College of Pharmacy alumna named NHIA president and CEO

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December 3, 2018

Connie Sullivan
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Connie Sullivan, BS Pharm ’94, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA), a trade association representing companies that provide infusion therapy to patients in their homes, as well as companies that manufacture and supply infusion and specialty pharmacy products. Sullivan will be the first pharmacist to hold the position of CEO since NHIA’s inception in 1991.

“With the growing recognition by patients and their families, payers, and health care providers of the benefits of home infusion, such as lower cost and a higher quality of life, more care is transitioning to the home from institutional settings. NHIA’s role in representing this dynamic industry has never been more important,” said NHIA Board Chair Varner Richards, PharmD, Chief Executive Officer, Intramed Plus, Inc. “Our next CEO needed to be an individual who could thrive in a highly dynamic health care environment, be capable of accelerating what is working well and disrupt what needs to change. Connie’s twenty-five years of home infusion clinical experience, participation in legislative and regulatory affairs, and strong business acumen makes her uniquely qualified to advance the association and the industry overall,” he added.

“I am honored to take on this role and look forward to representing this highly innovative industry and the pharmacists, nurses, suppliers, and other infusion professionals devoted to the mission of supporting patients who rely on high-quality, cost-effective home and specialty infusion services,” said Sullivan. “NHIA has a great future, and the opportunities that lie ahead for the industry are endless. I am excited to lead this exceptional organization of creative, dedicated, and talented professionals in advancing the association and unlocking future growth opportunities for the industry we serve."

Since joining the organization in 2015, Sullivan has played a crucial role in every facet of the association, most recently as Vice President of Research and Innovation. She has provided her expertise and leadership in advocating for expanded Medicare coverage of home infusion services, advancing industry data initiatives to improve and validate the quality of patient care, and establishing educational programs to advance the technical capabilities of the industry. Sullivan has also led efforts by the National Home Infusion Foundation to develop the next generation of home infusion leaders, encourage participation in research, and advance the overall mission of the Foundation.

Prior to joining NHIA, Sullivan spent fifteen years as National Infusion Director for Heartland IV Care, a national provider of infusion, home health, and hospice care. In this capacity, she was responsible for a large, multi-site pharmacy operation. During this time, she lent her expertise as a volunteer on various NHIA committees including the Standards Committee, Outcomes Task Force, and Government Affairs Committee. In addition, she was a frequent presenter at the association’s annual conference and has spoken at various other industry meetings on topics relating to the delivery of home infusion services, sterile pharmacy compounding, and industry data collection. She has also served as a contributing author to INFUSION magazine.

Sullivan graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 1994.

NHIA is a trade association that represents companies which provide infusion therapy to patients in their homes, as well as companies that manufacture and supply infusion and specialty pharmacy products. Infusion therapy involves patient-specific compounded medications, supplies, and a range of pharmacy, nursing, and other clinical services for delivering care to patients in the home setting. For more information, visit the NHIA website.