Featured business person: Steve Hammer

07/24/2014 12:00 AM

07/23/2014 1:23 PM

Steve Hammer

Director of supply chain services, Wesley Medical Center

Hammer won't venture a guess as to how many thousands of items his department handles. But the fact that he supervises 31 people is one clue to the volume.

“It’s everything from heart stem valves to toiletries. If it comes to the hospital or leaves the hospital, it comes through the supply chain.”

Hammer, 34, was born at Wesley and grew up in Wichita, earning a degree in business and organizational management from Central Christian College in McPherson.

He worked as an operations manager at Lowe’s Home Improvement for eight years, then as clinical engineering manager for Via Christi Health for four years. He started at Wesley a month ago.

Operations management “has always been my forte,” he said, and moving into the health care field made the work more meaningful.

“Honestly, I love it,” he said. “I love the servant nature of it, and knowing that what we do has a direct impact on people’s lives.”

Hammer and his wife, Lisa, have two children – Caleb, 6, and Lukas, 1. He enjoys spending time with his family, working out and playing in a recreational basketball league in Derby.

Joe Stumpe

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