Keynote: Building Resiliency At Medline: Automation That Is Transforming The Healthcare Supply Chain
Daniel SchwartzVP of Engineering, OperationsMedline
Daniel Schwartz joined Medline in 2007 and is currently Vice President of Engineering – Operations.
Schwartz was integral in building and continues to drive Medline’s high-performing operations engineering function. He leads a growing team of 50 engineers in the U.S. and India responsible for designing, optimizing and implementing cutting-edge processes and technology for distribution operations and transportation functions across Medline’s global network.
In 2014, Schwartz co-developed the layout and custom functionality – and led implementation — of the first AutoStore in the U.S. at Medline’s flagship distribution center. This goods-to-person install revolutionized less-than-case fulfillment by improving the speed, accuracy and delivery of essential medical supplies to the continuum of healthcare.
Medline’s enterprise-wide adoption of automation and other digital technology under Schwartz’ leadership has transformed its business – inspiring a surge in automation applications throughout the healthcare distribution industry.
Schwartz leads the field engineering and process engineering teams, supports large customer startups, partners with inbound and outbound transportation teams, and procures and deploys warehouse capital equipment like MHE, conveyors, and racking. His team also supports Medline’s agile information services function by serving as subject matter experts of Medline’s warehouse management systems.
Partnering with other critical functions like real estate, Schwartz oversees complex project management efforts, ensuring optimal and efficient startups and installations of technologies in the many new, converted or upgraded Medline facilities.
Schwartz holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and, an M.S. in Engineering Management from Northwestern University. He started his career in healthcare distribution with Cardinal Health prior to joining Medline.
Kate SlatteryVP Real Estate, Design, Construction and FacilitiesMedline
Kate Slattery joined Medline in 2008 and is currently the Vice President of Real Estate, Design, Construction and Corporate Facilities.
Slattery is responsible for Medline’s more than 40 million square-foot global real estate portfolio, for which she manages the planning, transactions and strategic solutions related to the healthcare company’s asset footprint. In addition, she drives LEED Certification across the Medline real estate network in support of Medline’s ESG focus.
Slattery oversees Medline’s building design and construction projects. She introduced and spearheaded the development of the model Medline distribution center — an industry-recognized, Class A, distribution design dedicated to serving the healthcare industry’s continuum of care and enhancing the workplace across Medline’s network. The working environment, throughput, operational efficiency and scale of Medline distribution centers now differentiate the organization and are significant value-adds to Medline’s healthcare partners and employees alike.
In collaboration with Medline leaders of supply chain, operations and engineering, Slattery also advises the company’s strategic partners looking to build resilient, future-ready distribution networks, including consolidated service centers. Additionally, Slattery plays a leadership role in the workplace and amenities structure for Medline’s Northfield, Ill. headquarters and surrounding campuses that house more than 5,000 of its 35,000+ employees.
Slattery began her career after college with a technical foundation, managing construction projects in commercial general contracting prior to joining Medline.