Group purchasing organization Amerinet has gone through a horde of changes since the start of the summer, including the departure of its CEO, its acquisition by Intermountain Healthcare and, most recently, the addition of two new C-suite executives.
Former Amerinet CEO Todd Ebert left the GPO at the end of June, while at the same time Intermountain Healthcare, a large Salt Lake City-based health system and half-owner of Amerinet, completed its acquisition of the remaining shares of the company held by Administrative Resources, a Warrendale, Pa.-based hospital investor-owner organization. Brent Johnson, formerly vice president of supply chain and support services for Intermountain Healthcare and a former board member, took over as president and CEO on July 1.
Ebert took on his new job as president and CEO of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association, the GPO trade group, on Monday. In an interview Wednesday, Ebert said that hospital-owned GPOs like those owned by Dignity Health, Ascension and now Intermountain “could be a model that takes on little bit more prevalence in the marketplace, but it may not.”
“I think that the key piece is that there are going to be different business models for every organization in the space,” Ebert said. “Organizations like an Ascension or an Amerinet that is owned by a provider, that's just another model in the mix.”
Along with a fresh CEO, Amerinet most recently welcomed two new senior executives to “execute on its new strategy,” the company said. The GPO announced on Wednesday the appointments of Jeremy Belinski as executive vice president and chief operating officer and Jason Baumgartner as chief sales officer.
Belsinki comes to Amerinet after serving as senior vice president and general manager of population health management at MedAssets, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based GPO and healthcare services company, a senior vice president with Aspen Healthcare Metrics and an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, a McLean, Va.-based management and technology consulting group. Much of his background is in consulting and healthcare information products, two major businesses for GPOs outside of the strategic sourcing of supplies.
Baumgartner comes to Amerinet after serving as an executive at Intermountain, where he was associate vice president of business development and commercialization. Before that, he was vice president of enterprise solutions for Premier, a Charlotte, N.C.-based GPO and provider of quality improvement tools, and regional vice president of sales for HealthTrust, a Brentwood, Tenn.-based GPO.
Intermountain is known for its strong supply chain operations. The company operates a 306,000-square-foot central supply warehouse in Midvale, Utah, that distributes supplies directly to points-of-care within hospitals instead of forcing them to stockpile items in their own warehouses.