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Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo

2018 Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo

Sheraton Grand Chicago

Each year, the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo brings together members, contracted suppliers, and staff for three highly anticipated days of learning, networking, and business development. This year’s meeting will be held in the great American city of Chicago, IL from October 10–12 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. It promises to be a meeting to remember, with exceptional keynote speakers, numerous networking opportunities, and a broad range of educational sessions designed to both inform and challenge attendees.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

2018 Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo

Make plans to join more than 500 of your peers for three days of interactive learning, networking, and business development. Elevate your purchasing strategy, business acumen, and clinical knowledge at the most respected industry conference dedicated to purchasing and alternate site healthcare professionals. Pay no registration fee to attend!

REGISTER TODAY!

Who Should Attend

The Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo features programming relevant to all Innovatix and Essensa members, with a focus on clinical, purchasing, and business professionals. Past conference attendees have included

  • business owners
  • C-suite (CEOs, CFOs, COOs)
  • pharmacists/technicians
  • oncologists
  • nurses and clinicians
  • foodservice directors and managers
  • administrators
  • procurement and supply chain professionals
  • purchasing directors

Accommodations & Travel

Situated in downtown Chicago on the banks of the Chicago River and a few short blocks from Lake Michigan, the Sheraton Grand Chicago is this year’s host property. We have negotiated a special conference rate for our guests. These rooms are available only through Innovatix and Essensa once conference registration opens. Watch your email or check back here for an announcement. Please DO NOT contact the hotel directly to book, or you will not receive our special rates.

When making your travel arrangements, please keep in mind that conference registration opens Wednesday, October 10, at 8:00 a.m., and the conference officially begins on Wednesday, October 10 at noon. All conference programming will be complete by late morning of Friday, October 12.

More specifics about the schedule will be released as the meeting draws closer.

Why Attend

  • Business networking events
  • Accredited CE for pharmacists, administrators, and healthcare executives
  • Nationally recognized industry experts
  • Exhibit hall with industry-leading manufacturers and suppliers
  • Access to new Innovatix, Essensa, and Premier programs to help your business
  • The ONLY venue to interact with Innovatix and Essensa members, suppliers, and staff all in one place!
  • No registration fee!

Educational Tracks

We know your time is valuable, which is why our meeting allows you to choose the sessions that best meet your needs.

This year we will offer attendees three educational tracks:

  • Clinical
  • Government Affairs, Regulatory Issues, and Alternate Payment Models
  • Business Management and Operations

The Clinical track provides accredited continuing education and is geared for healthcare members involved with cost-effective management, evaluation, or treatment of patients in long-term care, infusion/specialty, and oncology. These programs are free of charge.

Get Your Boss to Say Yes

Want to attend the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo but need to demonstrate to management the value of this commitment in order to receive authorization for the travel cost as well as your time away from the office?  Make the case to attend:

ROI

This meeting is a small investment with a big return. It’s a time-efficient, education-intensive professional development initiative that gives you skills that are essential to building a smarter, high-performing organization.

Learn from industry thought leaders

Three parallel tracks of educational programming and insightful guest speakers provide value for all learning styles and schedules. The breadth of education covered during the conference includes best practices, data-driven insights, and trends that give your organization a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

CE Credit

For administrators, pharmacists and technicians, and healthcare executives, our conference provides accredited continuing educa­tion.

Network with Peers

The National Meeting & Expo brings members and suppliers together in meaningful ways. There are numerous formal and informal networking opportunities to meet with industry peers, subject matter experts, suppliers, and Innovatix and Essensa staff.

Enhance Competencies

Attendees can expect to learn about new clinical, operational, and supply chain solutions. You will return with the most up-to-date and relevant skills, best practices, and knowledge, which can be applied at your organization immediately.

Takeaways

Upon your return from the National Meeting & Expo, you will receive copies of all the presentations, so you can share what you’ve learned with those who could not attend.

No Registration Fees

Innovatix and Essensa members pay no registration fees to attend. Registration includes all meals and activities during the conference.

Download a personalized letter that supports your request to attend!

REGISTER TODAY!

Register to Exhibit at the 2018 Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo

Register your exhibit booth today to join us in Chicago, IL from October 10–12 for the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo, an exclusive annual event held for our members. This is the ONLY event that provides access to the most engaged and active Innovatix and Essensa members from a variety of non-acute care and commercial markets – all in one place! From pharmacists to purchasing directors, business owners to administrators, all Innovatix and Essensa markets will be represented in force, along with leaders from Premier’s expansive Alternate Site Programs.

Register Your Exhibit Booth Now!

Register Your Exhibiting Attendees!

Download the National Meeting & Expo Exhibitor Prospectus

New and Improved

We’ve listened to feedback from exhibitors and made numerous improvements for this year:

  • Exhibits spread out over two days
    • Day one cocktail reception
    • Day two lunch
  • Longer total Exhibition Hall hours than previous years
  • Lists of attendees provided to exhibitors in advance
  • Meeting rooms available for one-on-one meetings with attendees
  • Reverse trade show featuring access to additional member-facing Innovatix and Essensa staff
  • App challenge incentive for members to visit all exhibit booths
  • Attendance by leaders from Premier’s expansive Alternate Site Programs (representing a total annual purchasing volume of $13.8 billion)

More Than Just a Trade Show!

The Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo is truly unique when it comes to the exhibitor experience. That’s because we know that business relationships cannot be established exclusively on the trade show floor. We encourage exhibitor participation throughout the conference, including our welcome lunch, educational sessions, and evening networking events. Check back here for the full agenda as the meeting draws closer.

We give exhibitors full participation because it’s important that our suppliers understand our members and their business challenges, patient populations, and industry initiatives. You’re unlikely to get an opportunity like this at any other GPO conference.

When making your travel arrangements, please plan accordingly so you can participate in the whole meeting.

Booth Pricing and Information

Exhibit booths are available to all Innovatix, Essensa, and Premier contracted suppliers based on the following fee schedule:

Opening of registration through July 12: $5,000
July 13 – October 2 (until space sells out): $5,500

All exhibit booths will be a uniform size and the fee includes one exhibiting attendee registration. Additional representatives from your company are also welcome to attend for an added registration fee based on the following schedule:

Opening of registration through July 12: $500 per additional exhibiting attendee
July 13 – October 2: $625 per additional exhibiting attendee
October 3 – October 12 (including onsite registration): $1,250 per additional exhibiting attendee

Register early and save!

Exhibit Hall Hours & Exhibitor Schedule*

Wednesday, October 10:

  • Welcome Luncheon and Keynotes: 12:00 — 2:30 p.m.
  • Exhibition Hall Setup: 12:00 — 5:00 p.m.
  • Exhibition Hall Hours: 6:00 — 8:00 p.m. (cocktail reception)
  • Member and Supplier Appreciation Celebration: 8:00 — 10:00 p.m. (on hotel property)

Thursday, October 11:

  • Exhibition Hall Hours: 12:30 — 2:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • Exhibition Hall Teardown: 2:00 — 3:30 p.m.
  • Reverse Tradeshow for Exhibitors: 3:30 — 6:00 p.m.
    • At the Reverse Trade Show, exhibitors will have the unique opportunity to meet with representatives from our Field Services, Client Services, Contracting, and Marketing teams to develop follow-up strategies after meeting with members, explore new business opportunities, and expand working relationships. 
  • Offsite Networking Event: 6:30 — 9:30 p.m.

*Working schedule subject to change

Advertising and Awareness Opportunities

STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD!

Increase your visibility to directly reach your target audience and improve brand awareness. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your company and reach the non-acute healthcare and business leaders who make purchasing decisions.

Download the National Meeting Advertising & Awareness Opportunities Overview

Advertising and Awareness Opportunities

Take advantage of our packaged awareness opportunities (tiers) or complement your booth with print and digital advertising.

All awareness and advertising opportunities are in addition to exhibit booth and exhibiting attendee fees. Suppliers who wish to participate in these opportunities must also be exhibitors at the meeting.

Awareness tiers and a la carte opportunities are available for purchase alongside exhibitor registration. All opportunities are first-come, first-serve

Register Your Exhibit Booth Now!

Platinum Tier

All Platinum Tier opportunities include:

  • Full page color ad in event program (distributed onsite to all attendees)
  • Company name and logo listed in supplier page in event program
  • Company name and logo listed on screen during lunch before keynote speech
  • Company name and logo listed on event website
  • Revolving ad on four digital screens placed in high traffic areas during meeting
  • Tri-fold brochure or one-page flyer inserted into meeting bags (distributed onsite to all attendees)
  • Company name and logo listed on four meter boards in and around exhibit hall
  • One of the following brand awareness opportunities (cost for each opportunity includes all above benefits):
    1. Company branding and information display at Wednesday’s Onsite Networking Event (includes signage and opportunity to display printed material) $12,000
    2. Company branding and information display at Thursday’s Offsite Networking Event (includes signage and opportunity to display printed material) $12,000
    3. Company branding on Tote Bags alongside the meeting logo (distributed to all attendees) $12,000
    4. Company branding on Notebooks/Pens alongside the meeting logo (distributed to all attendees) $12,000

Gold Tier

All Gold Tier opportunities include:

  • 1/2 page color ad in event program (distributed onsite to all attendees)
  • Company name and logo listed in supplier page in event program
  • Company name and logo listed on screen during lunch before keynote speech
  • Company name and logo listed on event website
  • Revolving ad on three digital screens placed in high traffic areas during meeting
  • One of the following brand awareness opportunities (cost for each opportunity includes all above benefits):
    1. Company branding and information display at all 3 Cell Phone Charging Stations (includes signage and opportunity to display printed materials) $8,000
    2. Company branding and information display at Wednesday’s Reception in Exhibit Hall (includes signage and opportunity to display printed materials) $8,000
    3. Company branding and information display at Wednesday’s Keynote Lunch (includes signage and opportunity to display printed materials) $8,000
    4. Company branding and information display at Thursday’s Lunch in Exhibit Hall (includes signage and opportunity to display printed materials) $8,000
    5. Company branding on Hotel Keys (distributed to all registered attendees) $8,000

