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Mark Eastham, B.S., R.Ph.

Sr. Vice President and GM of McKesson Pharmacy Optimization®

Areas of Expertise: • Executive leadership, team training, development and performance management • Operations management, profit and loss and budget management • Program development/execution, strategic planning, pharmacy optimization • Key account/relationship management, aggregated buying strategy, contract negotiations

As head of McKesson Pharmacy Optimization®, Mark leads highly trained pharmacists, consultants and specialists who work with healthcare leaders to reduce drug spend, increase supply chain efficiency, maximize reimbursements, improve profit through cost and revenue initiatives, and increase medication safety. Backed by more than 27 years of experience – including a leadership position at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM – Mark is one of the nation’s foremost experts on health systems pharmacy operations and management.

Robert Scholz, M.S., MBA, R.Ph.

Vice President, Pharmacy Practice Consulting

Areas of Expertise: • 340B optimization and compliance and automation and technology optimization • Work-flow redesign and regulatory compliance • Pharmacy departmental strategic planning • Revenue enhancement and bar code readiness • Ambulatory and specialty pharmacy

Robert taps more than 26 years of experience to lead a team of pharmacy professionals providing healthcare/hospital consulting service in revenue enhancement, supply chain improvement, packaging, barcode readiness, Lean Six Sigma process improvement, 340B optimization and ambulatory pharmacy. He honed his skills in acute care and ambulatory settings holding pharmacy and operations leadership positions at Harris County Hospital District, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, University of Texas Medical Branch, Parkland Memorial Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Christine Clarson, MBA

Vice President, MedSource® Program

Areas of Expertise: • Patient assistance programs • Program implementation and development • Personnel management • Productivity management

Christine brings more than 14 years of pharmacy operations, client account management, service delivery, implementation management and patient-assistance program (PAP) experience to hospital initiatives. As leader of the McKesson MedSource® team – a dedicated group providing PAP management for hospital pharmacies – she runs a program that helps facilities maximize manufacturer PAP recovery dollars. Christine developed software tools for PAP reporting and tracking and has grown MedSource® to include savings in medical devices and co-pay assistance.

Andy Wilson, B.S., Pharm.D., FASHP

Vice President, 340B Solutions

Areas of Expertise: • Health system pharmacy management/Business and program strategy development • Pharmacy operations assessment/Clinical and operational infrastructure • Pharmacy billing and reimbursement/Pharmacy financial management • Benchmarking and hospital practice comparisons

Dr. Wilson is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the federal 340B program. He leads a team of consultants and pharmacists dedicated to providing pharmacy management, operations and financial advisory services to 340B program customers. With more than 25 years of healthcare operations experience Dr. Wilson has provided leadership in big four accounting firms, academic medical centers and integrated health centers, including a role as pharmacy director for Saint Louis University Hospital.

Gregory Doerr, B.S., MBA, R.Ph.

Managing Consultant

Areas of Expertise: • Revenue cycle processes and pharmacy revenue capture • Pharmacy billing and reimbursement • Drug utilization management and pharmacy operation assessment • Clinical and operational infrastructure and complex multi-site healthcare systems integration

As lead consultant for revenue enhancement engagements, Greg helps hospitals achieve operational goals in clinical, quality and economic aspects of pharmacy management. He has proven consulting experience working with senior supply chain management and pharmacy leadership to develop and implement contracting strategies across complex multi-site healthcare systems. Greg has more than 31 years of progressive pharmacy experience enhancing performance in both acute and non-acute operations, including prior leadership roles at Northwest Community Healthcare and Premier.

Adrienne Donaldson, R.Ph., MSLIT

Clinical Advisor

Areas of Expertise: • Retail pharmacy operations (chain, independent, ambulatory) • Program and project management • Standardization, process redesign and workflow optimization • Pharmacy transformation and software development process

Adrienne implements the Drug Spend Trend Report program and provides training and ongoing clinical support. She helps customers maximize utilization of McKesson resources and quantify the economic impact of initiatives they implement. Prior to her current role Adrienne worked with ambulatory pharmacies to evaluate and identify business potential. With more than 14 years of experience her resume also includes retail chain practice as a pharmacy manager at Walgreen’s.

Barbara Giacomelli, Pharm.D., MBA, FASHP

Area Vice President, Mckesson Pharmacy Optimization®

Areas of Expertise: • Automation and technology • Ambulatory pharmacy feasibility, implementation and gap analysis • Workflow and clinical pharmacy services optimization • Medication safety and diversion assessment • Supply chain management • Clinical pharmacy and multi-site healthcare services expansion and integration

Barbara taps more than 26 years of experience to facilitate and manage projects covering workflow optimization, supply chain management, pharmacy automation and technology, ambulatory pharmacy and clinical pharmacy services expansion in acute and non-acute care settings. In addition to a prior role with McKesson Automation, she has also held senior leadership positions at Graduate Hospital and Main Line Health in Pennsylvania plus Kennedy Health System and Shore Medical Center in New Jersey.

