"Culture eats strategy for breakfast"
Peter Drucker


Christopher J. OConnor is an experienced CEO and nationally recognized healthcare entrepreneur, innovator, and thought leader. With more than three decades of global experience advising growth-oriented hospitals and health systems in strategic supply chain management, Christopher is known for his breakthrough contributions at the intersection of cost, quality, and outcomes (CQO) improvement.

His crisis leadership was field-tested in the most challenging of situations, leading efforts to maintain Northeast hospital and health system supply chains through multiple crises including Superstorm Sandy and the Ebola and SARS outbreaks.

Under his leadership at Acurity, their client base of 300+ hospitals and health systems represent $7 billion of purchasing volume. Moreover, clients realized extensive cost savings and enhancements to business processes in pharmacy services, purchasing, and contracting. Christopher founded the consulting company, Nexera to complement Acuritys offerings and to provide strategic supply chain solutions to healthcare organizations seeking a better alignment of efforts related to cost containment, quality, and clinical outcomes.

His work in the CQO field led to the publication of two books, Healthcare Supply Chain at the Intersection of Cost, Quality and Outcomes; and The Healthcare Supply Chain, Best Practices for Operating at the Intersection of Cost, Quality and Outcomes.

Christopher is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) where he also served as Chair. Chris is also a board member of the YMCA of Greater New York and an adjunct faculty member at Cornell University, Pace University, Iona College, and SUNY Binghamton, where he has taught healthcare and supply chain management.

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