Jay Kirkpatrick Jay Kirkpatrick, CMRP    

CEO, MidAmerica Division, HealthTrust, Brentwood, TN   

Joined AHRMM in 1996

1. Please share your history of involvement with AHRMM committees/task forces/activities:

I took the CMRP exam in 2002 and decided to run for the AHRMM Board of Directors in 2004. I was elected to the Board and served from 2005-2007, and during that time served on the Technology Committee and the CMRP Committee. In 2007, I ran for the President of AHRMM and was elected to begin my term as the president in 2009. I served on the executive committee from 2008-2010. In 2013, I joined the Medical Materials Coordinating Group (MMCG), a sub council of the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC). I am currently a mentor in the Mentor Program.

2. Tell us more about your specific job responsibilities in your company/hospital/organization:

I am a regional CEO for HealthTrust. In my role, I have responsibility for three divisions of HCA’s (Hospital Corporation of America) Supply Chain Operations, account management for HealthTrust members in 13 states, and sales responsibilities for the region.

3. How many years have you been in your current role; how many years in supply chain?

I have been in my current role for five years and in supply chain for 26 years.

4. What aspect of your job do you like best?

I enjoy having the ability to positively influence the supply chain operations of any of my members.

5. What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

Everyone is at a different stage of their healthcare supply chain evolution. One of the most challenging aspects is trying to help IDNs through the natural learning curves of their individual evolutions. 

6. Who is your mentor/key influencer, and why?

I have been extremely fortunate to have had two mentors in my career. Corris Boyd was my first mentor. He taught me, by example, how to manage, communicate, and lead teams. Ed Jones has been my second mentor, and he has taught me healthcare supply chain. 

7. What AHRMM board/committee/task forces/activity/experience stands out/is most memorable for you?

The time I spent on the AHRMM Board of Directors is my most memorable experience. I had the pleasure to have served over six years with approximately 25 different board members and met so many talented supply chain professionals.

8. Why did you join AHRMM/what keeps you coming back?

I was looking to invest in my career when I decided to get more involved with AHRMM. The relationships and friendships I have developed keep me coming back.

9. Name one AHRMM tool you “cannot do without”:

I really like and use the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement concepts regularly.

10. What are key AHRMM resources you use to leverage your supply chain processes?

11. What is the best part of being involved in your professional association?

The networking and lifelong friendships I have made through AHRMM.

12. What is something most of your peers don’t know about you?

I have run six half-marathons in the past five years.

13. In my free time I like to:

Watch movies, golf, and spend time with friends.

14. Personal Motto or Favorite Quote:

A goal without a plan is a wish. A plan without execution is next years’ plan.