We are seeking highly experienced and highly engaged clinicians, administrators, supply chain professionals and value analysis professionals to serve on Vizient advisory councils. Potential members should have a basic understanding of purchasing requirements as well as standardization and utilization leading practices. The following is a description of ideal candidate profiles for each advisory council. Please review and apply.
The Alternate Site Advisory Council assists in developing and improving programs, services and contracts that directly support the needs of our nonacute customers and Vizient members.
Alternate site professionals including administrators, materials managers, directors of nursing and directors of facilities are desired.
Facilitator: Tracy Tlapa-Kud, Account Executive, Specialty Accounts (Provista)
Calls: Every first Wednesday, 10–11 a.m. CT
This council’s role is to provide strategic insight and input to the Vizient Pharmacy Program specifically related to the alternate site pharmacy classes of trade. The classes of trade currently include home infusion, specialty pharmacy, retail pharmacy, closed door long-term care pharmacy, mail order pharmacy and oncology pharmacy. This council provides members with a voice into the development of request for proposal (RFP) score cards as categories emerge that are relevant to pharmaceuticals and biologics utilized significantly in alternate site settings.
Candidates must possess subject matter expertise in the areas of pharmaceutical purchasing, pharmacy operations or clinical pharmacy practice. Preference will be given to directors of pharmacy, pharmacy purchasing managers, and those with PharmD, RPH, or CPHt credentials.
Facilitator: Walt Geba, Associate Vice President, Pharmacy Operations (Provista)
Call: Every third Tuesday, 1:30–2:30 p.m. CT
This council provides feedback in the contracting process for surgical, specialty and anesthesia products. This council also helps direct programs and strategies that assist ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in optimizing their supply chain. Members of this council represent ASCs across the country and include representation from facilities that are management companies, independent centers, and IDN-owned and controlled facilities.
Administrators, materials managers, directors of nursing, and ambulatory surgery center consultants are preferred.
Facilitator: Hilary Grittner, Senior Director, Strategic Accounts (Provista)
Call: Every third Thursday, 10–11 a.m. CT
This council provides leadership and direction in the development of programs for clinically acceptable products and services for the critical care anesthesia care areas.
Anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) or clinical managers are preferred.
Facilitator: Becky Foret, Senior Director, Contract Services
Call: Every other third Thursday, 11 a.m.–noon CT
This council helps direct the development of programs and drive contracting strategies for clinically acceptable cardiovascular implants and associated products and services that are important to the delivery of cardiovascular services, the improvement of operational efficiencies and the reduction of supply costs.
Physicians, executives within the cardiovascular service line and other clinical personnel with specific experience in interventional radiology and cardiology, electrophysiology and structural heart are preferred.
Facilitator: Aaron Tutt, Senior Director, Contract Services
Call: As needed
This council provides feedback and input related to the Vizient procurement process for medical, nursing and critical care products. In addition, the council is integral to the development of strategies to support clinical conversions, the documentation of clinical leading practices to support standardization and utilization, supporting safety initiatives through the identification of products that are best-in-class, and providing direction in the development of educational tools to support conversions.
Registered nurses (RNs), value analysis professionals and directors of materials management are preferred.
Facilitator: Margaret Steele, Senior Director, Contract Services
Call: Every first Wednesday, noon–1 p.m. CT
This council provides direction to the Vizient Pharmacy Program for development of clinical pharmacy programs, resources, and tools to assist member health care organizations in optimizing use of contracted products. Formulary management or clinical coordinator experience preferred.
Facilitator: Stacy Lauderdale, Senior Director, Drug Information
Call: As needed
This council provides leadership with strategic member input on products and services related to diagnostic imaging, operations and business issues.
Radiologists, imaging directors, pediatric imaging specialists and supply chain professionals (VP and director level) involved in procurement of imaging equipment are preferred.
Facilitator: Rebecca Gayden, Senior Director, Contract Services
Call: Every second Thursday, 1:30–2:30 p.m. CT
The Vizient Environmental Advisory Council’s purpose is to advise and guide the Vizient environmentally preferred sourcing strategy with a focus on identifying, vetting and encouraging the purchase of products and services that reduce harmful environmental and human health impacts in health care, while maintaining quality and affordability.
Work on this advisory council includes:
- Providing direction on Vizient’s role with members regarding Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP)
- Reviewing and providing feedback on current sustainability sourcing work
- Helping prioritize projects
- Helping develop tools and resources
Directors of sustainability, RNs, directors of materials management or individuals with a background in or passion for environmental stewardship in health care purchasing and practice are preferred.
