Cleveland Clinic has named Steve Downey as the health system’s Chief Supply Chain and Patient Support Services Officer.
In his new role, Downey will be responsible for planning, leading and directing all strategic and operational aspects of Cleveland Clinic’s global supply chain and support services. He will also provide strategic vision and oversight for creating key partnerships and joint ventures, providing direction on key sourcing decisions.
“Steve is a seasoned leader who brings a wealth of knowledge in healthcare supply chain and international logistics,” said Bill Peacock, Chief of Operations. “We will certainly benefit from his appetite for innovation, as well as his relationships across the industry.”
Downey joins Cleveland Clinic having spent the last four years as the group senior vice president of Supply Chain Operations at Vizient, Inc. He was responsible for Vizient’s supply chain operations business, as well as providing supply chain leadership and guidance for over 35 acute and 200 non-acute facilities across the U.S. He led internal and external data management initiatives, including the implementation of machine learning and AI, as well as acute and non-acute supply chain technologies.
“Today’s healthcare supply chains are under immense pressure to deliver,” Downey said. “I am excited to join Cleveland Clinic at this pivotal moment and help us emerge stronger, serving our patients and caregivers with all I can bring.”
Prior to joining Vizient, Downey spent four years at GEODIS, an international supply chain transport and logistics firm operating in 67 countries around the globe. He served as senior vice president of Healthcare & Consumer Electronics Vertical from 2015-17 and as vice president of Healthcare Vertical from 2013-15. In his roles, he led commercial activities for multimillion dollar accounts as well as oversaw GEODIS’s $1 billion healthcare business.
Downey’s experience spans more than 30 years in a variety of supply chain settings, including supply chain management, operations, marketing, business development, sales, account management and product management. He also brings experience in healthcare experience working with medical devices, healthcare providers, group purchasing organizations (GPO), pharmaceuticals and distributors.
Downey earned a Master of Science in Management of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, both from Lehigh University.