Ministry Health Care CEO recognized for commitment to Supply Chain

January 20, 2009

Nick Desien, CEO of Ministry Health Care, earned top honors from Healthcare Purchasing News (HPN), a weekly professional journal and the only business newsmagazine for healthcare purchasing decision-makers.

Each year, HPN identifies and honors hospital and health system CEOs that, in their words, “Support, Understand, Recognize and Empower (hence S.U.R.E.) supply chain management.” The award began in 2005, and the publication has recognized 16 supply chain-focused CEOs.

Desien leads Ministry Health Care, a values-driven health care delivery network of 15 hospitals and a number of aligned clinics based in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The organization has more than 11,500 employees including physicians and health professionals.

According to HPN, “Contrary to popular belief, hospital and health system CEOs seem to be more interested – and well-versed – in supply chain management activities than ever before. And they didn’t need a nose-diving economy or a federal government admission that the United States has been wandering through a recession since late 2007 to do it.”

An interview with Desien and the other two award winners appears in the January 2009 edition of Healthcare Purchasing News and can be viewed online at

Tom Nash, Corporate Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer and Mike Blanchard, Vice President and Chair of the Ministry Supply Chain Customer Advisory Board, nominated Desien for the honor. In their nomination, they state that Desien’s leadership transformed the role of Supply Chain across Ministry Health Care because he believed that a better model for supply chain could significantly and positively impact Ministry’s business performance.

Desien recruited Nash and elevated his position to a corporate officer. The changes began in 2007, including the formation of a Supply Chain Shared Service Organization (SSO) to serve as the management of the Ministry Supply Chain. The total cost savings implemented in fiscal year 2008 was $5.1 million for Ministry Health Care.

Of Desien’s commitment, Nash says, “Nick works hard to help tell the story about the importance of Supply Chain to Ministry’s mission and future success. We wouldn't be where we are today with without his leadership.”


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