Kitty Williams, RN, CMRP

Kitty Williams, RN, CMRP
Director, Value Analysis
Riverside Health System
Newport News, Virginia

Nomination submitted by Kristin Markham Scott, director, member services and corporate culture, Capstone Health Alliance, Asheville, North Carolina

Kitty Williams is the project manager/facilitator of 10 value analysis teams at Riverside (steering, clinical, non-clinical and pharmacy teams). Each of these teams meet monthly. In addition, Kitty has served on the Premier Value Analysis Advisory and Technology committees, ASCEND clinical sub-group, and Materials Management committee, and contributed to the Premier Value Analysis Guidebook in 2014 and the recently revised 2016 edition. She has worked in critical care and peri-op services, and has been in supply chain management for 12 years.

Regarding mentors and/or key events in her life, Kitty Williams says: “A key event was making the transition from peri-op services, where I served as a staff nurse, working my way up to nurse manager and to supply chain management. I had developed an interest in supply chain when we were researching an electronic medical record for our anesthesiologists. I realized the team in supply chain management were extremely knowledgeable and quite helpful. They helped me understand that all contracts should be from the health system’s perspective; and how they could support me in the negotiation process. When I arrived in supply chain management, my director asked me to implement a value analysis process for the health system. Since implementation in 2010, the team has saved our health system just under $60M. I have come to appreciate the value of having a clinical person in supply chain management. I feel I am an interpreter; I help make the connection between ‘clinicalspeak’ and ‘financialspeak.’ 

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