ACE Advisory Board
John Sdanowich is a veteran of 27+ years in in health care finance, operations and supply chain strategic sourcing and vendor relationship building. He has a successful record in the development of corporate supply chain strategies, negotiations, and alternative financing solutions. John’s experience includes team building, mentoring and coaching of staff/team integration. He is an expert in capital sourcing with a strong background in cash flow improvements. During his time with the Johns Hopkins Health System he was the Director of Capital Sourcing for Nobilant and The Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland. John created an integrated capital department, with three units, creating policies, procedures and workflows to enhance the capital strategic sourcing process. He was with Johns Hopkins for more than 27years, 17 of those years as the Capital Administrator, responsible for the financing and negotiations of all health system medical equipment and service contracts. John had oversight for the capital sourcing for the 6-JHHS hospitals and the sourcing of the other 12-GPO hospitals, totaling over $900-million in capital spend. The sourcing included the total cost of ownership, all consumables and services, as well as capital acquisitions. His focus on equipment is the technology, life-cycle-management and the obsolescence risk of the medical equipment. John’s approach includes reviewing the changes in vendor’s medical equipment, evaluating products at the factory and with senior management in research and development, to access the most economically feasible acquisition methodology. He was also responsible for making financial acquisition decisions for JHHS that included lease-buy analysis and related finance polices. John co-chaired the RFID Committee, tasked with finding a real-time location solution for tracking equipment, patients, and employees, which was installed in the two new clinical towers. John also worked in the Department of Emergency Medicine as the Assistant Administrator and as a Management Engineer, working on the re-engineering of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The main focus of the restructuring was in the departments of Surgery and Medicine. John has published: A White Paper, “Life-Cycle Financing for Capital Investments”, “Strategies to Maximize your Capital Dollars”, in Medical Imaging/MedAssets.Com Forum, and “How to Create a Capital Process to Maximize Investments”, in Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology. John is a regular speaker at the IDN Summit, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the ACE Summit. He is a board member of The John Carroll School and the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union.
As an Executive Director reporting to the Chief of Operations, Frank Aucremanne is responsible for all real estate, planning, design, construction, and facilities operations and maintenance across the Cleveland Clinic system. The system encompasses over 24 million square feet of facilities consisting of over 200 buildings located across three states and two countries. Frank joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 from Naples, Italy, after retiring as a Navy Captain with over 28 years of service. While in Naples, Italy he was responsible for all U.S. Navy facility operations and maintenance across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. He is a registered professional engineer with 33 years of experience in all facets of facility planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance. Frank graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering then later went on to receive his Master of Science in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE, is the Vice President of Clinical Engineering at McLaren. She manages Services throughout the McLaren system including 15 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, and Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers. Prior to McLaren, she was Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Health and Texas Children’s Hospital. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and is active in ACCE, CHIME, and HTCC. She also recently published a book titled “Introduction to Clinical Engineering”. She has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.
Dave Kistel is Vice President of Facilities & Support Services at Lee Health in Lee County, Florida. He is a graduate of Furman University. Dave is responsible for the integrated facilities and support service operations of a multi-hospital system including four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals with a total of 1,557 beds, 3 million square feet of physical plant, one nursing home, and over fifty (50) outpatient / physician office sites. His division includes 65 employees and five departments: Facilities Management Administration, Plant Operations, Facilities Planning & Design, Construction, and Environmental Safety.
Jeffrey Little is the Vice President of Strategic Supplier Engagment at Premier, Inc. He is the leading national expert in purchased services and healthcare performance improvement, specializing in all aspects of healthcare purchased services and operational consulting; general support services operations, materials management and supply chain operations. Jeff is a seasoned executive professional with proven success in service recovery operations as well as operational assessment and development of improvement plans for healthcare supply chain and support operations departments. He is a member of AHRMM, IAHCSMM and ACHE.
Lance Mendiola, CHFM, CHSP, CBO, MS has served in many leadership roles in CHRISTUS Health since 2006 and recently as the System Vice President of Facilities Management and Construction since 2012. Throughout his healthcare, military and higher education career, he has held many leadership positions including Director of Facilities overseeing Clinical Engineering, Security, Safety, Housekeeping, Dietary, and Construction Inspector/Project Manager at Texas State University’s Planning Design and Construction department. Lance earned a bachelor’s degree Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology with a concentration in construction management and a Master of Science in Public Safety with a concentration in Emergency Management from Capella University. Lance is active member of the American Society of Health Care Engineering (ASHE) and the Texas Association of Healthcare Facility Managers and is a veteran of the United States Army with a 26-year career.