Result! HealthTrust Europe exceeds £10,000 fundraising target for Mind in football rematch

HealthTrust Europe (HTE) and supplier partner Altodigital faced each other in a rematch on December 17th following the latter’s win earlier this year in a charity football game between teams from the two Midlands-based businesses.

While Altodigital took the winning title again with 3-1, the HTE team were in high spirits after exceeding their ambitious target of raising over £10,000 for mental health charity Birmingham Mind this year.

The match was the culmination of a year long charity effort which HTE undergoes annually. Birmingham Mind, was the company’s chosen charity for 2019, as part of HTE’s commitment to the care and improvement of human life.

Dale Robinson, Chief Operating Officer of HealthTrust Europe, said:

“I am incredibly proud of the HTE team who faced really strong opponents in the form of Altodigital.

“I want to thank everyone who played their part in helping to not just meet but exceed our £10,000 target for Mind. The effort exemplifies HealthTrust Europe’s mission to improve healthcare in the communities we serve.

“We have been honoured to support such an amazing charity and this money will make a real difference to those who need it most.”

HealthTrust Europe Tackles Challenges in Healthcare Procurement

HealthTrust Europe’s new Chief Operating Officer, Dale Robinson, will be speaking at the Health Care Supply Association Conference on 28 November.

This week Dale spoke to Business Aspects magazine on how providers can tackle healthcare procurement:

The health sector, and organisations operating within the sector, are continually reacting to change. Healthcare solutions partner, HealthTrust Europe (HTE), is at the centre of healthcare procurement and firmly focused on supporting and tackling the challenges ahead.

Read more here.

HealthTrust Europe’s Senior Director of Pharmacy, Anna Clark features in this month’s Healthcare Tech Outlook

We’re delighted that HealthTrust Europe’s Senior Director of Pharmacy, Anna Clark features in this month’s Healthcare Tech Outlook, where she discusses the future of pharmacy automation.

Pharmacy automation offers numerous benefits to both patients and health and care providers, however not all have been able to take advantage of it. With increasing pressure on pharmacies now may be the right time for providers who want to increase efficiency to take a fresh look at automation.

Read more here.


School’s in for summer interns at HealthTrust Europe

Students from two local Birmingham universities will be spending their summer at health and care solutions provider, HealthTrust Europe (HTE), gaining valuable work experience skills to enhance their entry into the workplace.

The six internships are based at HTE’s headquarters in Edgbaston, across a range of business disciplines from financial analytics to Legal to marketing.

HealthTrust Europe is a solutions partner for health and care providers, helping them to source the best value products and services to deliver high quality patient care.

Emma Stewart, HR Business Partner said: “As part of our commitment to developing employees of the future we have taken on six interns.

“HealthTrust Europe is a trusted partner for the NHS and commercial health and care providers sourcing a wide range of services and products such as pathology reporting, endoscopy, and consultancy and advisory services. To enable us to do this a broad range of skills and expertise are needed, so we have a wide range of interesting and exciting careers.

“Our staff are extremely knowledgeable and have a wealth of experience in many fields that they are keen to share with our interns.”

The summer-long internships have been offered to five second year students, and one graduate who have been studying a range of disciplines including Law, Biomedical Engineering and Economics at Aston University and the University of Birmingham.

The students have been allocated roles, in line with their studies, which will help them gain valuable experience and knowledge about the workplace before they enter the world of work. As well as gaining sector specific knowledge and learning to use various specialist business software packages such as Salesforce, the interns are also developing essential “soft” skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communications skills. Amidst a tough graduate labour market, the internships are paid the national living wage and are designed to equip students with the best skills to enter the workplace confident and prepared.

Marketing intern, Kiran Mehat said: “Having the opportunity to work in an international organisation like HealthTrust Europe lets me develop my skills in the workplace and give me an idea of the career opportunities that exist.

“HealthTrust Europe really appealed to me as I wanted the opportunity to work for an organisation that is driven by the care and improvement of human life.”

