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July 14, 2020

Research Report: The Value of a Chief Supply Chain Officer
Uncovering the healthcare supply chain's true impact on IDN finances and patient care

LEXINGTON, KY— The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of a strategic supply chain with a strong leader at the helm. The IDN Summit's new research report, The Value of a Chief Supply Chain Officer, focuses on helping IDNs understand the true impact of the supply chain on finances and patient care.

By analyzing the learnings from the supply chain’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this report shines a light on the strategic role of the healthcare supply chain.

“There’s never been anything like this pandemic to teach people how critical the supply chain is to the organization,” said Ed Hisscock, SVP of Supply Chain at Trinity Health in Michigan.

Topics covered in this report include:

  • Analysis and learnings from the supply chain’s response to COVID-19
  • The future of sourcing diversity, partnerships, and distribution models, and information sharing
  • A comparison of supply chain structures across the automotive, retail, and e-commerce industries
  • Talent development, cultural changes, and actionable insights necessary for the elevation of the healthcare supply chain

With analysis, commentary, and research from healthcare CEOs, Chief Supply Chain Officers, and thought leaders, this report is a must-read for healthcare leaders. Click here to download the report.

The IDN Summit will also offer an educational breakout session analyzing the findings of this report at the IDN Summit Virtual Experience August 25-27, 2020. Register for the virtual conference at

About the IDN Summit
For over 20 years, the IDN Summit has brought together senior healthcare supply chain and pharmacy executives to source innovative solutions from leading suppliers and GPOs. The IDN Summit is a uniquely designed, premium healthcare supply chain event, featuring the industry's most expansive CE-accredited breakout sessions, visionary keynotes, senior-level idea exchanges, and unparalleled product-sourcing opportunities.


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Ellie Wnek
Bluegrass Business Media
Ph: 859.523.5701

July 6, 2020

The 2020 Fall IDN Summit Announces Virtual Experience

LEXINGTON, KY— After listening to many attendees and experts over the past few weeks and closely monitoring the COVID-19 trends, the IDN Summit has determined it is too risky to bring people together this August in Phoenix. We are moving forward with the Fall IDN Summit as a completely Virtual Experience.

The team at the IDN Summit has been working on a virtual platform for months, focused on providing attendees with the best possible experience. We are excited to share some high-level details of the IDN Summit Virtual Experience today:

  • Consolidated three-day format, Tuesday, August 25th – Thursday, August 27th.
  • Live and on-demand viewing available at your convenience.
  • Offering a large and complete selection of CEs for you.
  • Five Breakout Tracks: Clinical Integration – Financial Operations – Strategic Management – Pharmacy – Supplier Strategies.
  • Five Keynote Sessions.
  • You can expect an announcement with the complete lineup of sessions next week.
  • Unique networking experience with virtual 1:1 Meetings (available to all attendees).

Below is a broad overview of the schedule:

Although none of us like what COVID-19 has done to our life patterns, but we’ll get past this pandemic and be stronger for it. At the IDN Summit, we ae determined to provide attendees with rich and lively discussions on topics impacting the healthcare supply chain in a format that allows them to decide how much and when to participate.

In addition, we are thrilled to welcome new IDN Summit attendees, who have been unable to attend previously, and share industry-leading education and networking experiences with a broader audience.

Whether you’re coming to the IDN Summit for the first time or the tenth time, we invite you to engage with other bright minds who are leading the healthcare supply chain forward in this unique Virtual Experience.

Select your appropriate attendee type from the navigation bar (IDN Attendee, Supplier, or GPO Attendee) to learn more about the IDN Summit Virtual Experience, including how to register.

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Ellie Wnek
Bluegrass Business Media
Ph: 859.523.5701

May 27, 2020

Moving the Healthcare Supply Chain Forward
The IDN Summit supports key healthcare supply chain leaders.

LEXINGTON, KY— In recent months, healthcare supply chain leaders have faced historic challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve witnessed these key leaders collaborate and innovate in once unimaginable ways. No supply chain, healthcare or otherwise, has ever managed a global crisis of this magnitude. Yet, frontline supply chain leaders did a phenomenal job, taking this challenge head-on and working diligently to maintain supply chain continuity.

The IDN Summit is kicking off this effort with the I am the Healthcare Supply Chain campaign. This campaign highlights the vital contributions healthcare supply chain leaders make to the delivery of healthcare in America.

Additionally, the IDN Summit is publishing a new research report, Value of a Chief Supply Chain Officer. This report will highlight the true impact of the supply chain on IDNs finances and patient care.

The IDN Summit has supported healthcare supply chain leaders for over two decades through unique, content-driven events. We recognize the importance of in-person events to the healthcare industry for peer-led continuing education and product sourcing opportunities. As a strong supporter of the healthcare industry, the IDN Summit strives for an effective, yet safe solution during this challenging time.

The IDN Summit is fortunate to have August dates, which gives us more time to respond and adapt. June and July are simply too soon to consider gathering together, even with the most stringent safety measures.

