Updated March 23, 2017 with memorial service information (see below)
John Burks Passing
It is with sadness and a heavy heart that we inform you of the unexpected passing of John Burks from a significant infection on Saturday, March 18.
John was a visionary healthcare leader who possessed unique industry insights and who made numerous contributions to healthcare and supply chain improvements. John started his career at American Hospital Supply and worked for Medline and Enterprise Systems before joining VHA. At VHA John was an innovator and pioneer, starting what is now called NOVAPLUS, the largest private label program in healthcare. John spent significant efforts working to streamline the supply chain and managed Novation’s relationship with Neoforma and was the founding Board Member for the Coalition for Healthcare E-Standards (CHeS). John held the position of Associate Vice President of Supply Chain Services at Scott & White and was instrumental in the consolidation of supply chain services in the merger that created Baylor Scott & White. He also worked with the Wetrich Group as well as leading Burks Healthcare Concepts where his skills and knowledge helped many firms, and he was consulting for ROi at the time of his passing.
John’s life was significantly impacted through Scouting. John was an Eagle Scout, as were each of his three sons. John spent many hours as a volunteer for the Scouts, and one of his highlights was attending the 13th World Jamboree in Japan. John was a family man at heart and was planning on spending more time with his growing family upon his planned retirement at the end of this month. John was also a man of God, and his plans included working as a volunteer for the church in retirement as well. No mention of John would be complete without his life partner, soul mate and wife, Monica. They had many great adventures together and were quite the team. Spending summer weeks in northern Wisconsin or traveling to Italy, they were a wonderful and gracious couple.
While the world lost a wonderful man far too early, God must have had a need for an Eagle Scout.
“John was a colleague, a role model and a friend,” said Jody Hatcher, President, Sourcing and Collaboration Services at Vizient, Inc. “He always put hospitals and patients first in all he did – and always with a smile on his face. He was tremendous innovator – in technology, industry standards, in improving supply chain programs – and his contributions to the industry continue to have a positive impact. He will be missed.”
UPDATED: A memorial service for John Burks will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at First United Methodist Church Granbury, TX 76049. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers or money please consider donating to one of John’s favorite organizations:
The Boy Scouts of America: http://www.longhorncouncil.org/home/support-scouting
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR): http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Support