Facilitator: Brent Gee, Associate VP, Strategic Programs and Contract Services
Call: Every first Tuesday, 1:30–3 p.m. CT
The purpose of the EVS Contracting Council is to provide member input on the development of Vizient’s portfolio of products and services which fall under the EVS umbrella. These product and service categories impact various functional areas including those noted below:
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EVS Directors, individuals responsible for purchasing decisions, infection control or environmental of care experts are being sought. Individuals with five or more years of management experience are ideal. CHESP or similar certification preferred. Must be a direct employee of an organization which has self-operated EVS (not outsourced). Specific consideration will be given to individuals with diverse experience in both acute and non-acute settings. This council is composed of individuals with a variety of responsibilities across EVS, linen, waste management and other relevant functional areas.
Facilitator: Kim Wenger, Director, Contract Services
Calls: Every last Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT
This council provides feedback and input related to the Vizient procurement process for non-medical capital equipment, products and services utilized by facilities departments, as well as construction-related products and services.
Facilities managers, environmental services managers, equipment planners, supply chain managers, biomedical engineering leads and construction professionals are needed.
Facilitator: Mike Kolp, Director, Contract Services
Calls: Every second Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. CT
This council provides feedback and input related to Vizient’s food procurement process by sharing knowledge of food purchasing and related food product categories. Council members may be asked to participate in developing product evaluations, determining qualitative attributes for contracted products and providing an understanding of product application, pricing and usage.
The ideal Food Contracting Council candidate should:
- Be a subject matter expert with technical and leadership presence
- Be a credentialed food service professional
- Have a minimum of five years of food service management experience including food production, menu planning, product evaluation and application
- Be directly employed by a Vizient member in a selfoperated facility that utilizes the Vizient food procurement program as its primary GPO program
Facilitator: Penny Schneider, Director, Contract Services
Call: Every fourth Tuesday, 1–2 p.m. CT
This council develops and implements the strategic plan to build out an enhanced Information Technology portfolio for Vizient’s members. This includes identifying and prioritizing market opportunities, developing high-level relationships with key business technology vendors, building a mutually beneficial partnership and negotiating fee-generating contracts with market-leading value.
- Big data / analytics
- Business intelligence (BI)
- Clinical decision support (CDS)
- Cloud | hosting
- Software-as-Service (SaaS)
- Patient engagement | Population health management
- Customer relationship management (CRM)
- Third-party data center hardware maintenance
- Secure texting | Clinical communication
- OEM—IT hardware and software
- Telecom—Voice and data services
- IT services | Outsourcing
Chief information officers (CIOs), chief technology officers (CTOs), chief information security officers (CISOs), IT directors and IT managers are preferred.
Facilitator: Joseph Harris, Portfolio Executive, Contract Services
Calls: Every third Tuesday, 3-4 p.m. CT
This council reviews applications for a broad spectrum of products and services related to health care that have been submitted by suppliers for contract consideration through the Innovative Technology program. The council directs the Vizient Innovative Technology team to determine of which products and services should be awarded an Innovative Technology contract or should be recognized with an Innovative Technology designation for marketing their currently contracted item.
Nursing, value analysis, materials management, wound care, pediatrics, perioperative, critical care, respiratory, anesthesia, imaging, laboratory, orthopedics, cardiology, purchased services and operations professionals preferred.
Facilitator: Debbie Archer, Procurement Director, Legal and Compliance
Call: As needed
This council represents the views and interests of clinical laboratorians nationwide on clinical, business, and financial issues facing our member’s organizations. The Laboratory Contracting Council provides strategic advice including identifying areas of contracting, assisting to identify and communicate the best value and helping Vizient select the most cost-effective, highest quality solution for our members and their laboratories that directly impacts their ability to provide the best patient care.
Medical technologist (ASCP) certification desired with at least two years as a laboratory administrator or an individual possessing a supply chain background in laboratory instruments and consumables preferred.
Facilitator: Terry Prymek, Director, Contract Services
Call: Every second Wednesday, 10–11 a.m. CT
The Long-term Care and Home Health Council provides leadership and direction in the development of programs, services and contracts for the long-term care market (e.g., skilled nursing, assisted living, home health, and hospice; it should exclude acute focus).
This council includes a diverse group of contributors, with long-term care experience in areas such as nursing, materials management, food and beverage, operations, finance, administration, etc.
Facilitator: Jake Young, Director, Senior Director, Strategic Accounts and Implementation (Provista)
Call: Every third Wednesday, 1:30–2:30 p.m. CT
This council is a forum for collaboration and dissemination of oncology leading practices focusing on outpatient infusion. Topics include oncology market trends, operational efficiencies, cost and reimbursement of oncology pharmaceuticals, and various partnering opportunities with oncology manufacturers.
