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Karen Barrow

Associate Director

    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

    SVP, Business Development

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

    Professional Affiliations

    American College of Healthcare Executives

    Women in Health Administration

    Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM)

    Community/Civic Involvement

    Safe House
    Event Planning Board


    St. Francis University
    MS, Management
    BS, Healthcare Administration


    American College of Healthcare Executives