Silver Tier

All Silver Tier opportunities include:

  • 1/4 page color ad in event program (distributed onsite to all attendees)
  • Company name and logo listed in supplier page in event program
  • Company name and logo listed on screen during lunch before keynote speech
  • Company name and logo listed on event website
  • Revolving ad on two digital screens placed in high traffic areas during meeting
  • Company branding and information display at Wednesday Afternoon’s Snack Break (includes signage and opportunity to display printed materials) $5,500
    1. Company branding and information display at Wednesday’s Member Lounge (includes signage and opportunity to display printed materials) $5,500
    2. Company branding and information display at Thursday Morning’s Breakfast (includes signage and opportunity to display printed materials) $5,500
    3. Company branding and information display at Thursday Afternoon’s Snack Break (includes signage and opportunity to display printed materials) $5,500
    4. Company branding and information display at Thursday’s Member Lounge (includes signage and opportunity to display printed materials) $5,500
    5. Company branding and information display at Friday Morning’s Breakfast (includes signage and opportunity to display printed materials) $5,500
    6. One of the following brand awareness opportunities (cost for each opportunity includes all above benefits):

A la Carte Options

Insert in meeting tote bag (Limited to 6 Exhibiting Suppliers):

  • Tri-Fold or Bi-Fold Brochure $2,750
  • One-page flyer $2,250

Digital Signage (Limited to 10 Exhibiting Suppliers):

  • Revolving ad on two digital screens placed in high traffic areas during meeting $1,000

Program Ads:

  • Full page color ad in event program (distributed onsite to all attendees) $3,000
  • 1/2 page color ad in event program (distributed onsite to all attendees) $2,000
  • 1/4 page color ad in event program (distributed onsite to all attendees) $1,200
  • 1/8 page color ad in event program (distributed onsite to all attendees) $750

* Please note that Premier diverse suppliers receive a 10 percent discount on all rates listed above. For more details on Premier’s supplier diversity program, visit: https://www.premierinc.com/supplier-partners/why-premier/supplier-diversity/.

2017 Recap

Each year, the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo brings together members, contracted suppliers, and staff for three highly anticipated days of learning, networking, and business development. This past October, we welcomed 500+ attendees to the dynamic city of Austin, TX, marking the 10th anniversary of our last meeting in Austin, and our first meeting since our acquisition by Premier.

Welcome Addresses & Networking Event

McKasson WelcomeInnovatix and Essensa Advisory Group members started the meeting with a breakfast talk by bestselling author and business speaker, Jon Acuff. Jon’s humorous and engaging style energized the crowd, while his message about developing manageable goals in order to get more accomplished clearly resonated with the business leaders in the audience.

JPS-Keynote2The programming for all attendees kicked off later that day with a welcome from Premier CFO Craig McKasson, followed by a keynote address from John P. Sganga, in his new role as Premier’s Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs. Craig’s remarks focused on what Innovatix and Essensa bring to the table for Premier, the importance of alternate site healthcare and non-healthcare programs to Premier’s overall strategy, and how the combination of Innovatix, Essensa, and Premier serves as a force multiplier for progress within the healthcare system. John then opened his address with a reminder of Innovatix and Essensa’s humble beginnings, our journey to becoming a leader in alternate site group purchasing and operations, and our integration with Premier. Throughout his talk, John emphasized how Innovatix and Essensa’s values align with Premier’s, and that together with our members, we are building a legacy that will endure to change the healthcare and business landscape.

Leno2After Craig and John concluded their remarks, our special guest keynote speaker, TV personality and comedian Jay Leno, took center stage. A legendary performer, Jay used his unique style, wit, and delivery to keep the audience in stitches while expounding on topics ranging from prescription drug names to the health effects of aging.

The evening network event, Experience Austin at Brazos Hall, provided an opportunity for members, suppliers, and staff to connect. The venue—a combination of historic and new Austin—reminded attendees of the need for businesses to retain their core values, while also innovating and moving forward. The evening was highlighted by a donation to Austin Pets Alive!, an organization working to rescue, shelter, and reunite animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The contribution, made on behalf of Innovatix and Essensa members, will provide much-needed resources to support the recovery efforts.

Educational Programming

This year’s meeting featured more than 20 educational programming sessions that were organized into four parallel tracks curated to meet the needs of all attendees: 1) clinical; 2) government affairs, regulatory issues, and alternate payment models; 3) business operations and management; and 4) purchasing and supply chain. The four tracks included over 14 hours of accredited continuing education sessions for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, long-term care administrators, and nurses.

