Each week, the Healthcare Plus Podcast will bring together leaders from across the healthcare industry to share the latest insights, offer solutions to some of healthcare’s greatest challenges, and provide replenishment and well-being tools. Hosted by Quint Studer and Dan Collard, co-founders of Healthcare Plus Solutions Group, you’ll leave each episode with practical tools, techniques, and best-practices to reinforce the great work you’re already doing and address your organization’s unique pain points.

Previously known as The Busy Leader’s Podcast, this weekly series has evolved from a tool to learn from leaders as we navigated the pandemic to now focus in on the changemakers moving healthcare forward. To listen to the latest episode of The Healthcare Plus Podcast, subscribe to the show, or find past episodes of The Busy Leader’s Podcast, click below.


58_Relieving Fear and Anxiety in Patients and Employees with Mindy G. Spigel, RN, MSN, CPXP

Hosted by Quint Studer with special guest Mindy G. Spigel, RN, MSN, CPXP

Anyone who works in healthcare knows patients struggle with anxiety and worry and fear. Yet it’s easy to get so caught up in our day-to-day work, with all its stress and chaos, that we can lose sight of this truth—as well as the fact that employees, too, can be fearful. In this episode, Mindy G. Spigel, RN, MSN, CPXP—author of the new book There’s a Snake on My Head! Strategies for Alleviating Fear and Anxiety in Healthcare for Patients, Families AND Healthcare Teamsexplores this critical subject.

Mindy says when we talk to a patient, we need to imagine they have a snake on their head. That snake is fear. If we can’t get rid of the snake first, how will they hear anything we say? They won’t—and compliance and outcomes will suffer. She says in her research study interviewing families about their fears and how to reduce them, the findings boiled down to this: “Keep me informed, keep me safe, keep me comfortable.” She hopes shining a light on this topic will not only lead to better outcomes, it will help healthcare workers reconnect to their purpose.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why acknowledging and reducing fears in both patients and employees matters
  • How we can train ourselves to see the “snakes” on people’s heads
  • Impactful steps we can take to help reduce those fears and worries
  • How to also reduce anxiety for employees (including new hires and transitions in leadership)
  • Why we’re still playing catch-up after COVID-19—and how we can rebuild camaraderie, trust, and those critical networks and learning environments

Mindy G. Spigel, RN, MSN, CPXP, is a nurse with over 40 years of experience in healthcare, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Mindy has taught in academic and clinical settings and has been honored to speak at numerous national, state, and local conferences.

Contact Mindy Spigel, RN, MSM, CPXP

Mindy’s New Book: There’s a Snake on My Head! Strategies for Alleviating Fear and Anxiety in Healthcare For Patients, Families AND Healthcare Teams
Beryl Institute Research
Gratitude Symposium Presentation


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57_The Evolution of Patient Care: Moving to a Patient Partnership Model with Clay Linkous

Hosted by Dan Collard with special guest Clay Linkous

Like most of us, Clay Linkous—managing director of patient experience for ChenMed—is a product of his life experiences. His approach to healthcare is an aggregation of what he’s learned from his background in exercise science, a full-time ministry role, a black belt in Six Sigma, his master’s in healthcare administration, and his marriage to a critical care nurse. His background has shaped a leader who is driven by compassion, innovation, measurement, and, of course, good outcomes.

In this podcast, special guest host Dan Collard, co-founder/partner with Quint Studer of Healthcare Plus Solutions Group, talks with Clay about the evolution of the patient experience. Linkous says we’ve moved from patient satisfaction (how happy they are) to evidence-based practices (measuring how well clinicians do the things that result in great care) to patient engagement (getting patients more invested and involved in their own care after they leave the hospital setting).

Clay explains that we are now in the patient partnership phase, which means we not only try to affect outcomes at the bedside, but we work to change patient behaviors (diet, exercise, etc.) that are impacting their overall health. This level of compliance from patients requires a trusting relationship with providers. High levels of trust lead to better listening and more compliance, thus better outcomes.

