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I can hardly believe that summer is almost over and we are transitioning to fall.  It seems like just last month when we all gathered together in Tukwila to share knowledge and enjoy the partnerships that make the Material Management community great. 

As fall approaches it is time for us to all look forward and realize there are great opportunities for education, a perfect chance to recognize our teams during supply chain week, and the chance to tell the WSHMMA team what you want presented at the 2019 Annual Conference.  Therefore, the focus of this Newsletter is education.  We have many great opportunities for WSHMMA members and I would love to see all of you taking advantage of them.

I am humbled by the great things that WSHMMA members do every day and look forward to hearing more about what you are doing in 2019.

Sean Farley, President
Western States Healthcare Materials Management Association



National Health Care Supply Chain Week is Fast Approaching!!

National Health Care Supply Chain Week (SC Week) is October 7-13, 2018, with the theme: Health Care Supply Chain. Innovation through Collaboration.  At Virginia Mason we combine the National Supply Chain week with the Sterile Processing week for two great weeks of recognition.  Our team’s have a breakfast and we also do pizza lunches.   The Executives always find time to make the rounds and share some gratitude to the supply techs, inventory teams, and purchasing gurus. 

How is your team celebrating Supply Chain Week?  If you send us your plans we would love to send them in the September newsletter.  Make sure to mark your calendars now.

Free AHRMM toolkit on promoting supply chain week if you visit the link below:



Some Great Training Opportunities!!

Here are some great training opportunities for WSHMMA Members: 

GHX Summit Series:  GHX's Summit Series, a webinar series of some of the highest rated 2018 GHX Supply Chain Summit presentations, began August 21st. These encore performances of Supply Chain Summit presentations bring fresh insights from industry leaders and the opportunity to earn 0.5 - 1.5 AHRMM approved credit (per live webinar session).

Everyday our GHX partners strive to reduce costs and save money in Healthcare.  You can save your money by attending this series at NO CHARGE, with AHRMM CEU’s, while enhancing your professional growth.

Please see the series schedule (running from August - October 2018) - new sessions are being announced and added soon. Registration open now for the October webinar.

If you have any questions about this offer please contact Neah Bay Downs (yes her name is from the one and only Neah Bay in Washington State)


ECRI Institute's free seminar and networking lunch for providers and payers:  A live, in-person seminar, Value Analysis: Best Practices for Navigating the Evidence Maze, brings together supply chain and value analysis professionals and payers to discuss solutions to their decision-making challenges.

Join us September 25 in Seattle, WA, for this intimate half-day event featuring best practices and case studies presented by ECRI Institute and invited panelists. Attending this event will help you:

  • Understand best practices for value analysis
  • Apply PICOTS, the analytic framework that provides context for product requests
  • Benchmark your practices against those of your peers
  • Simplify value analysis with ECRI Institute’s trusted clinical evidence and pricing and safety data
  • Space is limited to 40 people,* so RSVP soon!


AHRMM Training:  Here are some of the upcoming AHRMM webinars:

Best Practices for Operating at the Intersection of Cost, Quality, and Outcomes

September 05, 2018 | Content Areas: Strategic Planning | Tags: Analytics, Change Management, Contracting, CQO | Formats: Event | CPE Credit: .50 per webinar

Transform CQO from a concept into a strategy using tangible information and tools, and applying best practices for the supply chain operations most tied to a value-based environment.


CAHPMM Annual Conference:  For those of you that want to go south as the weather turns the California Chapter holds a great annual event.  The CAHPMM leadership and WSHMMA leadership attend each other’s conferences and have really grown a tight relationship.  They run a top notch event and it is a great place to earn 9-10 CEUs in one area.  This year’s event will be held from 23-25 October.  The website is http://www.cahpmm.org/.



Please join us in voting for our upcoming board positions:

VP and Secretary




Congratulations to the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) Certification credentials this summer

  • Evan Casteel, Yakima, WA
  • Frank Pangrazi, Yakima, WA



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