UW Hospital and Clinics Honored Again for Supply Chain Management

Madison, Wisconsin - For the third time in four years, UW Hospital and Clinics has been honored as the top performer in supply chain management by University HealthSystem Consortium.


This is the seventh consecutive year that UWHC was recognized as a leader in demonstrating excellence in supply chain management by UHC.


UWHC representatives were presented with the 2014 Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award recognizing the top performer Oct. 23 at the UHC Annual Conference in Las Vegas.


Supply-chain management encompasses all aspects of acquiring supplies and products from contracting to inventory to delivery to the patient. UHC measured performance in facility-wide supply use, major-department supply use and financial stability.


"I am so proud that UWHC has been honored as the top organization in supply chain performance excellence for three of the past four years," said Tim Gaillard, UWHC Senior Vice President and COO. "This is a testament that our entire staff truly understands their roles as being prudent stewards of all hospital purchases."


Five other health care organizations were also recognized for their supply chain performance, including:

  • Denver Health
  • The University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care)
  • Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak)
  • University of Utah Health Care
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

In determining the top-performing organizations for this award, UHC scored each participating medical center based on supply chain and operational data from the UHC Operational Data Base.


The award winners excelled in five areas:

  • Physician alignment and stewardship
  • Evidence-based evaluations
  • Innovative supply chain approaches
  • Focus on distribution and utilization
  • Long-term commitment to continuous improvement

"In our industry, the challenge of increasing quality while lowering costs grows more complex every day," said Jake Groenewold, UHC's senior vice president, Supply Chain. "As Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award recipients, these organizations consistently exhibit best practices for achieving those aims. Aligning clinical and supply chain staff, employing evidence-based evaluations, and improving distribution and utilization processes are all factors that contributed to their high performance, providing good examples of how other academic medical centers can elevate their supply chain performance."


The UHC Supply Chain Performance Excellence Collaborative began in 2007 to help UHC Supply Chain participants better understand and define supply chain performance and to provide them with actionable information for making measurable, sustainable improvements.

Date Published: 11/12/2014

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