Lou Vietti was one of the more prominent advocates for implementing state-of-the-art industrial applications to hospital support services and linking supply chain operations to information technology. Vietti demonstrated a mastery of JIT/stockless distribution in a university hospital setting and developed a first-class, off-site warehouse for the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics. He showed how the use of computers and exchange carts in inventory and logistics management could improve accuracy and productivity, as well as process flexibility for clinicians.
What do you think about Bellwether League Inc.’s mission and philosophy and how do you feel about becoming an Honoree?
It’s a great idea. I think this area of healthcare has always been overlooked as an area that can and does contribute to the health of the organization.
What attracted and motivated you to join the healthcare supply chain management field when you did?
It was the challenge to change when and how things were being done in the supply chain.
For what one contribution would you like to be most remembered?
Helping healthcare facilities move to a cooperative arrangement with their suppliers and realize that working together is more constructive than being adversarial.
Help develop a pick-and-pack operation in the healthcare environment.
If you were to encourage people – either outside of healthcare or just out of school – to enter the supply chain management field and potentially qualify to be a future Bellwether League Inc. Honoree, what would you tell them?
Be flexible and open to new ideas. Look at other successful operations not necessarily in the healthcare environment. What’s the cutting edge? How can it improve your operation?
What is the one industry challenge you would like to see solved in your lifetime?
I don't know as I have been out of the field for several years now.
How important is effective and innovative supply chain management during tough economic times?
It can contribute to cost savings for the supplier as well as the healthcare provider if it is done correctly.