About the Institute of Healthcare Executives & Suppliers

IHES is a relationship-driven organization dedicated to the exchange of industry knowledge and experience between America’s leading healthcare executives and suppliers. IHES-facilitated events enable these groups to improve hospital systems and better meet hospital needs through the sharing of new and innovative ideas that make the healthcare industry more productive and effective.

Our Mission

At IHES, we believe that a better, more efficient healthcare industry is possible — and within reach. By bringing together healthcare providers and suppliers, we create a unique forum for education and communication, offering a place for sharing the latest trends, technologies, and best practices that lead to improved overall delivery and quality of healthcare in America.

Executive Members

The relationships forged through IHES are about better understanding and meeting the needs of the dynamic healthcare industry through improved education and communication between providers and suppliers. Our Executive Members play a huge role in this mission as they unselfishly offer their vast experience in the hope of building an even stronger future for America’s healthcare system.

Meet our Executive Members

Note: IHES is not a group purchasing organization, nor does it facilitate the purchasing of any products and/or services. While our Executive and Corporate Members are active participants in the life of the organization, they are not financial shareholders and do not hold any executive or corporate positions within the Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers, LLC. IHES is governed by a set of Operating and Guiding Principles. To read these guidelines please click here.

Our Divisions

IHES has expanded to include, the Council of Supply Chain Executives (CSCE). Comprised of the premier supply chain executives in the country, the CSCE offers distinctive perspectives and insight when it comes to helping other healthcare suppliers better understand the industry. The Council will utilize the same proven format of IHES. To learn more, please visit the CSCE website.

In late 2015, IHES created its newest division, the Council of Pharmacy Executives and Suppliers (CPES). CPES has selected many outstanding Pharmacy Executives to assist each other and industry suppliers in our trusted and proven process. To learn more about CPES, please visit the CPES website.


IHES Management

W. Hays Waldrop, Founder and President of IHES, The Council of Supply Chain Executives and The Council of Pharmacy Executives and Suppliers (CPES), has an extensive background in both healthcare and technology. He began his career in the healthcare industry selling orthopedic implants and related surgical products with a market leading orthopedic manufacturer. Since then, he has been recognized twice as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Executives in the talent-rich Nashville, TN area, as well as honored with the Nashville Business Journal’s Healthcare Hero Award. Additionally, he has twice been recognized in 2014 and 2015 as an InCharge Healthcare leader by the Nashville Medical News magazine.  He is a member of both Leadership Healthcare, a division of the Nashville Healthcare Council, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Waldrop’s office is located in historic downtown Franklin, TN, just 20 minutes south of Nashville. He is an active leader in the Franklin community, serving on various Boards of Directors, namely The Williamson County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Franklin Transit Authority, a position appointed by the Franklin Mayor. Over the years, he has also served closely with The Citizens Police Academy and Franklin Tomorrow.

He is married to Peggy, and they have two sons who keep them plenty active with school and social activities.

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