Capital Equipment Track 

Managing capital equipment purchases is a complicated process with unique challenges and opportunities. Even as capital equipment projects resume post-pandemic, it's clear new strategies are needed to successfully navigate a changing healthcare landscape. This track will examine major aspects of the capital equipment planning process, including reviewing existing plans post-pandemic, prioritizing capital spending amid changing needs, and securing your capital supply chain.

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Successfully Managing Capital Equipment Projects 

Monday, March 7, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Scott Vinson

Panelists: Tony Gribble & Jeff Little

As once-stalled capital equipment projects resume, healthcare leaders are increasingly faced with new challenges and demands. Utilizing risk assessments in the capital prioritization process, planning for continued disruptions, and leveraging technology to shorten the lead times of capital projects can help leaders overcome these challenges, while also resulting in cost savings and more efficient operations. Hear from healthcare leaders as they discuss strategies to review existing capital equipment plans, maximize the life cycle of current capital assets, and leverage new technologies to successfully manage projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the challenges capital equipment managers face as they work to improve outcomes while keeping costs down. 
  2. Identify capital equipment processes that address the priorities of healthcare providers and the needs of their patients.
  3. Outline proven processes for successful equipment planning – from conceptual design to everyday use.
  4. Examine current trends and forecast future trends in capital equipment planning and efficiency.

About the Panelists

Tony Gribble
Full Name
Vice President, Operations
Vanderbilt Health Purchasing Collaborative
Speaker Bio
Tony Gribble is Vice President, Supply Chain and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, sourcing and contracting, data intelligence, and client management for The Vanderbilt Health Purchasing Collaborative. Prior to his work at Vanderbilt Health Purchasing Collaborative, Tony held roles within healthcare from Capital and Purchased Services for a health system in Pensacola, Florida to Client Executive for MedAssets and Vizient Inc. Tony also has additional experience within the consulting space, where he served as Senior Consultant working with the Naval Education Training Command as an Information Assurance Officer. Tony holds two Bachelor’s degrees: Management Information Systems and Management.
Jeff Little
Full Name
Industry Consultant
Premier, Inc.
Speaker Bio
Jeff Little is the Vice President of Strategic Supplier Engagement for Facilities, Construction and Capital Services at Premier, Inc. and leads a team of SMEs dedicated to driving value to Premier’s members in this space. Over his nearly 30 years in healthcare, he has held various leadership roles, in support operations, supply chain operations and clinical as a perfusionist. He is the leading national expert in purchased services with expertise in healthcare performance improvement, operational consulting as well as capital equipment, general support services operations, and supply chain operations. Jeff is a seasoned executive professional with proven success in service recovery operations as well as support operational assessment and development of improvement plans for healthcare organizations. Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration as well as an MBA with a healthcare emphasis. He is a member of AHRMM and ACHE.