Bruce Kavanaugh Retirement Celebration Set for July 10

July 08, 2019

Please join the Materials Management Team from 2-4 p.m. July 10 in the James Walker Conference Room to celebrate Bruce Kavanaugh’s retirement after 13 years as the Director of Materials Management for NHRMC. 

With 35 years of healthcare supply chain experience, Kavanaugh was hired as NHRMC’s Director of Materials Management in 2006. As director, he is responsible for NHRMC’s contract negotiations, inventory management and value analysis. He has been instrumental in the development of the offsite warehouse, which is needed to meet the future demand of supply chain management for the Health System.

“It is the collective people who make this place great,” Kavanaugh said.

Ed Ollie, Chief Financial Officer, said Kavanaugh has been a pleasure to work with and has done an excellent job throughout his tenure. 

Kavanaugh has long been part of the Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance member-driven Materials Management Team. He jokes that he learned his lesson when, in 2009, he missed a meeting and was appointed Chairman of the Materials Management Committee, a position he has held for the past decade.

Bruce has been a guest lecturer for the Healthcare Operations Management class at UNCW.  Through his guest lecturing and site visits, along with internships, he has influenced UNCW business students who will be pursuing health care management careers.

Bruce will be moving with his wife to the Shenandoah Valley in a small town called Elkton, VA.  Elkton has been their vacation spot for over 18 years, and they are ready to make it their new home.  He said that he will miss the relationships he has made with people in both the NHRMC family and the Wilmington area.

"I know they are looking forward to retirement as they transition to life in the Shenandoah Valley," Ollie said. "I certainly wish him and Jan the best in this new chapter of their lives."