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February, 2018

President Elect's Letter
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For the love of supply chain…

I hope everyone had a pleasant Valentine’s Day and we remembered who we love, what we love, and why we love it. Many times we may feel our jobs are thankless but we need to remember what we do has an impact on our patients and their families. Many of you have experienced loved ones in the hospital and I know you’ve witnessed how important the supplies are to the clinicians that do the work they do. The quality of the supplies along with the cost and it’s availability to each department deliver a great value to the patient; each piece is dependent on us who work in supply chain and when I walk the facility, I’m reminded that what I do is important and critical to the healing of our patients.

Like my love for my family and the work I do to help our patients, I also love the topic of supply chain. I continually look for opportunities to deepen my appreciation and understanding of supply chain. As a passionate employee and member of AHRMM and WSHMMA, I want to remind everyone how they can gain more experience and opportunity to develop their supply chain skills. Don’t forget to attend the Western States Healthcare Materials Management Association’s annual conference. Our action packed agenda features great topics and speakers. Below is a sampling of the many great topics!

  • Listen to Tina Blackett talk about the recent Amtrak derailment and “Emergency Response”.
  • Learn management skills of “Influence and Non-verbal Communication” from keynote speaker, Erick Rheam. Here is teaser video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDWOYkWBZFw
  • Participate in “Supply Chain Best Practices” roundtable.

Visit our website for full details http://www.wshmma.org/events.htm

  • April 11 to 13, 2018

  • Embassy Suites, 15920 W. Valley Hwy - Seattle, WA 98188

  • Use group code "WSM" to obtain our special group rate.

  • Cutoff date for group registrations is March, 22nd 2018.

  • You can also reserve a hotel room by calling 1-800-Embassy (1-800-362-2779). Again, be sure to reference "WSM" as the group number when you call to get our special group rate.

I want to thank all members for their continued support and hard work. Your time and efforts contribute to a top notch chapter and continued Diamond Status. Well done!

Best Regards,

Franklin Pangrazi


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