So how do we build this level of trust? Linkous says we start by reducing anxiety by creating more experiences that lead to positive emotions and fewer that lead to negative ones. Clay says that ChenMed has some interesting models in place for building trust. Their approach involves building on some foundational things that have worked well, infusing new learning from neuroscience around human behavior, and learning from organizations outside the industry, like Ritz-Carlton and Chick-Fil-A.

Chen Med is also taking a closer look at the social determinants of health for their patients. By thinking more broadly than traditional medicine and looking at how housing, transportation, and other factors that happen away from the bedside impact the patient partnership, they have been able to get better outcomes.

While they are still innovating and evolving, one thing is for certain. Linkous believes that all of this requires leaders and the care team to feel (and express) a deep compassion and care for others. The old adage comes to mind: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

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56_Moving from the Great Resignation to the Great RE-SIGNation: Re-Recruiting High Performers with Dr. Thom Mayer

Hosted by Dan Collard with special guest Thom Mayer

Special guest host Dan Collard, Co-Founder/Partner with Quint Studer of Healthcare Plus Solutions Group  interviews Thom Mayer, MD, an emergency medicine physician, medical director for the NFL Players Association, and author of the book Battling Healthcare Burnout: Learn to Love the Job You Have, While Creating The Job You Love.  He says the Great Resignation is the perfect time to think about who we should re-sign: attracting and hiring high performers is great, but we can’t assume they’re going to stay. We need to focus on keeping them.

During his work as an ER physician, Dr. Mayer learned the basics for retaining the best people. Simply put, “please” and “thank you” matter! At the end of every shift he would personally thank every nurse, every tech, and every housekeeper. And he would ask “What could I have done to make your job easier today?” He says this practice was humbling but also enlightening.

In this podcast he’ll share other insights he has learned from his career. For example:

  • A good culture is about two things: 1) making patients happy, and 2) doing the right thing for the people who take care of the patients.
  • The concept of leadership is worthless because it’s a noun; it’s something you say. Leading is a verb—we demonstrate leadership by our actions, not our words.
  • Every person on the team is a leader—they lead themselves or they lead other team member
  • The work of battling burnout begins from within. Every team member is a performance athlete, involved in a cycle of performance, rest and recovery, over and over and over again. This is why it’s so vital to invest in yourself and your team.
  • One of Dr. Mayers’ favorite tools is the Love, Hate, Tolerate tool because it forces a lot of reflection
  • How do you get a great job (like one with the NFL)? Don’t focus on resume building. Instead, build trust and relationships and your career will take care of itself.

Finally, he’ll talk about why the true key to battling burnout is not about building resilience in people, but adaptive capacity. Those who use the systems and processes have to be the ones who re-design them. That’s why Dr. Mayer is adamant that innovation doesn’t belong in the C-suite.  As Napoleon Bonaparte once said, leaders are dealers in hope. Our role is to create the trust and hope that empowers the frontline people to say “I see a way to do it better.”


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55_Connecting Goal Setting to Real Results with MUSC

Hosted by Quint Studer with special guests Dr. Cory Robinson and Mary Finley

In healthcare, we focus heavily on numbers and metrics, but how do we ensure we are connecting these numbers to real patient outcomes? Goal setting is one of the best ways to make sure your metrics are tied to real results. In this week’s podcast, Quint chats with Dr. Cory Robinson and Mary Finley from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC, where they have collected some best practices around how to set meaningful goals, tie them to results, and ultimately achieve organizational and operational excellence.

Here are some of the things you will learn from this week’s podcast:

  • Why a strong goal-setting process is the foundation for organizational excellence and why devoting some time to it is a good investment (MUSC does a goal-setting retreat.)
  • How to make sure you are focused on the right goals
  • How to pick which metrics to focus on and how to best weight goals
  • How to align and cascade goals across an entire organization
  • How to provide support for team members who aren’t achieving goals
  • How to manage an organizational goal where you might not have direct impact
  • When and how you should modify goals mid-year

Organizations and people thrive where there is clarity and prioritization. A solid goal-setting program helps us know where to focus to achieve the desired outcomes. This dynamic duo from MUSC will show you how to get everyone rowing in the same direction. 

