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ABOUT RMAHRMM

The Rocky Mountain Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management is an affiliated chapter of AHRMM, devoted to the advancement of the healthcare supply chain.

What is RMAHRMM?

The Rocky Mountain Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management is the Utah Chapter of AHRMM.  We are a passionate group of individuals interested in advancing and understanding the healthcare supply chain. RMAHRMM members come from a diverse group of providers, suppliers, and GPO’s and share a common interest in professional development and industry advancement. Founded in January of 2014, the chapter has quickly grown from an idea, to a robust group of people intent on providing benefit and value to its members.

The Vision of RMAHRMM

We will provide an effective means by which local supply chain professionals in the healthcare industry can network, find educational opportunities, receive recognition, and achieve industry-specific professional development.

Membership Information

Chapter membership is designed to be accessible to professionals in the Healthcare Supply Chain Industry, inclusive of suppliers, providers, students and faculty.  Membership provides access to meetings, vendor fairs, events and ensures you receive important communications and education.  National AHRMM membership is not required to be a member of RMAHRMM, but is highly encouraged.  

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Meetings and Events

Every year the RMAHRMM hosts several events including: lunch and learns, networking and social activities, volunteer/service events, student competition events, and a mini conference in the fall. Click here to view event video and education content.

Fall Mini Conference (Sept/Oct)

Our Fall Mini Conference begins with an evening reception hosted by our leading supplier sponsors.  The conference begins the next morning and is a half-day event that includes industry speakers, an executive panel, a vendor fair, and a Supply Chain 101 course to introduce students to healthcare supply chain. 

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Board Members

Administration

DAN DUERSCH

PRESIDENT

Daniel Duersch is Director of Supply Chain Development at Intermountain Health. Intermountain Healthcare, now with SCL Health, is the 11th largest non-profit health system in the country (>$14.2B+ annual revenue) headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, serving 7 states with 33 hospitals, homecare, telehealth, health insurance plans, and other services.  IH recently re-earned “Master Status” based on their consistent domination of the #1 spot on the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for the fourth consecutive year.  As the CSCO, he leads end-to-end supply chain functions including Procurement, Materials Management, Logistics (warehouses and homecare), and Support Services (laundry, courier, fleet, sign, print, mail, travel, and equipment asset management including CE).  His teams are responsible for the management of ~$3.5B in annual spend, 1,200 caregivers, and facilitating operational SCL Health integration/merger.

Daniel is an experienced professional of Healthcare operations and supply chain.  He received an MBA degree from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with emphases in business strategy and analytics.  He holds current AHRMM membership, is CMRP certified and is serving on the board of Rocky Mountain AHRMM Chapter.

In 2019 Daniel moved into the Director of Supply Chain Development role at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He oversees Merger and Acquisition activities for Supply Chain Integration as well as innovation and change management projects. He has been with Intermountain Health for 12 years.  



MARK FAWSON
VICE PRESIDENT -
Membership and Communication

Mark is a Healthcare professional with over 24 years of progressive clinical and administrative team experience. He currently leads a group of eighty-three supply chain team members with oversight of the University of Utah Health's multiple hospitals and clinics material services. His is a track record of fiscally responsible decision making while keeping the patient’s total wellness first and foremost. Within just a couple months of joining the University of Utah team, he saved the organization over $1M through strategic negotiations with vendors, and close work with department leaders, key stakeholders, and general counsel. He is described by his peers as a quick action, problem-solver, with a focus on providing quality results that are data driven. 

Prior to joining the University of Utah team, Mark held a dual role as Director of Supply Chain Operations and as Clinical Resource Director for Hospital Corporation of America - Mountain Division. Preceding his transition into healthcare management, he was a bedside care nurse, gaining experience in Surgical, Medical, Newborn Well-baby Nursery, Alcohol & Chemical Treatment, Intermediate and Intensive Care.


TRENT GEE

VICE PRESIDENT -

Education and Student Engagement

Trent is a progressive supply chain professional with a successful track record of leading sourcing and standardization transformations.  Trent has worked at Intermountain for 25 years and is currently the Director of Supply Chain Solutions over the Commodities Program for Intermountain Healthcare. 

Trent has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah and a Certified MBA from Western Governors University. He taught in the Supply Chain Program at Brigham Young University for several years. He currently is an adjunct professor in the Global Supply Chain Department at Ensign Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He resides in Layton, Utah.  He and his wife have been married for 29 years. They have 5 children; 1 boy and 4 girls. 

