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February 2024 – The Journal of Healthcare Contracting

SMI completes first cohort of advancing women leaders program and celebrates 9 executive leaders

SMI®, a non-profit, community of healthcare supply chain organizations, congratulated its first cohort of Mentees for completing their ground-breaking leadership program called Advancing Women Leaders (AWL). This 12-month program brings together a Mentor, Sponsor, and Mentee pairing from SMI member organizations for the advancement of women into senior level executive roles. SMI celebrated the first cohort of 9 Mentees at the SMI Fall 2023 Forum in Nashville.

SMI’s Advancing Women Leaders (AWL) program intends to close the gender gap in Senior Executive Positions by guiding aspiring women to leverage their networks, work alongside a Sponsor and Mentor in unison, thus creating a more diverse healthcare supply chain. SMI members nominate a mentee, an emerging leader from their organization, and as their Sponsor, advocate for the Mentee within their organization. Mentees are paired with a Mentor – a senior healthcare supply chain leader from SMI’s membership – who provides guidance for career advancement.

SMI has partnered with the McGuckin Group, a talent-innovation firm, to develop this first of its kind program, which includes one-on-one mentoring, networking, peer-to-peer learning, workshops, and self-assessment tools.

SMI launched Cohort 2 for the Advancing Women Leaders program in October. Sixteen mentees were announced at the SMI Fall Forum and will now embark on this 12-month program along with their Mentor and Sponsor. See the list of Cohort 2 Mentees.

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Mercy acquires SoutheastHEALTH

SoutheastHEALTH has joined Mercy after receiving all necessary third-party regulatory approvals. The first noticeable change for patients and the community of these organizations moving forward together started in January with the placement of new Mercy signage at locations across southeast Missouri.

The two health care systems signed a definitive agreement in August for SoutheastHEALTH to become a member of the Mercy system strengthening health care delivery across southeast Missouri through increased patient access to high quality care.

Co-workers with SoutheastHEALTH are now Mercy co-workers. Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau is now called Mercy Hospital Southeast, while Southeast Health Center of Stoddard is now Mercy Hospital Stoddard.

Other former SoutheastHEALTH facilities and services have also been renamed, including SoutheastHEALTH Foundation. The foundation is now named Mercy Health Foundation Southeast. All donations to the foundation will continue to remain local, just as they always have been, to support patients in southeast Missouri.

Intermountain Health names new president for healthcare operations

Intermountain Health has named Jim Sheets as the president for healthcare operations in Colorado, Montana, Kansas, Wyoming, and New Mexico.

Sheets first joined Intermountain Health in 2007 and brings more than 16 years of Intermountain leadership experience to this role. He spent the last nine months serving as the group president for 10 CommonSpirit Health hospitals in Colorado and Utah. 

In his new role with Intermountain, he will report to Chief Operating Officer Nannette Berensen and will officially start January 15. Sheets plans to visit each care site during his first 90 days to meet caregivers in person.

Sheets earned both an MHA and an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a BS in business management from the University of Utah. He is an adjunct professor in the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and has served on the Board of Directors for the Utah Hospital Association.

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