Karen Barrow brings more than twenty-five years of comprehensive healthcare supply chain expertise supported by fifteen years of clinical experience as a registered nurse.

As a consultant and group purchasing organization (GPO) leader, she has led, developed, and implemented contracts and projects aimed at improving supply and device management, including high-cost/high-preference medical devices, pharmacy and laboratory services, capital, construction, computer hardware, and purchased services. Ms. Barrow has helped hospitals and health systems across the country optimize supply chain operations and reduce costs by millions of dollars, often improving patient safety and quality of care in the process.

Ms. Barrow has spoken at numerous prestigious industry conferences, including the Healthcare CEO Forum, American Hospital Association (AHA) state meetings, Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) annual conferences, and Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) national and state meetings, as well as online accredited education programs. Before joining BRG, she served as vice president of Participant Development and Integration for the country’s largest nonprofit health system’s resource and supply management organization. In this role, she directed and developed national teams focused on hospital integration, contract and program implementation, supply chain operations, and auditing.

Representative examples of Ms. Barrow’s engagement experience before joining BRG include:

  • Identified $11 million annual savings from orthopedic implants, with enhanced patient safety and quality, for a three-hospital system.
  • Analyzed more than 20,000 components in over 800 preassembled custom kits (PACKs), leading to $9.2 million annual savings for a large health system.
  • Identified $13 million annual savings by reducing number of vendors through moving 2,550 unique items to formulary of 274 items for health system.
  • Implemented plan for large health system to save $11.2 million annually and increase service levels through medical surgical distribution conversion, refining pars by reducing number of weekly deliveries, liquidating warehouses, and redeploying underutilized resources.

Employment History

Navvis Healthcare
Vice president, Sales

Ascension Healthcare, The Resource Group
VP, Business Development

Intalere
SVP, Business Development

Smith Nephew and Medtronic Medical Device Sales
Surgical and Emergency Department nurse and manager

Professional Affiliations

American College of Healthcare Executives
Member

Women in Health Administration
Board

Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM)
Member

Community/Civic Involvement

Safe House
Event Planning Board

Education

St. Francis University
MS, Management
BS, Healthcare Administration

Recognition

American College of Healthcare Executives
Fellow