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J. Adam Slater
Treasurer

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Jolene Derrick
Secretary

Jolene Derrick is a healthcare professional with over 18 years in various healthcare fields. She currently is employed by the University of Utah Orthopedic Hospital as a Materials Management Facilitator where she has discovered a new career that still allows her to pursue her passion for patient care but now through supply chain management and procurement. When she isn't working, she is spending time with her children and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.



Tim Loftis

Regional Board Advisor -

(RMAHRMM Past President)

Tim is the former president of the RMAHRMM.  He has served as Secretary, Communications Director, Website Developer and Interim Treasurer.  He has been an active advocate and  passionate member of AHRMM for over 10 years and contributes to chapters across the country including Washington/Oregon, Chicago and Florida. Tim helped found AHRMM chapters in CO and NM and leads the West Region AHRMM collaboration, and serves  on the board of each chapter in the region (AZ, CO, NM, UT).  

As Regional Sales Director for Tecsys, Tim represents the only comprehensive software solution designed specifically for the healthcare supply chain industry providing complete end-to end, automated, real-time insights into the products, processes, and workflows in the hospital supply chain.

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BLAKE ELLSWORTH
DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATION

Blake Ellsworth has established a reputation as a visionary in creating best-in-class supply chain solutions. From material services manager at the University of Utah, to leading logistics and supply chain optimization at Medline for the Rocky Mountain states, Blake has an intricate understanding of healthcare supply chain. 

Born and raised on a small potato farm in Idaho, Blake cultivated a strong work ethic and a deep appreciation for teamwork and resilience. These early experiences instilled a "people first" mentality that is a pillar of his professional philosophy.

In the healthcare sector, Blake has demonstrated exceptional leadership, spearheading initiatives that streamline operations and enhance logistical efficiency. 

As a dynamic team builder, Blake excels in fostering collaborative environments where all stakeholders are aligned towards common goals. This leadership style has not only improved team morale but has also led to significant improvements in operational outcomes.

Blake's expertise in logistics strategy and supply chain management is complemented by a relentless drive for improvement and an unwavering dedication to putting people at the heart of every decision. 



 

SAMANTHA "SAM" ISRAELSEN

MANAGER, EVENTS PLANNING 

Samantha Israelsen, having managed dental offices through school and graduated from Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at USU, decided to trade blue for red when she was recruited by University of Utah Hospital Purchasing in 2021. Currently, the Senior Buyer for Women and Children’s Health Care, Endoscopy, Pulmonary, AirMed and several other departments. She has a passion for assisting in patient care from behind the scenes, ensuring that the clinical teams’ needs are met to perform at their best. Taking on the position of Event Planning Manager for RMAHRMM, she is enthusiastic about the new opportunity to learn and connect.


SCOTT BRENNAN

MANAGER, WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT 

Scott Brennan is a Supply Chain professional who has been working at the University of Utah Main Campus for 15 years.  His current role is as a Manager for the University of Utah’s Receiving, Mailroom and Courier Service Teams.  Scott started at the University of Utah as an entry level team member.  During this time he discovered that he has a true passion for customer service and doing the best he can to service his customers and community.  Scott has obtained a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.  Scott loves to work toward continuous improvement and is always looking for ways to optimize processes.

When Scott isn’t working one can usually find him playing with his beautiful daughter, playing classic rock on the drums, watching baseball, and basking in the glow of Kansas City Chiefs victory.



SHAWNA SUTTON
MANAGER, NEWSLETTER

Shawna is a healthcare professional with demonstrated expertise within a variety of clinical settings and experience in program development and implementation, regulatory compliance, strategic planning, and providing top quality care to patients and clients alike.

Shawna has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years and has gained administrative experience by working in various roles which have included House Supervisor and Director of Women Services, Stewart Healthcare; Health Program Manager II, Utah Department of Health; Vascular Access & Tube Lead, Pacific Mobile Diagnostics; and Clinical Lead Specialist, Velano Vascular. She currently works in Value Analysis at the University of Utah as a Product Portfolio Clinical Administrator and has been with the University since 2021.

Shawna earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Utah, and is VA-BC certified.

She is excited for the opportunity to serve the members of the RMAHRMM in her new role as the Newsletter Manager



SCOTT MERKLEY

MANAGER, NOTIFICATIONS 

Scott Merkley serves as the Materials Coordinator at the University of Utah Hospital Distribution, where he has been a pivotal team member since 2017.  Holding a Bachelor's degree in Computational Physics with Minors in Computer Science, Math, and Chemistry from the University of Utah, Scott brings a unique blend of analytical skills and technical expertise to his role in healthcare supply chain.