Julie Houston, PhT

Director, 340B Retail Solutions

Areas of Expertise: • 340B • 340B software vendor relations • Contract pharmacy arrangements • Retail pharmacy operations • Project management and implementation

As a member of the 340B team Julie manages 340B programs with a focus on advisory services, including the development and implementation of comprehensive contract pharmacy solutions. She works closely with all stakeholders to create mutually beneficial contract pharmacy arrangements. With more than 18 years of experience in pharmacy, Julie has managed relationships spanning diverse operational challenges and stakeholders. Julie’s past experience includes roles in both the retail pharmacy and managed care environments.

Cindy Jeter, CPP, CPhT, BGS

Consultant

Areas of Expertise: • Inventory control and wastage reduction • Drug cost containment and supply chain efficiencies • Drug expense analysis and cost reduction • Procurement procedure strategies and buyer training

As a Certified Purchasing Professional Cindy is one of McKesson’s top experts for supply chain consulting. Her focus includes best practice inventory management processes, wastage reduction and cost containment. Cindy has created a Pharmacy Buyer Certification Training Program for customers and developed and presented ACPE-accredited continuing education programs on best practices in pharmacy purchasing. She has more than 13 years of experience including roles at Northwest Texas Healthcare System and J.O. Wyatt Community Clinic.

Gregg Niemiec, B.S., R.Ph.

Managing Consultant, 340B Solutions

Areas of Expertise: • Health system 340B program implementation, audit preparation and optimization • Health system pharmacy management • Clinical and operational infrastructure • Pharmacy technology and informatics strategy development • Pharmacy financial management • Medication safety and QI strategy development

Gregg manages 340B Solutions consulting engagements including 340B program implementation, optimization and audit preparation for customers. He has more than 28 years of health-system pharmacy experience holding leadership roles in multi-site acute care, pediatric, long-term care and hospice organizations. Under Gregg’s leadership these health systems implemented technology, patient safety, clinical quality and cost-savings programs. He was pharmacy director for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa health system and held management positions at other hospitals in San Antonio.

Margaret Ryman, B.S., Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Advisor

Areas of Expertise: • Formulary and drug spend management/guideline and protocol development • Clinical and practice program development and implementation • Drug spend/clinical services analytics and drug cost containment • Evidence based medicine and critical literature evaluation

Margaret works with distribution customers to implement the Drug Spend Trend Report program. She conducts training and provides ongoing clinical support for effective and efficient use of McKesson resources. Margaret also helps customers quantify the economic impact of initiatives they implement. With more than 16 years of experience Margaret has successfully developed, implemented, guided and tracked the impact of clinical programs, protocols and pharmacy-related patient safety programs.

Kevin Scheckelhoff, MBA, R.Ph.

Assistant Vice President, 340B Solutions

Areas of Expertise: • Pharmacy-centric strategic and business planning • Bar code packaging optimization • Drug purchasing analytics • Pharmacy supply chain management consulting • Ambulatory pharmacy strategy and financial modeling

Kevin is a subject-matter expert helping hospital pharmacies improve operational efficiency, increase revenue and enhance quality. With more than 35 years of experience in pharmacy and healthcare services operations he has served over 200 hospitals across the United States and Puerto Rico. Kevin provides oversight of analytical solutions for acute care pharmacies and frequently presents on pharmacy business modeling and the application of technology in the medication use process.

Chris Shain, Pharm.D., BCPS

Managing Consultant, 340B Solutions

Areas of Expertise: • 340B optimization • 340B contract pharmacy networks • Formulary management • Pharmaceutical contracting • Institutional healthcare

As a member of the 340B team Chris oversees all consulting engagements for McKesson customers. He has more than 13 years of pharmacy experience in managed care, acute care hospitals and academic medical centers. Chris holds a faculty position on the Apexus 340B University team where he conducts nationwide training. He possesses extensive clinical and academic experience in teaching hospitals including a pharmacy leadership role at St. Luke’s Hospital of St. Louis.

Terry Smith, M.S., R.Ph.

Area Vice President, McKesson Pharmacy Optimization®

Areas of Expertise: • Project and customer consulting engagement management • Group purchasing organization pharmacy contract negotiation and clinical optimization • Supply chain management consulting - pharmacy, medical surgical • Hospital pharmacy management and business and program strategy development

Terry leads a team of consultants providing customized financial improvement solutions to health system customers. His expertise includes over 18 years in business development, sales support, supply chain management and consulting. Terry’s extensive background in healthcare consulting and the group purchasing industry complements his more than 16 years of management experience in hospital pharmacy practice where he worked at Pekin Hospital and Methodist Medical Center in Illinois.

Rebecca Steel, B.S., CPhT

Consultant

Areas of Expertise: • Pharmaceutical packaging • Strategic planning and analytics • Hospital pharmacy procurement • Supply chain logistics and project management

Rebecca brings more than 16 years of leadership experience in hospital pharmacy operations, supply chain distribution, pharmaceutical repackaging and project management to her customer engagements. She has been integral in creating strategic solutions that support hospital barcode medication administration. Rebecca was also instrumental in the expansion of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical Packaging Group that provides hospital unit dose products and contract packaging services for manufacturers and large retail chains.