2023 Spring IDN Summit Faculty

Rand Ballard
Rand Ballard
Chief Customer Officer
Vizient
Rand leads the member value and performance team for Vizient. This team champions member engagement activities across four geographic zones as well as onboarding and implementation services. Previously, he served as MedAssets senior executive vice president and in the office of the chief executive since 2008, and as chief customer officer since 2006. He also served in the roles of chief operating officer, president of MedAssets supply chain systems and leader of the company’s sales team.
 
Prior to joining MedAssets, Rand was vice president of health systems supplier economics and distribution for Cardinal Health care.
 
Rand earned a master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University with a triple major in finance, operations and marketing. He was a deans’ list undergraduate at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with concentration in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering and business law. An avid community partner, Rand has served as chairman of the board of the Meals on Wheels Association of America Foundation, vice president of Hire Heroes USA and vice president of The Health Careers Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and low-interest loans to non-traditional students pursuing a degree in the health care field.

Andy Brailo
Andy Brailo
Chief Customer Officer
Premier
Andy Brailo, Chief Customer Officer, leads the acute and non-acute field and sales teams, Premier’s sponsor programs, commercial operations, Nexera consulting and co-management functions, as well as the stockd® e-commerce and alternate sit e business. Brailo is focused on helping Premier members achieve both quality and cost imperatives through the integration of Premier’s end-to-end supply chain, quality, safety and operational solutions. Previously, Brailo served as Senior Vice President of Member Field Services and oversaw overall growth and service delivery of Premier. Prior to serving as Senior Vice President, Brailo was Vice President of Strategic Accounts, providing leadership for the mid- Atlantic and Southeast field teams, including contract analysts and managers, region directors and region vice presidents. Throughout his tenure, he has successfully partnered with members, suppliers and staff to develop and design customized and scalable solutions to quickly meet evolving needs in a dynamic healthcare industry. Brailo has a diverse background in sales, training and development, operations, process management, and customer service delivery working with Comcast Inc., medibuy.com and C.R. Bard Inc. Since joining Premier Health Exchange, an earlier division of Premier, in 2001, Brailo has been responsible for multiple teams and projectsincluding the Premier Solution Center, field training and development, member and field communications, development of the clinical and technical field specialist team, and the QUEST®Comparative Innovation Program. He als o contributed to Premier’s 2006 award-winning Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award application.

Maria Hames
Maria Hames
Partner
HealthCare Links
Maria Hames joined HealthCare Links in March 1999. She has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare market. Her background includes working with companies in senior management roles in the arena of healthcare corporate development and national sales management. Ms. Hames has been involved in start-up and acquisition, operational/sales management, strategic planning, accreditation, practice management, managed care contracting and risk contracting. As a partner in HealthCare Links, her responsibilities include IDN sales and contract implementation on behalf of HealthCare Links clients. She simplifies very complex sales processes at some of the largest healthcare organizations in the country. More importantly, her relationships are built on trust with a sincere desire to see all parties benefit. Her educational experience includes a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's Degree in business management from Pepperdine University.

David Osborn
David Osborn
SVP, Account Management & Sales
HealthTrust
David Osborn serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Advisory Services for HealthTrust. In this role, he has responsibility for HealthTrust’s relationships with its Members that represent over 1600 hospitals across the country. He also directs HealthTrust’s advisory services and consulting practices, including its offerings in Total Spend Management, Supply Chain Management, Workforce and Labor Management, and Clinical Performance. David has over 30 years of experience consulting with healthcare clients in the areas of business strategy, operations, innovation and technology. David has spent much of his career providing advisory services to healthcare companies in the Provider, Payer and Life Sciences sectors of the healthcare industry in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His experience has been primarily in the areas of formulating and executing business strategy, as well as designing and managing innovative change initiatives. He has served as a Partner and held leadership positions in global consulting firms, including Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and KPMG. He has worked with clients to help them innovate and adjust their business models, strategies and technology platforms to be successful in an environment of significant reform and regulatory change, with a focus on improving efficiencies, reducing costs, improving quality and enhancing the patient experience. David spent several years as the Founding Executive Director of the Health Care Solutions Group, a think tank and consulting group focused on transformational change in healthcare. David has served as executive advisor to CEOs and other senior leaders of several large healthcare enterprises, including hospital systems and national health insurance organizations. David also served on the faculty of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he founded and directed the Vanderbilt Center for Better Health, and led the Leadership Institute for the Association of Academic Health Centers. David has served as a frequent speaker at national and international healthcare conferences and industry gatherings, including HIMSS, AAHC, AHRMM, the International Healthcare Forum, and various medical and healthcare associations. For several years he appeared regularly on television and radio programs of the BBC America to discuss healthcare policy and reform. David has authored numerous published articles and white papers on various healthcare topics. David serves as the Chair of the Board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and serves on the Advisory Boards for the American Heart Association and the Mercy Children’s Clinic. He is actively involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and other not-for-profit organizations. He is also a musician who plays semi-regularly with a band on lower Broadway in downtown Nashville.

Dick Vitale
Dick Vitale
After joining ESPN during the 1979-80 season, shortly after ESPN’s launch, Vitale called ESPN’s first-ever major NCAA basketball game - Wisconsin at DePaul on Dec. 5, 1979. Since then, he’s called over a thousand games.

He’s been selected for 14 halls of fame, as well as the NSAA Sportscaster of the Year in 2013. In 2008, he received the sport’s ultimate honor when he was selected as an inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Vitale’s thorough knowledge of the game as well as his distinctive voice is well recognized, especially when he throws in some of his “Vitale-isms”, which have taken on a life of their own. Just a few of his many household phrases: “Awesome, baby!”, “diaper dandy” (freshman star), “all-Windex performer” (ferocious rebounder) and “Maalox time” (the final minutes of a close game).

Vitale is also well known for his fight against cancer, both personally and philanthropically. He helped Jim Valvano to the ESPYs stage where Valvano delivered his iconic "Don't give up" speech. Vitale, a prominent fundraiser for children's cancer research, will host the 18th annual Dick Vitale Gala in May 2023. The event has raised more than $55 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. But his most important fight against cancer - his own - began in 2021 - with lengthy battles against lymphoma and melanoma. He was able to “Ring the Bell” and announce that he was officially cancer free in spring of 2022.

At the 2022 ESPY Awards, Vitale was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and is the subject of ESPN Films’ namesake documentary “Dickie V,” which chronicles his remarkable life and career. Vitale is also an accomplished author of several books, including It’s Awesome, Baby!: 75 Years of Memories and a Lifetime of Opinions on the Game I Love and Dick Vitale’s Mount Rushmores of College Basketball.