All four tracks featured well-renowned subject matter experts and thought leaders who shared their knowledge with attendees. Sessions were interactive and featured dialogue and participation. Prominent sessions included Rep. Buddy Carter, the only pharmacist in the U.S. Congress, discussing healthcare priorities and legislation that impact non-acute providers; a discussion on how to better incorporate analytics into business decisions; strategies to improve opioid use in the long-term care setting; experts in cultural diversity and conflict resolution providing lessons for a more productive workplace; advice for pharmacies to thrive in value-based care environments; and more.

Download 2017 Program

Exhibition Hall

This year’s meeting also featured our largest Exhibition Hall ever, with more than 120 exhibitors on hand to educate members about the value their products and services provide. Innovatix and Essensa staff provided a crucial link, personally facilitating conversations between exhibitors and members aimed at creating winning outcomes through purchasing. Exhibitors also had the opportunity to directly engage with Innovatix, Essensa, and Premier member-facing staff during our inaugural reverse trade show. In addition, the exhibitors appreciated inclusion in the full program of events throughout the meeting, which increased their interaction with members, creating more opportunities for mutual success.

Thank you 2017 exhibitors.

We appreciate your continued support for our organization and our members!
Abbott
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals
Akorn
Akrimax (Mist Pharmaceuticals)
Alkermes
Allergan
American Express
AmerisourceBergen
Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Astellas Pharma US
AstraZeneca
Athenex Pharmaceutical Division
AuroMedics Pharma
AvKARE
Baxter Healthcare
Becton Dickinson
Best Buy
BioCARE
Boehringer Ingelheim
Pharmaceuticals
Breckenridge Pharmaceutical
Capsa Healthcare
Cardinal Health
Carlisle Foodservice
Carter-Health
CDW Healthcare
Commcare and Acro
Specialty Pharmacy
Concordance Healthcare Solutions
Connection
Coshatt Co.
Cubex MedBank Medical Solutions
Daniels Health
Diversey
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Dr. Scholl’s (Caleres)
Easy Meal
Eisai
Eli Lilly
FedEx Healthcare Solutions
FFF Enterprises
Fisher HealthCare
Forbo Flooring Systems
Fresenius Kabi
GeriScriptRx
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
Grifols USA
H. D. Smith
HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
Health Care Logistics
Henry Schein
Heritage Bag Company
Heritage Pharmaceuticals
IMS – Integrated Medical Systems
Integra LTC Solutions
Janssen Pharmaceuticals
KCI, an Acelity Company
Ken’s Foods
Konica Minolta Healthcare
M.D.M Commercial Enterprises
Major Pharmaceuticals
Manchac Technologies/DOSIS
Mayne Pharma
McKesson
MDofficeManager
Medefil
Mediware
Medtronic
Merck & Co.
Michael Foods
Nestle Health Science
Northfield Medical Manufacturing
Novo Nordisk
Octapharma
Office Depot
OmegaLTC
Par Pharmaceutical
PDI
Performance Health
Perrigo
Pfizer
Phoenix Textile
Positive Promotions
Procter & Gamble Distributing
Purdue Pharma
QS/1
R&S Northeast
Rhodes Pharmaceuticals
S2S Global
SAGENT Pharmaceuticals
Samsung NeuroLogica Corp.
Sandoz
Sanofi
Sanofi Pasteur
SCA
Shire
Siemens Medical Solutions USA
SimplyThick
Smith & Nephew
Smith Drug Company
Smiths Medical
Smucker’s Away From Home
SOAR Life Products
Sonu Satellite
Spartan Chemical Company
Sprint
Staples Business Advantage
State Cleaning Solutions
SteriGear
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
Supply America
Teva
TRIOSE
Tyson Foods
Upsher-Smith Laboratories
US Foods
US WorldMeds
USPAY Group
Vesco Medical
Virtus Pharmaceuticals
West-Ward Pharmaceuticals
WG critical Care
X-GEN Pharmaceuticals
Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA

Keynote Speakers

Mark KellyCaptain Mark Kelly
NASA Space Mission Commander and American Hero

NASA space mission commander and American hero Captain Mark Kelly demonstrates how focus, dedication, and persistence can help you tap into your potential to succeed in any competitive setting.

With an extraordinary career of service to our military, our nation, and humanity, Captain Kelly has secured his place in history as a role model, modern-day pioneer, and leader of distinction. Together with his identical twin brother, Scott, he has laid the groundwork for the future of space exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. Currently, Captain Kelly is on the Commercial Crew Safety Board at Space X—and is the only person at Space X who has commanded a space mission—and is co-founder of World View, a full-service commercial space launch provider.

Captain Kelly captivates audiences with lessons learned from his extensive travels and experiences in the Navy, outer space, and on the ground. From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, and the recovery and resilience of his wife Gabrielle Giffords, he reveals the foundations for success so you can accomplish your mission in life and work.

