Hear HealthTrust Advisory Board experts discuss networking and collaboration platforms

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In this episode of HealthTrust Candid Conversations HealthTrust’s Kim Kelly, Director of HT Advisor/Clinical Categorization, and Jennifer Westendorf, HealthTrust’s Director of Surgical Services, talk with Jessica Corso, Franciscan Alliance’s Category Program Director for Supply Chain, and Vicki Riedel, HCA’s Director of Supply Expense Management about using the HealthTrust Advisor platform to enhance the Advisory Board and contracting process. This is a conversation about upgrading the platform to better serve new and current members.


Topics Discussed

  • 3:00 – What is HT Advisor?
  • 4:28 – What is a “Clinical Review?”
  • 5:47 – Who is the Clinical Operations team?
  • 8:28 – Sharing supplier/product topics at facilities
  • 9:43 – Content development process
  • 15:15 – Identifying tools required for a conversion
  • 19:40 – Value of discussion threads
  • 22:30 – Putting group comments/feedback to use
  • 25:01 – Member benefits of participating in HT Advisor?
  • 38:18 – Migrating HT Advisor to a new Platform
Kim Kelly, RN | Director, Clinical Operations | HealthTrust

Kim Kelly, RN is the Director of HT Advisor and Clinical Categorization at HealthTrust. Her responsibilities include leading the Advisor collaborative platform, and overseeing the clinical category taxonomy for HealthTrust contracting. Her previous roles at HealthTrust centered around Supply Chain and include Value Analysis, Ambulatory Care, and Clinical Operations. She brings over 25 years of nursing experience with a career starting in the Operating Room. Kim also holds a MSN with a focus on Nursing Leadership.



Jennifer Westendorf MSN, RN, CNOR | Director, Surgical Services | HealthTrust

Jennifer is the Director of Surgical Services on the Clinical Operations Team at HealthTrust. In her current role she has responsibilities for the Surgical Advisory Board and the Cardiovascular Operating Room Specialty Committee and works alongside the GPO Sourcing team in order to integrate the clinical voice of members into the sourcing process. Jennifer began her nursing career in the Operating Room where she held a variety of roles including circulating/scrub nurse, educator, and a director in the acute, ambulatory, and supply chain settings. Jennifer holds a BSN from Western Michigan University, a MSN from the University of Detroit Mercy, and is currently pursuing her DNP at the University of Minnesota.

Vicki Riedel | Director, Supply Expense Management | HealthTrust
Vicki Riedel | Director, Supply Expense Management | HealthTrust

Vicki Riedel is a Director of Supply Expense Management for HealthTrust supporting HCA with Nursing clinical commodity supply items. She has been with HCA 44 years, starting in an inner city Emergency Department and moving to Supply Chain in 2005. She transitioned to her current role in 2016.
In her role on Missy Pennington’s team, her focus is standardization and optimization of commodity items, coordinating primarily with Clinical Services Group Care Delivery, Infection Prevention, and Perinatal Services.




Jessica Corso BSN, RN, CWOCN | Category Program Director, Supply Chain | Franciscan Alliance, Inc.
Jessica Corso BSN, RN, CWOCN | Category Program Director, Supply Chain | Franciscan Alliance, Inc.

Jessica Corso is an accomplished certified registered nurse who has newly transitioned into corporate strategic sourcing with supply chain, bringing robust experience from the acute care setting providing product value analysis and integration, education, leadership, performance surveillance, and consultation.





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