With three months until the 2020 Fall IDN Summit, the team is preparing for all potential outcomes. We will be hosting a hybrid event with options for in-person and virtual attendance, with further guidance concerning the in-person event available July 1.

In conjunction with the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, we strive to ensure the best public health practices are being exercised as we employ stringent cleaning and safety practices. Due to current federal guidelines on social distancing, revised capacity limits have been put in place for the in-person event in Phoenix. Due to these capacity limits, supplier registrations for the 2020 Fall IDN Summit are now being taken on a wait-list basis. Other enhancements include:

  • Including longer breaks between sessions for cleaning purposes
  • Increase the size of and distance between expo booths
  • Offering a wellness attendant on-site to focus on attendee safety
  • For a full list of safety enhancements, visit the Your Safety and Reverse Expo pages.

As we prepare for an in-person event, we are also offering a new virtual experience that will complement the in-person experience. This virtual experience will allow attendees to enjoy the high-quality educational and keynote sessions however attendees prefer to participate.

The in-person experience will occur August 24-26 in Phoenix, AZ, and the virtual experience will take place August 25-26, 2020.

Over the coming weeks, the IDN Summit will have more information related to the I am the Healthcare Supply Chain campaign, the Value of a Chief Supply Chain Officer research, and 2020 Fall IDN Summit. Visit for the latest information. We trust you’ll join us as we reimagine the healthcare supply chain, we are all a part of.

About Bluegrass Business Media
BBM delivers healthcare related events and research through its wholly owned subsidiary, Healthcare Business Media, Inc., whose mission it is to work for the continuous improvement of healthcare delivery with unique, content driven events and fundamental research. Two of these events are the ACE Summit and IDN Summit, both serving the healthcare industry.


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Ellie Wnek
Bluegrass Business Media
Ph: 859.523.5701

DOTmed: Five Minutes in Healthcare - Featuring Taylor Stapleton
Philip F. Jacobus, DOTmed CEO | May 11, 2020


Driving Growth at Bluegrass Business Media (BBM)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2020) — This spring has been a time of change and growth for Bluegrass Business Media (BBM). In order to continue to provide unique, national event platforms to serve the evolving needs of senior executive stakeholders, Bluegrass Business Media has announced several staffing changes to its Healthcare Business Media (HBM) group.

“We provide a people-driven business model and to drive exceptional live experiences for senior executives we have to hire driven team members. We feel the new additions along with promoting existing team members continues our goal of providing unparalleled B2B experiences for attendees,” said John Kelly, CEO of Bluegrass Business Media.

Josh Morita – Executive Vice President and Robert Chafin – Senior Director of Client Relations

Jaclyn Fyffe, who joined the HBM team as an intern in October 2017 and served as Manager of Supplier Solutions, is pursuing a new opportunity outside the healthcare industry. She will be returning to school this summer to study esthetics.

Josh Morita, Executive Vice President, and Robert Chafin, Senior Director of Client Relations, are both longtime members of the HBM team. With their extensive experience in the healthcare industry, Morita and Chafin will now assist healthcare supplier companies in building relationships that matter for both the ACE and IDN Summits.

Trey Beuttel – Director, Events & Engagement Strategy

Trey Beuttel has been promoted to Director of Events and Engagement. In his new role, Beuttel is responsible for innovating the on-site experience and finding new ways to engage with attendees. The HBM team is constantly striving to provide an unparalleled in-person experience at its events. Beuttel will help the team take that that mission to the next level.

Trey joined the HBM team in February 2017 and has worked on both the IDN and ACE Summit platforms in multiple capacities. Prior to joining HBM, Beuttel played collegiate basketball at Transylvania University. Following graduation, he owned a small event marketing company in Lexington, KY.

Taylor Stapleton – Director, Provider Relationships and Education

Taylor Stapleton has joined the HBM team as the new Director, Provider Relationships and Education. In this role, Stapleton will handle provider relationship responsibilities. Further, Taylor will serve as HBM’s primary contact for all hospital and health system executives.

Stapleton comes from the University of Kentucky Athletics Department, where he served for six years in ticket operations unit, focused on revenue strategy and fan engagement. He was integral in creating innovative approaches to improve the fan experience and develop ticket package offerings that met the needs of today’s consumer.  

Ellie Wnek – Coordinator, Marketing Events

Ellie Wnek has joined HBM as the new Marketing Events Coordinator following her graduation from University of Kentucky in May 2019. In her role, Wnek is responsible for strengthening and innovating communication across HBM’s platforms.

Wnek graduated summa cum laude with an honors degree in integrated strategic communication. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society. As a student, she had over 35 articles published and served as chapter president of University of Kentucky’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter.

About Bluegrass Business Media
Bluegrass Business Media (BBM) owns unique event platforms designed to effectively impact the industries we serve.  Two of these events are the ACE and IDN Summits serving the healthcare industry.


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Ellie Wnek
Bluegrass Business Media
Ph: 859.523.5701