John SgangaJohn Sganga
Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs
Premier

John Sganga launched Innovatix in 1993 to offer group purchasing services to non-acute healthcare providers, and followed by launching Essensa in 2009 to service additional classes of trade. As President and CEO, he led both organizations through explosive growth, surpassing $8.2 billion in combined contract volume in 2016.

After Innovatix and Essensa became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Premier in 2016, Sganga assumed his current role of Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs. In this role, he provides overall leadership for Premier’s non-acute, alternate site, and sponsor programs.

Sganga’s nearly 30 years of healthcare experience includes serving as Executive Vice President of GNYHA Ventures (the business arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association), Senior Director of Financial Operations at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and at Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting Service. He provided leadership on the Executive Board of the Metropolitan Health Administrators’ Association (MHAA) for 17 years, and received the 2004 Award of Distinction for his commitment to healthcare. Sganga is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and currently serves on the White Plains Hospital Board of Directors.

In 1999, Sganga was recognized as one of Crain’s New York Business “40 Under Forty,” and was also awarded the New York University Alumni Torch Award for public service. In 2008, he was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, New York Metro Area Healthcare Division.

Sganga holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, with a concentration in Financial Management.

Tom BevanTom Bevan
Co-Founder and Executive Editor, RealClearPolitics

Tom Bevan is the co-founder and executive editor of RealClearPolitics, a trusted political source in Washington that publishes original content and selects the must-read stories and analysis from each side of the debate. With seven million monthly views, the site’s calling card is its innovative RCP polling average, the first of its kind and trusted across the aisle.

Bevan addresses politics and elections. A political junkie, he also offers the historical context of today’s political events so that his audience can get a better understanding of what is happening in Washington and more importantly, why.

In addition to overseeing the editorial staff and writing regular features for RealClearPolitics, Bevan’s work has appeared in numerous publications, and he is featured frequently as a political analyst on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, and the BBC.

Seth MattisonSeth Mattison
Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer, Luminate Labs

Seth Mattison is an Internationally renowned expert and author on workforce trends, generational dynamics, and business strategy. As Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.

His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Speakers to Watch in 2017.

For the past decade Seth has shared his insights with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the world’s best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Disney.

Education Session Speakers

Sheila ArquetteSheila Arquette
Executive Director, National Association of Specialty Pharmacy

Sheila Arquette is the Executive Director of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. She has extensive practical and leadership experience in retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, long-term care consulting and dispensing, in addition to the managed care, PBM, and specialty pharmacy space. She is a regular speaker and participant at national pharmacy conferences, roundtables, and industry meetings.

Prior joining NASP in February 2017, Arquette was the Director of Pharmacy Services at Independent Health. She also served on the NASP membership committee and as the co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee prior to assuming her role as Executive Director. Arquette was elected to the NASP Board of Directors and received the NASP Distinguished Service Award in September 2016. She also is a long-standing member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

Manju T. BeierManju T. Beier, Pharm D., BCGP, FASCP
President, Geriatric Consultant Resources LLC

Manju T. Beier is President of Geriatric Consultant Resources LLC. She has extensive experience targeting complex polypharmacy issues and addressing medication management in older adults. She is also Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BCGP.

Dr. Beier serves on the national Epocrates Senior Clinical Board as the only pharmacist with expertise in geriatrics. Her experience in drug-drug and drug-gene interactions make her uniquely qualified in the domain of personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, and polypharmacy.

Dr. Beier is the 2006 recipient of the prestigious George F. Archambault Award conferred by American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). In 2012, she received the ASCP’s Richard S. Berman Service Award.

Rick Cantrall, MCSE, MCSA, MCA
Infrastructure Engineer, PowerForm

Rick Cantrall serves as the lead infrastructure engineer and architect for PowerForm, an IT firm, specializing in cybersecurity and digital privacy platforms. He is a mechanical engineer by education and has worked as a pioneer and trendsetter in the IT/computer industry for the past 30 years.

Cantrall’s firm takes hands-on approach to client support and management. He services companies ranging from one employee to over 30,000, and across all business sectors including medical/healthcare, accounting, automotive, financial services, construction, non-profit organizations, and commodity brokerages. Cantrall leads a technical team that pushes cybersecurity testing outside conventional thinking and boundaries. He designs and builds data centers and/or small server farms with focus on physical and virtual security of all electronic devices. He is a frequent speaker on all things cybercrimes and cybersecurity.

Susan CatalanoSusan Catalano
Managing Partner, JQLaCorte

Susan Catalano is the Managing Partner of JQLaCorte, a full service LinkedIn consultancy providing comprehensive LinkedIn-based marketing, business development, and employee advocacy programs for businesses. She consults with companies and professional services firms on the innovative use of LinkedIn to achieve measurable business results such as generating leads, boosting SEO results, improving visibility to clients and prospects, and promoting staff expertise.

Susan Catalano has over 15 years of experience in talent management for Fortune 500 corporations, as well as sales and marketing programs for companies and individual business owners. She regularly presents to national organizations and corporate and business audiences.

