George Malik and John Strong Add Extensive Healthcare Supply Chain Experience to Suture Express Leadership
Overland Park, Kan. (May 8, 2015) — Suture Express, the nation’s leading specialty distributor of suture, endomechanical and related surgical products, has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors. George Malik and John Strong officially joined the Board last week, both bringing decades of additional healthcare supply chain experience.
“I am delighted to welcome George Malik and John Strong to our Board,” says Jay Istvan, Suture Express CEO. “They bring several decades of valuable, real world leadership experience with IDNs and hospital supply chains. Their insight and guidance will help propel Suture Express in our new wave of growth.”
Currently the CEO of VIE Healthcare, Malik’s career has spanned more than three decades in healthcare materials management, with notable experience in reducing expenses and improving reimbursements. Prior to VIE Healthcare, Malik held vice president of supply chain positions at non-profit and for-profit organizations such as Tenet Healthcare, Universal Health Services, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He recently completed Lean Six Sigma training and has received numerous awards from organizations such as HealthTrust, Healthcare Purchasing News and AmHS throughout his career.
Strong brings nearly 40 years of healthcare experience to the Suture Express Board. His career includes leadership roles with healthcare providers, suppliers and service providers as well as group purchasing organizations. He is currently a healthcare industry consultant and principal at John Strong, LLC, and serves on the adjunct faculty at the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In 2011, the Bellwether League (Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Hall of Fame) honored John for his contributions to healthcare supply chain management, development, innovation and leadership.
About Suture Express
Suture Express is the nation’s leading specialty distributor of suture, endomechanical and related surgical products, with more than 6,000 SKUs always in stock and ready to ship. The company’s centrally located operations enable rapid service and delivery to any provider in the United States. Suture Express customers include independent hospitals, integrated delivery networks, ambulatory surgery centers and clinics.