Susan DeVore is president and CEO of Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company. Uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and more than 130,000 other provide organizations to transform healthcare, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost.
With approximately 30 years of experience, DeVore is an industry-leading thinker who has been named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and Top 25 Women in Healthcare lists. She serves as chairman of the board trustees of the Healthcare Leadership Council, board member of the Coalition to Protect America’s Healthcare and board member, finance committee member and audit committee chair of the Medicare Rights Center. She also serves as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Healthcare, as an executive committee member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, on the audit and finance committee for Adventist Health System, and is a member of the Midwest Healthcare Executive Summit.
Under DeVore’s leadership, Premier has been recognized for building an industry-leading code of ethics, has been named nine times as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere, won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and has been named four times to the InformationWeek 500 list of the top technology innovators in the nation.
DeVore obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Management degree from McGill University.
Michael J. Alkire is chief operating officer (COO) for Premier, Inc., a healthcare performance improvement alliance helping hospitals and health systems provide better patient care while reducing costs.
As COO, Alkire leads the continued integration of Premier’s clinical, financial, supply chain and operational performance improvement offerings helping member hospitals and health systems provide higher quality care at a better cost.
He oversees Premier’s quality, safety, labor and supply chain technology apps and data-driven collaboratives allowing alliance members to make decisions based on a combination of healthcare information. These performance improvement offerings access Premier’s comparative database, one of the nation’s largest outcomes databases. This data has been used by the Food and Drug Administration for drug surveillance and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to evaluate next-generation payment models.
Alkire also led Premier’s efforts to address public health and safety issues from the nationwide drug shortage problem, testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives regarding Premier research on shortages and gray market price gouging. This work contributed to the President and Congress taking action to investigate and correct the problem, resulting in two pieces of bipartisan legislation.
Prior to serving as COO, Alkire was president of Premier Purchasing Partners, which offers group purchasing, supply chain and resource utilization services to hospitals and health systems. Premier remains among the top group purchasing organizations in the industry as the value of supplies purchased through its contracts has increased to more than $48 billion. Upon joining Premier in late 2003, Alkire worked closely with the Purchasing Partners team to develop and implement a three-year transformation plan designed to dramatically increase returns to the alliance’s shareholders while building stronger relationships with members and suppliers.
Alkire is a member of the East Coast Healthcare Executive Summit, and a past board member of GHX and the Healthcare Supply Chain Association. In 2015, Alkire won the Gold Stevie Award for Executive of the Year and in 2014 he was recognized as a Gold Award Winner for COO of the Year by the Golden Bridge Awards. He has more than 20 years of experience in running business operations and business development organizations at Deloitte & Touche and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Before joining Premier, he served in a number of leadership roles at Cap Gemini, including North American responsibilities for supply chain and high-tech manufacturing.
Alkire graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.
In his role as senior vice president of member field services, Andy Brailo oversees overall growth and service delivery of Premier, Inc. He leads the Premier field service delivery team, which is charged with helping Premier’s members find solutions to improve cost and quality.
Prior to serving as senior vice president, Brailo was vice president of strategic accounts, providing leadership for the mid-Atlantic and Southeast field teams, including contract analysts and managers, region directors and region vice presidents. He led the strategic contract portfolio responsible for greater than 30 percent of Premier’s approximately $48 billion in member purchasing volume and greater than 50 percent of member validated savings. Over the last several years, Brailo has been dedicated to managing field staff who serve Premier’s alliance members in the East charged with driving the integration of our supply chain, quality, safety and operational tools and staff to benefit the membership.
In February 2001, Brailo joined Premier Health Exchange, an earlier division of Premier prior to its formation, and has since been responsible for multiple teams and projects including e-commerce operations, the Premier Solution Center, field training and development, contract launch, development of the clinical and technical field specialist team, and the QUEST® Comparative Innovation Program. He also contributed to Premier’s 2006 award-winning Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award application.
During his Premier tenure, Brailo has successfully partnered with members, suppliers and staff to develop and design customized and scalable solutions to quickly meet evolving needs in a dynamic healthcare industry. With more than 20 years of experience, Brailo has a diverse background in sales, training and development, operations, process management, and customer service delivery working with Comcast Inc., medibuy.com and C.R. Bard Inc.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University.
As senior vice president of public affairs for Premier, Inc., Blair Childs is the primary spokesperson and communications strategist for Premier on key issues impacting healthcare cost and quality. He serves as liaison to the U.S. Congress, White House, healthcare policymakers, and other major bodies involved in healthcare policy and regulation. Based in Washington D.C., Childs leads Premier’s Advocacy, Communications, Safety, and Thought Leadership units and serves on the company’s Executive Team.
Prior to coming to Premier, Childs was Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Implementation for AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association. Childs has held senior management positions in professional, trade, and advocacy associations and a Fortune 50 company.
