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Covid-19: What We Learned – Supply Chain

June 28, 2023 @ 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Summer “Global Perspectives” Virtual Series: Event 2.

To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/covid-19-what-we-learned-supply-chain-tickets-633496283437

Event Description:

Emergency management efforts are often coupled with changes to normal utilization of supplies and equipment. The COVID-19 outbreak created an increase demand for commonly used equipment including personal protective equipment, nasopharyngeal swabs, viral test kits and ventilators. This panel discussion will provide insights on what their respective organizations were able to accomplish to protect their employees and to optimize care delivery for their patients and community, in direct response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This event is approved for 1.0 Hours of Recertification Credit towards the Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional (CVAHP) certification by the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals. Approval Number: AHVAP-2023-123

Topics for Discussion:

  • A general debrief and discussion of how different organizations managed the COVID-19 Pandemic in terms of supplies and equipment.
  • Timeline of the pandemic and local/governmental events and the challenges with organization policies/procedures regarding supply chain: distribution, shortages, and product availability/restocking
  • Federal, state, and community assistance that was provided for supplies and equipment
  • Key take-aways for the audience to replicate at their organization



Dr. Hudson Garrett is the Executive Director and Executive Vice President for the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP), Chief Certification Officer for the AHVAP Certification Center, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Infection Control from the University of South Florida. He has completed the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control. He is also a Fellow in the Academy of National Associations of Directors of Nursing Administration and was selected as a Lifetime Member in the Association, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a member. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Project Management and a Senior Fellow and Ambassador of the Management and Strategy Institute. He was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner in the National Academies of Practices. Dr. Garrett is a graduate of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 13-month Global Patient Safety Fellowship with the and is a graduate of the IHI Patient Safety Executive Development Program. In August of 2021, Dr. Garrett was awarded the Fellowship Designation by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America in recognition of his work in infectious diseases and infection prevention and control. In November 2021, he was awarded the Fellow Designation by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He has achieved Fellows Status and Board Certification in Healthcare Management from the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds graduate certificates in healthcare leadership from both Cornell and the University of Notre Dame. He is a frequent international lecturer in the areas of infectious diseases, healthcare-associated infections, outbreak response and prevention, and infection prevention and control. He holds Board Certifications in Patient Safety, Healthcare Quality, Patient Experience, Vascular Access, Antibiotic Stewardship, Prehospital Emergency Medicine, Tactical Medicine, as a Designated Infection Control Officer, Infection Control, in Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing, Critical Care Fundamentals, Healthcare Value Analysis, Medical Device Safety, TeamSTEPPS, Healthcare Risk Management, Healthcare Management, and as a Director of Nursing in Post-Acute Care and Infection Prevention and Control.

He has served on international and national organizational boards in the areas of environmental services, dental infection control, infection control, acute care infection control, post-acute care infection control, healthcare value analysis, and vascular access. He has served on expert panels related to disinfection and sterilization with the United States Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency, most notably serving on the FDA’s Panel and Working Group for Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Healthcare Surfaces Institute and a 15 year member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Garrett has lectured around the world and provided testimony to government and regulatory agencies on a variety of topics related to infectious diseases, patient safety, and healthcare leadership.

Ronald J. Colaguori, FACHE – Panelist

Ronald Colaguori, FACHE, is the Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations Support with BayCare, a $5.1B health system in West Central Florida.  His responsibilities include all aspects of supply chain management including over $350M in annual self-distribution sales through BayCare Integrated Service Center, LLC, and $850M in contracted spend through BayCare Purchasing Partners, LLC, a wholly-owned GPO.  Before joining the supply chain team in February 2016, Ron was BayCare’s Vice President, Hospital Operations Support for two years.  He also served as the Vice President/COO at St. Anthony’s Hospital for 8 years starting in 2006.  Ron also held operations roles at St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Anthony’s Hospital between 1994 and 1998.

Prior to rejoining BayCare in 2006, Ron served in multiple leadership roles in the Cleveland Clinic West Region, including Vice President, Operations and Senior Vice President/COO for eight years.

Ron started his career at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he served as an Administrative Fellow and as an analyst in the strategic planning department.

Ron earned a dual MHA/MBA degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and University Scholar.

John A. Armitstead, MS, RPh., FASHP, FKSHP, FFSHP – Panelist

John A. Armitstead is System Director of Pharmacy Services, Lee Health, Fort Myers, Estero and Cape Coral, Florida.  John obtained an MS Degree in Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy from Ohio State University and completed a Pharmacy Residency at Riverside Methodist Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio.

Currently as System Director of Pharmacy Services at Lee Health, John is responsible for strategic planning, financial management, direction and coordination of pharmacy care provision in a five hospital, three skilled nursing facility and county-wide ambulatory health system with a $200 million budget including 400 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.  Over 210 new pharmacy practice positions have been initiated in his decade at Lee Health under approved, innovative business plans.

John has trained over 250 pharmacy residents and precepted more than 100 Doctor of Pharmacy students.  He also serves as a Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Program in Health Services Pharmacy Administration at Lee Health.  He has presented nationally and internationally over 130 professional topics and had over 50 publications, including three book chapters.

Armitstead is a Fellow of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists.  John is a Past President of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists and the Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists.  He has served as Chair of the House of Delegates for the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  He has served as a Board Member of these societies for more than 25 years.

