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  • Debbie Archer, MBA
    Debbie Archer, MBA
    Procurement Director

    As procurement director, Archer is responsible for oversight of compliance with contracting processes and the general monitoring of contract awards.

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  • Larry Bramble, MBA, SSGB
    Larry Bramble, MBA, SSGB
    Principal, Supply Chain Operations

    In his role at Vizient, Bramble provides leadership for supply chain operations consulting focused on transforming member health care systems, integrated delivery networks and hospital supply chain operations into vital, collaborative and strategic functions.

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  • Chip Bunata
    Chip Bunata
    Associate Vice President, Product Delivery

    As associate vice president of product delivery for Vizient, Bunata leads a growing product delivery team that aligns and integrates the portfolio of the company’s supply chain analytics business intelligence solutions with subscribers' existing contracting processes and operations.

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  • Julie Cerese, RN, MSN
    Julie Cerese, RN, MSN
    Group Senior Vice President, Performance Management and National Networks

    In her role at Vizient, Cerese has oversight of performance improvement products and advisory services, encompassing collaboratives that serve members’ clinical, operational and supply chain needs, nursing programs, patient safety programs and accreditation services.

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  • Jack Datz
    Jack Datz
    Managing Principal, Advisory Solutions

    In his role as managing principal at Vizient, Datz uses his successful track record in health care consulting and industry management to lead the workforce optimization practice, focusing on labor cost consulting and contract labor management.

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  • Robert Dean, DO, MBA
    Robert Dean, DO, MBA
    Senior Vice President, Performance Management

    As senior vice president, performance management, Dean leads the Vizient Transformation of Clinical Practice Initiative team and the Vizient Practice Transformation Network. He is also responsible for providing medical leadership and expertise across a range of clinical, advisory and nursing projects as well as development of interprofessional practice resources. 

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  • Cathy Denning, RN, MSN
    Cathy Denning, RN, MSN
    Senior Vice President, Sourcing Operations

    As senior vice president of sourcing operations, Denning has responsibility for the company’s capital, medical and surgical sourcing, distribution, contract process and technology, strategic programs, physician preference and supplier diversity operations.

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  • Jodi Eisenberg, MHA, CPHQ, CPMSM, CSHA
    Jodi Eisenberg, MHA, CPHQ, CPMSM, CSHA
    Senior Director, Accreditation Education Programs

    As senior director of accreditation education programs for Vizient, Eisenberg leads efforts to help members develop their continuous patient readiness process, improve their accreditation knowledge, solutions and strategies; and ultimately ensure a focus on quality and patient safety.

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  • Ellen Flynn, RN, MBA, JD, CPPS
    Ellen Flynn, RN, MBA, JD, CPPS
    Associate Vice President, Safety Programs

    In her role at Vizient, Flynn has oversight of the Vizient Patient Safety Organization (PSO), leading patient safety activities provided by the PSO to help members improve patient safety, health care quality and outcomes. She works with members on topics such as “Just Culture,” “High Reliability,” “Human Factors” and “Culture of Safety.”

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  • Melinda Gardner, PharmD
    Melinda Gardner, PharmD
    Senior Vice President, Business Solutions and Product Delivery, Data and Analytics

    In her role as senior vice president of business solutions and product delivery, Gardner leads activities related to enterprise data management and data intake for the group purchasing organization and analytics businesses.

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  • Katrina Harper, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
    Katrina Harper, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
    Senior Clinical Manager

    As senior clinical manager for Vizient, Harper uses her more than 16 years of health care experience to provide pharmaceutical and clinical expertise to both internal teams and Vizient member hospitals.

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  • Erika Johnson
    Erika Johnson, MHSA
    Vice President, Strategic Research

    With oversight of the Vizient Research Institute, which includes the Center for Economic Research and Strategy and the Center for Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness, Johnson is responsible for the company’s traditional economic research, which has a 20-year legacy as a source of strategic thought leadership for academic medical centers.

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  • Dan Kistner, PharmD
    Dan Kistner, PharmD
    Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Services

    In his role as senior vice president of pharmacy services, Kistner has oversight for an expanded pharmacy program that links analytics, strategic sourcing and pharmacy networks into one team, while setting the strategic direction to ensure that members maximize value by utilizing the industry’s leading GPO pharmacy program.

