Amy Whitaker was placed as vice president of supply chain at Mercyhealth in Rockford, Illinois, and Janesville, Wisconsin. Mercyhealth is a regional integrated health system of seven hospitals, 85 primary and specialty care locations in 50 communities across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, a home health/hospice division, and a wholly owned and operated insurance company, served by over 700 employed primary and specialty care physicians who provide over 2.4 million patient visits each year. Mercyhealth has been named to Becker's Healthcare's "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare" list, and has received a variety of awards for innovation. In her role, Amy will oversee the planning and development of policies and procedures and the overall operations of all system-wide functions related to supply chain, implementing best-in-class processes to drive intended quality and safety outcomes in the most cost-effective manner.
Amy comes to Mercyhealth from Bon Secours Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Ohio, a health system with over 1,000 sites of care in seven states and Ireland, and annual net operating revenue of $11 billion. As the corporate vice president for supply chain clinical transformation, Amy drove a consistent supply chain strategy across the entire organization and created a new value analysis program, coordinating implementations from start to finish through the leadership of a clinical transformation committee, clinical resource program teams, and surgical navigators. Her work resulted in the achievement of operational and clinical excellence, improved change management and stakeholder engagement, and a revitalized focus on patient outcomes. Most recently, Amy helped launch and lead Advantus Health Partners, a group purchasing organization that leverages the influence of Bon Secours Mercy Health to drive change across the industry by uncovering opportunities for cost saving through purchasing to reduce budgets and increase efficiencies.
Previously, Amy served as corporate director for strategic sourcing and value analysis at Bon Secours Mercy Health, and as a regional director for clinical supply chain and value analysis with Premier, Inc. She began her career at Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Virginia, as a staff nurse, subsequently rising to the role of director of supply chain solutions.
Amy holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, is certified as a Lean Green Belt, and has participated in national speaking engagements related to healthcare supply chain and analytics, as well as publishing in a variety of national media outlets.
QLK's Jamie Cassedy led the search to recruit Amy to Mercyhealth, where her duties will begin on August 1, 2022.