Blair ChildsBlair Childs
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier

Blair Childs is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Premier, leading the Advocacy, Communications, Safety and thought leadership units and serving on the company’s executive team. He works with the Congress, White House, and other policymakers involved in health policy.

Childs has been at the center of policy issues for more than two decades, playing a leading role on issues impacting medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurers, and hospitals. Childs has held senior management positions in professional, trade, and advocacy associations and a Fortune 25 company.

Robert ClarkRobert Clark
Managing Principal, LucidPointe

Robert Clark is Managing Principal of LucidPointe, a boutique digital agency specializing in online marketing, email marketing, and marketing automation strategy and execution. He has over 30 years of experience advising businesses from SMB to Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing, sales, operations, strategy, and information technology.

Robert Clark regularly presents to national organizations and companies of all sizes.

Liya Davydov, PharmD, BCPS, BCGPLiya Davydov, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Innovatix

Dr. Liya Davydov currently serves as a Senior Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Innovatix, where she focuses on the specialty and home infusion pharmacy segments. Prior to joining Innovatix, she worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Fidelis Care New York, a managed Medicaid HMO in New York State. Prior to Fidelis Care New York, she held a Clinical Pharmacy Manager position at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

Dr. Davydov earned both her degrees, BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy, from St. John’s University. She also completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy, and is also a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.

Paul GreenPaul L. Green, MS, RN, CPHQ
Vice President, Premier Performance Partners

As Vice President in Premier Performance Partners, Paul Green leads advisory services for high reliability and complex clinical quality transformation solutions, along with regulatory and accreditation solutions. He has over 30 years of healthcare experience in the areas of delivery, administration, executive leadership, care coordination, quality improvement, risk management, and consulting.

Green is a nationally recognized expert in licensure and accreditation issues, clinical quality improvement, systemic efforts for improving patient safety, and executive leadership development. His work supports transformational change to achieve improved clinical and operational outcomes. He has designed and led continuum focused care management strategies for integrated systems in numerous communities for over 20 years.

Green is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, with undergraduate degrees in Biology and Nursing. He holds a master’s degree in Child Health Nursing and Nursing Education.

Matthew GrissingerMatthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP
Director of Error Reporting Programs, Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP is the Director of Error Reporting Programs at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) as well as the Manager of Medication Safety Analysis for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA). He has published numerous articles in the pharmacy literature, including regular columns in P&T and the PSA Patient Safety.

Grissinger serves as the Chair for the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP). He also serves on the National Quality Form (NQF) Common Formats Expert Panel, the Editorial Board for P&T, and the Faculty Advisory Board for the Pharmacy Learning Network (PLN).

Grissinger received a BS in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He is a fellow of the ISMP as well as the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

Doug HarrisDoug Harris
Chief Executive Officer, The Kaleidoscope Group

Doug Harris is CEO of The Kaleidoscope Group, a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) consulting firm in Chicago. For over 30 years, Harris has combined compassion with a keen business sense to shepherd organizations, teams, and executives forward as the diversity dialogue has evolved from compliance to fostering inclusion and, ultimately, to achieving exceptional business outcomes.

Powerfully balancing the practical and the philosophical, Harris has partnered with countless clients to create customized strategies that address their specific and unique diversity needs. He works closely with leaders and executives to champion D&I, and to develop commitment and enthusiasm across all employee groups. Harris has designed cutting-edge content on the topics of conscious and unconscious inclusion, gender equality and equity, and generational differences. Clients have described his energy and passion for the work as “contagious,” and few have walked away with anything less than an unforgettable experience. Harris’s self-described mission is “to free the human potential.”

Matt KellyMatt Kelly
Partner & Business Designer, Do Tank

MAs a partner and business designer at do tank, Kelly assists organizations with alignment and clarity about the current state of their business, competition, economic challenges, and vision for the future. He is skilled in facilitating synthesis of multiple perspectives into a clear strategy and plan for action. Strategic planning, product and service innovation, and organizational culture work are areas where Kelly spends most of his professional time.

Kelly has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Brad KileBrad Kile
President, Dumbarton Group, LLC

Brad Kile is president of the Dumbarton Group, LLC, where he provides services to non-profit and corporate entities to assist them in navigating health care legislative and regulatory policy changes. He is active at both the federal and state levels as an advocate in the areas of long-term care and government-funded prescription medication benefits. Brad has extensive knowledge of state-level policies and the implications of federal policies on the development and delivery of state-based health care. Dr. Kile received his PhD in health care policy from Florida State University. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a Master’s degree from the American University in Washington, DC.

Andrew Orr-Skirvin, Pharm D., RPh, BCOPJ. Andrew Orr-Skirvin, Pharm.D., RPh., BCOP
Associate Clinical Professor & Interim Department Chair, Northeastern University

Andrew Orr-Skirvin has been a faculty member for 25 years, teaching pharmacy students and providing clinical services to oncology patients. Dr. Orr-Skirvin’s interest areas include adult oncology and hematology patient care. In particular, he focuses on supportive care for oncology patients, including pain management, symptom control, and minimizing toxicity.

