Future Leaders of Supply Chain: Josh Plauny, MHA

Josh Plauny, MHA
Director materials management
VCU Health System
Richmond, Virginia

Nomination submitted by Townshend Fonville, regional client executive, Vizient

A native of Pennsylvania, Josh Plauny enlisted in the United States Marine Corps upon graduating high school. He served proudly [his military occupational specialty was supply logistics, for which he was awarded a Naval Achievement Award] and was honorably discharged in 2000 as a non-commissioned officer. He began working at VCU Health System in 2001 as the office manager for patient care services, and worked full-time throughout his undergraduate studies. Throughout the didactic portion of graduate school, he served as project manager for the VCUHS Critical Care Hospital construction and relocation project. He completed an administrative residency at Sentara Healthcare where, as a director, he had leadership responsibilities for the orthopedic service line and was involved in the implementation of six joint replacement destination centers of excellence. He returned to VCU Health System in 2014 to serve as the administrative director of perioperative services and lead the Perioperative Effectiveness and Efficiency Project (PEEP). In September 2017, the scope of PEEP was expanded to include OR inventory, strategic sourcing, preference cards, and sterile processing. His passion is leading teams to deliver structure and process that increase the likelihood of desired outcomes while minimizing errors.

Born/raised: Born in Jamestown, New York; raised in DuBois, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate degree: Virginia Commonwealth University (Finance)
Graduate degree: Virginia Commonwealth University (MHA)
Joined VCU Health System: 2001

Some prior work highlights:

  • United States Marine Corps, supply logistics
  • Office manager for patient care services, VCU Health System
  • Administrative director of perioperative services, VCU Health System

VCU Health System

  • XXX hospitals
  • XXX non-hospital locations
  • 38,000 inpatient discharges (FY 2017)
  • 715,000 outpatient clinic visits (FY 2017)



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