Focusing on optimizing workflows and enhancing efficiency, Scott currently leads as the Supervisor for the swing shift.  His innovative approach includes the development of a sophisticated system of spreadsheets aimed at streamlining operations within the hospital.  This initiative ranges from implementing tools for item searchability to devising algorithms for inventory management, ultimately aiming to minimize stock outs, optimize supply levels, and enhance overall patient care.



 
DESTINY BURBANK

MANAGER, SOCIAL MEDIA 

Destiny is a Healthcare professional and currently holds the title at the University of Utah as a Materials Management Supervisor. She oversees a variety of clinics. Destiny started her career with the University during the pandemic as a Materials Coordinator and has worked her way up through her dedication to perfection and passion for continuous improvement. Before she was with the University, she was a Cosmetologist, she has been in the salon industry for 10+ years before joining Supply Chain. Once the pandemic hit, she wanted a change after salon’s had closed their doors and found the University, from then on, she has continued to use her passion for communication and customer service experience to improve and grow within’ supply chain. She is always looking for more efficient practices to better serve in her current role and isn’t afraid to ask questions to help her grow and continuously climb the latter.

Destiny is excited and ambitious with her new connection as the Manager of social media for RMAHRMM because she loves to socialize and have people with similar and different outlooks to help improve the system. She is not shy when it comes to talking to others and bouncing idea’s off to come to a conclusion on what needs to be done to better the industry.



Membership

VICKI RAMIREZ

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR (PROVIDER GROUP) 

Vicki Ramirez is an Implant Inventory Manager overseeing inventory in three Healthtrust Purchasing Group Consolidated Warehouses. She has over 26 years’ experience in the healthcare field in a variety of roles including Supply Chain Director, Facility Resource Coordinator, and as a Scrub Tech in the OR. Currently she works to keep inventory relevant and avoid obsolescence. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Supply Chain Management and is passionate about the importance of supply chain in the healthcare setting


BRADY MILLER

MEMBERSHIP MANAGER -REPRESENTING HCA 

My name is Braden Miller but I usually go by Brady.  I have been in healthcare supply chain for 20 years.  Mostly with HCA but did spend some time at Salt Lake Regional with Steward and during the Common Spirit purchase.  I was the warehouse logistics manager for HCA for 7 years before moving to Timpanogos as the Supply Chain Director.  I am currently the Supply Chain Director at Ogden Regional.  I graduated from Western Governors University with a bachelors in business management.  I was born and raised in Utah, but moved to Grass Valley California for a few years before coming back home.  I live in Syracuse with my wife, 15 year old daughter, and 11 year old son.  My oldest child is a sophomore at Arizona State University in the Nursing program.  I am a life long Cubs fan and love to go to their games whenever I can.


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PATRICIA "PAT" RUNCO

MEMBERSHIP MANAGER -

REPRESENTING HOLY CROSS COMMON SPIRIT 



ROBYN FIGUEROA

MEMBERSHIP MANAGER -

REPRESENTING GRANGER MEDICAL AND OTHER NON-ACUTE ENTITIES

Robyn Figueroa is Supply Chain and Procurement Manager with Granger Medical Clinic, a large multi-specialty clinic in the greater Salt Lake area.  Prior to that, she worked in clinical practice management for internal medicine, dermatology, and neurology, and in accounting roles in various industries.

Since taking on this position with Granger 3 years ago, she has saved the company over $2M and managed multiple large-scale projects. Last year, Robyn spearheaded 2 major supply chain initiatives at Granger, including a primary med/surg supplier RFP and transition and implementing a new materials management system. She enjoys partnering with suppliers and maximizing other industry resources to bring value to her organization, as well as strategic and project planning.

Robyn is excited to join the RMAHRMM board this year to help encourage participation from non-acute clinics and to aid in the success and impact of this organization locally.

DANIEL LEVETAN

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR (SUPPLIER GROUP) 

Daniel has been in medical device sales for 25 years. The last 18 years as an independent manufactures representative working with supply chain on a wide breadth of products that has provided experience in acute care, alternate care, and home care markets. 



SUSAN MANCHESKI

MEMBERSHIP MANAGER - 

REPRESENTING LARGE SUPPLIERS 

Susan Mancheski is a Strategic Customer Vice President for Becton,  Dickinson and Company (BD) where she leads strategic account teams to deliver solutions & value to some of the largest health systems in the country. With over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and leadership in the med tech industry, Susan brings a wide range of experience to the RMAHRMM.  Prior to her career in healthcare, Susan utilized her Chemical Engineering degree as a consultant and polymer engineer.



