associate vice president of supply chain
Mike Hildebrandt came to Scottsdale Healthcare System in 2007 as an associate vice president of supply chain, bringing with him 30 years of experience in healthcare supply chain management.
Prior to joining Scottsdale Healthcare, he was a director of materials management at a number of facilities, including Tampa General Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
A member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management for over eight years, he was one of the original members to successfully earn Certified Materials Resource Professional status in 2000.
In recent years, he
obtained Lean Six Sigma certification and process improvement training.
Mike Hildebrandt: While serving as the director of materials management at High Point Regional Health System, I won the VHA Supply Chain Leadership Award in 2006.
The Leadership Award was the result of several innovative cost savings initiatives ($2.5 million), featuring Supply Chain Scorecards, capitated programs, GPO compliance, supplier partnerships and spotlighting the role of the clinical RN in supply chain.
: Describe a project you are excited to implement in the near future.
: I am very excited to work with Arizona State University
to conduct a research project entitled, "Health Information Technology for Supply Chain Management - Best Practices and Implications for Hospital and Health System Performance.
This project is designed to correlate the level of IT sophistication with supply cost performance results.
In addition to this project, Scottsdale Healthcare System
is actively supporting the AHRMM/SCMetrix ™ national supply cost benchmarking program.
: What is the most important quality you look for in a supply partner?
: In looking at supplier partners, the most important qualities [we consider] are trust and integrity.
In an ideal situation, the health system and vendor partner should be able to share strategic goals and objectives, meet routinely to ensure success, and collaborate and establish win-win scenarios.
Owens & Minor
has exemplified this type of partnership.
: What is the biggest change we can expect to see in healthcare contracting in the next five years?
: I believe that in the next five years, health systems will strive to reduce costs and improve processes by reducing the number of overall vendors and establishing key strategic partnerships with progressive vendors.