President’s Letters

Winter 2020

January 15, 2020

Dear MASHMM Community,

I hope you had a wonderful and restful new year and that you are excited for the challenges and opportunities 2020 will bring! I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kenyetta and the MASHMM Board for an amazing job in 2019. The organization has grown tremendously under her leadership, and I want to recognize the significant amount of work that goes into running the quarterly meetings and everything in between. 

To that point, our board has been working to plan this year’s educational events around emerging technologies in healthcare supply chain that we know you will find interesting, relevant and thought provoking. 

 Please save the date for our first meeting of 2020 

February 21, 2020 – Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Supply Chain
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel 
10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044


Lastly, I would like to announce our new Communications Chair, Rebecca Schwambach and our new President Elect, Josh Naftolin. 

I am looking forward to reconnecting with everyone in February, and to a great 2020! 

Sincerely,
Mark Steppling
MASHMM President and MASHMM Board

Winter 2019

 Dear MASHMM Community,

As the New Year is approaching, I want to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt greetings for the season and to thank everyone for all their efforts and support of MASHMM throughout the year. The success of our organization is built on the efforts of our board members and YOU, so thank you all.

For 2020, we look forward to meeting new healthcare supply chain management challenges and continuing our growth. Planning for the future, the MASHMM Board has two open positions for Communications Chair and President-Elect. The MASHMM Nominating Committee has recommended Rebecca Schwambach to fill the role of Communications Chair and Josh Naftolin as President-Elect. For others that may be interested in filling these positions or supporting committee activities, please send your submissions to mashmmpresident@gmail.com no later than December 20th. Voting for starts January 1st and ends January 8th. Please see the duties of each role below.

President Elect: The President Elect shall, in the absence of or due to the incapacity of the President, perform all duties and assume all responsibilities of the President. The President Elect will serve as an advisor to all other committees, serve as Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee and prepare the annual report.

Communications and Technology Committee Chairperson: The Chairperson shall be decided by general election and serve a two-year term. The duties shall be:

o To coordinate all external communications to membership, potential membership and stakeholders.
o Maintain and coordinate the MASHMM website.
o Develop of Marketing materials and strategies to support organizational activities and other committees.
o Provide communication support through various media for educational sessions, fundraising and various campaigns.

It has been an amazing 2 years as your MASHMM President. I am so grateful to the many that have helped me in my role. I am extremely pleased to pass the torch onto my colleague, Mark Steppling. He will do great work leading the organization. Please support him in every way that you can. Please save the dates for 2020! All meetings will be held at the Sheraton Columbia.

1/17/20 – 8 am
4/17/20 – 8 am
7/17/20 – 8 am
10/8/20 – 5 pm

Again, Happy Holidays to all!

Kenyetta Keys
MASHMM President

 

Fall 2019

To the MASHMM Community (Current AND Future Members),

Thank you for the privilege to serve as your President for 2018-2019 term. MASHMM has been a long-standing and valuable component of my career and relationships here in the Mid-Atlantic region and I am honored to serve.

MASHMM is a professional networking association, but it’s so much more than that. MASHMM is an active community of engaged women and men at all stages of careers and life. Our organization is a shared space of friends and colleagues who actively work together to promote, expand and enhance the healthcare supply chain industry.

That type of cooperative, collaborative environment has never been more important. The long-standing climate of healthcare is being challenged, and that is a good thing.  It’s timely for us to question standard practice and be more creative. It’s helpful for us to revisit the principles of supply chain, value-based purchasing and re-establish the type of broad support that encourages further collaboration between clinicians, supply chain professionals and the vendor community while addressing real challenges, such as the need for skilled workforce development and recommitment to global value chains.

MASHMM provides this environment – where volunteers from the Mid- Atlantic region come together to address the most current issues and to provide education and engagement opportunities for all our members. MASHMM is a volunteer organization, we work because everyone works. We welcome ideas, engagement, commitment, and willingness to help build the organization.  If you want to be more involved, we welcome your participation.

