Thomas W. MacVaugh of Lancaster, PA ended the enjoyment of this life on Friday, January 27, 2023. Born in Philadelphia, he was raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey and graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1965. He then earned his B.S.B.E from Lehigh University, and returned to Philadelphia to begin his career.
After a brief career in retail buying, a chance conversation led him to begin his highly successful career in hospital and healthcare supply chain leadership. He began in 1971 as a buyer then moved to become Director of Purchasing for hospitals in South Jersey and was recruited to go into medical sales in Central PA. He and his young family relocated to Lancaster, PA in 1978 and after a couple of years in medical and implants sales covering dozens of hospitals from throughout central PA, he was recruited to join Lancaster General Hospital as Director of Purchasing where he served for the next 5 years.
During this period, Tom became active in Lancaster where he graduated from the second class of Leadership Lancaster and subsequently was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of such organizations as The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, the Executive Council of Lancaster/Lebanon Council of Boy Scouts of America, and was named a Board Member of Leadership Lancaster program. Tom was also responsible for the formation of the Alumni Association of Leadership Lancaster and was first editor of their newsletter designed to promote the alumni of the program with the not-for-profit organizations throughout the county. He was also active in local government and was selected at the first Commissioner for the Hempfield Area Recreation Commission (for West Hempfield Twp.) and later served on both Zoning Hearing Board and Planning Commissions (for East Hempfield Twp.)
Tom also started his prolific writing ventures during this period when he served as a correspondent for Lancaster News Papers. Over the next few years Tom routinely had dozens of feature articles, photos and spot news stories published under his By-Line for the Intelligencer Journal, Sunday News and the Lancaster New Era – EXTRA editions.
He was contacted by the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania/HAPSCO Group to help lead the cooperative contracting for medical supplies and equipment for all of the hospitals within central PA. This role was later expanded to include the hospitals in the Philadelphia and throughout southeastern PA where he served for the next five years. This period also saw Tom get engaged in the regional and national scene for hospital group purchasing, where he served in various national leadership roles and was honored with the highest award for contributions to the industry by the national organization. He was also one of the original members of the Board of Directors, after the founding of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) the national trade association for cooperative group purchasing based in Washington, DC. During this period Tom also earned his Master Science, Healthcare Administration, Cum Laude, from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
As the family continued to grow, Tom’s career expanded again and he became involved in the consulting / out-sourced management services for supply chain services. He ultimately led three national programs for McFaul&Lyons Group (Johnson & Johnson Healthcare), Marriott Healthcare / Sodexho, and Premier Purchasing Partners, LLP. During those engagements he traveled the US and Canadian healthcare systems extensively and worked with many of the nationally/internationally recognized healthcare systems. He also served as Northeastern US Regional Supply Chain Officer for Ascension Health and Asst. VP Support Services, Lourdes Hospital (Binghamton, NY), Vice President of The Healthcare Consortium/South Florida Hospital Association (Miami Lakes, FL) and as V.P. Supply Chain, Temple Health (Philadelphia, PA). Tom also was a frequent speaker on a wide array of management topics at dozens of regional and national healthcare management conferences and he continued his writing and was published dozens of times in leading healthcare journals.
In the early 2000s Tom formed his own firm, and for the next twenty years focused on his consulting and outsourcing business clients primarily in the northeastern US market serving mostly large academic medical centers and universities including University of PA/Lancaster General Johns Hopkins/Anne Arundel Health, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health/SW Vermont Health and Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Health. He retired for the third time in 2022 and closed his firm.
Tom is survived by the love of his life, Janice (nee Heggan), and his four children – Megan (partner of Chance Frank), Becky (wife of Michael Souhrada), Amanda (wife of Joel Wamsley), and James and his wife Danielle. Tom is survived by his sister, Deborah Enders. In addition, he is survived by nine “Grand Wee Ones” – Morgan, Simon, Ryan, Carter, Sarah, Julia, Andrew, Aiden and Lydia, and two God Sons Richard and Scott Smullen.
Services will be private and held in New Jersey and Maine. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice and Community Care 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125.
Karla Lacy says
I am so sorry to hear about Tom. You have been in my thoughts for years and am sorry for your loss. How quickly the years go. I can remember being in your wedding and all the fun of college roommate days. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Linda Miller says
Thoughts, prayers and hugs to all in the MacVaugh family! I will continue to send prayers and positive energy to all in the coming weeks and months. Peace to Thomas and to all!
Janice and family,
I am so sorry for your loss.
Sending Love to all xoxoxo
Denise Martin says
Janice, Megan, Becky and Jamie,
I am so very sorry to hear about Tom. My Thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m wishing you comfort for the coming days. God bless!
Ann Parke says
Janice, thinking of you and your family., and hoping you are supported by your friends and family in Lancaster.
