Alumni Part of Team Recognized by National Publication

Posted on September 1st, 2015 by Emily Tomlinson

Averett alumni, Bob Hornsby ’06, and Keith D. Dabbs ’98, ’03, work for Newport News based Riverside Health System, which was recently the recipient of the 12th Annual Supply Chain Department of the Year Award from Healthcare Purchasing News. HPN, which provides clinical intelligence for supply chain leadership monthly in print and daily online, selected the multi-hospital system’s Supply Chain team for its comprehensive implementation of value analysis, its orchestration of financial intelligence as well as product and process expertise, all of which solidified its relationships with hospital clinicians and C-suite executives.

Under the leadership of Hornsby system director, Supply Chain, who has spent his entire four-decade healthcare career at Riverside, the Supply Chain team transformed into a more cohesive group poised to elevate supply chain’s function and influence going forward.

“We contribute to [our fundamental guiding principle and vision of its ‘Care Difference’] when each of us first walk into the building every day,” said Dabbs, MBA, CMRP, APM, Senior Manager, Procurement & Sourcing. “Not only do we strive to keep products on the shelf, but we also work very hard to ensure that our caregivers have what they need to take care of the ultimate benefactor ˗ our patient. We may never see them, but we know that by making the caregiver’s job easier, they are able to do these things for our patients.”

Undaunted by the repercussions of the Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organization (ACO) regulations and the considerable reimbursement changes by private and public payers alike, Riverside’s Supply Chain team weathered the requisite belt-tightening and staff reduction issues affecting many similar organizations.

“Riverside’s Supply Chain group demonstrated a remarkable understanding of how a team should work for the benefit of the organization and the patients it serves,” said HPN Senior Editor Rick Dana Barlow. “From zone offense and defense to one-on-one working relationships with clinicians and administrators, Riverside’s team showed how facilitation, functional expertise, clinical influence and information technology fused together makes healthcare operations happen and patient care improvements a reality.”

To read the article online, click here.