Childs has been at the center of policy issues in Washington, D.C. for more than two decades, playing a leading role on issues impacting medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurers, and hospitals. He has been responsible for organizing and leading public policy advocacy programs at the state and national levels on some of the nation’s most visible and complex issues over the last two decades, including tort, Medicare, and healthcare reform. He is a respected and well-recognized expert on health policy and advocacy, and has appeared on all the major television networks as well as been quoted in most national publications.
Leigh Anderson is the chief information officer (CIO) for Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company. A respected healthcare strategist with more than 20 years of informatics experience, Anderson has proven expertise in both corporate and provider settings.
As CIO, Anderson is responsible for developing and deploying a scalable technology infrastructure which leverages Premier’s platforms, and driving growth through Premier’s real-time, end-to-end supply chain, specialty pharmacy and population health management platforms.
Anderson joined Premier in 2013 as the chief operating officer for information and technology services where he ran the day-to-day operations of the informatics business. Anderson’s career has included lead informatics roles at Hospital Corporation of America, Health Trust, Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) and AT&T.
A graduate of Hofstra University with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering, Anderson earned his master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University. In addition, he has served on the U.S. governing board of GS1, an international supply chain standards body with over a million member companies.
As president of supply chain services, Durral R. Gilbert leads Premier, Inc.’s core supply chain business, including sourcing, contract management, operations and business analytics. Gilbert also oversees Premier’s integrated pharmacy offerings, including specialty pharmacy and pharmacy benefit management, and direct sourcing.
Under Gilbert’s leadership, members have seen significant savings through improved processes, efficiencies and innovative purchasing practices. Gilbert also leads the design of Premier’s Economic Outlook, highlighting emerging economic and industry trends through key financial, clinical and supply chain insights. His efforts have contributed to Premier’s continued status among the top group purchasing organizations in the industry. He has been an integral part in the development of the industry’s most comprehensive Pharmacy service line offerings. Gilbert is also instrumental in Premier’s Innovation Celebration, which honors new technologies and innovations at Premier’s Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition.
Joining Premier in 2006, Gilbert previously served as senior vice president of supply chain emerging services, where he led the development of Premier’s pharmacy offerings while identifying overall supply chain and clinical improvement opportunities.
Gilbert has more than 25 years of experience in business operations, procurement and risk management with a resume that includes leadership positions at BDS Management, LLC, Marsh, LearningStation Inc. and Wachovia Securities, Inc.
Gilbert is involved in many industry organizations including the Healthcare Supply Chain Association where he currently serves as secretary and on the Board of Directors; SVS, LLC where he serves on the Board of Directors and Commcare Pharmacy, where he is chairman and on the Board of Directors.
A native of North Carolina, Gilbert earned an MBA in Finance and International Business from Duke University and a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was inducted into the UNC-CH’s Order of the Golden Fleece.
David Klatsky is general counsel of Premier Inc. and leads the organization’s legal and compliance initiatives. Prior to joining Premier, Klatsky was a partner in the health practice group of global law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP (MWE). His tenure at MWE included working extensively with Premier and its affiliate companies, and serving as Premier’s chief outside counsel for nine years.
A nationally recognized healthcare legal expert, Klatsky helped lead Premier through its initial public offering and corporate restructure. His 26-year career has included advising Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms and for-profit and tax-exempt healthcare services clients on the transactional and regulatory aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in the healthcare sector. Klatsky also has acted as the lead lawyer in a broad cross section of health industry transactions, and as a speaker regarding health reform, accountable care and healthcare transactional techniques.
A graduate of Brown University, Klatsky earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California—Los Angeles School of Law. He has been ranked by Woodward White as one of The Best Lawyers in America® for four consecutive years.
As chief sales officer for Premier, Inc., Long leads Premier’s sales and sales support teams in positioning the company’s integrated service offerings. In his role, Long and the sales team harness the differentiated value Premier offers its members and prospective members with comprehensive solutions in supply chain, healthcare informatics, and population health management among other vital areas.
Prior to joining Premier, Long most recently served as senior vice president of sales and support for Surgical Information Systems where he was responsible for all sales and go-to market functions. In this capacity, he led the organization to accomplish unprecedented sales growth and enabled the company to achieve sustained success.
Long’s recent experience also includes several senior leadership roles at McKesson Technology Solutions. During his tenure Long led enterprise clinical, financial and decision support sales teams that sold more than $200 million in software and services bookings. In addition, he led the product management and product marketing teams for the company’s more than $1 billion financial business segment as well as the company’s corporate field marketing organization.
Over his 20 years in healthcare information technology, capital equipment and medical device verticals, Long has a proven reputation for talent development, operational leadership, innovative ideas, process driven decision making, pragmatic problem solving and rock-solid execution.
Long earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University.
Craig McKasson is the chief financial officer and senior vice president for Premier, Inc. He has responsibility for the financial affairs of Premier, including strategic financial planning, internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, financial operations, tax compliance and planning, treasury services and investor relations. He also oversees Premier’s insurance management services division.
McKasson previously served as vice president of finance and corporate controller since 1997. In this capacity he oversaw Premier’s accounting department and managed corporate financial reporting.
