Providence supply chain recognized among top 25 in nation 

Providence’s supply chain is recognized in the top 25 in the nation

Providence is named one of Gartner’s top 25 supply chains in health care among Cardinal Health, Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Mayo Foundation and Walgreens.

Gartner’s 2014 rankings highlight innovation, high-quality patient care and optimal cost.

“We are honored that Gartner and our industry peers recognize us as a leader in health care and supply chain management,” said Dave Hunter, vice president of supply chain management, engineering and hospitality. 

At Providence, supply chain management leaders partner with clinicians to standardize products and services. This video illustrates how they have designed a process to deliver the exact number of supplies from the consolidated services center (CSC) to the patient’s bedside.

Delivering the right product, at the right time and at the right price to the point of care improves the quality of health care and eliminates waste.

The Gartner report notes, “Geographically dispersed along the West Coast from Southern California to Alaska, Providence has to balance agility in its supply chain response to the diverse markets it serves, while driving common practices through the enterprise.”

CSC delivers more supplies across a greater distance than other health care systems with distribution centers. When more supplies are delivered through CSC, the savings are greater.

From 2011 to 2013, supply chain management has saved more than $227 million.

“This work is essential to patient care as we create healthier communities, together,” said Dave Hunter.