DALLAS, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Senior executives
from the top three healthcare organizations on Gartner’s “The
Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2010″* revealed strategies their
companies leveraged to become industry supply chain leaders during
this morning’s keynote panel discussion at the 2011 GHX Healthcare
Supply Chain Summit.
Craig Smith, president and CEO, Owens & Minor; Michelle
DeJonge, vice president, Global Supply Chain, Medical Device and
Diagnostics, Johnson & Johnson; and Vance Moore, president and
CEO, Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi), the supply chain
division for Sisters of Mercy Health System, challenged more than
600 healthcare industry leaders to ruthlessly eliminate cost and
aggressively embrace change.
Hussain Mooraj, managing vice president, Gartner, moderated the
panel, and counseled the audience that a driver for “The Healthcare
Supply Chain Top 25 for 2010” list is to help shift the industry
from its traditional supply chain perspective to a value chain
perspective. He added that the five pillars of that healthcare
value chain are patient focus, collaboration, network visibility,
dynamic supply and change management.
“It starts with the leadership,” said Craig Smith of Owens &
Minor. “It’s not about winners and losers but about delivering more
efficient patient care. We worked hard over the past two
years to focus on efficiency and productivity. There’s a heightened
sense of urgency and we are working to push the envelope and take
the reins in proving to other industries that we can drive
efficiency.” Smith added that value used to be defined by product
cost; today it is more about service provided.
Owens & Minor placed first among the Gartner “Top 25,” which
each year recognizes healthcare organizations that focus on the
healthcare value chain’s pursuit of high-quality care at optimal
cost, while Johnson & Johnson was second and Sisters of Mercy