Dr. Orr-Skirvin attended Oregon State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he earned he Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed an oncology pharmacy residency at the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio.

Alan G. RosenbloomAlan G. Rosenbloom
President and CEO, Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition

Alan G. Rosenbloom serves as president and CEO of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC), the only trade group in Washington dedicated exclusively to the political and public policy interests of long-term care pharmacies. He helped a small group of pharmacies create the SCPC in October 2014. During his tenure, SCPC influenced numerous policy decisions benefitting long-term care pharmacies and patients.

Rosenbloom has spent his entire professional career in healthcare, including stints as president of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and acting president, EVP and COO of LeadingAge. He began his career as a healthcare lawyer in Philadelphia, with a focus on representing long-term care providers.

Rosenbloom received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as associate editor of the Law Review, and also studied public policy at the Wharton School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Connie SullivanConnie Sullivan, B.S. Pharm
Vice President of Research and Innovation, National Home Infusion Association

Connie Sullivan is the vice president of research and innovation for the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA). Sullivan has over 20 years of home infusion management and clinical practice experience, and is responsible for providing NHIA members with support and education on home infusion pharmacy issues such as sterile compounding regulations and clinical pharmacy best practices. Sullivan leads NHIA’s initiatives to create national quality standards through the implementation of benchmarking programs to describe and quantify the value of home infusion services.
In addition to her work for NHIA, Sullivan also oversees the research, leadership development, and education activities sponsored by the National Home Infusion Foundation. Sullivan is the current vice chair of the United States Pharmacopeial (USP) Sterile Compounding Expert Committee, and a member of the Parenteral Nutrition Expert Panel. Prior to joining NHIA, Sullivan served for 15 years as the national director of home infusion for HCR Manorcare, based in Toledo, Ohio. Sullivan graduated from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 1994.

Phillip J. WellingtonPhillip J. Wellington
Vice President, Digital Business Solutions, Premier

Phil Wellington is the Vice President, Digital Business Solutions at Premier. He is responsible for the design and development of Premier’s eCommerce business model. He has worked in all aspects of Premier’s supply chain business, including operations, group purchasing, and direct sourcing.

Earlier in his career, Wellington worked in management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton, performing various roles in corporate strategy, corporate development, and corporate finance. He started his career working in investment banking at Prudential Securities.

Wellington is a fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He is presently on the boards of Roots & Wings, a New York based charity dedicated to help people lift themselves out of poverty, and Charlotte Soccer Academy Palmetto Football Club.

Wellington holds an MBA from the University of Florida and a B.S. from Georgetown University.

Steve WilderSteve Wilder
President and COO, Sorensen, Wilder & Associates

Steve Wilder has spent the past 35 years in healthcare safety, security, and risk management, providing consultation services to hundreds of clients, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and physician practices. In his corporate career, Wilder served as Director of Risk Management for a hospital, Corporate Director of Risk Management for a long-term care corporation, and Corporate Director of Safety/Security for a system with 10 hospitals and 15 long-term care facilities.

An experienced trial expert, Wilder consults for law firms and insurance companies on issues of safety, security, aggression management, and workplace violence. He is co-author of the book “The Essentials of Aggression Management in Healthcare: From Talkdown to Takedown.” He is a Board-Certified Healthcare Safety Professional, and holds multiple certifications with the United States Department of Homeland Security. Wilder also spent 35 years in the fire service and is a retired fire chief in the suburbs of Chicago.

Chad WorzChad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
Executive Director and COO, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

Chad Worz is the executive director and chief operating officer of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, Worz developed an innovative clinical practice in a long-term care setting in Ohio and directed the pharmacy practice of a regional, independent pharmacy serving 10,000 long-term care residents.

Worz established his geriatric-based practice, Medication Managers, LLC, to educate and serve nursing facility residents, nursing facility administration, long-term care pharmacies, and the public through a comprehensive knowledge of medication use. It expanded to provide consulting services to more than 600 nursing centers and over 35,000 skilled nursing, assisted living, and developmentally disabled clients across the country. Worz also helped start RxConcile, a telepharmacy application that connects nursing facility discharge patients with a live pharmacist for education and consultation on their medications.

Carl ZuhlCarl Zuhl
Partner & Business Designer, Do Tank

As a partner and business designer at do tank, Zuhl supports clients by getting teams to think boldly about their businesses and strategies, both in their current and future states. Pushing them outside their comfort zone to build unique and different ideas, he directs clients into another way of thinking. His work enables clients to drive growth in their core business as well as design, prototype, and test new adjacent and transformative businesses.

Zuhl has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a dual master’s MS-MBA degree from Boston University.

