Reasons Why AHRMM17

Reasons Why AHRMM will Make You a BETTER Supply Chain Professional


As we approach the AHRMM annual conference, I am excited to see colleagues and friends and to meet new members and those first-timers to the event. Thinking about my experience, I paused to reflect on the value of my AHRMM membership and thought about what I would tell someone undecided about membership or undecided about attending the conference to encourage them to consider and DO both.

I joined AHRMM over 10+ years ago, because AHRMM is a recognized leader among professional health care supply chain organizations. When my career expanded to include responsibilities in supply chain management (SCM), I was looking for an association focused on health care that offered continuing education in SCM leading practices, provided opportunities to network with peers, and offered thought leadership in emerging trends and regulatory changes. AHRMM does all of this and more. AHRMM continues to help professionals expand their capabilities with a wide range of educational opportunities, tools and resources and the ability to connect with peers who share and support professional interests through online and in-person networking opportunities.

Having been in AHRMM for several years now, and serving as past president, I can say one of my focus areas has been around succession planning. Specifically, engaging the next generation of students to want to practice in health care supply chain and creating the environment that encourages staff to grow into supply chain leaders. As with all new areas of focus at AHRMM, we are highlighting current activities of disseminating best practices related to attracting students into health care supply chain and promoting career ladders to retain and promote future health care supply chain leaders.

So, I’m excited to share that I have sponsored and encouraged Dana McKain, Supply Chain Analyst at UPMC HC Pharmacy Central, to participate in the conference as a panelist in the Next Generation Conference Event entitled, “Mapping Your Future: Is the Healthcare Supply Chain for You?” Dana completed an internship with HC Pharmacy Center while she was a Master’s student at Robert Morris University. Upon graduation, Dana had many options but she chose to pursue a career in Healthcare Supply Chain Management and joined our team as a supply chain analyst. Dana is a great example of why AHRMM is focusing on Next Generation succession planning.

In addition to the Next Generation session, Pensiamo is leading two compelling sessions at the AHRMM17 conference, one a panel discussion called, “Preparing for Consumerism in Healthcare,” led by our president, Jim Szilagy and including healthcare supply chain industry experts Derek Danois, Partner & General Manager of Global Imaging Solutions for GE Healthcare, David Hargraves, Sr. Vice President of Supply Chain with Premier, Inc., and my colleague, Patrick Flaherty, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at Pensiamo, Inc. During this session, they will discuss the many areas where consumerism can and will affect the healthcare supply chain and challenge existing processes designed to facilitate optimal decisions.

I am co-presenting with my colleague, Joe Walsh, EVP Operations at Pensiamo, in the Learning Lab session titled, “Putting Big Data to Work for YOU!” We will demystify the components of cognitive analytics and discuss practical applications in the healthcare supply chain. Our goal is that you will leave our session with a call to action and a roadmap to help your organization get on this fast-moving data/analytics train.

The last thing I wanted to mention, Pensiamo is hosting a Networking Happy Hour, Monday evening after the conference, from 6 – 8 PM at the City Tap House just 5-minute walk from the conference venue. We would love to connect with you in this informal, fun atmosphere. You can find details here.

This year, as last, the annual AHRMM Conference includes thought leadership opportunities, peer networking opportunities, and emerging leaders’ opportunities. As my role continues to evolve, I’m excited to share the latest chapter and the story of Pensiamo with my colleagues and friends. As you can tell, I highly recommend attending the annual conference and becoming an active AHRMM member. Let’s connect at this year’s conference.

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