Chicago CPO Meet and Eat

April 20, 2017

Blue Cross Blue Shield/Health Care Services Corporation

300 E. Randolph St.

Conference Room 28.106

Chicago, IL 60601


8:00 AM - Welcome & Introductions

8:15 AM – CPO Keynote Discussion by Ken Wilson, CPO/VP of Procurement, Select Medical

9:00 AM – “A Day in the Life as a CPO” by Chuck Hatsis, ED Procurement & CPO, CME Group and Kevin Nash, CPO, BCBS/HCSC

9:30 AM - Roundtable Discussion led by Ivalua and Shelby Group:

  • What discussion items are top of mind?
  • What current projects are you working on?
  • Local, regional and global issues that you and your organizations face today?
  • Best practices and key changes in the industry that will be useful moving forward?

10:45 AM – Closing Comments

11:00 AM - Adjourn

CPO Keynote Discussion by Kenneth Wilson

Kenneth Wilson

Vice President of Procurement
Select Medical

Wilson joined Select Medical in 2012 to lead the organization’s Procurement Transformation Initiative.   His goal was to develop a center-led Supply Chain group, focusing on the development of a comprehensive Source-to-Pay program, with the directive to create two primary work-streams.  The first being a focus on Strategic Sourcing and savings realization through competitive bidding and contracting, and the second being the design, development, and implementation of a technology platform that would enable the acquisition of goods and services across the enterprise, that would ultimately address “pain points” for internal and external users, allow for strong formulary compliance, and ultimately assist in delivering excellent patient outcomes.

Ken has two degrees, one in Computer Information Systems and one in Accounting.  Prior to joining Select Medical, Ken started his career in Accounting and Auditing, working for a major healthcare system and one of the Big 4 Accounting firms.  He then moved into the Health Insurance industry with a focus on financial analysis and product profitability, development of enterprise data warehouses, and eventually served as a leader in the selection and implementation of an eProcurement software vendor and tool.  Ken has also spent time in his own consulting company, focusing on operational and financial improvement, negotiations and contracting, and also Procurement Best Practices and Transformation.

Select Medical is one of the nation's largest providers of specialized hospital, rehabilitative and outpatient care, and offers its patients a supportive and nurturing environment -- no matter where they are on their healthcare journey.  Select operates more than 100 long-term acute care hospitals, specializing in medically complex cases and 19 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals offering targeted therapeutic services under the direction of a physician specializing in physical medicine.  At nearly 1,500 outpatient centers, Select Medical also offers physical and occupational therapy, as well as occupational medicine.