In this new role, Mueller will be responsible for streamlining hospital sourcing of drugs, supplies, services and capital. His team will identify and implement new approaches to managing the medical center’s non-labor costs and seeking improvements in product quality, delivery, availability and cost.
“Operating efficiently and at a reasonable cost is a must in today’s healthcare environment,” said Peter E. Geier, CEO of the OSU Health System. “We believe Hal’s leadership will help us to become even more effective in serving our community with the highest quality care at the best healthcare value.”
Mueller, 52, comes to Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center with experience in supply chain management, strategic sourcing and purchasing from multiple industries, including healthcare. Most recently, he served as vice president for Purchasing and Supplier Quality at Remington Outdoor Company in Madison, N.C.
As vice president of Strategic Sourcing for Novant Health Inc., an integrated healthcare delivery network consisting of 17 acute care facilities throughout the Southeast, the fifth-largest physician referral network and a nationwide footprint of ambulatory care facilities, Mueller structured his staff into clinical, non-clinical and capital teams to save the organization more than $30 million annually.
For 16 years, Mueller worked at Ford Motor Company, rising to global purchasing director for Ford of Brazil. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Mueller received his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Finance/Operations from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Mueller will work closely with Geier, who is also COO of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. Mueller’s annual salary will be $300,000.
Media Contact: Marti Leitch
Wexner Medical Center Media Relations