Pharmacy leaders with deep experience in the field of oncology preferred.
Facilitator: Carina Dolan, Director, Pharmacy Services
Calls: As needed
This council directs the Vizient orthopedic contracting team regarding supplies and clinical acceptance of total joints, spine, trauma, sports medicine, orthobiologics and other orthopedic-related products. The Orthopedic Contracting Council is also a sounding board for any members to pose questions to or offer guidance to Vizient. This council comprises specialists in joint reconstruction, spine, sports medicine and trauma.
Orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, spine surgeons or trauma surgeons are preferred. Nursing, value analysis or supply chain professionals with orthopedic backgrounds will be considered.
Facilitator: Craig Lukowski, Director, Contract Services
Call: As needed
This council provides feedback and input related to the Vizient procurement process for products and services utilized in neonatal and pediatric care. Responsibilities include the development and weighting of nonfinancial evaluation factors, scoring supplier responses to RFPs, reviewing procurement recommendations, and providing strategic direction and support for both sourcing and programmatic activities (the Vizient Preferred Pediatric Program). Additionally, this council reviews innovative technology submissions that apply to neonatal and pediatric care.
Nursing, supply chain, value analysis, infection control and other related health care professionals with neonatal and pediatric experience are preferred.
Facilitator: Brigitte Chorey, Senior Director, Sourcing and Program Management
Call: Every first Thursday, 1–2 p.m. CT
This council provides feedback and input on strategic business issues, programs, products and services of concern to the operating room (O.R.) and surgical suite.
O.R. directors, RNs with O.R. experience, perioperative services and supply chain managers, experienced buyers, and value analysis professionals are desired.
Facilitator: Becky Foret, Senior Director, Contract Services
Call: Every second Thursday, 11 a.m.–noon CT
This council provides member input to the Vizient pharmacy team regarding contracting strategies, new business opportunities, trends, and evolution in pharmaceutical care and member needs. The council establishes the decision criteria, weighting and measurement method for all contract awards. The council reviews applications for new technology designation for pharmacy-related products. The council monitors the performance of participating health care organizations and contracted suppliers and makes recommendations on all aspects of contracting operations.
Ideal candidates include directors of pharmacy, associate directors, chief pharmacy procurement officers and pharmacy sourcing leaders.
Facilitator: Bill Woodward, Senior Director, Pharmacy Contract Services
Call: Every first Thursday, 11 a.m.–noon CT
This council provides feedback and input related to the Vizient procurement process for services in operational and support areas. Examples include contingent staffing, environmental and food services, laundry and linen services, facilities services, clinical equipment maintenance, finance and accounting services, and patient transport services. Responsibilities include the development and weighting of nonfinancial evaluation factors, scoring the supplier responses to requests for proposals, determining clinical preference status, providing strategic direction and reviewing procurement recommendations.
Chief operating officers, vice presidents of support services, vice president or director of human resources, vice president or director of business office, director of sterile processing, director of utilization review, vice president of environmental services, facilities directors, and support services directors are preferred.
Facilitator: Jack Gregg, Director, Contract Services
Call: Every fourth Thursday, 10–11 a.m. CT
This council represents the needs and interests of Vizient members’ respiratory departments nationwide. The Respiratory Contracting Council provides strategic member feedback on supply related business and clinical issues.
Registered respiratory therapists, pulmonologists and value analysis professionals with respiratory backgrounds are preferred. Expertise in critical care respiratory products is desired.
Facilitator: Margaret Steele, Senior Director, Contract Services
Call: Every fourth Wednesday, 1:30–2:30 p.m. CT
This council is empowered to support the Vizient Supplier Diversity Program and its mission to champion inclusion in member supply chain operations and accelerate economic growth in local communities through the engagement and empowerment of high quality and cost-competitive diverse suppliers. The council provides input on the policies, practices and procedures that support the three pillars of the Vizient Supplier Diversity Program: maximizing opportunities, mentoring and enrichment, and fostering collaboration. The member organizations represented on this council should be active supporters of the Vizient diverse supplier contract portfolio.
Expertise, passion or advocacy in the arena of supplier diversity is required. Directors of organizational diversity programs or those with managerial authority within the supply chain are desired.
Facilitator: Shaleta Dunn, Program Services Manager, Supplier Diversity
Call: Every second Tuesday, 10:30–11:30 a.m. CT
This council provides feedback on new technology submissions, traditional and advanced wound care program needs, and contracting activities to include bids and extensions. Wound care specialists including wound, ostomy and continence nurses, and diabetic education specialists are desired.
Facilitator: Margaret Steele, Senior Director, Sourcing Operations
Call: Every first Tuesday, 11 a.m.–noon CT