TIM LYON

MEMBERSHIP MANAGER -

REPRESENTING WOMEN OWNED AND DIVERSITY SUPPLIERS 



Education

Lori Goucher
Education Director
Lori is a System Clinical Resource Manager at Intermountain Health. Lori graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration and Six Sigma Black Belt certification.    Lori has extensive bedside nursing in critical care and wound care at HCA, Intermountain and University of Utah .
She brings a passion for  value-based care  with data analysis,  research for evidence-based practice and economic stewardship to support supply chain sourcing and procurement standardization.
As education director there is much to gain through team synergies,  sharing of thoughts and  experiences for achieving  efficiencies and effectiveness  of supply acquisition.
When not at work , Lori enjoys traveling, cooking  and spending time with her husband , married children,  and 14 grandchildren.
TOBY JOHNSON

CE CREDIT COORDINATOR

Toby Johnson is one of the original members of the Rocky Mountain AHRMM, has been a board member since the chapter’s beginning, and was the first vendor/supplier member of the board. He has been working in healthcare since 2012 with experience in distribution, contracts, capital equipment, supply chain, and GPO’s. His past experience includes work with Owens & Minor, Linet Americas, and Amerinet/Intalere. He currently works for Philips Healthcare as an imaging systems account manager. Toby has always valued the importance of supply chain and you could even say it runs in his blood as his father is a retired healthcare supply chain executive and supply chain hall of fame member.


JOHN STURZENEGGER
EDUCATION COORDINATOR

John Sturzenegger, MBA, SSBB, serves as the Procurement Portfolio Optimization Director of Supply Chain  at Intermountain Health. John supports system portfolio excellence by sharing and implementing best practices for overall system strategy. Johns primary role is system standardization of products. John received his undergraduate degree in Business Management and his MBA with an emphasis on Marketing. He has worked in healthcare for 17 plus years, with roles ranging from Materials Management, to Data and Analytics, Supply Chain Supervisor, and Standardization Manager. John currently lives in Salt Lake and loves to spend time doing woodwork, DIY projects and spend time with his nieces and nephews in his free time. 

University Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC)


SETH MOULTON
DIRECTOR, STUDENT GROUP

Seth is the Director of YPAC and Student Relations for the RMAHRMM Board. He is currently enrolled in a dual master’s program at Weber State University, seeking to earn both his Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration. Seth has worked in the healthcare supply chain for the last few years and has a passion for helping others live healthier lives. In addition to attending school, he works full-time at the University of Utah Hospital in Materials Distribution. Outside of school and work, he enjoys spending time with his family, weightlifting, and hiking with friends. 

SARAH LANDON
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY

Sarah Landon is a multifaceted individual both in education and a professional background. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Science, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. In addition to her academics she has also earned a degree in Culinary Arts to show her commitment to holistic well-being. She dedicates her time to her community by volunteer work, where she serves as PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) president at a local school and is an active member of the Farmington Community Council. Professionally, Sarah works at a healthcare facility that focuses on a preventative approach to well-being, focusing on the well-being of consumers. Sarah is also completing an internship at a Long-Term Care facility, broadening her experience within healthcare. In her free time, Sarah likes the outdoors, engaging in hiking to connect with nature and recharge.  She also enjoys reading to explore and expand her perspective through written word. By committing to lifelong learning and her passion for community involvement, she hopes to become an asset in the healthcare industry.



JARRETT BROUGH
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
My name is Jarrett Brough. I am a current student at Utah State University studying Finance with a minor in Healthcare Management. During my time studying I have had the opportunity to be around multiple hospital administrations and have observed exceptional leadership, continuous improvement, and organization. I enjoy working with and meeting people. I also enjoy a number of outdoor activities in my free time namely backpacking and mountain biking to name a few.



Spencer Bischoff
Student Representative
University of Utah

Hey my name is Spencer Bischoff. I’m from Indianapolis Indiana. I just graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. Outside of work I’m training for an Ironman.  I also  love to read and learn how to code. 




Krystal Jensen
Student Representative
Brigham Young University

Krystal Jensen is attending Brigham Young University, working towards a Bachelor of Science in Global Supply Chain Management with a minor in Healthcare Leadership. She is currently a Procurement Intern for Intermountain Health and also a Continuous Improvement Intern for Intermountain at Utah Valley Hospital.

Prior to these internships, she worked at the Marriott School of Business to bring healthcare companies to campus to recruit business students. Furthermore, she worked in a retirement home as a concierge and activities assistant. She also organized “Senior Citizen” Proms in memory care facilities in her local community.

In her free time, Krystal enjoys cooking, hiking, floating down rivers, shelling, paddleboarding, and playing pickleball.



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