About Dr. Cory Robinson

Dr. Cory Robinson is the System Administrator for Performance, Health Solutions and Health & Wellness for the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health System and a Faculty Member at the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Health Professions. He is a member of the MUSC Health System and Charleston Division Executive Leadership Teams. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of vital administrative functions of the health system.

Cory completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Erskine College (Due West, SC) and received both his Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Doctorate of Philosophy in Health and Rehabilitation Science (PhD) from the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC). He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Professional, Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award National Examiner.
Contact:, 843-792-5412

About Mary Finley

Mary Finley is the Director of Performance and Alignment for the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), a role she assumed in September 2019. In this role, she oversees the measurement and monitoring performance for the MUSC Health System, which includes goal/ target setting and benchmarking. Finley joined MUSC in June 2009 and has held positions within HR and Analytics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clemson University and her Master of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Contact:, 843-792-0317

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54_How Aramark Healthcare+ Made Caring Part of Its DNA with Bart Kaericher

Hosted by Quint Studer with special guest Bart Kaericher

The team at Aramark Healthcare+, which provides food, facilities, and uniform services to healthcare organizations, knows that vision statements are more than just words. They’ve figured out how to operationalize theirs—“Together we serve. We solve. We strengthen.”—to create a culture of caring, empowered employees and make patients’ lives better.

This week’s guest is Bart Kaericher, President and CEO of Aramark Healthcare+. He talks about how they shift their employees’ mindset to remind them of the bigger picture and the role they play in the healing process (e.g., “food is medicine” and “by creating a clean environment, we keep patients safe”). A few of the things you’ll learn in this podcast:

  • How Aramark employees serve as true partners with clinical staff, anticipating and solving problems before patients hit the call button
  • How the company brings its “serve, solve, strengthen” statement to life
  • How Aramark’s culture inspires and empowers employees to innovate using their heart and their common sense……and how that freedom and flexibility leads to “magic moments” and creates amazing patient experiences
  • Face time counts: why spending so much time on the road and with frontline employees not only helps him learn but reenergizes and replenishes him
  • How to learn and harvest best practices from vendors and different industries and scale them throughout your organization
  • Creative ways Aramark leverages its “food as medicine” philosophy to create happier, healthier caregivers

About Bart Kaericher

Bart Kaericher is the president and CEO of Aramark’s Healthcare+ division. Before joining Aramark in 2021, Kaericher served as senior vice president of sales & marketing, retention & strategic partnerships for Morrison and Crothall, divisions of Compass Group, NAD. While at Compass, he played an instrumental role in driving new business and building a culture focused on healthy growth. Kaericher also served as sales leader & architect on several prominent account wins and led strategic retention efforts. Prior to his tenure with Compass Group, NAD, Kaericher worked for more than a decade at B. Braun Medical Inc.

Kaericher holds an MBA in pharmaceutical & healthcare marketing from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, and a BS in business from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He has also completed Cornell University’s Executive Healthcare Leadership Certificate online program.

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53_The Evidence Is In: We Can Heal Ourselves by Serving Others with Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH

Hosted by Quint Studer with special guest Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH

With stress and burnout at an all-time high, we need to be more conscious than ever about self-care. In this episode, Dr. Stephen Trzeciak shares how caring for and serving others actually replenishes us, and shares the physical and psychological benefits of helping others. We’ve always known compassion feels good to both parties. What we may not realize is there’s a wealth of data proving compassion heals both parties in profound and measurable ways.

Dr. Trzeciak’s first book, Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference, coauthored by Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli, lays out the evidence that compassion benefits patients, care providers, and organizations. Their new book, Wonder Drug: 7 Scientifically Proven Ways That Serving Others Is the Best Medicine for Yourself, reiterates that message in light of the burnout crisis, and gives a specific prescription for building energy, resilience, and happiness by investing in caring relationships.

