by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | July 12, 2019
From the July 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
Teresa Dail is chief supply chain officer of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and has served as the chair of the board for the Association for Health Care Resources and Materials Management (AHRMM).
In the following interview, Teresa Dail discusses her career in healthcare, her experience as a member of AHRMM, and offers insights on the annual AHRMM Conference & Exhibition.
HCB News: Can you tell us about your background in healthcare and how you originally become involved with AHRMM?
For the first 16 years of my career I was an ICU nurse/nursing leader at a large IDN/Level I trauma center, before moving to the outpatient setting serving as a clinical practice administrator for a critical care/intensivist pulmonary group. I started my career in supply chain as a clinical resource manager leading the contracting branch of supply chain where I ultimately developed a physician engagement model for value analysis. I was then promoted to corporate director of supply chain for a seven-hospital system. I am currently at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where I serve as the chief supply chain officer as well as president of two for-profit supply chain companies: Vanderbilt Health Supply Chain Solutions and Vanderbilt Health Purchasing Collaborative. As a nurse, I was very active with my professional organizations so when I moved to supply chain it was a natural migration for me to seek out AHRMM.
HCB News: What are opportunities for women within health care supply chain?
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Today, I wouldn’t differentiate the opportunities in supply chain based on sex. When I first started in supply chain it was a predominately male profession, however that is changing rapidly. What I will say is that there are more clinicians becoming involved in supply chain due to the need for a clinically-integrated approach to how decisions are made to support care and health. Given that the nursing profession is still predominately female, this is introducing a new opportunity for those clinicians to move, as I did, from the bedside into these types of roles. I’ve always believed that, in many instances, we create our own barriers. It’s our responsibility to strive to be our best possible self through hard work, being passionate about what we do and taking risks by stepping out of our comfort zone to get where we want to go.
HCB News: What advice can you provide to students and early careerists who are looking to pursue a career within the health care supply chain field, and who may be looking for a leadership position?