HealthTrust Europe responds to government’s Prevention green paper

Anna Clark, senior director of pharmacy, HealthTrust Europe responded to the publication of the Government’s Prevention Green Paper “Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s”:

We welcome this week’s Prevention Green paper, which signals a shift towards smarter approaches to healthcare. As a healthcare solutions partner, our mission is to support the care and improvement of human life and help the NHS source the best value products and services to deliver high quality patient care.

“We are particularly pleased with the paper’s focus on screening and Antimicrobial resistance (AMR). We look forward to continuing to work closely on the provision of solutions to tackle the challenges which remain for both areas via our Pathology offering. On AMR we look to further enable the access and use of Point of Care Testing (POCT), a solution which can be used to minimise misuse of antibiotics and ensure appropriate immediate treatment.

Finally, we have increasingly witnessed the importance of mental health prevention and look forward to engaging with the national launch of the Every Mind Matters campaign. We have recently as a business began the roll-out mental health first aid training to all of our staff and will continue to champion the creation of ‘healthy places’ with our colleagues, customers and suppliers.”


HealthTrust Europe rolls out mental health first aid training for staff

HealthTrust Europe rolls out mental health first aid training for staff

  • Fifth of workforce now trained as a mental health first aider
  • Training provided by Birmingham Mind, HealthTrust Europe’s charity of the year
  • HealthTrust Europe announces £5,000 has been raised for the charity in the first half of 2019

Employees at healthcare solutions partner HealthTrust Europe (HTE) are being trained to spot the signs and tackle the stigma of mental illness in the workplace.

The mental health first aid courses are being delivered by Birmingham Mind, the largest independent mental health charity providing services in and beyond the City of Birmingham’s boundaries. The organisation is also HTE’s chosen charity of 2019 and half-way through the year of fundraising the company’s members of staff have raised £5,000.

The initial two-day programme was offered this summer to volunteers across the business which is based in Edgbaston, Birmingham. The aim of the training was to give them the knowledge and confidence to recognise signs of mental health problems, encourage someone to seek the right help, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness. This can range from mild anxiety through to the early signs of depression and suicidal tendencies.

Helen Wadley, chief executive officer of Birmingham Mind, said: “To tackle the stigma of mental health, it is essential that industry works together to support their local communities. It is a pleasure to partner with HealthTrust Europe who are taking proactive steps to place employee wellbeing at the centre of their business and create a healthy working environment.”

“The aim of these courses is to give everyone the knowledge and confidence to recognise signs of mental health problems, encourage someone to seek the right help, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness.”

Initially senior managers anticipated eight to nine staff members would volunteer for the training but were astounded when 26 signed up. Later this year complementary training will be delivered to 35 managers across the business. The next stage will be for all staff members to attend awareness training.

Ian Hadridge, associate vice president of business solutions, said: “As a mission-driven organisation committed to the care and improvement of human life, HealthTrust Europe already delivers comprehensive first-aid training to all employees. To continue this objective and to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff remain of top priority, mental health training is the next logical step to take.

“Like many employers HealthTrust Europe offers a benefits package that provides colleagues access to free, confidential counselling should they want it. However, the new mental health training teaches colleagues to be aware of the signs of mental ill health in others, and advises staff how they can help an individual whether it is in the workplace, at home or in any other setting.”

One in four of people will have problems with their mental health at some point. These problems range from the day-to-day worries that everyone experiences to longer-term serious conditions. Common mental health problems include; anxiety, depression, post-natal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias. About one in a hundred people will experience severe mental illness.1 

Each year, HTE chooses a charity partner in order to raise money and awareness for issues that are at the heart of our communities. Events this year included: a women’s boxing contest; a football match against West Midlands office technology partner, Altodigital; participating in endurance challenge, Wolf Run; and a sponsored haircutting. HTE hope to raise more money throughout the rest of the year.

1Mental Health Foundation 2015, Fundamental Facts about Mental Health, available at

Preparing for the Next 20 Years: From the Desk of Ed Jones

Ed Jones

The official acknowledgment of HealthTrust’s 20-year milestone commences this quarter with the publication of our first annual report.
We will continue to commemorate our platinum achievement throughout 2019, including a celebration with member attendees during the HealthTrust University Conference in Nashville.


