CoalesCo Management Team
CoalesCo was formed on the premise that, with the emergence of Integrated Healthcare Delivery systems, healthcare was returning to a regionally driven marketplace. Assertive Integrated Delivery Networks in today's marketplace are in a position to achieve significant regional benefits rather than relying on 3rd party contracts.
With that thought in mind, CoalesCo has chosen to emphasize quality versus quantity and fosters that idea in all that we do. We deploy cutting edge management who would rather think for our clients than follow industry trends. Our senior management team brings more than 100 years' experience from the healthcare industry to your organization.
Robert P. Bissell - President & CEO
Mr. Bissell started his career in 1985 with General Medical Corporation (later becoming McKesson-GM) and held different positions, mostly sales and sales management related, in that organization. In 1993, he accepted the position of Regional Vice President for MedEcon Services, a large national GPO, with direct responsibilities for sixteen states. Later, he assumed the position of Vice President responsible for selling and implementing MedEcon's Regional Cooperative Program. In 1996, he co-founded CoalesCo, Ltd. (later becoming CoalesCo, Inc.) and leads the organization as its President & CEO. His success, vision and leadership have propelled CoalesCo, Inc. to become the market leader of cooperative management companies and, in fact, the only truly successful company in its field...
John J. Little - Executive Vice President
Mr. Little has 25 years of Healthcare Supply Chain Management / Group Purchasing experience and is currently the Executive Vice President of CoalesCo, Inc. Mr. Little is responsible for servicing of the Company’s clientele in the areas of Supply Chain Management, the Development of Supply Contracting, Service Agreements, and managing/developing Group Purchasing Operations. Additionally, Mr. Little is currently the Executive Director of the SCM Alliance, Inc. Purchasing Group in South Florida, a 5 Health System Owned / 2000 Bed Acute Care Regional Group Purchasing Organization based in South Florida. Previously Mr. Little has held positions with VHA, Inc. where he was responsible for the development of Supply Contracting / Custom Contracting and Clinical Integration into the Contracting Process. Previous to his role at VHA, Mr. Little spent several years in the National Supply Chain Consulting arena working on Supply Chain re-design with Integrated Delivery Networks/Health Systems such as Duke Healthcare and the Mayo Foundation. Previous to his role as a National Consultant, Mr. Little worked with both National and Regional Group Purchasing Organizations. His career started in 1990 with the Western New York Hospital Association where he was responsible for the management of local and national Group Purchasing contracts for over 300 Healthcare Organizations. Mr. Little is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association and is actively engaged in many of the National Healthcare Supply Associations in the Medical/Surgical, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industries. Mr. Little earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi and resides in Tampa, Florida.
Kathy Elsis, RN - Vice President, Clinical Resources
Ms. Elsis began her career in nursing in 1977 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach. Since that time, she spent 19 years in clinical nursing, both as a staff RN and also in varied nurse management positions in critical care with a specialty in open heart nursing. She achieved both CCRN and CPAN certification over that time period. She has spent the most recent 17 years of her career working for Martin Memorial Health Systems in both clinical roles as a nurse manager of PACU and Pain Management Services, and in developing the role of Clinical Resource Manager. Ms. Elsis accepted the position of Clinical Resource Manager in Materials Resources in 1996 with the primary goal of reducing. supply chain expenses while maintaining clinical quality. During this 9 year time period, a cumulative 11 million dollars was saved in the Health System directly resulting from the processes she developed. In her role, Ms. Elsis has also worked with various GPO's such as Novation and Shared Services on implementation of national contracts. Ms. Elsis was an integral member of SCM Alliance (Regional Florida Purchasing Alliance) from its inception in 2002 As a member of AHRMM since 1996, Ms. Elsis has presented at the National Conference, and has achieved her CMRP certification in 2005. She joined the management team of CoalesCo in April 2005 as the Director of Clinical Resources.
Jessica Burton - Associate Vice President
Ms. Burton started her career in healthcare in 2004 in the Materials Management Department as the Senior Data Analyst for Martin Memorial Health Systems. She quickly grew her analytical skills and took a lead role in implementing a new Materials Management Information System (MMIS) program and developed efficient new ordering processes for the OR. Shortly thereafter, she took on the responsibility as the Inventory Supervisor for the Operating Room where she worked on sustainable LEAN projects which ultimately reduced the OR inventory on hand by over 1 million dollars. Later, Ms. Burton joined the Health System reimbursement department and worked on Medicare and insurance charge and payment analytics. Ms. Burton has significant product knowledge in the Medical/Surgical Supply and Medical Device arenas. She has worked with Medical Distribution Analytical tools in support of both Hospital and Group Purchasing Supply Chain Analytics. She joined the CoalesCo Management team in 2011 and currently serves as the Associate Vice President overseeing SCMA Supply Chain Contracting.