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Moderator: Patrick Brown
VP/Chief Operating Officer
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Charles (Charlie) Cobb
Associate Vice President for Supply Chain Management
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Director, Supply Chain
Texas Health Resources
Soumi Saha, PharmD, JD
Vice President of Advocacy
Patrick Brown is the VP/Chief Operating Officer of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and oversees the daily operations of the 254 bed hospital that has over 1,200 employees and over 900 physicians. While at MMMC, Patrick has helped guide the organization to a Leapfrog A rating and a recently acquired 5 Star Quality rating through CMS. He is also involved in the local community by participating in the 2019/2020 class of Leadership Mansfield and now serves as a board member for the Mansfield ISD Foundation. Prior to joining Methodist Health System, Mr. Brown was with Texas Health Resources where he served as COO/Professional & Support Services Officer for Texas Health Allen. While at Texas Health Allen, Mr. Brown oversaw daily operations of several ancillary departments and was in charge of the business development of the cardiovascular and general surgery service lines. He also served on the system’s Heart and Vascular Committee and served on the Allen ISD District Improvement Planning Committee.
Prior to his time at Texas Health Resources, Patrick worked at Tenet Healthcare serving as the Chief Strategy Officer over multiple hospitals in Tenet’s Phoenix market. His responsibility included service line development, physician recruitment, and narrow network enhancements with the market’s accountable care organization, Arizona Care Network.
With nearly 15 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience in operations, human resources, supply chain, and business development roles across Georgia, Texas and Arizona, Patrick is committed to servant leadership, service excellence, and always doing the right thing, at the right time for patients.
Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL and an MBA degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Vice President for the DFW Chapter of the National Association of Health Service Executives.
Charlie Cobb is the Associate Vice President of Supply Chain Management and Chief Procurement Office for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, one of the country’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to medical education and training, research, and patient care.
Charlie is focused on creating an integrated Supply Chain Management infrastructure ensuring outstanding customer service and leveraging system-wide opportunities. As a leading Academic Medical Center, we must provide an uninterrupted flow of goods and services at best value by utilizing market leading technologies, performance metrics, optimized processes, and strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining UTSW, Mr. Cobb was the Director, Materials Management at the University of Arizona Health Network and spent 2.5 years helping rebuild their supply chain prior to the Banner Health acquisition. He also previously served as an Strategic Account Vice President for Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 health care services company dedicated to improving the cost-effectiveness of health care. He joined Cardinal Health in 1999 where he spent 14 years holding positions of increasing responsibility including Region Director, Director of Logistics, Surgical Products Representative, and Operations Manager.
Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Mr. Cobb served in the U.S. Air Force where he also earned his Associates Degree in Logistics. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University and completed his MBA from the University of Arizona. He also is a Certified Texas Procurement Manager (CTPM).
Charlie serves as a member of ACHE and AHRMM and actively participates in the local chapters. He and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Cael (16) and Brooke (14). In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf, basketball, and spending time with his family and friends.
Kito Gary serves as Director, Supply Chain for Texas Health Resources, which is comprised of 14 acute-care hospitals serving the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Prior to joint Texas Health, Kito was a Sourcing Executive for Vizient Inc., a Group Purchasing Organization that specializes in bolstering members’ supply chain initiatives. As a Sourcing Executive, he worked with strategic member accounts supply chain team to identify, implement and manage their businesses purchasing requirements. Prior to Vizient, his 10-year professional experience spans across industries, which includes Xerox, New York Life, Legatum Aviation, Northrop Grumman and Vought Aircraft Industries. Kito earned a Master of Business (Management) degree from Dallas Baptist University. He earned his BA in Sociology from Wake Forest University, where he competed as a scholarship-athlete on the football team. Kito lives in the Grand Prairie area; and is married to Stephanie Gary. They have two children, (Isaiah and Corinne). Kito and Stephanie are passionate about sports, education, travel, family and financial investments.
Soumi Saha, both a pharmacist and attorney, is the Vice President of Advocacy at Premier Inc. and is responsible for influencing legislative and regulatory proposals that support a competitive drug marketplace and lead the transformation to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare.
Prior to joining Premier, Soumi served as the Director of Pharmacy & Regulatory Affairs for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) where she was responsible for advocating the Academy’s regulatory positions at the federal and state level with agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and State Boards of Pharmacy. Soumi led AMCP’s initiatives related to health care economic information communications between population health decision makers and biopharmaceutical manufacturers, including adoption and advocacy efforts with Congress and the FDA. Soumi was also responsible for advancing the interests of the Academy’s members in managed care pharmacy issues such as specialty pharmacy, medication therapy management, real world evidence, and research.
Previously, Soumi worked for Kaiser Permanente where she most recently served as the Director of National Pharmacy Controls and was responsible for leading the planning, development, and implementation of strategic initiatives for the National Pharmacy Controls Improvement Program, specifically related to the Policy & Procedure and Training & Awareness initiatives, across all aspects of pharmacy operations including outpatient, inpatient, infusion, oncology, clinical services, and pharmacy distribution centers.
Soumi has a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and a Juris Doctor (JD) with a concentration in Health Law from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is actively involved in the pharmacy law community as a member of the American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) and American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Soumi speaks regularly at schools of pharmacy and local events regarding her unique background and opportunities for pharmacists to become involved in legislative and advocacy efforts.