One of South Dakota’s largest healthcare providers continues to improve the way it acquires the supplies and equipment it needs to best serve patients. A snapshot of the Avera Health integrated delivery network (IDN) shows 33 hospitals, 208 clinics, 40 long term care/assisted living facilities, 37 home care and hospice locations and 15 home medical equipment locations. These facilities are located in five states –South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota – covering 86 counties for more 72,000 square miles of coverage. Avera Health has been recognized for clinical excellence, been consistently awarded for most wired in information technology, is among national group buying organization Premier’s “Top Performers,” and is gaining recognition for its innovative eCare services, just to name a few of its accolades. 

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Alecto Healthcare Services is not only in the business of providing care, but also of breathing new life into hospitals, CEO Lex Reddy says. “We often seek out communities that are underserved,” he says, and where its healthcare services are considered essential.

Based in Irvine, Calif., the healthcare system and management services organization has a portfolio of hospitals in West Virginia, California and Texas. A 30-year veteran of the healthcare industry, Reddy started Alecto in 2012.

Previously, he served as the president and CEO as one of the county’s largest health systems. Under his management, the organization became a 15-hospital system that Thomson Reuters ranked as one of the top 10 health systems in the nation. 

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Spectrum Health has several unique initiatives underway as its supply chain contract administrators proceed with standard sourcing. 

John Shull, system supply chain director, explains the system’s sourcing tasks include procedures for capital items, supply items and service. The supply chain division also ensures proper logistical movements of goods throughout the system of healthcare sites. “We ensure an appropriate inventory anticipating future demand,” Shull says. 

Spectrum Health is the largest nonprofit healthcare system in western Michigan with 11 hospitals, 169 ambulatory and service sites, and 1,938 licensed beds system-wide consisting of both acute-care and skilled nursing beds. It operates the largest children’s hospital in western Michigan, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and the largest adult open-heart program in the state. The system is the principal regional provider of cancer care and it manages one of the top joint replacement programs in the nation. Spectrum Health owns and operates its own health insurance plan, Priority Health, which covers all of Michigan with 590,000 health plan members and more than 6,000 employers.

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The process of making large, sweeping changes across an entire organization can, for many companies, be a difficult and arduous process. For Sanofi North America (NA), the process of consolidating services and facilities may have had initial hurdles to overcome, but has since proven to be a positive experience. 

“We have a team focused on our cost to serve and our operating model, while also being focused on our customers,” says Doug McLeester, vice president of the healthcare company’s North American distribution and supply chain team. 

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Rockford Spine Center prides itself on an efficiently run practice and cutting-edge research that it hopes will revolutionize the healthcare industry. “We put together a university-style spine center with everything under one roof where we perform high-level spine surgery and treatments,” Dr. Fred Sweet says, “but there are major challenges for everyone in healthcare that are threatening places like us to survive over the next five to 10 years.”

The Rockford, Ill.-based practice was founded in 2003 by Drs. Sweet, Michael Roh and Christopher Sliva. The fellowship-trained spine surgeons had a vision to create a comprehensive care facility dedicated solely to spinal care with treatment services all under one roof. Rockford Spine Center’s state-of-the-art facility offers a comprehensive care setting where patients can be tested, diagnosed, consulted with and treated during a single visit.

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For more than 80 years, Palomar Health has provided care to patients in the North San Diego County region. “We’re meeting the community’s needs, and that’s what’s kept us in business,” Director of Corporate Supply Chain Services Steve Ellis says.

The public health district’s history goes back to 1933, when nurse Charlotta Baker Hintz and dietitian Elizabeth Martin left their positions at the Anaheim Sanitarium to form a hospital to serve the city of Escondido, Calif. The two purchased an egg and poultry plant and remodeled it into a 13-bed hospital.

Over the years, Palomar Health has expanded its operations to three acute care hospitals, a skilled nursing facility and four ambulatory clinics that employ a staff of 3,300 to serve 32,000 inpatients annually along with 125,000 ER visits and 5,000 births. “We focus in on core services,” Ellis says. “We’re not trying to be all things to all people.”

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Recognized for its outstanding maternity and imaging services, among others, Northside Hospital’s new supply chain strategy promises to make the Metro Atlanta institution even more efficient. Northside Hospital operates three hospitals with a total of 838 beds and a large network of hospital-affiliated outpatient centers and medical offices in the area. Highly regarded for its maternity, oncology and surgical services, it has more than 2,300 physicians and more than 11,000 employees. 

In its most recent fiscal year ending September 30, Northside Hospital had nearly 2 million patient encounters across all its facilities in the Atlanta Region and North Georgia.

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For the better part of a decade, Charles Agins has been on a mission. Working as the vice president of finance at Montefiore Medical Center, he has been focused on helping the organization find ways to reduce healthcare costs by having stricter control over the supply chain. After finding many avenues for success, he is aiming to bring that high level of control to all parts of the Montefiore Health System.

Today, Montefiore Health System is a premier academic medical center and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The system consists of eight hospitals and an extended-care facility with a total of 2,059 beds. It also includes state-of-the-art primary and specialty care provided through a network of more than 150 locations across the region, including the largest school health program in the nation and a home health program.

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