions over the course of six hours through a heavily armed, insurgent occupied area of eastern Afghanistan to save the lives of 13 American and 23 Afghan troops. Meyer’s story is not only one of bravery, but his story underscores the importance of taking advantage of opportunities in life, holding one another accountable to achieve the best outcomes for all parties and the need for support networks in all areas of life.