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Tuesday, July 31 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Savings Opportunities in Purchased Services: Catholic Health Initiatives’ Successful Approach to Governance, Operational Structure and Implementation

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Abstract:  Regardless of where a health-care organization is today in terms of preparing for the future reality of our health-care environment, they are going to need cash to fund the transition. Many executives feel that they have already mined the traditional areas of cost containment. But purchased services is an overlooked area that has great potential for savings. In addition, by taking a next-generation approach to purchased services, organizations will be creating deeper accountability and transparency, two hallmarks of a robust value-based culture. Because purchased services cuts across many functional areas of a health-care organization, management of the spend is very difficult. Embedding senior executives into the governance structure is an imperative for achieving maximum savings. Our session will provide insight on the details of senior executive involvement at CHI, as well as provide a deeper understanding of the key metrics and dashboards senior executives can use to evaluate improvement and create sustainable results.

Learning Objectives:

     1.    Identify key ways to engage and leverage C-level executives in purchased services governance.
     2.    Describe practical steps to creating transparency between departments and work groups to maximize the bottom line benefit of the project.
     3.    Identify and learn to measure the key performance indicators of success, failure and improvement in a purchased services improvement project.


1 contact hour: MM, E, D


Steven Kehrberg

Steven Kehrberg has more than 36 years of experience in clinical engineering and support services in the medical industry. He oversees a national program at Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) that includes 73 hospitals and other facilities in 19 states and an annual budget of approximately... Read More →

Dave Ryan

Dave Ryan is the director of Integrated Supply Chain, Sourcing and Purchased Services for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). He has more than 30 years of experience in supply chain and health-care operations management. Ryan currently directs the newly developed purchased services... Read More →

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Sponsor:  Education Sessions Tuesday (1:15PM)

Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
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