Ed Jones

It is impossible to predict how much further the SARS-CoV-2 virus may evolve from here. However, at the time of this writing, a number of experts predict—with a “cautiously optimistic” disclaimer—that the worst of it is likely behind those of us in the United States.

Boldly Forward—The Future of a World Disrupted is the theme of our upcoming HealthTrust University Conference (HTU), July 25–27, in Nashville, Tennessee. I can’t think of a better way to trademark the difficult walk through a pandemic, appropriately reflect on the many lessons learned and to now transition, better and smarter with a new perspective, to life on the other side. Despite the weariness healthcare providers and their facility- and corporate-based support teams feel from the challenges endured over the last two years, I hope you are motivated by the ability to meet again in person, renew relationships and refresh our minds with boldly forward content and programs.

HTU highlights

  • Member Recognition — The annual member awards will be presented during the Monday night kick-off party (July 25), followed by an official press release and coverage in the Q4 edition of The Source.
  • “Beyond a Disrupted Supply Chain” — During Tuesday’s Opening General Session I will moderate an insightful discussion featuring panelists Jim Boyle (Medline Industries), Matthew Rowan (Health Industry Distributors Assoc.) and Jocelyn Bradshaw (HealthTrust).
  • “Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility for Organizational DEI & Supplier Diversity” — Tuesday morning’s professional development session will feature HealthTrust Chief Diversity Officer Joey Dickson and its DEI Leadership Council Chair Aigner George co-moderating a discussion on DEI within the realm of supplier diversity contracting and within organizations. The session includes panelists Miles Asafo-Adjei (HCA Healthcare), Larry Fogarty (Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare), Jennie Hanson (HealthTrust) and Charlene Vickers (J&J).
  • “From Insight to Action” — COO Michael Berryhill will moderate Tuesday afternoon’s General Session featuring boldly forward updates on meeting labor force challenges, exploring the shift of care and preparation for the next pandemic or natural disaster.

HealthTrust as an employer of choice

I am proud to announce that HealthTrust was one of 19 businesses in the large-company category recognized by The Tennessean as a Top Workplace in Middle Tennessee. The annual list is based on the results of employee surveys about a variety of categories related to their organization’s attributes.

National recognition for Valify

Congratulations to CEO Les Popiolek and the team at Valify! Valify Solutions Group was recently named to the list of the 50 “Most Promising Healthcare Solutions Providers” of 2022 by CIOReview, recognizing it as a company on the forefront of providing solutions that prioritize value-based care delivery. For those of you attending HTU, there will be a number of opportunities to learn more about Valify.

Here’s to moving boldly forward together with resiliency and the resolve to continue to meet the issues brought forth by the pandemic’s disrupted supply chain. We stand firm in our commitment to providing you with actionable information and alternative products and approaches that address these ongoing challenges.


Ed Jones
President/CEO, HealthTrust
Publisher, The Source magazine

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