2017 Military Seat Candidate
Ronald J. Aquino, CMRP
Chief, Logistics Division
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany
Describe why you are a good candidate for this leadership role.
As a professional Soldier for more than 20 years, my extensive experience serving in the military and the multiple leadership roles I’ve had makes me a great candidate for this leadership role. I’ve served in multiple positions, responsible for the health and welfare of up to 300 personnel and overseeing budgets exceeding $10M, fostering teamwork/team building in peacetime and while deployed in Kuwait and Iraq. In my current job at the only military medical center outside of the United States, conducting daily operations while planning for contingency operations ensures that this facility is capable of conducting/executing the strategic goals of the Department of Defense. The role of the logistics officer is to ensure that clinicians have what they require to have the best possible outcome for every patient encounter.
While serving at US Army Africa as the only Medical Logistics Officer during Operation United Assistance (Ebola support effort to Liberia), my primary responsibility was to ensure medical supplies (specifically personal protective equipment) were delivered to supported personnel that resulted in zero cases of Ebola infection to our personnel. Along with the accolades of accomplishing a difficult mission, this was not the only mission that I have had the privilege of participating in. The complicated mission of supporting the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon, with the United Nations and Department of State, also enhanced my ability as a leader, team member and a strategic thinker. With various positions while serving throughout the world, my career afforded me the opportunity for the challenge of leading Soldiers and serving my country.
Describe where you see healthcare evolving, and what you see supply chain’s role being in those future models.
Healthcare’s evolution from treating symptoms/ailments to preventative health resulted in ensuring that the proper care was given at the right time and for the right price, while providing the best care possible. Supply chain’s role is to be able to provide the right supply (item/equipment), to the right place, at the right time, for the best price. The ability to influence healthcare results with values-based supply chain not only helps the patients, but the organization. Supply chain managers must be able to project future requirements while maintaining currency and constantly informing customers. Supply chain’s importance in leading the organizational culture of change will ensure the successful delivery of superior healthcare to beneficiaries.
How will your leadership and vision strengthen AHRMM?
A firm believer in mentorship, the ability to share my knowledge with other members in the military not only will make me a better leader, but will ensure that future leaders have the knowledge to continue to progress. AHRMM’s mission of advancing healthcare through supply chain excellence not only benefits the service member, it also has an added benefit to our communities. The understanding of the private sector and our civilian healthcare supply chain will only enhance our ability to support our respective communities, whether in the United States or elsewhere in the world. Every service-member (regardless if Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine or Coast Guard) involved in the medical supply chain will greatly benefit from AHRMM and the military region representative must continue to educate those individuals of the tremendous benefit the association provides. The CQO movement articulates the necessity for supply chain managers and organizations to adequately make decisions to address cost-avoidance while providing the best care to the beneficiaries. The military health system is not immune from the spiraling cost of healthcare and must continue to strive in our duties to be fiscally responsible not only to our beneficiary population, but the U.S. government.
Total number of years as AHRMM Member: 6
Years in healthcare: 21
Years worked in the healthcare supply chain profession: 18
Years worked in current position: 1
Number of direct reports: 4
Number of employees in your department: 118 (Soldiers, Airmen, Department of the Army and Local National Civilians)
Type of Organization you are employed by: Hospital/Medical Center, Military/VA/Government
Describe your current position and responsibilities:
Serves as Chief, Logistics Division of the only military medical center in Europe at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), serving seven Army Health Clinics, one Army Health Center with locations in Germany, Italy and Belgium supporting US European Command (EUCOM), Africa Command (AFRICOM) and Central Command (CENTCOM). Provide health services support to over 3000 joint service/international healthcare professionals to a beneficiary population of over 345,000. Responsible for the development and execution of logistics policies, procedures and programs of a 100-bed acute care, Level III Trauma facility, Army Health Clinics, Dental and Veterinary clinics geographically dispersed. Provide oversight and supervision to Supply Chain Management, Equipment (medical repair and property) Management, Environmental Services and Transportation Management branches of a workforce totaling over 115 personnel consisting of military (Army and Air Force), Department of the Army and Local National Civilians. Directs execution of $12M annual operating budget and stewardship of $150M in organization property for LRMC, Dental Command and Regional Health Command Europe.
List service to local chapter and to AHRMM national, including all committee/task force involvement, and whether you served as a member or as chair, within the past 5 years.
List Annual Conferences, Leadership Training Conferences, and Thought Leader Summits attended, including dates and locations, within the past 5 years:
- US Forces Korea’s Ulchi Freedom Guardian/Korean Resolve Planning Conference (Seoul, South Korea; May 6-12, 2012)
- US Africa Command Surgeon’s Strategic Engagement with Malawi Defence Force (Lilongwe, Malawi; Jun 8-13, 2013)
- US Army Special Operations Command’s Medical Logistics Workgroup (San Antonio, TX; Jul 28- Aug 3, 2013)
- Rwanda Armed Forces Familiarization Engagement with US Army Medical Command (San Antonio, TX; Aug 31-11 Sep 2013)
- 2014 AHRMM Conference (Orlando, FL; Aug 4-6, 2014)
- Medical Knowledge Sharing Engagement with South African National Defence Force and Lesotho Defense Force (Johannessburg, South Africa and Maseru, Lesotho; Aug 10-23, 2014)
- US Army Special Operations Command’s Medical Logistics Workgroup (San Antonio, TX; Aug 25-30, 2014)
- Medical Engagement Conference (Medical Officer Responsibility and US Army Medical Command Structure) with Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (Mbabane, Swaziland; Sep 5-11, 2014)
- US Africa Command’s Command Surgeons’ Meeting (Stuttgart, Germany; Sep 8-12, 2015)
- 2015 US Army Medical Departments’ Professional Post-Graduate Short Course (San Antonio, TX; Sep 20-26, 2015)
- US Army’s Army Medical Logistics Enterprise Strategic Refresh Conference (Frederick, MD; Feb 16-20, 2016)
- US European Command Medical Planners’ Meeting (Stuttgart, Germany; Mar 15-17, 2016)
- US Africa Command’s Command Surgeons’ Meeting (Stuttgart, Germany; Mar 21-24, 2016)
- 3rd Annual North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medical Lessons Learned Workshop (Budapest, Hungary; Apr 11-16, 2016)
- Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Strategic Planning (Ramstein, Germany; Oct 5-6, 2016)
- Medical Materiel Enterprise Standardization Office Training Workshop (Philadelphia, PA; Nov 15-17. 2016)
Service to professional associations or community organizations to which you belong, including all committees, whether you served as a member or as chair, the year(s) of service, any elected offices held and the year(s) held:
- Silver Caduceus Society (Korea Chapter; 1999, 2010-2012)
- The Honorable Order of St. Michael (Inducted Jun 2007)
- Order of Military Medical Merit (Inducted Jun 2012)
- Coach, US Army Africa Volleyball (2013-2015)
- Coach, US Army Garrison-Vicenza Volleyball (2013-2015)
- Coach, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Volleyball (2016)
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