Each year, the first week of October is dedicated to celebrating healthcare supply chain professionals for their outstanding contributions to healthcare and the overall success of the supply chain. Sponsored by AHRMM, National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week) provides an opportunity to recognize the integral role supply chain professionals play in delivering high-quality patient care throughout the healthcare field.

The 2015 SC Week theme is Healthcare Supply Chain: Delivering Excellence.

Let’s celebrate all supply chain professionals for their hard work and strategic value, which help ensure that healthcare delivery organizations thrive and succeed in today's healthcare landscape.

2015 SC Week Product Catalog:
Begin planning your celebration activities now by ordering well-deserved gifts for your staff, colleagues, and friends.
Click here to browse SC Week 2015 merchandise.

SC Week Promotional Toolkit:
Get the word out!  AHRMM has compiled different promotional tools you can use to help circulate SC Week to your colleagues and social media outlets.
Don't forget to follow @AHRMMtweets and use the hashtag #SCWeek
Click here to download the Promotional Toolkit.

SC Week Celebration Ideas: 
Looking for ideas on how you can honor supply chain professionals? Check out the list of activities and ways to celebrate with your staff during National Healthcare Supply Chain Week. 
Click here for ways to honor staff during SC Week. 

SC Week Celebration Contest

This year in celebration of SC Week, AHRMM invited supply chain professionals to enter the SC Week 2015 Celebration Contest.  AHRMM encouraged contestants to submit a creative photo with an original and inspiring story illustrating their department’s outstanding contributions to healthcare supply chain.  Photo and essay submissions were judged based on their incorporation and demonstration of the SC Week 2015 theme.  The essay also needed to include examples of cross-departmental collaboration and implementation of process improvements. After reviewing all of the wonderful and very creative submissions, a winner was selected.
Congratulations to the SC Week Celebration Contest Winner: Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, New York!

Lean Meets Supply Chain

How Crystal Run Healthcare delivers supply chain excellence in their organization: With the opening of our newest medical office, the traditional role of our Materials Handler has morphed greatly at Crystal Run Healthcare. As we used Lean designs and principles to gain efficiencies for our clinical staff, we recognized the need to shift around some job responsibilities. With a focus of eliminating wasted movement by the nursing staff within the suites, we examined the teams' daily challenges and asked them what takes them away from the exam rooms and being with the patients.  We looked at the type of support they would need to function in a very streamlined operation.

From these discussions, the role of Materials Courier was established, enlarged, and redefined to work in conjunction with everyone's changing roles.  Scheduled routes within the 2 floors of our 66,000 foot Newburgh location were developed. The Materials Couriers still assist with stocking the storeroom and use wheeled wire carts to make needed and timely deliveries of medication, linens, medical and office supplies to our nursing areas. However, this is the point where the role evolves. While the couriers are restocking a 2 bin inventory system, they're also evaluating what additional stock is needed for a particular suite. We're reducing inventory and stock out situations, and we're having better control of products which might expire.  Upon their appointed rounds the couriers also collect and deliver mail, change out full sharps containers, pick up items which need to be brought to other internal departments such as the Laboratory, HIM, and Reprocessing. These changes within our workflow allow us to maximize resources as we launch into our new design model. Our

Materials Couriers have taken the phrase 'Delivering Excellence' to a new level, and we truly believe they make a great contribution to providing excellent patient care at Crystal Run Healthcare.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's SC Week Contest!

Supply chain is making strides to improve their organizations and we appreciate everything you do for the healthcare supply chain field. Check out all of the SC Week 2015 Contest submission below. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Atlanta, GA

Building Personal Protective Equipment Kits to Save Lives

Holy Cross Hospital – Fort Lauderdale, FL

We are the Face of Excellence in Supply Chain

Parallon – OKC Distribution Center – Oklahoma City, OK

Hard at Work for our Clinicians

West Florida Supply Chain – Parallon – Largo, FL

Parallon – West Florida Supply Chain

Sonoma Valley Hospital – Sonoma, CA

Delivering Excellence

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) – Galveston, TX

Working Together to Work Wonders

Western Reserve Hospital – Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Supply Chain: The link between financial accountability and clinical efficiency