Hear HealthTrust’s Drew Preslar discuss integrating supply chain and lab operations at Tenet Health with a team of lab operations experts from HealthTrust and Tenet Health
In this episode of HealthTrust’s Candid Conversations, recorded live at HealthTrust University, HealthTrust’s AVP of Supply Chain Advisory Services, Drew Preslar, discusses unifying supply chain with lab operations at Tenet Health. Drew’s guests on this podcast are Ohoud Abu-hijleh, Director of Lab-Operations at Tenet Health, Jerry Ontko, Sr. Regional Director of Supply Chain at Tenet Health, and Michael Overa, Sr. Director of Lab with HealthTrust.
3:57 – Lab and Supply Chain from a sourcing/contracting perspective
7:28 – Proactive goal setting in the lab at Tenet Health
8:32 – Unique features of Tenet Health lab operations
19:01 – Considerations for improving lab operations
20:51 – Building and communicating a work plan
29:40 – Lab consolidation and staffing
40:50 – Tenet Health lab accomplishments
Drew has more than fifteen years of experience working in health care systems delivering operational improvements, cost reductions, and process redesigns within Supply Chain Solutions, Surgical Services, and Pharmacy Operations. He has led non-labor cost reduction engagements for $2B+ healthcare
systems. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the ability to lead teams and drive transformational change in organizations with a commitment to developing people, building relationships, and implementing sustainable solutions to the most complex business challenges.
Prior to joining HealthTrust, Drew spent 4 years at Deloitte Consulting identifying and implementing complex cost savings initiatives for large IDN’s. Drew has his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business and his undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Jerry Ontko’s experience spans multiple industries and best practices including: Transportation, Consulting, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Electronics, Communications, Lumber, Consumer Products, Entertainment, Automotive and Third Party Logistics, with organizations including: UPS, Ernst & Young, Trinity Health, Tenet Health, Medassets and Premier, Inc..
Mike Overa joined HealthTrust in 2016 as a Senior Director of Laboratory Services with over 25 years of experience in ancillary services operations and management. Previously Overa was the Corporate Director of Laboratory Services, and Director of Genetics and Personalized Genomic Medicine at Atlantic Health System. Before that he was the Corporate Vice President of Clinical Services for Group Practice Services Corporation a for-profit corporation specializing in the management of ancillary services for physician groups.
Overa holds a Bachelor of Science from Bloomsburg University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Widener University in Pennsylvania. Overa has done speaking engagements regarding the value of laboratory medicine and in his free time enjoys golf, and following South Carolina Rugby.
Ohoud Abu-hijleh is a Medical Technologist by training, who started her career at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and then moved to Baylor Scott and White where she worked in different roles for 20 years. She joined Tenet Health in 2019 as Director of Laboratory Operations where she oversees the operations of 60 critical care hospitals in addition to multiple surgical hospitals and physician office labs. Standardization in clinical practice and laboratory instrumentation is her passion as it improves patient care, increased efficiencies, and provides financial savings.