John Strong is a Co-founder and Chief Consulting Officer for Access Strategy Partners, Inc. In his role with ASPI, John consults with medical device manufacturers and medical products and technology companies on strategic planning, sales, education, marketing, national accounts strategy and more.
John is a 40-year veteran of the healthcare industry, with leadership experience in healthcare providers, suppliers and service providers, and group purchasing organizations. In 2011 the Bellwether League (Health Care Supply Chain Hall of Fame) inducted John for “his outstanding contributions over the years to healthcare supply chain management, development, innovation and leadership." His experience and expertise include healthcare administration, entreneurship, national accounts contracting, group purchasing, the roles of CEO, President and board member, and healthcare industry consultant. John has developed and implemented programs that have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in value for his employers and clients.
Prior to co-founding ASPI in 2018, John served as president of Greenhealth Management, a subsidiary of Practice Greenhealth. It operates Greenhealth Exchange, which is focused on developing specifications and aggregating green, sustainable purchasing volume to accelerate the adoption of better and more sustainable products in the health care industry. He also held executive leadership positions with Nexera, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association, where he was Senior Vice President of Management Services and served as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Consorta, a $5 billion-dollar group purchasing organization serving more than 350 hospitals. He participated in the development of programs providing more than $500 million in value to Consorta’s owners during his more than ten-year tenure. Consorta’s shareholders were among the leading integrators of not-for-profit healthcare in America. John also served in a number of senior executive positions at Premier, Inc., a leading national healthcare alliance and GPO. He was a key architect of Premier’s contracting programs, member service and marketing operations for the group purchasing program, increasing purchasing volume more than eight-fold.
John’s earlier experience includes serving as a Senior Vice President with Concepts in Healthcare, Inc. in Ashland, MA, and a number of senior management positions at Lutheran General Hospital (LGH) in Park Ridge, IL, where he was responsible for corporate supply chain management. He serves on the Board of Suture Express (www.sutureexpress.com). He is an investor and advisor in OpenMarkets™ LLC, a Chicago company offering a new approach to making capital equipment purchases by healthcare providers.
A strong proponent of philanthropy, John also serves on the Boards of several not for profit companies. He recently left the Boards of Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition of more than 470 organizations in 52 countries, working to transform the health care sector by implementing ecologically sound healthy alternatives to healthcare practices, and their affiliate, Practice Green Health (PGH) after more than ten years of service due to them retaining him to scale a new business venture called the Greenhealth Exchange (www.greenhealthexchange.com).
John received his MBA with Distinction from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a comprehensive major in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.