AHRMM16 Conference Kicks Off in San Diego

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Leadership award presented at opening session

The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), a supply chain-oriented membership group of the American Hospital Association, commenced its AHRMM16 annual conference in San Diego with an opening address stressing the group’s mission from AHRMM board chair Mary Beth Lang, RPh, MPM, DSc, CMRP.

Lang spoke of “making the healthcare experience better. … I am asking us to make what we do personal to one patient.” She also spoke of her belief in “shifting us from volume to value.”

To drive this point home, Lang recalled her personal experience of her late mother’s battle with colon cancer, and how the compassionate care her mother received at the end of her life inspired Lang to strive to emulate it in her work with AHRMM and as executive vice president with Cognitive Analytics Solutions.

Lang discussed how AHRMM members will have a great impact on coming technological advances in healthcare such as the use of artificial intelligence and 3D printing. “The supply chain will play a key collaborative role,” she said.

O’Connor Receives 2016 Leadership Award

A highlight of the opening session was the presentation of the 2016 George R. Gossett AHRMM Leadership Award to Christopher J. O’Connor, FACHE, CMRP, FAHRMM, who currently serves as executive vice president of GNYHA Ventures Inc., president of GNYHA Services Inc., and president of Nexera Inc.

Christopher J. O'Connor, FACHE, CMRP, FAHRMM (center) received the 2016 George R. Gossett AHRMM Leadership Award from AHRMM executive director Deborah Sprindzunas (left) and board chair Mary Beth Lang (right).

Christopher J. O’Connor, FACHE, CMRP, FAHRMM (center) received the 2016 George R. Gossett AHRMM Leadership Award from AHRMM executive director Deborah Sprindzunas (left) and board chair Mary Beth Lang (right).

“Christopher’s visionary, transformative and engaging qualities were essential in propelling the supply chain profession and the AHRMM membership into positioning supply chain at the intersection of cost, quality and outcomes (CQO),” Lang stated. “Without his tenacity and leadership, the CQO Movement may have been a fleeting concept.”

Keynote Speaker Emphasizes Courage, Overcoming Adversity

Lang next introduced the session’s keynote speaker, Robyn Benincasa. A firefighter and author, Benincasa is probably best known for her participation in Eco Challenge and Adventure Racing events as seen on TV reality shows.

Keynote speaker Robyn Benincasa inspired AHRMM attendees with stories of her experiences in extreme sporting events.

Keynote speaker Robyn Benincasa inspired AHRMM attendees with stories of her experiences in extreme sporting events.

Benincasa encouraged the supply chain professionals in attendance to persevere in their duties even when conditions are daunting, telling the audience, “Courage starts when the fun stops.” She spoke of her experiences in grueling Adventure Racing events, passing along lessons in adversity management and inspiring the group to “go the distance” in their work.

AHRMM Learning Lab Sessions Held, Exhibit Floor Opens

Following the opening session, the attendees broke into smaller groups to take in a series of 20 Learning Lab seminars offered over three time periods at the San Diego Convention Center.

Read future issues of Health System Management for in-depth coverage from these seminars.

The day concluded with the opening of the 2016 AHRMM Exhibit Hall, which hosted over 180 exhibitors offering a variety of supply chain-oriented products and services.

AHRMM16 continues through Wednesday, Aug. 3. It was announced that next year’s conference, AHRMM 2017, will be held July 23-26 in Washington, D.C.

For further information on the conference, go to www.AHRMM16.org.

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