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Moderator: Patrick Brown
VP/Chief Operating Officer
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Chief Customer Officer
Charles (Charlie) Cobb
Associate Vice President for Supply Chain Management
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Director, Supply Chain
Texas Health Resources
In his role as Chief Customer Officer, Andy Brailo oversees overall growth and service delivery of Premier. He leads the Premier field service delivery team, which is charged with helping Premier’s members find solutions to improve cost and quality.
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. 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.
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 more than $56 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.
Brailo holds a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University.
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.