Hear HealthTrust’s Kara Fortune and Becky O’Neal discuss Patient Blood Management and learn tips for implementing a successful Patient Blood Management program

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In this episode of HealthTrust’s Candid Conversations, Drew Preslar, AVP of Advisory Services, Kara Fortune, Director of Pharmacy Solutions, and Becky O’Neal, Director of Lab Solutions, discuss the challenges, benefits, and misconceptions of building a patient blood management program from both the pharmacy and laboratory perspectives.

0:55 –  What is the difference between blood utilization and blood management?

3:05 – Why is Pharmacy integral to a successful Patient Blood Management Program?

5:05 – How does a hospital keep a Patient Blood Management Program patient-focused?

7:59 – Patient Blood Management program pillars

13:10 – Barriers preventing hospitals from implementing a Patient Blood Management Program

15:21 – How can hospitals manage Patient Blood Management Program goals, staff, and time constraints?

19:15 – Who needs to be involved in a Patient Blood Management Program?

22:15 – How do you get a Patient Blood Management program started?

This episode is about how a Blood Management program can improve patient outcomes, the key stakeholders in a successful program, and the benefits of implementing a Blood Management program from both the lab and pharmacy perspectives.

To learn more about HealthTrust Advisory Services and Lab Solutions, visit Advisory Services at HealthTrustpg.com or contact the team directly at Solutions@healthtrustpg.com

Becky O'Neal
Becky O’Neal
Director, Lab Solutions
MBA, BSMT Laboratory Science, ASCP Board Certified

Becky has over 28 years of experience in laboratory science and healthcare leadership, which includes healthcare systems of all sizes and testing complexities. She has years of corporate and executive leadership experience specializing in standardization and optimization of operations across many facilities.

Becky has developed and implemented performance and process improvements, and growth initiatives while maintaining regulatory compliance. As Laboratories are one of the most heavily regulated industries, Becky is well versed in improving and maintaining strict compliance. She has also served on the Healthtrust Lab Advisory Board.

Becky has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, and a Master’s in Business Administration. She is also an ASCP Board Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist and has applied her knowledge and experience to improve operations in laboratories and health systems across the country.

Karen Fortune
Director Lab Solutions and Member Support PharmD

Kara Fortune, PharmD, is the Director of Pharmacy Solutions and Member Support. Prior to her work at HealthTrust, Kara had a role leadership staffing as Assistant Vice President of Pharmacy Services for Ardent Health Services.

Kara is residency trained, completing her pharmacy practice at VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and oncology pharmacy specialty residency at Methodist University Hospital. She has spent her professional career implementing strategy in an effort to optimize clinical programs and collaborative, patient-centered care.

Kara serves as President-Elect on the UTHSC College of Pharmacy Alumni Board of Directors. July will mark her 17th year with HCA.

Drew Presslar
Assistant Vice President, Advisory Services

Drew Preslar is Assistant Vice President for HealthTrust Advisory Services, where he is responsible for managing and developing client relationships while leading teams in the delivery of supply- chain transformation engagements.

Preslar has more than ten years of experience working in healthcare systems delivering operational improvements, cost reductions, and process redesigns within Supply Chain, Surgical Services, and Pharmacy Operations. Prior to joining HealthTrust, he worked for Deloitte Consulting leading 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.

Drew earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from Duke University.

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