Recognized for outstanding operational improvements to ensure best-in-class healthcare delivery
Summit Pacific Medical Center has been recognized by Intalere, formerly Amerinet, as an Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award winner in the category of Supply Chain/Data Management or Supply 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.
“The achievement awards truly illustrate the essence of the new Intalere brand,” said Brent Johnson, Intalere president and CEO. “Customized solutions, in supply chain and other areas, that showcase innovative products, services and technologies, and the best practices of progressive healthcare providers.”
SPMC’s winning project, “Reducing Supply and Service Cost through Collaboration and Management Involvement” stemmed from the realization that the facility needed to implement centralized purchasing, just in time inventory management, better group purchasing contract utilization and rural hospital networking. The work involved creating a Collaborative Purchasing Managers Committee, consisting of 13 rural healthcare facilities from throughout Washington State. The outcomes were beyond expectation and resulted in 49% savings on facility service contracts, 38% savings in lab reagent agreements and an ongoing savings of 10-15% on IT purchases. The first savings roadmap resulted in 52% annual savings opportunities for the group.
“We are honored to be recognized by Intalere for the work we have done to improve healthcare delivery at our facility,” said Carrie Wetzel, Purchasing Manager. “At Summit Pacific, we pride ourselves on looking at all aspects of our business, including our purchasing practices, to identify ways we can continue to improve operations. We are dedicated to remaining a sustainable source of healthcare for our community and appreciate the national recognition of our efforts.”
Two representatives from SPMC will be presented with the award at a ceremony, which will be held during the 2016 Intalere Member Conference, May 17-20, in Las Vegas, Nev. The winning project will also be featured in a professional banner session and included in a best practices compendium.