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  • Shoshana Krilow
    Shoshana Krilow
    Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations

    As vice president of public policy and government relations, Krilow leads Vizient government relations, monitoring federal legislative and regulatory developments of importance to Vizient and its members.

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  • Kristi Kuper
    Kristi Kuper, PharmD, BCPS
    Senior Clinical Manager, Infectious Diseases

    As senior clinical manager of infectious diseases, Kuper is primarily responsible for assisting Vizient members in the development and implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs, as well as monitoring trends in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.  

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  • David Levine, MD, FACEP
    David Levine, MD, FACEP
    Senior Vice President, Advanced Analytics and Informatics

    Blending clinical leadership and informatics experience, Levine is responsible for driving numerous key initiatives for Vizient, including growing the Center for Advanced Analytics, leading the development of risk-adjustment methodologies and increasing the engagement of physicians and other clinicians.

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  • Jim Lichauer, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP
    Jim Lichauer, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP
    Project Manager, Performance Improvement Collaboratives and Advisory

    As project manager for performance improvement collaboratives and advisory, Lichauer is primarily responsible for developing and leading performance improvement collaborative programs focusing on medication safety and adverse drug events.

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  • Marty Lucenti
    Martin Lucenti, MD, PhD
    Senior Principal, Clinical Consulting

    As senior principal in clinical consulting for Vizient, Lucenti combines his unique background in both medicine and operational engineering to provide valuable subject matter expertise related to clinical-supply integration.

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  • Steven Lucio, PharmD, BCPS
    Steven Lucio, PharmD, BCPS
    Associate Vice President, Pharmacy Services

    As associate vice president of pharmacy services, Lucio is responsible for providing education to member organizations and supporting their efforts on various clinical practice topics including improving medication safety, mitigating the impact of drug shortages, benchmarking pharmacy costs for key drug classes, evaluating the expense of high-cost biologics and preparing for the future development of biosimilar medications.

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  • Chris McDown, MBA
    Chris McDown, MBA
    Senior Vice President, Sourcing Operations

    As senior vice president of sourcing operations, McDown has leadership responsibility for the pharmacy program, custom sourcing solutions, support and purchased services, IT and business technology, and supplier/client relations business units.

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  • Steve Meurer
    Steve Meurer, PhD
    Executive Principal, Data Science and Member Insights

    Using his background in hospital administration and expertise as a data scientist and change agent, Meurer works to increase engagement in the company’s comparative data and performance improvement products and services.

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  • Tom Robertson
    Executive Director, Vizient Research Institute

    With oversight of Vizient member relations and insights functional area, Robertson directs business strategy and development, product innovation and clinical integration. In his former role as senior vice president of business strategies and tactics, Robertson established the Vizient Research Institute, which is composed of two complementary research centers designed to address the critical needs of academic medical centers: improving effectiveness and efficiency in clinical care and ensuring economic sustainability.

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  • Mitch Walters, MBA
    Mitch Walters, MBA
    Vice President, Nonacute Services

    As vice president of nonacute services for Vizient, Walters is responsible for a team of experts who work with health systems to develop and implement supply chain and technology solutions specific to the non-acute market that result in cost reduction and improved operational efficiencies. He also leads the marketing and business strategy for Provista, a leading non-acute supply chain improvement company and subsidiary of Vizient. Prior to his current role, Walters was vice president, strategic marketing and product management for Provista....More...

  • Jayne Willingham, MN, RN, CPHQ
    Jayne Willingham, MN, RN, CPHQ
    Senior Director, Nurse Leadership

    In her role as senior director, nursing leadership, Willingham has operational responsibility for the Vizient Nurse Residency Program (NRP), providing leadership and direction to trainers and project managers.

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  • Bill Woodward, MS, RPh
    Bill Woodward, MS, RPh
    Senior Director, Contracting

    As senior director of contracting in sourcing operations, Woodward leads the strategic direction and daily operations for several areas within the Vizient pharmacy program, including branded pharmaceuticals, the industry-leading plasma program, radiologic contrast media and radiopharmaceuticals.

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