Eric Tritch

March 3, 2015

Eric Tritch (BS AES ’05) is in the inaugural Future Famer class of the Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership.

Bellwether League Inc., the Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership, recognized Tritch and five other professionals for their contributions to supply chain operational excellence during the first decade of their employment. It was announced Feb. 27.

Tritch is director of Strategic Sourcing at University of Chicago Medicine.

Three years into his strategic sourcing leadership role in Chicago, Tritch has challenged healthcare suppliers to continuously improve service to his organization in a new way. His strategic sourcing team manages their suppliers with an internally developed Scorecard Business Review process recognized by several organizations as a best practice to drive improvements in quality, cost, delivery, technology, and service. The review process encompasses clinical, non-clinical, and pharmacy products with customer expectations of zero defects and 100 percent fill rates as well as expectations of shared cost savings ideas between customer and vendor. Their goal was to track factors impacting the supply chain department’s ability to provide high-quality customer service in an effort to contribute to the delivery of high-quality patient care.

Others honored include: 

  • William Barrette, assistant vice president, Supply Chain Finance & Strategy, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans,
  • Justin Freed, director, Supply Chain Management, Loma Linda Medical Center,
  • Jason Hays, regional director, Supply Chain, Mercy Health, St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, Ohio,
  • Nathaniel Mickish, senior director, Non-acute Supply Chain, Texas Health Resources, Arlington, Texas, and
  • Donna VanVlerah, vice president, Supply Chain, Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, Ind.

“We developed the Future Famers recognition program so that those professionals new to a career in healthcare supply chain could be highlighted for innovations they are implementing as well as those achieving success with large scale, complex projects within their organizations,” said Mary Starr, Bellwether League Inc. treasurer and marketing committee chair. “We believe that this recognition will not only inspire other young professionals in the field, but also provide a way to communicate new processes being used in provider organizations.”
About Bellwether League Inc.

Bellwether League Inc.’s board of directors selects deceased, retired and currently active professionals with a minimum of 25 years of exemplary service and leadership performance in supply chain operations that meet its criteria to be publicly recognized. Honorees demonstrate their qualifications by advancing the profession through work experience and performance and active participation in professional organizations and their communities. To date, Bellwether League Inc., has identified and honored 72 innovators, leaders and pioneers in healthcare supply chain management in five distinct categories: Education & Media, Supply Chain Management, Group Purchasing, Supplier and Consulting Services.