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COVID-19: What We Learned: Supply Chain

December 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join ACHE of Massachusetts for a Virtual Face to Face Program!

“COVID-19: What We Learned: Supply Chain”
Wednesday, December 16
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Approved for 1.5 Face to Face Credits

Emergency management efforts are often coupled with changes to normal utilization of supplies and equipment. The COVID-19 outbreak created an increase demand for commonly used equipment including personal protective equipment, nasopharyngeal swabs, viral test kits and ventilators. This panel discussion will provide insights on what their respective organizations were able to accomplish to protect their employees and to optimize care delivery for their patients and community, in direct response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Join ACHE of Massachusetts and four of Massachusetts leading healthcare leaders for this insightful and timely discussion as we prepare for the second wave of COVID and flu season.

Learning Objectives:

  • A general debrief and discussion of how different Massachusetts organizations managed the COVID-19 Pandemic in terms of supplies and equipment.
  • Timeline of the pandemic and local/governmental events and the challenges with organization policies/procedures regarding supply chain: distribution, shortages, and product availability/restocking.
  • Federal, state, and community assistance that was provided for supplies and equipment.
  • Key take-aways for attendees to replicate at their organization.

Registration is now closed. 

Please note: Event will be limited to 50 registrants.
Please register early – this will fill up fast!

Meet Our Panelists:

Manny Lopes, CEO of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Manny Lopes is a transformational leader in the community health care movement. He has devoted his career to increasing health care access for vulnerable, underserved patient populations and improving outcomes for communities that are disproportionately burdened by negative social determinants of health.

Manny is president and CEO of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC). With over 1,300 employees and nearly 120,000 patients, EBNHC is one of the largest community health centers in the country. During his eight-year tenure, Manny has implemented a strategic focus on quality, low-cost care that keeps pace with ever-increasing demand. Under Manny’s leadership, the organization earned a level-three Patient-Centered Medical Home designation and was named to the Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” list six times. Most recently, Forbes named EBNHC to their list of Best Employers in the State of Massachusetts.

Manny has played a key role in pushing for racial equity in the health center movement. In 2017, he co-founded Conversations: Leadership Diversity, a network of 300-plus leaders from health centers across the country who are working to promote diverse leadership development in their organizations and beyond.

Manny serves on numerous boards and committees and was also privileged to serve on the transition committees for Mayor Marty Walsh and Governor Charlie Baker.

In 2015, Manny was awarded the NAACP President’s Award by the organization’s Boston Chapter. In 2017, Manny was named to El Planeta’s list of the 100 most influential leaders in Greater Boston’s Latino community for the third year in a row. In 2017, he was named to the “Get Konnected” list of Boston’s 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

Manny attended Lesley University School of Management and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Becker College, where he delivered the honors convocation.


Maria Megdal, Senior Vice President for Institute Operations Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Maria joined Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as Vice President for Facilities Management and Real Estate (FMRE) in November 2008. In that role, Maria was responsible for the provision of facilities operations; facilities planning, design and construction; safety; security; emergency management; environmental health; housekeeping; energy management; parking and transportation; and real estate portfolio administration. In 2012, Maria was named Senior Vice President of Institute Operations expanding her portfolio of responsibilities to include Imaging, Radiation Oncology, Clinical Laboratories, Supply Chain Management, Food Services, and the Friends of DanaFarber fundraising program. In 2014, Maria assumed oversight of the Cell Manipulation Core Facility. In 2016, Maria was appointed the oversight of Hospital Administration; and in 2017 oversight of Telecommunications/AV. Maria is an active member of several management committees with DFCI: Capital Management Committee (co-chair), Position Control Committee, Compliance Committee, Executive Patient Safety Oversight Group, and the DF/BW Operating Cabinet. Additionally, she serves as an operations advisor to Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care, the Policy Control Committee, and the Friends of Dana-Farber Executive Committee. Externally, she represents DFCI as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO), as a director of the Longwood Medical Energy Collaborative (LMEC), and a board member of Ronald McDonald House Boston. Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in paleoanthropology from Rutgers

University in New Brunswick, NJ and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the Sloan Program at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Maria has served in a variety of leadership roles in the alumni board and advisory councils for Cornell’s College of Human Ecology over the past 20 years. For the past 14 years, she has co-taught a popular graduate school elective on healthcare facilities planning jointly sponsored by the Sloan Program and the Design and Environmental Analysis department.


Tim Rowe, Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center, the world’s leading operator of high-tech shared innovation space.

The company recently launched CIC Health, a subsidiary of CIC, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing for organizations across the country to stand up assurance testing programs.  Tim also leads CIC Health, which has become a major provider of COVID testing in New England, serving the majority of schools in the area that are currently doing regular COVID testing, and multiple of the largest hospitals in the region providing testing to their staff.

Mr. Rowe is also co-founder and chair of MassRobotics, the world’s largest non-profit shared facility for robotics innovation companies.  In addition, he co-founded and served as the inaugural Chair of LabCentral, the leading shared laboratory for life sciences, the Kendall Square Association, the community organization dedicated to strengthening the innovation district surrounding MIT, and Venture Cafe, an international non-profit network that connects innovators.

He previously served as a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, as a Manager with the Boston Consulting Group, as an Analyst at the Mitsubishi Research Institute, and as a Venture Partner at New Atlantic Ventures.

Tim speaks Spanish and Japanese fluently. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA from Amherst College.


Meet Our Moderator:

Alastair Bell, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Chief Operating Officer for BMC Health System

Dr. Alastair Bell is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Boston Medical Center Health System.  In that role he oversees system strategy, BMC hospital operations, accountable care, and BMC HealthNet Plan.

Dr. Bell joined BMC from McKinsey and Company in 2012, where he was a leader in the North American Payor and Provider practice. In his 5 years at McKinsey he advised a range of national and international healthcare organizations and while his work spanned strategy, operational and organizational issues, he developed particular expertise in leading large scale transformation programs similar to that being undertaken at BMC.

He received his medical degree from the University of Oxford, England and completed his internal medicine training in Oxford and Edinburgh. Dr. Bell also holds a MA in Physiology from the University of Cambridge, England, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.






December 16, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm