Recognized for outstanding operational improvements to ensure best-in-class healthcare delivery
(ELMA, WA) – Summit Pacific has been recognized by Intalere, the healthcare industry leader in delivering optimal cost, quality and clinical outcomes, as an Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award winner in the category of Supply Chain Cost Efficiencies. Through this annual awards program, Intalere recognizes successful initiatives its members implement to enhance quality and operations, improve patient satisfaction and increase community awareness and education.
“In this era of disruptive change within the healthcare industry, it is more important than ever to not only recognize the successful initiatives that providers are implementing to enhance their services, patient outcomes and bottom line, but to also share these best practices with others in order that they too may be successful in their efforts as well,” said Julius Heil, Intalere president and CEO. “Our awards program does just that. And we feel strongly that in working together we can all make a powerful impact in this ever-changing industry.”
Summit Pacific Medical Center’s winning project, Supply Chain Transformation, involved a cross-functional team of supply chain staff and clinical experts to deliver high value, low cost supply chain improvements to clinical areas. “Small continuous changes throughout 2017 truly produced some outstanding long-term solutions,” noted Cayla Nathaniel, Inventory Coordinator at Summit Pacific. Through data analysis, real time dashboards and a system of monitoring and control, the team reduced supply levels while delivering a higher quality of service.
Some improvements included the re-purposing of inventory rooms to clinical space adding an additional 3 exam rooms to SPMC departments, a net 30% reduction of inventory levels and a significant reduction in the amount of clinical staff time spent on materials management giving them more time with patients.
“We are honored to be recognized by Intalere for the on-going work we are doing to improve healthcare delivery within our organization,” said Josh Martin, CEO. “We are dedicated to making improvements that benefit our patients, employees and community, and appreciate the national recognition for these efforts.”
Two representatives from Summit Pacific will be presented with the award at a ceremony during Elevate 2018, which will be held May 20-23, in Orlando, Fla. The winning project will also be featured in a professional banner session and included in a best practices compendium.