Contracting News September/October 2008

UHC names Jacob J. Groenewold VP for supply chain
Oak Brook, Ill.-based University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) announced that Jacob (Jake) J. Groenewold will join the organization as vice president, supply chain, effective Oct. 13, 2008. As VP, supply chain, Groenewold will be responsible for establishing and executing the strategic direction for UHC’s supply chain services, including collaboration with UHC’s contracting services company, Novation. He will lead initiatives that maximize the value UHC’s services deliver to help members achieve and sustain their supply chain performance goals. Groenewold has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare supply chain management and comes to UHC from Consorta, Inc. where he served as VP, supply chain/member services since 2002. Prior to 2002, Groenewold held leadership positions with Premier, Inc., Owens & Minor, Inc., and Lutheran General Health System in Park Ridge, Ill.

MAGNET announces primary vendor agreement with Medison America, Inc.
Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based MAGNET (Mid-Atlantic Group of Shared Services Cooperative), announced a three-year “primary vendor” agreement for Diagnostic Ultrasound with Medison America, Inc. (Cypress, Ca.) Medison America, Inc. will offer it’s full line of 2D, 3D & 4D diagnostic ultrasound systems to MAGNET’s Membership consisting of approximately 1,200 acute care hospitals and 11,000 alternate site facilities. The agreement took effect July 1, 2008.

Amerinet appoints Ede as VP of non-acute contracting
St. Louis, Mo.-based Amerinet Inc. appointed Russell Ede as VP of non-acute contracting. He will assume additional responsibilities in non-acute contracting strategies and will work with affiliates in the surgery center, primary care and long-term care setting. He will also work with the Amerinet sales and specialist teams to develop the strategy and contract portfolio for that market. Ede worked since 2007 as VP of contracting, and prior to that, he served since 2005 as the director of custom contracting, managing contracting operations associated with regional Options contracts.

GNYHA Services holds inaugural “Going Green” conference
GNYHA Services, a for-profit subsidiary of Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), hosted its inaugural “Going Green” Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, for GNYHA member hospitals. The conference highlighted shared experiences and a multidisciplinary approach to the greening of healthcare. Specific topics included sustainable design in healthcare, carbon footprints, mercury and DEHP elimination, conversion to latex-free and low toxicity products, and various recycling and waste management alternatives. A Webcast of the conference is available on the GNYHA Services Web site (

»» Correction
In the article on “Ten People to Watch in Healthcare Contracting” in the July/August issue, the Journal of Healthcare Contracting incorrectly reported that North Mississippi Medical Center, North Mississippi Health Services Inc., services 44 counties. The correct number is 24. JHC regrets the error.

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