Our year has been a busy one, but we look forward to making it even more interesting and fun!   MASHMM is hosting its annual event:

 October 10, 2019 – Dinner and Vendor Fair –

 The vendor exhibition will be held from 5-6:30pm with dinner and speaker to follow. This year the topic of the evening is: “Healthcare Disrupters”.  The panel discussion will be moderated by Kenneth Grant, Sr. Our panelists include Jonathan Pumprey of WellSpan Health, Jim Churchman of MedStar Health, Pat Vizzard of University of Maryland Medical System, Talia Mauck of Adventist Health, Peter Saviola of Medline, Michael Casamassa and a special guest from Kaiser.

 This program will address the concerns, challenges and opportunities that we face today with each new healthcare disrupter.

I hope that you will consider attending this major event and actively engage as a member of MASHMM.  Not a member? Please consider joining.  We want this to be YOUR welcoming shared space.

Given everything that is going on in healthcare supply chain, the need for constructive engagement and exchange is more important than ever, and I’m counting on your involvement. Challenging times are among the most interesting, creating opportunities and inspiring creative approaches to support each other.

I have been honored to serve as your President and look forward to seeing you at the last event of the year.

Thank you,

Kenyetta Keys, MBA – MASHMM President

 

Spring 2019

To the MASHMM Community (Current AND Future Members),

Wow! What a great way to start the New Year with an exceptional discussion around Block Chain in Healthcare! Special thank you to Mark Steppling for being the leader he will be very soon for our organization. The feedback from the attendees was evident that our association is moving in the right direction.

I am even more excited about the next meeting. On Friday, March 22nd we welcome Scott Clausen, Head of US Sales – Healthcare, with a discussion around the future of Amazon in Healthcare. This too shall be an event you won’t want to miss! We will hold this meeting at the following location:

Our March meeting will be held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044.

As a reminder, this month, we will launch our new website. It will have slick new features as well as mobile capabilities.

Also, July 19th will be our 3rd meeting of the year. We are delighted to have our very own, Colleen Cusick, DNP, MBA, RN, FAHRMM, Director of Materials Management of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, as our speaker.

We will close out the year on Thursday, October 10th for our annual dinner and vendor fair. This event will feature area supply chain leaders for an exciting panel discussion.

Kenyetta Keys
MASHMM President

 

Winter 2018

The MASHMM Board is excited to welcome you to our 2018 programs and events.

There are four outstanding meetings/educational sessions planned for this year. The list is below. Check out the other pages on our MASHMM website, for meeting information, how to become a member and RSVP link for the meetings.

The membership for this year will include three breakfast meetings and one evening dinner meeting. We are planning other opportunities as well, stay tuned. The membership dues this year are $75 for providers and $150 for vendors. This will allow the Diamond Chapter MASHMM Association the ability to bring you outstanding programs.

Remember to save the date and RSVP for the February 23rd meeting to be held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044.

The panel consists of:

  • Glenn D. Stover, Cybersecurity Operations Manager, M&T Bank
  • Andy Bradshaw, Security Analyst, Peninsula Regional Medical Center
  • Kevin D. Crain, Senior Director of Information Technology Security & CIO, University of Maryland Medical System
  • Jason O’Keeffe, AMS Lead Security Advisor HP

Also please mark your calendars now to save the dates for our future meetings:

  • April 27th – 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    – Education Discussion: “The Storm of Supply Shortages: Management of Allocations & Backorders”
  • July 27th – 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    – Education Discussion: “Are You Your Brother’s Keeper? Building Non-Traditional Community Relationships”
  • October 11th – 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Education Discussion: “We’re Married, Now What? Managing Your Supply Chain through Acquisition”

Looking forward to a great year!!

Kenyetta Keys

MASHMM President

Spring 2018

The MASHMM board would like to thank everyone for attending the first meeting of the year. We hope that you enjoyed the educational session and that you were able to take some useful information back to your organizations.

Our next meeting will be April 27th where we will present the topic of “The Storm of Supply Shortages: Management of Allocations & Back-Orders”. We are excited to have Cardinal Health provide our speaker on this topic.