As part of our continued growth in the area of total spend management, I am pleased to welcome Kindred Healthcare to the HealthTrust membership. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Kindred Healthcare is a specialty hospital and rehabilitation company providing services in 45 states. We look forward to a long relationship, supporting their patient care mission by providing access to quality products and supply chain efficiencies, as well as working with the Kindred team to enhance their operational performance.


Michael Berryhill

HealthTrust manages one of the largest purchasing programs for pharmaceuticals in the GPO market, with billions of dollars of pharmacy spend on the IDN side through HealthTrust, as well as billions of dollars of spend in the employer/pharmacy benefits management space through our CoreTrust business. Historically, this has been delivered through two separate teams within HealthTrust. Michael Berryhill, HealthTrust COO, recently announced the reorganization of our pharmacy program into a single function, focused on strategy and execution of pharmacy optimization.

Joey Dizenhouse

HealthTrust Senior Vice President Joey Dizenhouse now leads the Pharmacy Services Group. With more than 20 years of experience in the health/pharmacy insurance field, he has worked with some of the nation’s largest IDNs and employers and has particular expertise in designing employee benefits/PBM group purchasing programs. Joey officially joined HealthTrust in 2016 after several years of consulting with us.
As part of this redesign strategy, Joey and his team conducted a rigorous RFP process and selected OptumRx as HealthTrust’s exclusive pharmacy care services partner. OptumRx will provide pharmacy benefit solutions intended to support better health outcomes, improved consumer experiences and lower costs. Combined with HealthTrust’s portfolio and pharmacy capabilities, this partnership will enable us to deliver programs that incorporate transparency, flexibility and alignment of incentives between the PBM, employer and patient.


Brendan Courtney

Another area of our business—HealthTrust Workforce Solutions—was recognized in the first quarter with a “Best of Staffing Client Award” by ClearlyRated for endorsements received from its client organizations. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder and Indeed, “Best of Staffing” recognition is based on Net Promoter Score—a measure of how likely clients are to recommend an agency to a friend or colleague. With a mission of helping hospitals and health systems fill critical labor vacancies, HealthTrust Workforce Solutions received high ratings from nearly two-thirds of its surveyed clients, indicating they would recommend the agency to others. The rating is significantly higher than the staffing industry average of 35 percent for agencies participating in the annual survey in 2018. Congratulations to president and CEO of HealthTrust Workforce Solutions Brendan Courtney and his team on this recognition.


HealthTrust Europe (HTE) is a market-leading total spend management company, delivering the highest quality products and services at market competitive pricing, including double-digit savings across many categories. Since inception as HTE in 2011, its offerings have expanded to also include pharmacy automation, drug contracting, purchased services/outsourced frameworks, and flexible contracting solutions— such as information communication technology and staffing.

Dennis Robb

Working in partnership with the National Health Service (NHS), HCA Healthcare UK and private equity firms affiliated with our CoreTrust Europe GPO, Dennis Robb and the HealthTrust Europe (HTE) team increased its total spend under management to £1 billion in just 10 months.
The recent HealthTrust Europe and HCA Healthcare UK supply chain initiative achieved more than £5 million in savings and significant operational improvements. The work was a collaboration between HTE operations staff in Birmingham, our U.S. team and the London-based supply chain team. Together, they drove pharmacy automation and inventory control, enhanced clinical engagement, installed new IT platforms, improved data and financial analytics, and provided general data protection compliance and robust contracting.
These and many other areas of our business will continue to position HealthTrust for success over the next 20 years and beyond. Thank you for trusting us with your spend management, and clinical and operational performance improvement needs.