John Yost says
Dear Janice and family,
Deb and I are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We fondly remember all our get-togethers with the old neighborhood gang often hosted by you and Tom. We will always remember Tom’s humor and grace. We hope you can find comfort in the time ahead.
John and Deb Yost
Patricia Brubaker says
Dear MacVaugh Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. I believe that you have a strong, united family and I pray that you can comfort each other during this time of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Aljeanette Kasper says
So very sorry to hear of your loss. I often remembered Tom, as a true friend and co-worker in all the time we spent working
together at McFaul and Lyons (J&J) in Trenton. I will keep the MacVaugh family in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
Bob Doyle says
So sorry to hear of Thom’s passing. I met him at McFaul and Lyons, and we continued our friendship long after they were gone. He was a good man.
You are all in Anne and my Prayers
Ab imo Pectore
Bob and Anne Doyle
Geoff Kalman says
My heart goes out to all of Tom’s family. I will always appreciate the his candor, honest feedback, and willingness to share his experiences. He looked out for those around him and made sure to take time to connect personally.
All the best,
Linda and Mark Hoover says
So sorry for your loss! Prayers for the entire family! Tom was a gracious host when we were spending time up in Maine. Fun n the mountains too We will cherish the pictures and memories❤️
Love Linda and Mark Hoover
Fred King says
I grew up with Tom in Haddonfield and have many memories of playing together. My last encounter with Tom was at our 50th High School reunion and we talked about the past as most older folks do at those reunions. He was a good friend and he will be missed by many.
Rest in peace my friend.
Kristen Halberg Ingmire says
Tommy was a happy, fun, kind and generous man and will be missed by his Shady Nook family. Many prayers for you and your family.
Susan Calkins & Andrew Hurlbut says
Dear Janice and Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Tom was such a great neighbor and friend. He will be missed as a beloved member of the Shady Nook community. We’ll miss seeing him out on the lake, in his kayak with a fishing pole.
Susan and Andy
Paul Wharf says
Janice and family,
Not that I have tell you, but Tom was a great person and neighbor in our shady nook community. I enjoyed seeing him in his decked-out kayak enjoying the lake, and casting away. Always willing to lend a hand, and always with a smile. He will truly be missed. He will always be a nooker in our hearts. Rest easy Tom.
Bill Parke says
I enjoyed my time with Tom, starting in the 1980’s and continuing over the years. He was a smart & friendly guy who accomplished a lot in his occupation and enjoyed his other activities and friends. He will be missed.
Sherran Payne says
Janice , Megan and family, I was saddened to see of Tom’s passing. I am hoping all of your happy memories of your times together will sustain you through this difficult time.
My sincerest sympathies!
The Halls, Ingmires, Halbergs and Cameron families says
Our family is devastated by the news of Tom’s passing. We will dearly miss his generosity and his great sense of humor. Summers in Maine will not be the same and Shady Nook has lost a great, longtime friend. Condolences and hugs to the whole MacVaugh family.
Chris Fontana says
Tom was a beloved member of the Supply Chain team here in Philadelphia and he was admired and respected throughout the industry for his passion, professionalism, compassion, decency, and sense of humor. His legacy will live on in all of us who had the good fortune of knowing and working with him closely.
My deepest condolences to the MacVaugh family. He was taken too soon, and he will be missed by many.
Tony Moscatelli says
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Tom. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Losing someone we care about is never easy, and it can leave a profound sense of emptiness and sorrow. Please know that my thoughts are with you and your loved ones during this difficult time. May Tom rest in peace and may his memory provide comfort to those who mourn his loss.
Tony Moscatelli says
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Tom. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Losing someone we care about is never easy, and it can leave a profound sense of emptiness and sorrow. Please know that my thoughts are with you and your loved ones during this difficult time. May Tom rest in peace!
Liz Rosiak says
To the MacVaugh Family:
I have only known Tom for a very short time, and know what a great co-worker he was, but in reading about him, clued me into what a great man he was. My condolences to his family and friends.
Alison Paul says
“You’ve got this or You’re doing great” – this is how Tom would end our zoom calls. Tom was always there encouraging people. He was never too busy to take a call, provide guidance or check in on you. He was selfless in his time and commitment to developing people and sharing his knowledge.
May your memories of Tom comfort you.
Susan Cavarocchi says
I want to give my condolences to Tom’s entire family and friends. I worked with Tom at Jefferson on his Capital team and enjoyed every minute of our meeting/and chat times. He was always so pleasant and mellow and I just felt as ease with him. He always checked up on me if I was out or sick and kept in contact with me on a personal level as well as professionally. He will be truly missed by myself and all that were involved with him at Jefferson I am sure.
Kathy McCaskey says
Janice, I was so sorry to read of the passing of your husband. My thoughts are with you. Tom lived a lot of life in his time on earth. I’m certain that he will be greatly missed by you, your family and many others.
We live out-of-state now, but still get the Lancaster newspaper.