Agenda

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018
9:00 AM– 12:30 PM MEMBER LOUNGE OPEN
12:30 – 3:00 PM LUNCH AND KEYNOTES WELCOME AND COMPANY KEYNOTE | John P. Sganga, SVP, Alternate Site Programs, Premier
SPECIAL GUEST KEYNOTE | Captain Mark Kelly, NASA Space Mission Commander and American Hero

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track A:
Clinical
Track B:
Government Affairs, Regulatory Issues, and Alternate Payment Models
Track C:
Business Management and Operations
Education Session 1
3:15 – 4:15 PM
Specialty Pharmacy 101: What It Takes to Enter and Remain Competitive in an
Ever-changing Industry
Sheila Arquette, RPh
Executive Director, National Association of Specialty Pharmacy
Politics and Policy: 2018 Midterm Elections and Beyond

Blair Childs

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs,
Premier
Digitally Disrupted: Supply Chain In Transition

Phil Wellington

Vice President, eCommerce Supply Chain Services, Premier
Education Session 2
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Specialty, Oncology, Biosimilar and ID Drugs: What is in the Pipeline? – The 2018 Update

Liya Davydov, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP

Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services

The Three C’s: Cybercrimes, Cybersecurity, And Cyber Liability

Rick Cantrall, MCSE, MCSA, MCA
Infrastructure Engineer, PowerForm

How to Serve a Diverse Customer Base

Doug Harris

Chief Executive Officer, The Kaleidoscope Group
6:00 – 8:00 PM EXHIBITION HALL / COCKTAIL RECEPTION
8:00 – 10:00 PM MEMBER AND SUPPLIER APPRECIATION CELEBRATION (On hotel property)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018
7:30 – 8:30 AM BREAKFAST GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Tom Bevan, Political Analyst, Founder of Real Clear Politics
Education Session 3
8:45 – 10:00 AM
Late Life Depression Treatment Considerations: What’s New and Deserving?


Manju Beier, PharmD

Senior Partner and founder of Geriatric Consultant Resources LLC

Navigating the Shifting Provider Reimbursement Landscape

Brad Kile, PhD

President, Dumbarton Group, LLC
Creating a Compelling Strategic Vision

Matthew Kelly
Partner and Business Designer, Do Tank

Carl Zuhl
Partner and Business Designer, Do Tank

Education Session 4
10:15 – 11:30 AM
Balancing Unpredictable Intravenous Medication Supply with the Demand for Safe Injection Practices

Matt Grissinger, RPh

Director of Error Reporting Programs, Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Emerging Quality and Safety Trends in Medication Management

Paul L. Green, MS, RN, CPHQ

Vice President, Premier Performance Partners
Building a Marketing Automation Program
Susan Catalano
Managing Partner, JQLaCorteRobert Clark
Managing Principal, LucidPointe
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MEMBER LOUNGE OPEN
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ADVISORY GROUP MEETINGS*
12:30 – 2:00 PM EXHIBITION HALL / LUNCH SERVED IN HALL
Education Session 5
2:15 – 3:30 PM
Cancer Pain Management Update
J. Andrew Orr-Skirvin, PharmD, RPh, BCOP
Associate Clinical Professor & Interim Department Chair – Northeastern University
Policy Panel: Updates from NHIA, SCPC and ASCP

Alan G. Rosenbloom
President and CEO, Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition

Connie Sullivan, B.S.Pharm
Vice President of Research and Innovation – National Home Infusion Association

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
Executive Director and COO – American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

Creating a Realistic Emergency Preparedness Plan

Steve Wilder

President and COO, Wilder, Sorensen & Associates

3:30 – 6:00 PM REVERSE TRADE SHOW (Exhibitors Only)
3:30 – 6:00 PM MEMBER LOUNGE OPEN
6:30 – 9:30 PM EVENING NETWORKING RECEPTION: A NIGHT AT THE FIELD MUSEUM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018
ADVISORY GROUP BREAKFAST:
8:00 – 10:00 AM
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | Seth Mattison, Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer, Luminate Labs
10:15 – 11:30 AM ADVISORY GROUP MEETINGS*

*Advisory Group sessions and activities open to Innovatix and Essensa Advisory Group members only. Other sessions and events open to all attendees.
Working Agenda as of 09-04-18

Feedback from our 2017 attendees and exhibitors

Great experience again. I really felt the educational sessions this year were better geared toward where our pharmacy is growing and expanding. I enjoy hearing the passion and energy displayed by Innovatix/Essensa leadership not only through speeches, but through our interactions as well.

Innovatix pharmacy member

Overall, this is a good meeting and a better value for my time than others I have attended. I look forward to next year.

Pharmaceutical supplier and first-time exhibitor

I thought it was absolutely fantastic. I have been to other meetings of this size, but this is the best one I have ever been to. The organization was second to none.

Essensa hospitality member and first-time attendee

We value this show because Innovatix members are an important user of our products and services.

Foodservice supplier

The meeting was great. The networking with colleagues was most valuable, as usual. The meetings were informative and helpful, and the topics were varied and engaging.

Innovatix senior living member

Great opportunity to engage with the members of the Innovatix and Essensa team that help generate business between our organizations.

Facilities and maintenance supplier