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HealthTrust Honors Member Excellence in Five Categories


today recognized five member organizations with its highest honor,
a Member Recognition Award, during the annual HealthTrust University
Conference (HTU). The performance improvement company for healthcare
established the Member Recognition program to acknowledge outstanding
contributions of members and individuals for achieving operational
excellence and demonstrating best practices benefitting healthcare
providers and their patients.

Awards were presented in the following categories.

  • Outstanding Member – Recognizes members who have demonstrated
    exceptional fiscal improvement by leveraging HealthTrust savings
    initiatives, maintaining contract compliance and adopting new contract
  • Operational Excellence – Recognizes members who have
    implemented best practices in streamlining and maximizing supply chain
    operations and/or cost savings initiatives.
  • Clinical Excellence – Recognizes members who have demonstrated
    best practices in executing clinical initiatives leading to
    improvements in care outcomes, physician engagement, operational
    efficiency and/or financial savings.
  • Social Stewardship – Recognizes impactful contributions in the
    areas of environmental sustainability, supplier diversity or community
  • Gita Wasan Patel Pharmacy Excellence Award – Named in honor of
    former HealthTrust Pharmacy Clinical Advisory Board member Gita Wasan
    Patel, this award recognizes members who have implemented and
    demonstrated best practices in pharmaceutical initiatives including
    improvements in patient care outcomes, operational efficiency and/or
    financial savings.

The 2018 Member Recognition Award recipients are:

Outstanding Member – Parrish Medical Center, Titusville, Florida

  • George Mikitarian, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO
  • Michael Sitowitz, CPA, MBA, controller
  • Robert Wildermuth, MBA, CPA, CMRP, director of materials
    management – team leader
  • Tina Phillips, RT (R)(CV) RCIS, CMRP, operations manager
  • Frank Polidora, buyer
  • Valerie Cooper, buyer
  • Sue Lessard, OR/SPD inventory coordinator

Operational Excellence – Trinity Health, Livonia, Michigan

  • Suzette Bouchard-Isackson MSN, RN, NEA-BC, system director,
    perioperative services and transformation team officer
  • Kelley Young, director, strategic sourcing
  • Mark Pinto, MD, MBA, medical director of surgical services
    and orthopedic service line
  • Walter Whitehouse, Jr., MD, medical director advisor,
    surgical services

Clinical Excellence – Scripps Health, San Diego, California

  • Jonathan Worsey, MD, surgeon, medical director of value
    analysis and co-chair surgery care line
  • Cecile Hozouri, executive leader, supply chain
  • Erin Arnold, BSN, RN, CNOR, clinical resource specialist, RN
  • Stacy Griffin, director, supply chain logistics
  • Lisa Otte, director, cost accounting

Social Stewardship – Saint Peter's University Hospital, New
Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Linda Carroll, RN-BC, MSN, vice president of patient care
    services and chief nursing officer
  • Margaret Drozd, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, director, community health
  • Genevieve Kumapley, PharmD, BCOP, clinical pharmacy

Pharmacy Excellence – WellSpan York Hospital, York, Pennsylvania

  • Larry Owens, PharmD, BCPS, clinical pharmacy specialist
  • Benson Mathew, PharmD, BCPS, clinical pharmacist
  • Nicholas Haas, PharmD, clinical pharmacist
  • Brittany Thomas, PharmD, clinical pharmacist
  • Christine Higgins, RPh, CPE, clinical pharmacist
  • Danielle Bowen, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, clinical pharmacist

Following the HTU Conference in Nashville, recipients will also be
highlighted in the third quarter edition of The
magazine for HealthTrust members.

About HealthTrust

HealthTrust (Healthtrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) is committed to
strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an
aligned membership model and the delivery of total spend management
advisory solutions that leverage its operator experience, scale and
innovation. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthTrust (
serves over 1,500 hospitals and health systems, and more than 31,000
other member locations including ambulatory surgery centers, physician
practices, long-term care and alternate care sites. On Twitter @healthtrustpg.

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