Ed Jones
President/CEO, HealthTrust

HealthTrust Selected as Exclusive Supply Chain Performance Provider by Beth Israel Lahey Health

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 20, 2019 – HealthTrust, a healthcare performance improvement company in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, announced today its selection by Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) as its exclusive national supply chain organization, effective Oct. 1. Based in Boston, BILH is an integrated care delivery network of 13 hospitals in Eastern Massachusetts, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, eight community and specialty hospitals, and other sites of care. Three quarters of the region’s residents reside within just a few miles of a BILH-affiliated primary care provider.

BILH is a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through research and education. In selecting HealthTrust, BILH sought an integration authority that would be a catalyst in transforming its supply chain performance in support of quality initiatives.

“We are honored to be selected to play an instrumental role in the future vision of Beth Israel Lahey Health,” said Ed Jones, president and chief executive officer of HealthTrust. “These esteemed providers have served their patients and communities for more than a century, and we are excited to work together to fashion a comprehensive integration plan that will seek to enhance care throughout the region.”

Promoting nurses, and good mental health

HealthTrust Europe (HTE) has been marking two of this year’s health and care awareness events, International Nurses’ Day and Mental Health Awareness Week. Both were supported by HTE which is a trusted partner for the NHS and commercial health and care providers.

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19th May) was body image – how we think and feel about our bodies. To coincide with both awareness events, HTE welcomed Jim Chapman, RMN, RNT, MA, PGCert, Head of Department for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Birmingham City University as a guest speaker to talk to employees. Jim has worked across Birmingham in a range of in-patient and community-based settings. He now manages a team that trains mental health and learning disabilities nursing students to become part of the future workforce. His talk to HTE members of staff referred to a number of topics from the work of mental health nurses, how body image issues can affect all of us at any age, and mental health in the workplace.

HTE has also been celebrating the work of nurses by marking International Nurses Day. The day was devised to recognise the contribution that nurses and allied health professionals make to people’s lives and is celebrated each year on 12th May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

HTE encouraged members of staff to bring in healthy baked goods, with a prize awarded for the most delicious nutritious snack which was judged to a double ‘chocolate’ vegan brownie Proceeds raised by the sale of the food will be donated to HTE’s charity of 2019 Birmingham MIND. Further donations can be made at HTE’s JustGiving page.

The theme for the 2019 International Nurses Day is Nurses: A voice to lead – Health for All and is marked by health and care providers across the world. Events in the UK included a service in Westminster Abbey, and another at Coventry Cathedral in which one of HTE’s GPO customers, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) participates.

Associate Vice President for Group Purchasing Organisation, Nanette Grant, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate two important awareness days.

“We support nursing services in the communities we serve by being a solutions partner for health and care providers, helping them to source the best value products and services to deliver high quality patient care.”

HealthTrust Europe football match raises more than £1,000 for Mind

A charity football match organised by HealthTrust Europe (HTE) has raised over £1,000 for Mind, the company’s chosen charity for 2019.

HTE is supporting the mental health organisation as part of the company’s commitment to the care and improvement of human life.

HTE colleagues faced a team from Kingswinford-based Altodigital in the friendly match which took place at the University of Birmingham on Thursday 25th April. Altodigital, is the largest independent supplier of office technology in the UK and has recently entered into a new partnership with HTE to supply document services to CoreTrust Europe, a subsidiary of HealthTrust Europe.

Despite a close second half Altodigital won 3-2. Dennis Robb, CEO of HealthTrust Europe said: “Altodigital were commendable opponents and I would like to praise them on their win.

“I am delighted that colleagues supported our chosen charity for 2019 by both playing on the night and making donations. The effort made exemplifies HealthTrust Europe’s mission to improve healthcare in the communities we serve.

“This is just the first of this year’s events HealthTrust Europe has planned to raise money for Mind and support the wonderful work they do.”

Following the game, Tim Hubbard, Corporate Business Development Director for Altodigital and team captain, said: “We really enjoyed playing against our new client. It was definitely competitive as we’re two companies used to success and winning, but ultimately all the players are delighted that we have managed to raise over £1,000 for Mind and support the fantastic work that it does.”

HTE has set up a JustGiving page for 2019 to help it collect donations for Mind during the year.