2017 Affiliate Seat Candidate

Lora JohnsonLora L. Johnson  MBA, BSN, RN, CMRP, FAHRMM
Consulting Director
Vizient, Inc.
Irving, TX


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Describe why you are a good candidate for this leadership role.

With 32 years of healthcare experience ranging from clinical staff and management roles to supply chain leadership roles, I have a very broad view of the current and future landscape of healthcare. My leadership experiences include both autonomy roles with project management focus responsible for developing and implementing large change projects (examples: meeting annual savings goals through multiple projects, opening two new hospitals, merging of two health systems, and converting surgical services from paper charting to electronic medical records) and team roles with up to 52 direct reports responsible for 24hour service. These experiences have provided much knowledge in all levels of healthcare from line staff to the C-Suite as well as interest from multiple key stakeholders with each organization including quality, infection prevention, finance, clinical and supply chain.

Over the past three years, I have made a personal commitment to the development of Supply Chain as a true Profession by encouragement of others regardless of job duties to focus on self-education and respect of the tasks performed. I have presented the CMRP Preparation course both national and local levels nine times over the past 24 months, assisted with the development of weekly CMAP Prep conference calls sponsored by GSHMM, and always stand ready to take coaching phone calls to those interested in obtaining CMRP credentialing and being recognized as a leader in supply chain issues. As a challenge to self as well as a means to serve as an example, I recently achieved the designation of Fellow in AHRMM and encourage others to pursue to further promote the profession.

Having served in a Value Analysis capacity for two large IDNs, I have also made a commitment to support AHRMM’s CQO movement and have personally shared the platform both internally as a base of Value Analysis with a multitude of key stakeholders within the IDNs and openly with presentations at both GSHMM (Georgia’s Chapter of AHRMM) and World Congress Supply Chain Summits (twice). I firmly belief that the use of CQO during contracting and product selection brings immense value financially as well as improvement in clinical outcomes and physician engagement.

My passion for encouragement and enhancement of the Supply Chain Profession and the CQO Movement should make me a viable candidate to the affiliate seat on AHRMM’s Board of Directors.

Describe where you see healthcare evolving, and what you see supply chain’s role being in those future models.

The uncertainty of insurability and reimbursement will continue to plaque healthcare for an indefinite period. Unfortunately, I think the finance landscape will continue to be a huge challenge and will result in additional facility closures throughout the US. While Quality (patient outcomes) and accurate billing practices will continue to impact reimbursement, many aspects of cost should be addressed effectively to support sustainability. Supply Chain needs to take a leadership role in impacting all non-salary expenses. For many organizations, this thought is challenging but we must move into a new comfort zone of having a seat in all decision making meeting which might impact costs. Supply Chain will need to take a proactive upfront role and serve as key research and communication leaders for the healthcare organization. AHRMM’s CQO methodology can be utilized for all purchasing decisions to ensure the highest value is achieved.

Additionally, the Supply Chain will need to develop knowledge of areas that were once taboo including information services and plant engineering. To be successful, Supply Chain will need to improve in both employee engagement and physician engagement. Obtaining CMRP and FAHRMM designations should assist in the professional development track needed to serve in leadership roles beside the CFO and CMO as well as enhance one’s credibility when leading change within a clinical or other area within the organization. By building trust and relationships, Supply Chain can utilize CQO for purchasing decisions and drive savings for the organization to improve sustainability which may be the prevention to closure.

How will your leadership and vision strengthen AHRMM?

My experience, commitment and passion for healthcare and the development of supply chain as a significant contributing profession will support AHRMM’s mission. I plan to continue the campaign of encouragement of other supply chain members to obtain CMRP and FAHRMM credentialing by class presentations and availability to coach via phone and in person.

The CQO movement will be a prime focus as related to contracting and product selection which will include continued efforts to share information via one on one conversation as well as presentations. CQO efforts move outside of supply chain and promote enhanced involvement with physicians, clinicians, and other key stakeholders enhancing strategic partnering which, in turn, promotes a higher level of staff and physician engagement as understanding and analysis drives decisions. Selecting products and services that offer the highest overall value will contribute to the sustainability of the health system by reducing costs, improving clinical outcomes and having a positive impact on reimbursement. I truly belief Supply Chain must be the leader in this movement and serve as the resource for education, research, and facilitation of decision efforts.


Total number of years as AHRMM Member: 4 years
Years in healthcare: 32
Years worked in the healthcare supply chain profession: 7
Years worked in current position: 2 months
Number of direct reports: 0
Number of employees in your department: 30+
Type of Organization you are employed by: Group Purchasing Organization

Describe your current position and responsibilities:

Consulting in Purchased Services arena as well as Supply Chain improvement solutions.


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.

  • 2014-2016 AHRMM Education Committee Member
  • 2015-2017 GSHMM Board of Directors (Secretary)
  • 2016-2018 AHRMM Annual Conference Education Committee Member

List Annual Conferences, Leadership Training Conferences, and Thought Leader Summits attended, including dates and locations, within the past 5 years:

  • VHA Clinical and Supply Chain Summit, Las Vegas, April 2014
  • World Congress, Healthcare Supply Chain Summit, New Orleans, January 2015
  • MedAssets Healthcare Summit, Las Vegas, April 2015
  • AHRMM Annual Conference, Indianapolis, August 2015
  • GSHMM Annual Conference, Savannah, October 2015
  • AHRMM Annual Conference, Sand Diego, July 2016
  • GSHMM Annual Conference, Savannah, October 2016
  • World Congress, Healthcare Supply Chain Summit, New Orleans, January 2017

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:

2014-2016 AHRMM Education Committee Member

  • Including monthly meetings
  • CMRP Prep Class Presenter via Webinar and at AHRMM Annual Conferences 2015, 2016
  • Arranged and moderated two additional webinars including: Value Analysis Best Practices and Supplier Diversity in 2015

2015-2017 GSHMM Board of Directors (Secretary)

  • Including monthly meetings
  • Assisting with conference planning
  • CMRP Prep Class Presenter at GSHMM Annual Conferences 2015, 2016
  • Presenter of Value Analysis Marriage to Quality 2015
  • Planning and initiation of GSHMM’s first Regional meeting March 2017

2016-2018 AHRMM Annual Conference Education Committee Member

  • Including monthly meetings
  • Assisting with conference planning
  • Will moderate at 2017 conference