DIRECTOR OF CONTRACTING SERVICES
Jan Elder is the director of contracting services for CHAMPS Group Purchasing. As director of contracting services, she is responsible for the CHAMPS portfolio of GPO contracts, aggregations of Premier contracts and the CHAMPS revenue recovery program.
Jan Elder has spent virtually her entire career in healthcare materials management. Prior to joining CHAMPS GPO, she spent over 20 years working in area hospitals as a buyer, purchasing manager and director of materials management. During this time she developed a wealth of experience in all areas of supply chain, including purchasing, contract negotiations and all aspects of GPO contract administration. Through daily contact, her greatest areas of expertise became capital equipment, the OR, and nursing and storeroom products.
Elder spent her first five years with CHAMPS working as an account manager, serving members in all classes of trade. This field work gave her a deep understanding of the needs of the CHAMPS membership, particularly in the non-acute arena. In 2009, Elder was asked to take over the management of the CHAMPS portfolio of contracts, a position she holds to this day.
Elder now applies her negotiating, problem solving, analytical and customer service skills to her role as leader of the CHAMPS contracting department. Her goal is to serve the entire CHAMPS membership through the creation of relevant, value-based GPO contracts that provide a win for both members and suppliers.
A frequent contributor and speaker for CHAMPSTalks, CHAMPS’ quarterly educational webinar series, Elder’s voice is familiar to many in our membership. In October 2017, she turned her CHAMPSTalks' presentation into an article on how to save on credit card services through the implementation of GPO contracts.
Elder is responsible for developing revenue recovery as a subdivision of the CHAMPS contracting department. Her consistently successful submissions brought her to the attention of Premier’s revenue recovery department and in June 2013, she was invited to speak at the Premier Breakthroughs Conference on the topic of GPO revenue recovery. Her presentation, “CHAMPS Contract Disconnect Investigations: Solving the Mystery of Missing Administrative Fees,” focused on best practices developed at CHAMPS under her leadership.