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{Past Event} - Greening the Supply Chain: Share the EPP 101 Session

October 22, 2013 - 2:00 pm - October 22, 2013 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Whether you have years of experience or are just getting started, you will gain tremendous insight from supply chain experts who know the in's and out's of procuring environmentally preferable products. Participants will learn best practices for EPP implementation and ways to achieve cost savings. Learn how to prioritize and uncover opportunities, negotiate ideal terms and conditions with suppliers, and work best with sourcing managers to gain support from all stakeholders. Using specific examples from their organizations, the speakers will share the art of sourcing through the lens of EPP. Hear how this work translates into results from two leading health systems.


  • Why environmental purchasing is important from a supply chain point of view
  • How to positively engage supply chain professionals and integrate “environmental” into the supply chain equation
  • Learn ways to prioritize your efforts and the best practices to gain support from key stakeholders.
  • Hear EPP case studies that could be considered in your organization


Cathy Fischer, Vice President of Supply Chain and Affiliates, Gundersen Lutheran

Cathy Fischer is the Vice President of Supply Chain and Affiliates at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. With over 25 years of experience in management of healthcare operations prior to her role in Supply Chain she brings a patient centered vision to her role. She holds a Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. As Vice President of Supply Chain, Cathy is responsible for all aspects of Purchasing, Logistics and Distribution, Laundry and Central Services. In addition Cathy is also providing executive oversight to Gundersen’s non-hospital affiliates.

Rachael Baker, Environmental Stewardship Manager, Northern California Region, Kaiser Permanente

In February 2013, Rachael took over a new role in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region inventing, managing and coordinating all aspects of the Regional Environmental Stewardship program.  Prior, Rachael spent five years creating and growing Kaiser Permanente’s Environmental Purchasing and Supply Chain program impacting over $5 billion in spend.  In that role Rachael authored and implemented KP’s sustainability scorecard for medical devices resulting in tens of millions of dollars being directed toward safer products. 

Rachael has worked in healthcare, focusing on sustainability, for eleven years doing everything from managing an autoclave machine, dumpster diving, leading supplier challenges, and teaching the practice of environmentalism.  She won the Stephanie Davis Waste Reduction Award and Scholarship in 2006 and the Ecology Center Environmental Activism Award in 2006 for her work with the University of Michigan to build their new Women and Children’s hospital against the LEED green building rating system.  She received her M.S. in Environmental Policy from Bard College where her thesis examined pollution prevention strategies in the hospital setting.

Nestor Jarquin, Surgical Sourcing Manager, Kaiser Permanente

In September 2007, Nestor joined Kaiser Permanente’s Procurement and Supply Division. For the past three years he’s been the Sourcing Manager for the Surgical Category. Nestor works closely with physicians and clinical stakeholders driving sourcing initiatives which includes Kaiser Permanente’s Environmentally Preferred Purchasing requirements. Prior, Nestor worked in the healthcare industry at the hospital level for over 20 years primarily in the supply chain areas.

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