Advantus Health Partners values and appreciates the contributions of all its employees. As a supply chain and health care solutions company, Advantus relies on the expertise and insight of a diverse group of individuals. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Advantus would like to highlight Kimberly Headley, Manager of Supply Chain.
Why do you love being supply chain for the health care industry?
I love being in Supply Chain because every day is challenging, and every day is different. Supply Chain is an essential part of the organization. Without the proper supplies and medical equipment, staff could not properly care for their patients. I enjoy helping others and find it very rewarding that I play a small part in helping patients heal.
What drew you to work at Advantus Health Partners?
My twin sister and I were born three months prematurely, 48 years ago. I weighed 1 lb. 15 oz., she weighed 2 lbs. 7 oz. We had numerous health issues and were not expected to live. We were born at our very own Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, then later transferred to the Medical College of Virginia’s newly opened preemie clinic. If it wasn’t for the wonderful care we received, new medical advances and answered prayers, we would not be here today. Every birthday is a Celebration. It’s personally rewarding for me, that even though I do not hold a clinical position, my work is important, and I play a small part in helping patients heal. This helps me feel like I am giving back for the wonderful care we received as an infant. They had the supplies and equipment needed to help us survive. I work hard every day to make sure our patients and staff have the same.
What inspiration do you draw from other female leaders?
I’m inspired by women because they can maintain composure in tough situations. They can lead with confidence and strength. They are good listeners, are open-minded, and adapt well to change. They are compassionate and worked hard to get where they are today.
What would you tell other women earlier in their supply chain career that you think would be particularly valuable for them to know?
I believe in equality and diversity. I think it is possible that everyone can work together to achieve the same goal. I would encourage women to not be afraid to apply for any position, and to not underestimate their ability for that position. If you believe in your talents, skills and abilities, the employer will notice. I would also encourage women to not be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions is not a sign of weakness, it’s how you learn and grow. It also helps protect you and the organization.