Also please mark your calendars now to save the dates for our future meetings:

  • July 27th – 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    – Education Discussion: “Are You Your Brother’s Keeper? Building Non-Traditional Community Relationships”
  • October 11th – 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – Education Discussion: “We’re Married, Now What? Managing Your Supply Chain through Acquisition”

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kenyetta Keys, MASHMM President

And the MASHMM Board

Winter 2017

Greetings everyone,

I hope that each and every one of you had a great holiday season and that 2017 is off to a great start. We had another wonderful year as an organization and I hope that we continue our success for the upcoming year. As stated previously, we again achieved Diamond status, for the seventh year in a row and hope to make it eight years in 2017.

We do have a few positions on the Board that need to be filled. Specifally, we are still searching for someone to fill the President-Elect position. For me, this position has given me an opportunity to network more than I ever imagined, and be a leader amongst my fellow peers. I would strongly encourage you to contact me if you have even the slightest desire to be president of this prestigious chapter. Additionally, we will have positions opening for 2018 in Treasurer, Secretary, and some committee chairs.

This year we have decided to start a bit later and will have our first meeting on Friday, March 3rd at the Sheraton on the lakefront in Columbia. We will have our following meeting in early June. We will send out information on a place and time in the very near future. As a reminder, this year AHRMM will be held at the end of July in our Nation’s capital, so we will be seen as the host Chapter. I hope to see a large MASHMM attendance, as for most of us we will not have to worry about flight expenses. MASHMM plans to host a reception on one of the evenings for our members and guests.

On behalf of the Board we look forward to serving you in the New Year. We have a few exciting surprises planned and hope that you will enjoy the speakers, venues and camaraderie that comes with being a MASHMM member. And as always, if you have any ideas, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me or any other member of the Board.

Sincerely,

Christopher Holmes

410-456-9986

MASHMM President

Spring 2017

Greetings everyone and Happy Spring to all!

We had a great meeting in March. There were a lot of new faces at the last meeting and I hope to see them again soon. David Forbes from Mercy Medical Center gave a great presentation entitled “Own Your Own Contracts” and garnered a lot of positive feedback. We always encourage local presentations, especially from our MASHMM members, as it gives a personal and relatable understanding to current trends that we face in the healthcare industry.

The second MASHMM meeting for this year is scheduled on Friday, June 2nd. We will send out information on the place and time in the very near future. Our guest speaker for the event will be Mr. Anibar Basu, who has presented for us before. The title of his presentation is “Markets, He Wrote: Looking for Clues into the Economy’s Direction.” His presentation will provide detailed discussions of global, national and regional economies using the most up-to-date data available. As a reminder, we will be collecting gently used business attire at each of our meetings for Maryland New Directions as part of our chapter’s efforts to give back to the community. Please see the MASHMM Professional Clothing Drive flyer for additional information on our efforts.

As a reminder, this year’s AHRMM Annual Conference will be held July 23rd-26th in Washington, DC, so we will be seen as the host Chapter. I hope to see a large MASHMM attendance as most of us we will not have to worry about flight expenses. There is an early registration discount if you register by May 15th. If you are currently not an AHRMM member I would encourage you to join as it helps for us to retain our Platinum status and offers other benefits, opportunities and discounts for educational programs that MASHMM may not have.

On behalf of the board we look forward to continuing to bring you speakers, venues and the camaraderie that comes with being a MASHMM member. We still have a few positions on the Board that need to be filled. Specifically, we are still searching for someone to fill the President Elect position. Additionally we will have positions opening up for 2018 in Treasurer, Secretary and some committee chairs. I would strongly encourage you to contact me if you have even the slightest desire to be president of our prestigious chapter. And your ideas, questions, or concerns regarding MASHMM activities are always welcome so please feel free to contact me or any other member of the Board.

Sincerely,

Christopher Holmes

410-456-9986

MASHMM President

Summer 2017

Greetings everyone!

We had a great meeting in early June in which Dr. Anirban Basu enthralled us with his presentation “Markets, He Wrote: Looking for Clues into the Economy’s Direction.” There was a great Q & A session that left most of us anxious and concerned about the future. We always encourage participation in our local presentations, especially from our MASHMM members, as it gives a personal and relatable understanding to current trends that we face in the healthcare industry.

