Taking the Lead: An Inside Look at Eskenazi Health’s Leadership, Phil Profeta

This blog post is part of a series titled Taking the Lead: An Inside Look at Eskenazi Health's Leadership. Different leaders throughout Eskenazi Health will be featured, giving an inside look at their work roles, backgrounds, passions and even hobbies. We hope you enjoy learning about some of the exceptional leaders Eskenazi Health is proud to employ.

A long and highly-successful career in leadership spanning virtually every corner of the U.S. and many places around the world eventually led Phil Profeta to Eskenazi Health in March of 2018 in the role of chief supply chain officer.

Profeta performed his undergraduate work at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., with an emphasis on psychology and anthology, with a focus on neurophysiology. He also focused on studying business while attending Northwestern Kellogg Graduate School in Chicago.

Profeta’s experience in supply chain leadership is diverse and extensive. Prior to joining Eskenazi Health, he held similar roles with both the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., and with Baylor Scott & White Health System in Texas. During his time there, he was responsible for the supply chain operations across 43 acute care hospitals and 500 care sites, as well as two distribution centers and the combined procurement offices.

Profeta has worked for companies in California, Texas, Maine, Connecticut, and New York, and he’s held leadership positions in the areas and fields of supply chain management, e-commerce, national group purchasing, software development, consulting, and creation of strategic alliances between providers and leading technology developers.  His role as an educator and consultant has extended both nationally and internationally including countries in North America, and both Eastern and Western Europe. 

For Profeta, who also spent four years in the military, seeking his position with Eskenazi Health was appealing because he felt it would give him the sense of being part of something larger, not related to organizational size but organizational reach. What stands out most to him since arriving at Eskenazi Health is everyone has that sense of participating in something larger than the organization. He believes it’s rare that so many are on the same page regardless of personal function.

Profeta’s position with Eskenazi Health provides him the benefit of the ‘feel’ one is left with when part of a clinical experience. As a past medic and EMT, Profeta never forgot that sense of being part of a ‘health care team.’ Profeta believes his talent is in business and his job at Eskenazi Health gets him as close as possible to both of his career passions.

Profeta formerly worked with the Chief Council of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and the late Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), in  development of a price transparency disclosure that was partially adopted by the U.S. Congress.

Since his arrival at Eskenazi Health, Profeta is proud to have delivered to the organization the application of a sophisticated approach that is intended to apply leading supply chain thought to the support of the organization’s mission.

Away from the office, Profeta enjoys a variety of activities that ‘keep him grounded’ including a return to competitive skeet and trap shooting, golf, music (he plays a 12-string guitar), kayaking and staying out of his girlfriend’s way.

Although never married, Profeta ‘inherited’ his niece (18 months) and nephew (age 3) during his sophomore year in college. Now that those two are in their 40’s and with three boys collectively, he looks back and truly feels that raising those children was his God-given calling. 


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