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October, 2017

President's Letter
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It’s hard to believe that the summer is over, but as the first drizzle hits the Western States I can feel the fall in the air.  For WSHMMA members fall means it’s time to do some planning and preparation.  As each of you look at planning your budgets, savings targets, and sales numbers I want to ask you to consider adding a few additional items to your 2017-2018 planning calendars. 

First, make sure to add some level of National Supply Chain Week recognition for your team members and organizations.  We’ll put some thoughts in the Newsletter for you to look at, but I wanted to make a special point of saying thank you to all of the WSHMMA members that make magic happen in your organizations every day.  It is great to be part of such an elite group of professionals and National Supply Chain Week is a great opportunity to recognize everyone for their contributions to our field.

Second, remember to plan for coming to our 2018 WSHMMA Annual Conference in April 2018.  We will be doing our third year at the Embassy Suites in Tukwila.  This year we should have the Agenda released before Thanksgiving and we are hoping to get record numbers coming out.  If there is a topic that you would like to see included please send any board member your ideas.  Our goal is to make the conference meaningful for all of the members that participate.  We’ll send out more information in October’s Newsletter.

Lastly, make sure to plan some time for yourselves.  All of you are selfless professionals.  It has been a busy year and we are all feeling the pressures of our environment.  Make sure to take a couple of days and do the things you love.  Smile and have fun.  It’s a great time to be in WSHMMA.

Sean Farley, President
Western States Healthcare Materials Management Association

WSHMMA Board Members Present Purchased Services Strategies to the Idaho Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Association

Michael Moore and Scott Coleman traveled to Idaho this last March and presented the following to those in attendance. Michael highlighted AHRMM, WSHMMA, and CMRP. Scott presented strategies his organization had undertaken to reduce its Professional Services spend. Both presentations seemed well received by ASC members.


Congratulations to the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) Certification credentiasl this summer:

Cynthia Hughes, Anchorage, AK

Todd Hogue, Spokane, WA

Todd Nida, Coeur d’Alene, ID

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National Healthcare Supply Chain Week

National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week), sponsored by AHRMM, is October 1-7, 2017 with the theme: Healthcare Supply Chain: Advancing Exceptional Outcomes. Join your peers nationwide during SC Week to promote the profession and be reminded of the many important roles you take on every day to advance your healthcare organization. LEARN MORE >


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