John is a 2016 Distinguished Alumni from Ohio Northern University, a winner of the 2005 Clifton J. Latiolais Award and the Jack L. Beal Post-Baccalaureate Award from Ohio State University in 2015, Pharmacist of the Year in Kentucky in 2004, Preceptor of the Year at the University of Kentucky in 2001 and Lee Health in 2014 as well as President’s Circle Awards Winner from Lee Health in 2016 and 2018. In 2020 John was awarded the ASHP Board of Directors Award for Distinguished Leadership.

Dale A. Berry, Jr. – Panelist

37 years of experience in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Directing, and coordinating all facets  of domestic and global logistics and supply chain operations. Highly instrumental in transportation and  distribution, supply chain management, warehousing and material handling operations.    Retired from  the United States Air Force after serving 21 years as Medical Logistics Superintendent.    Extensive  experience in Medical Construction, Startup and expansions for New and existing Hospital and Clinics.

LOGISTICS MANAGER & SAFETY OFFICER, Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. – Feb 2016 to  Present

Responsible for Acquisition, Facilities all Contracts dealing with logistics, Vehicles, Medical and Facility  Equipment and Repair, Safety data sheets and DH Biomedical for Equipment Preventative Maintenance.    Establishes policies and ensures compliance. Develops and implements shipping and receiving  procedures for just in time (JIT) orders. Performs Contract negotiation with Medical and Service  Vendors, Examines competitive bids and makes awards.    Follows environmental and safety regulations  and acts in compliance with U.S. Laws and local Government Agencies.    Serves as Safety Officer and  complies with Safety and corporate guidelines on business ethics.    Responsible for Facility Monthly  Checklist Reports monitoring Generators, Fire Extinguisher Logs, and Emergency Fire Sprinkler  Inspections.    Maintains the Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Disaster Plan

MEDICAL CONSULTANT EQUIPMENT PLANNER, Euthenics, Inc. – Feb 2008‐ Feb 2016

Managed Equipment planning for New Hospitals and Clinics, Identified Equipment requirements, to  include space and utility requirements. Worked closely with clinical staff and Medical Treatment  professionals to identify ancillary items and develop a budget.    Coordinated with Architects and  engineers to ensure all plumbing, voltage and space requirements were identified prior to construction.  Consulted with vendors to ensure ADA requirements and space utilization optimization. Coordinated  with AutoCAD technician and redlined blueprints to locate and identify equipment requirements/needs.  Created a detailed catalog of approved equipment items and cut sheets, identifying utility requirements  to Architects, Engineers, and construction personnel.

Project Manager for:

Yale Medical Center informatory, New Haven, CT

Wellesley College for Women Medical Clinic, Wellesley, MA

Golisano Children’s Hospital, Fort Myers, FL

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville, TN

Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center, Northport, FL

Sherman Hospital, Elgin, IL

Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter, FL

Bay Pines VA Medical Center, Saint Petersburg, FL

SUPERINTENDENT MEDICAL LOGISTICS, U.S. Air Force – September 1986 – September 2007

Managed Medical Logistics and hospital supply operations. Supervised hospital and clinic facilities  construction and expansions for MacDill Air Force Base, including build‐outs, equipment and medical  supplies. Supervised procurement and JIT inventory processes and emergency equipment deployment.  Served in a hospital administrator role, overseeing all business functions and hospital service delivery.

Communication ∙ Analytical Skills ∙ Transportation Management ∙ Cross‐functional Team Leadership ∙  Pricing Strategy ∙ Contract Negotiation ∙ Freight ∙ Quality Control ∙ Supply Chain Optimization ∙ Logistics  Management ∙ Quality Assurance ∙ Operations Management ∙ Contract Management ∙ Purchase Orders ∙  Facility Management (FM) ∙ Supply Management ∙ Warehouse Operations ∙ Supply Chain Operations ∙  Budgeting.  Performed inventory and financial management processes, including ordering, receiving and storing  supplies, locating and cataloging stock, quality control, property management and maintenance.

• Placed orders directly with companies utilizing Decentralized Blanket Purchase Agreements (DBPA’s)  up to $25K per purchase order

• Performed Quality Assurance on contractor delivers and services, evaluated quality, cleanliness,  packaging and deliverables as agreed in negotiation of the contract ensured FDA and ADA requirements  were also met

• Issued modifications to existing contracts, to add or remove services or clarify services rendered with  contractor, Distribution Company or courier

• Prepared monthly reports from DMLSS automated system and contractual logs to track pricing and  purchase orders for 115 contracts, data was accurately reported on an Excel worksheet and copies were  filed in each contract and a monthly consolidation binder.

• Purchased items under $2,500 using the International Merchant Purchase Authorization Card (IMPAC)  Small Purchase threshold.

• Researched items and obtained three quotes for each purchase utilizing the micro‐purchase threshold  guidelines established by the Department of Defense.

• Utilized Defense Department Cataloging software; Universal Data Repository (UDR), Base Contracting  Automated System (BCAS) Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) pricing agreement  periodicals, The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

Specialties: Started up community clinic, getting it operational in 30 days. Charged with developing a 25  patient room community medical clinic for retired Air Force families in Brandon, FL., managed all phases  of operations. Orchestrated team, construction plans and buildout, infrastructure, and procurement of  equipment and supplies. Developed and managed $850K budget. Achieved record time installation.  Received award for timely implementation and cost management.

Education and Certifications:

‐ Logistics & Supply Chain Management – Community College of the Air Force, and University of  Phoenix

‐ Certification Limited Warrant Purchasing Officer

‐ Certification Supply and Cold Chain Management

‐ Certification Contract Management


June 28, 2023
11:15 am - 12:45 pm


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