CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 15, 2014) — In an effort to improve efficiencies and reduce costs in the procurement process, the University of Miami is consolidating all purchasing and delivery functions under a single umbrella organization and has brought on board a seasoned expert to lead and manage the new system.
Philip Profeta, whose experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, accounts payable, hospital supply chain planning, logistics, and warehousing spans more than three decades, is the University’s new associate vice president and chief supply chain officer. Based on the medical campus, he is responsible for consolidating and leading the University’s entire procurement structure, including accounts payable, across the institution and multiple supply chains across the health care/hospital system.
“Phil Profeta is extremely qualified and capable to reorganize and lead our purchasing and delivery systems to better meet customer needs and negotiate better pricing with suppliers,” said John Shipley, UM’s vice president of finance and treasurer. “He is used to running huge supply chain operations at academic medical centers, so he really understands the needs of academic medical centers and research universities like ours. He is charged with putting all our purchasing operations together in a way that makes sense, delivers great customer service and produces cost savings.”
Profeta, who comes to UM from the Baylor-Scott & White Health Services in Temple, Texas, said he looks forward to transforming UM’s more traditional supply chain operations into a flexible and strategic asset.
“In today’s health care and academic marketplace, the supply chain has a pivotal role as a strategic resource,” Profeta said. “It’s about more than pushing paper and delivering boxes. It’s about more than delivering stellar service and savings. It’s about positioning the University in the marketplace. The supply chain needs to be flexible enough to keep up with all the growth and changes that are around us.”
As vice president of supply chains operations at Baylor-Scott & White, Profeta integrated all supply chain functions when the Scott & White Health System merged with the Baylor Health Care system, creating a vast, new organization with 43 acute care hospitals, 500 care sites, two 100,000-square-foot warehouses and 42,000 square miles of coverage area.
Prior to that, he was the corporate director of purchasing for the University of Rochester/Strong Health System, where he was responsible for all purchasing policy, contract development, and strategic purchasing initiatives.
He also has held positions at Neoforma/Revelocity, Inc. in California; the Yale New Haven Health System;Novation, Inc.; and the Rochester Regional Hospital Association. He worked as independent consultant as well.
A graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, Profeta studied business at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, and completed the Managed Care Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School.