Before joining Premier, McKasson was a licensed certified public accountant and a consulting manager at Ernst & Young LLP, providing audit, tax and consulting services for various privately held development companies, as well as multistate publicly traded organizations in the life sciences, retail and technology sectors.
McKasson is a member of the board of directors of Innovatix LLC, which provides group purchasing services to certain nonacute healthcare providers and of which Premier is an owner. McKasson also serves as treasurer and on the board of directors for Saint Vincent De Paul Villages Inc., a not-for-profit organization providing care and rehabilitation for the homeless.
McKasson holds a master’s degree in accountancy from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s cum laude degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from San Diego State University.
Dr. Andrew Ziskind is senior vice president of Premier Inc.’s academic health system strategy. He is partnering with academic health systems to drive performance, achieve top cost and quality outcomes, and power their population health success. Ziskind’s expertise includes analytics-driven change management, hospital and health system physician alignment, and clinical transformation.
Board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, Ziskind has more than 25 years of experience in clinical care and academic health system leadership. He has developed and led innovative primary care and specialty delivery systems that span both academic medical centers and community hospitals, and has diverse expertise in accountable care, payment reform and population health management initiatives.
Prior to joining Premier, Ziskind held senior executive roles at Huron Consulting Group and Accenture, and was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential consultants by Consulting Magazine. His career has included serving as vice dean for clinical affairs and health system vice president at the University of Washington and as president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group president at BJC Healthcare.
A graduate of Bowdoin College, Ziskind earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his master’s of business administration from Loyola College of Maryland. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Kelly Rakowski is senior vice president of Premier Inc.’s advisory and collaborative services. She is responsible for leading the healthcare solution company’s partnership with healthcare systems on large-scale quality, service, operational and financial performance improvement.
Rakowski has more than 20 years of experience delivering solutions that span the care continuum for integrated delivery systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals and health plans. She has worked with hundreds of health care organizations and leaders on strategy, operational improvement, cultural transformation, post-merger integration, financial and business management, and performance improvement.
Prior to joining Premier, Rakowski served in lead healthcare divisional roles at Xerox Services, Accenture, GE Healthcare, and Ernst & Young/Capgemini. She most recently has specialized in equipping providers and payers with the necessary skills and capabilities to succeed in today’s payment and care delivery reform environment.
A graduate of the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Rakowski earned her master’s of health services management and policy from the University of Michigan.
Mike Riegel is senior vice president of strategic transformation. He is responsible for designing, building and implementing the healthcare solution company’s large-scale growth, performance and transformation plan.
Riegel has more than 20 years of experience in profit and loss management and brand positioning. His previous executive leadership roles in the high-tech industry have encompassed roles as chief executive officer, general manager, sales, product and channel management, mergers and acquisitions, and chief marketing officer for software, hardware and services businesses.
Prior to joining Premier, Riegel led marketing for several Cisco System Inc. companywide initiatives. His career also has included a 14-year tenure at IBM where he launched IBM MobileFirst; managed the marketing and strategy for the organization’s largest software brand; and oversaw IBM’s work with startups and universities as well as the business continuity services unit. In addition, Riegel served as chief executive officer of Arsenal Digital Solutions, an on-demand SaaS data protection service, and led their 20-country global expansion.
Riegel is a featured speaker on business development and sales, global marketing, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, business strategy and leadership. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Anselm College and his master’s of business administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Kelli Price is senior vice president of people for Premier, Inc., with responsibility for human resources, organizational development, talent management and facilities.
In her previous role, Price was responsible for the Premier performance excellence journey, integrating the Malcolm Baldrige criteria into the fabric of the organization with an additional focus on aligning and developing organizational talent for the purpose of improving individual and organizational performance.
Before joining Premier, Price was a senior partner with a North Carolina-based management and organizational development consulting firm. As a partner, she used her combined talents to increase performance outcomes, improve processes and practices, facilitate change management, and lead organizational redesign efforts for her clients.
Price brings a distinctive, holistic approach to performance excellence, organizational engagement and learning from her unique combination of experience in the field of performance improvement, human resources, education, organizational development and whole systems design.
Price has served as a North Carolina state quality examiner and on the national board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards Program.
Price received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MBA from Queens University.
David Vorhoff, Premier Inc.’s senior vice president of corporate development, manages the organization’s strategic plan; establishes new business relationships to support Premier’s corporate and enterprise unit objectives; oversees merger and acquisition activities; and drives growth through product, service and business analysis.
Prior to joining Premier, the 30-year investment banking veteran served as managing director of Deloitte Corporate Finance’s life sciences and healthcare group. Vorhoff’s career has included functioning as president, managing director and co-founder at McColl Partners, LLC. In addition, he has worked in New York as managing director of Banc of America Securities in their global healthcare investment banking group.
Vorhoff earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also has served on the board of directors of Sonic Automotive, Star Scientific and several private companies.