Profile of Grant Walker- Hunting Fossils and Building WWII Models



My goal is to enhance awareness of the people, processes and technologies that comprise the Healthcare Supply Chain. Our group, The Council of Supply Chain Executives, holds an annual interactive meeting in Franklin, Tennessee to share ideas and insights with each other and the healthcare supplier community. This is the second in a series profiling the members of the Council. It features Mr. Grant Walker of Ochsner Health System.

HW: What is your name?
GW: Grant Lee Walker

HW: What is your title? How long have you been at your current health system? 
GW: Vice President of Supply Chain at Ochsner Health System (15 years)

HW: What are your responsibilities? 
GW: Supply Chain to include Purchasing, strategic sourcing, (LUM) Logical Unit of Measure Distribution, Supply, Consolidated Service Center, Courier Distribution, Capital Equipment, Conversion of Acquired Hospitals and Product Analysis .

HW: Favorite movie you have seen during the last year? 
GW: Dune (1985) I watch it every year.

HW: Apple or Android? What is your favorite app you use the most often?
GW: Apple, ebay app

HW: Name a few of the primary objectives/initiatives you are working on? GW: Conversion of all system hospitals to LUM, Development of a System Consolidated Service Center, Conversion of new purchased hospitals.

HW: What do you view as your best opportunity in the next 12-18 months?GW: We feel that Healthcare in the USA in the future will consist of super Health Systems, all small hospitals not affiliated with one will not survive. Not too many systems have figured this equation out, Ochsner has and we are in a serious growth mode. We have 17 Hospitals and 40 affiliates (we only had 10 hospitals and no affiliates a year ago)

HW: What is your most significant challenge(s)?
GW: To convert all managed or owned hospitals on to our systems, GPO, distribution and Ochsner’s contract portfolio.

HW: How do you describe your leadership style?
GW: I Lead by example and common sense!

HW: What is the best book(s) you have read lately?
GW: ” Nuts”, The story of The Battle of the Bulge.

HW: Who do you consider your mentor(s)?
GW: Steve Johnson my COO when I worked at Susquehanna Health. It was before computers when we did everything manually. He mentored me for two years taking me through every step of building a new hospital.

HW: What was your first job growing up? What lessons did it teach you?
GW: I had my own landscaping business as soon as I was old enough to use a lawn mower. The lesson I learned was if you provide great service to your customers your business will grow and flourish. I had so many customers because of word of mouth I had to turn some away.

HW: Where is your favorite vacation spot?
GW: Venice, Florida

HW: What is your favorite hobby?
GW: My wife and I enjoy hunting and collecting fossils together. We also enjoy frequenting estate sales and antique sales to find “good deals”, which has resulted in a nice Early American Pressed Glass collection. My stress reliever is building 1/72 scale WWII military vehicle models. I have built over 1,700 over the last 25 years.

HW: What college or sports teams do you follow?
GW: I follow the Saints and the Steelers.

HW: Any pets?
GW: I currently don’t have any, but I really enjoy tropical fish and will be starting some large aquariums soon.

HW: What line of work would you pursue if you couldn’t work in your present one?
GW: Construction, I enjoy being able to build something and be able to see and touch the finished product.

HW: What part of your job would you gladly give up?
GW: Dealing with disgruntled employees.

HW: Favorite musical artist?
GW: Beatles

HW: It is 10 A.M. on a Saturday. What are you most likely doing?
GW: At an estate sale or working in the yard.

HW: You can have four famous (dead or alive) people over to your home for dinner. Who would you ask?
GW: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower and Alexander the Great.

HW: In 20 words or less, why do you participate in the Council of Supply Chain Executives?
GW: The council is the only venue of its kind where you have access to manufacturers with innovative new medical products and equipment that are looking for direct input to improve their product(s), strategic and/or marketing plans. When I participate, I feel like I’m on their Board of Directors and have direct input and influence in the company’s direction and focus. This is also a great place to network with the Who’s Who of Health Care Supply Chain.

Please let me know if you enjoyed reading this profile.  If you would like to learn more about The Council, please visit our website at or call (615) 794-2501.


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