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 News Release - September 12, 2008

University HealthSystem Consortium Names Jacob J. Groenewold as Vice President for Supply Chain

OAK BROOK, Ill., Sept. 12 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Today, the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) announced that Jacob (Jake) J. Groenewold will join the organization as Vice President, Supply Chain, effective October 13, 2008.

As Vice President, Supply Chain, Mr. Groenewold will be responsible for establishing and executing the strategic direction for UHC's supply chain services, including collaboration with UHC's contracting services company, Novation. He will lead initiatives that maximize the value UHC's services deliver to help members achieve and sustain their supply chain performance goals.

Mr. Groenewold has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare supply chain management and comes to UHC from Consorta, Inc. where he served as Vice President, Supply Chain/Member Services since 2002. Prior to 2002, Mr. Groenewold held leadership positions with Premier, Inc., Owens & Minor, Inc., and Lutheran General Health System in Park Ridge, Ill.

"We are delighted to welcome Mr. Groenewold to UHC," said Roberta Graham, UHC Senior Vice President. "His proven expertise in designing and directing innovative supply chain performance management strategies and extensive background working with large hospitals and systems to reduce their supply costs will directly benefit UHC's members. His vision and collaborative leadership skills will ensure that UHC continues to provide market-leading supply chain services that meet the unique needs of the membership."

Commenting on his new post, Mr. Groenewold said, "This is a unique opportunity to work with the leaders of the nation's top academic medical centers and help them optimize their supply chain performance to support their important missions. I am thrilled to be joining UHC and becoming a part of the heritage of performance excellence and collaboration that the organization has established."

A native of the Chicago area, Mr. Groenewold received his BBA from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. He has been a featured speaker at national supply chain conferences and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Health Care Financial Management Association, Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management, and the Council of Logistics Management. Mr. Groenewold serves on the Board of Timothy Christian School, which is located in Elmhurst, Ill.

UHC's executive search for this position was assisted by Furst Group, a highly-regarded search firm specializing in healthcare that is based in Rockford, Ill.

About UHC:

The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), formed in 1984, is an alliance of 102 academic medical centers and 184 affiliated hospitals representing approximately 90% of the nation's non-profit academic medical centers. UHC offers its members specific programs and services to improve supply chain, operational, clinical, and financial performance. UHC's comprehensive suite of supply chain services includes contracting, informatics, supply chain performance management, and networking/education. Visit "About UHC" at for more information.

Source: University HealthSystem Consortium

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