In this podcast, you’ll learn:

  • Why serving others is really the best medicine for yourself
  • How to ask the right questions and show people you really care
  • How to recognize the nine (on average) opportunities for empathy each of us face every day and maximize them
  • How to support people through tough times, even when you can’t fix everything
  • Why ruthless leaders don’t do well and the benefits of compassionate leadership

About Stephen Trzeciak:
Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH is a physician scientist, Chief of Medicine at Cooper University Health Care, and Professor and Chair of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, New Jersey.  Dr. Trzeciak is a practicing intensivist (specialist in intensive care medicine), and a clinical researcher with more than 120 publications in the scientific literature.  His scientific program has been supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with Dr. Trzeciak serving as Principal Investigator.

Dr. Trzeciak is the co-author of two books, Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes a Difference, and Wonder Drug: 7 Scientifically Proven Ways That Serving Others Is the Best Medicine for Yourself.  Broadly, Dr. Trzeciak’s mission is to raise compassion and altruism globally, through science.

Learn more about upcoming events at 
All in-person attendees at the RYTO Conference  will receive a copy of Wonder Drug.

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52_Optimizing Relationships with Outside Contractors: How to Create a Win-Win for Both Organizations with Shannon Heard and Kevin Graves

Hosted by Quint Studer with special guests Shannon Heard and Kevin Graves

Many organizations depend on outside contractors for key components of their operations. Yet when outsourcing parts of your work, it can be a struggle to bring both teams together to create a seamless experience for everyone. Also, at times there can be a tendency to treat outside contractors like a commodity. Not only is this bad for the relationship, it also keeps you from maximizing outcomes. When managed well, these partnerships can lead to amazing results.

The current staffing shortage showcases just how valuable contractor partnerships can be. We need great partners more than ever! As healthcare organizations everywhere were stretched thin during the COVID-19 pandemic, Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) leaned on their strategic partnership with Aramark to hire and onboard almost 400 people in just 30 days to staff the entrances of their hospitals.

In this podcast, Kevin Graves from Baylor Scott & White and Shannon Heard from Aramark Healthcare + share best practices for how to integrate outside contractors and build a cohesive culture across large teams. You’ll learn:

  • How to build a culture of collaboration where everyone feels like they’re part of the same team, even if they come from different organizations.
  • How to engage contractors in conversations that make them feel like true partners, and why this is so important.
  • How to leverage your relationship with partner organizations to bring in new resources and talent when things get tough.
  • Why you should be using metrics to drive your decision-making process, and how this keeps decisions from being personal or emotional.
  • How the Aramark culture helps them nurture incredible long-lasting partnerships that create a win-win for both organizations.

About Kevin Graves

Kevin Graves leads hospital and clinic operations in hospitality for Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH), the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas and one of the top 10 not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation. He led the development and integration of BSWH Hospitality Services, resulting in over $31 million annualized savings, standardization of operating practices, and significant improvement in patient satisfaction.

About Shannon Heard

Shannon Heard is a healthcare executive who currently serves as regional vice president for Aramark Healthcare +. In partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health, Shannon has successfully led a workforce of over 3,500 team members throughout the state of Texas through the integration of hospitality services. During the merger of Baylor and Scott & White, Shannon was instrumental in bringing all related services under one umbrella of leadership, while implementing strategies to result in multi-million-dollar cost reductions and improving upon key performance metrics.





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51_Dealing with Disruptive Behaviors: Cultivating a Culture That Allows People to Fall Back in Love with Their Job Sonia Rhodes and Dr. Renee Thompson

Hosted by Quint Studer with special guests Sonia Rhodes and Dr. Renee Thompson

There has been an uptick of bad behavior in the workplace. While bullying, lack of civility and respect, and conflict have always been there, a global pandemic has just exacerbated it.