As you know, this year’s AHRMM Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C., and we were seen as the host Chapter. We are sure all who attended were moist appreciative of the educational events provided and the opportunities to meet with exhibitors to learn about their new offerings.

If you are currently not an AHRMM member, I would encourage you to join. Your membershipo in AHRMM helps us to retain our Platinum status and offers other benefits, opportunities, and discounts for additional educational programs and webinars that MASHMM may not have.

We will not meet again officially until our Annual Fall Dinner and Vendor Fair that will be held on October 5th at The Great Room at Historic Savage Mill in Ellicott City. There will be an opportunity to network with your Supply Chain peers, as well as to learn about new and exciting technology that our valued hospital vendors are offering.

Our event is sure to be another great one. Our program for the evening will feature John Pritchard, a MASHMM favorite, as well as Steve Patton from MedStar, and former AHRMM-chair Brent Petty. Please support this event- not only will the education be great, the venue is new and awesome!

As a reminder, we will be collecting gently used business attire at each of our meetings for Maryland New Directions as part of our chapter’s efforts to give back to the community. Please see the MASHMM Professional Clothing Drive flyer for additional information on our efforts. Please see the MASHMM Professional Clothing Drive flyer for additional information on our efforts.

Lastly, I ask that if have not paid your 2017 membership please send it in at your earliest convenience – we cannot continue to bring you great events and speakers without your support. Unfortunately, our reporting shows that we have many attending events this year without having paid their annual dues. On behalf of the board we look forward to continuing to bring you speakers, venues and the camaraderie that comes with being a MASHMM member. And your ideas, questions, or concerns regarding MASHMM activities are always welcome so please feel free to contact me or any other member of the Board.

Please have a safe and happy summer!

Christopher Holmes

410-456-9986

MASHMM President

Fall 2017

Hello everyone!

As the year is coming to a close, I wanted to thank you all for another successful year I want to send my most sincerest appreciation for allowing for me to serve as President of MASHMM for the last two years. The experience was like no other and I will always cherish the experience.

I also want to take this time to thank all of the members and vendors who attended this year’s Vendor Fair at Savage Mills. We had a great turn out as always, and everyone who came had a good time.

I would like to express my extreme gratitude and appreciation to all the Vendors who supported us this past year, and throughout the years. As you know, your financial support is vital in helping fund yearly activities that help provide necessary education to the organization’s members. That is why we always encourage members to come to attend meetings, and especially our Vendor Fair. Without your presence at our events, vendors will not see the continued necessity to sponsor if we have minimal participation.

Lastly, I want to thank all my Board members over the last two years. Each of you has been extremely helpful and necessary to our continued success. There is a ton of behind-the-scenes work that goes into planning and making sure that events and educational opportunities happen. Without such an effective Board, none of this would happen. With that said, MASHMM has a brand new Board that I would like to present at this time.

  • President: Kenyetta Keys (Doctors Community Health System)
  • President-Elect: Mark Steppling (MedStar Health)
  • Secretary: Jean Llewellyn (MedStar Health)
  • Treasurer: Andrew Gordon (Nixon Medical)
  • Education Committee Chair: Lisa Scholl (Centric Business Systems)
  • Communications Chair: Nicole Mazzei-Williams (TRIOSE)
  • Membership Chair: Iliana Stewart (CardinalHealth)
  • Vendor Liaison: Connie Wuerth (LexMark International)
  • Member at Large: Dick Perrin (Active Innovations)

For the future, I would encourage continued participation in the events, Board Membership, and being active with AHRMM as well. I understand that time can also be a factor as we all navigate through work- life balance but we as an organization are only as good as the members that drive us.

If you are currently not an AHRMM member, I encourage you to join. Your membershipo in AHRMM helps us retain our Platinum status and offers other benefits, opportunities, and discounts for additional educational programs and webinars that supplement the MASHMM educational programs.

I have greatly enjoyed my time being the President of MASHMM for the last two years and look forward to upcoming programs and networking opportunities in the future.

Thanks for your support and all the best for the holidays ahead!

Christopher Holmes

410-456-9986

MASHMM President

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