Nick Gaich is the founder and CEO of Nick Gaich and Associates, a firm dedicated to providing executive coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, and operational performance. Nick has more than 38 years of experience. His range of expertise ranges from executive coaching, organizational development, supply chain management, customer service, service line economics, and clinical research administration.
Nick’s efforts have received significant recognition, including inclusion in Lean Six Sigma for Service by Michael L. George, Healthcare Materials Management Society Extraordinary Achievement Award. Arthur Anderson Global Best Practices in Purchasing and Supply Channel Management Award, McKinsey, CAPS Case Profile “Successful B2B e-marketplace deployment”, HealthCare Advisor Board Recognition “Best Practice Model, First Moves “Innovator Healthcare Supply Chain”
Nick was inducted into the Bellwether League’s 2013 cohort. Bellwether League Inc. is a non-membership, non-stock, not-for-profit organization that identifies and honors individuals who have demonstrated significant leadership in and influence on the healthcare supply chain. Bellwether League Inc. selects individuals to be publicly recognized for their contributions in improving all segments of the healthcare supply chain, anecdotally profiling the individuals, their achievements and accomplishments, innovations, philosophy and vision as part of an industry “hall of fame” to perpetuate excellence in the field.
Nick holds a certification in Process Improvement from the Juran Institute of Quality Management and certification as Facilitator Organizational Management Training from Development Dimensions International. He graduated cum laude with a BBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from National University of San Diego.
Nick is a much sought-after source on a wide range of topics in the healthcare community. He has presented on leading healthcare topics at the National Institute of Health, American Health Lawyers Association, National Council University Research, World Research Group Healthcare Revenue Cycle Conference, AAHC, Clinical Research Forum, National Council of University Research, American Health lawyers Association, IDN Summit & Expo, and the World Congress Leadership Summit on Healthcare Supply Chain Management, as well as conferences of the Child Healthcare Corporation of America (CHCA), Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN).
He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Venture-Med an Angel Investment Firm dedicated to funding and mentoring new healthcare start ups with a focus on medical devices, healthcare IT, mobile health platforms that will enhance patient safety and outcomes.
Nick Gaich retired in 2012 as Assistant Dean of Clinical and Translational Research Operations, Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Nick held a two-year appointment on the Consortium Management Group, National Center for Research Resources, National Institute of Health providing research administration/project management support for several key function committees representing our nation’s comparative effectiveness and community engagement research.
As a member of the Association of Academic Health Center (AAHC) Nick co-chaired the Clinical Trials Billing Task Force and co-authored several articles associated with clinical trials infrastructure and billing practices.
Previously Nick was Vice President of Customer Service and Materials Management and Service Line Administrator for the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. During his tenure, the Materials Management Department received the Stanford Hospital Malinda Mitchell Service Quality Department of the Year Award becoming the first non-clinical department to earn such recognition. Nick also received the Stanford Hospital Outstanding Contribution and Achievement Award.
Nick served three years as Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of Appleseed Healthcare Resources, a firm dedicated to providing senior operations leadership personnel and education to the healthcare industry.
Nick’s extensive domestic experience is complemented by international experience gained from serving as subject matter expert on a health system design project for the Ministry of Health in Qatar. As the supply chain lead, Nick modeled and integrated a comprehensive supply chain design for a Specialty Teaching Hospital in the Qatar Foundation’s Education City. This project was a joint effort with Cornell University. Nick also served as education partner A& I Health Care a Europe based logistic company.