Sonia Rhodes and Dr. Renee Thompson share strategies for how to build a strong culture that creates a great experience for patients, employees, and coworkers. They say culture and employee experience will not only allow us to attract and keep the best and brightest, it will allow us to provide the best clinical outcomes, as well as achieve our financial and operational goals.

You’ll learn:

  • How to build a culture by design, not by default
  • Why getting intentional about the kind of workplace you want is the key
  • Why a high performer who behaves badly is really a low performer
  • Why leaders might ignore bad behavior and why that’s so dangerous
  • Why naming bad behaviors is key to helping the team confront them
  • How to create a self-regulating culture where every single colleague understands what right looks like and becomes an ambassador for how to make things better
  • How culture and experience drive all other success
  • Practical strategies for approaching employees who are having a difficult time complying with the rules

About Sonia Rhodes

Sonia Rhodes is the founder and CEO of The Experience Lab—an incubator of ideas and an accelerator of action—bringing Experience design and cultural transformation principles to the healthcare industry. The Experience Lab partners with visionary healthcare systems and executives to imagine, design, and bring to life a new kind of healthcare Experience for team members, providers, patients, and guests and is home to The Inside Out National Experience Transformation Collaborative. Sonia is a pioneer in the realm of healthcare Experience Design, leading the way in the industry for more than 20 years. At Sharp HealthCare, a San Diego, CA-based not-for-profit health system, she was the nation’s first health system executive to lead organizational Experience transformation.

About Renee Thompson

As an international speaker and consultant, Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CSP, tackles the professional challenges facing healthcare leaders today. With 31 years of experience as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, and nurse executive, Dr. Thompson is an internationally recognized expert on creating a healthy workforce by eradicating workplace bullying and incivility. She is the CEO and founder of the Healthy Workforce Institute and works with healthcare organizations to cultivate a professional workforce. Renee is one of only 26 nurses in the world who have achieved the prestigious certified speaking professional designation, and in 2018 was recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Healthcare for her contribution to their global online healthcare community.

To learn more about the RYTO Conference, click HERE.

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50_Words Matter with Terre Short and Dennis Snow

Hosted by Quint Studer with special guests Terre Short and Dennis Snow

During busy, stressful times, it’s easy to get transactional in our communication with employees, co-workers and our patients. However, hard times really require a different kind of communication, one that’s more relationship driven. It’s vital that we look inward to ensure that our words are aligned with our intentions and values, that we engage employees in ways that make them feel like partners, and that we connect with others in ways that generate meaningful answers.

In this podcast, Quint explores the subjects and more with human potential developer Terre Short (author of The Words We Choose: Your Guide to How and Why Words Matter) and service excellence expert and former Disney executive Dennis Snow (author of “Lessons From the Mouse: A Guide for Applying Disney World’s Secrets of Success to Your Organization, Your Career, and Your Life). 

Here are a few of their insights:

  • Why you have to do more listening than talking right now
  • How to ask the powerful questions that get you really connected to people
  • How to make sure what you say and what you mean is aligned
  • Why employees are the best people to answer your toughest questions and how to create the partnerships that elicits their input.
  • How to celebrate those daily moments of getting things right and why you should
  • What EVERYTHING SPEAKS really means
  • How to see your organization through the lens of employees and patients
  • How constantly narrating the process relieves anxiety for employees and patients

About Terre Short:

Terre Short is the CEO/owner of Short Group. She has been a coach in some capacity her entire career. Through coaching, speaking, and facilitating she has inspired countless staff, senior leaders, physicians and middle managers to connect to their why, and to harness the power of empathy and personal relationships. She excels in assessing complex situations/challenges and helping others break them down with clarity into actionable steps.

Terre has more than 30 years of leadership experience, a Masters in Business Administration/Healthcare Management, her Professional Coach Certification (PCC), and is a Certified Patient Experience Professional (CPXP).

Prior to returning to Short Group, Terre served in corporate healthcare roles for ten years (2010 – 2020), as a high-level executive for one of the largest health systems in the U.S. (HCA), and as a regional director for Huron/The Studer Group.

