Thursday, July 14, 2016
Chris Willey is the new Manager of Materials Management at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Chris was born at BrightLook Hospital, attended St. Johnsbury Academy and received his BS in Business Administration from Lyndon State College.
The Materials Manager at NVRH is a vital position within the hospital, one which includes all hospital purchasing, from furniture to surgical equipment and paper. Chris’ responsibilities include developing and administering policies for the distribution of all materials, working with departmental managers for selecting acceptable vendors, negotiating terms for supplies and capital equipment, and monitoring inventory levels so that a continual flow of needed items is available.
Chris has worked at St. Johnsbury Trucking, Lydall Thermal/Acoustical and Keurig Green Mountain. He has had extensive Lean Six Sigma training, and is qualified to train others. Lean Six Sigma is a methodology often used in manufacturing, which relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically analyzing and removing eight types of waste in the areas of transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, over production, over processing, defects, and skills along with the reduction of variation.
Chris has had years of experience in developing, coaching and mentoring others, with a clear ability to create strong relationships with all levels of employees, customers and vendors. He is very pleased to be at NVRH. “I was very excited to hear about this opportunity and know I made an excellent decision by coming to the hospital. It feels like a great place to work, with a respectful and encouraging environment. I deeply appreciate what the hospital does for the community, and am proud to be part of it.”
“We are very fortunate to have Chris as our new Manager of Materials Management at NVRH. He comes to us with a great deal of management skills; his training with Lean Six Sigma will benefit the department, employees and hospital as a whole. We look forward to his leadership skills and organizational input in the years ahead,” stated Bob Hersey, Chief Financial Officer.
Chris has three children; he and his wife, Kilee, live in Walden, VT, where they enjoy their family time together.