She first established Short Group in 1995 and at that time specialized in leadership development and consulting, including coaching GMs, CEOs and other leaders. Short Group followed her hospitality career that spanned many senior leadership positions within Four Seasons Hotels and later Pebble Beach Company.

Since 1995, she has spoken for a wide range of organizations, and audiences large and small. She is highly sought after for leadership development forums and spoke at the 2018 Annual Becker’s Hospital Review Conference.

Terre is passionate about bringing out the potential of others through 1:1 and team coaching, and helping leaders improve results through her speaking, and consulting. Topics outlined on Short Group website.

Terre published The Words We Choose: Your Guide to How and Why Words Matter in July 2020. The book covers how to choose words that connect to values and intention. It spans the words we choose for ourselves (the voice in your head), with loved ones, at large in the world, at work, through technology (not spoken), and with a higher power.

About Dennis Snow:

Dennis Snow’s customer service abilities were honed over 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company. There, he developed his passion for service excellence and the experience he brings to the worldwide speaking and consulting he does today.

He began his Disney career in 1979 as a front-line attractions operator. As he advanced through the company, Dennis managed various operating areas throughout the park, learning and applying the skills it takes to run a world-class, service-driven organization.

Dennis launched a division of the Disney Institute responsible for consulting with some of the world’s largest companies including ExxonMobil, AT&T, General Motors and Coca Cola. During this time, he presented to audiences in diverse locations around the world, such as South Africa, Australia, Mexico, England and Argentina. This division quickly became the fastest growing venture of the Disney Institute and experienced repeat business of nearly 100%.

He also spent several years with the Disney University, teaching corporate philosophy and business practices to cast members and the leadership team. While there, he coordinated the Disney Traditions program, which is universally recognized as a benchmark in corporate training. In his last year with Walt Disney World, Dennis’ leadership performance was ranked in the top 3% of the company’s leadership team.

Today, Dennis is a full-time speaker, trainer and consultant who helps organizations achieve goals related to customer service, employee development and leadership. Some of his clients include American Express, Johns Hopkins Medicine, ExxonMobil, and Nationwide.

His articles appear in a number of industry publications and he is a featured guest “expert” on customer service, on several business news-talk radio shows. He is the author of the book, Unleashing Excellence: The Complete Guide to Ultimate Customer Service, which has been used in organizations around the world as a blueprint for organizational excellence. His newest book has just been released, titled, “Lessons From the Mouse: A Guide for Applying Disney World’s Secrets of Success to Your Organization, Your Career, and Your Life.”

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49_Making Preparedness Part of Your Mission with Eugene Schneller

Hosted by Quint Studer with special guest Eugene Schneller

From PPE and ventilator shortages to challenges in distributing vaccines and medications, it’s clear that the added strain from Covid-19 exposed some cracks in our healthcare system. In order to be ready for whatever comes next, we need to rethink how we procure and allocate resources. Eugene Schneller shares why supply chain management should be top of mind for healthcare leaders and gives strategies for how to stay prepared for whatever the future holds.

You’ll learn:

  • Why we should include “preparedness” as a core part of our mission, along with our industry focus on “cost, quality, and outcomes”
  • Why collaboration and resource sharing is so important in difficult times and how to hardwire these practices into the everyday
  • Why “just-in-time” procurement policies need to be updated to account for Black Swan-type events
  • How to allocate financial resources to staying prepared in a way that makes things better, not harder

About Eugene Schneller

Eugene Schneller, PhD, has held faculty and research scholar positions at Duke University, Union College (New York), and Columbia University. His consulting and research focus on health care policy, best practice adoption, supply chain purchasing strategy design and governance, human resource development, and supply chain integration. He was principal investigator for the Department of Defense efforts to integrate the medical supply chains for the three services. He is co-founder of Healthcare Supply Chain eXcellence and president of Health Care Sector Advances.

The Gratitude Symposium Session 

Eugene S. Schneller, Ph.D.
Dean’s Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar
Department of Supply Chain Management
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona 85287-4706



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