National Healthcare Supply Chain Week

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.

This year, SC Week will be celebrated October 1-7, 2017! Stay tuned for SC Week 2017 theme, merchandise, and celebration ideas.

SC Week 2016
In celebration of SC Week last year, AHRMM invited supply chain professionals to enter the SC Week 2016 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 2016 theme. The essay also required specific examples of cross-departmental collaboration and implementing process improvements.

After reviewing all of the exceptional and creative submissions, a winner was selected:
Congratulations Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children's Hospital, in Charlotte, North Carolina!

Transforming Healthcare Supply Chain Management One Patient at a Time.

Carolinas HealthCare System How Carolinas HealthCare System leads change to advance healthcare: Every day at Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children's Hospital, Materials Resource Management (MRM) teammates are working in conjunction with their clinical teammates to transform healthcare supply chain management, streamlining operations and maximizing resources and talent.  The transformation story began three years ago when MRM embedded a single leader, with no supporting staff, into Levine Children's Hospital with the simple, but vague, directive to "go add value to our clinical teammates. Since then, the MRM team has grown to over 30 dedicated teammates working in direct support of clinical operations.

The shared vision and strategy of MRM and Levine Children's Hospital leadership is for clinicians to treat patients and family members while MRM executes and manages most, if not all other, non-clinical materials-related operational tasks.  This shared vision created a partnership that has flourished and transformed the supply chain while allowing clinical staff to work at the top of their license and improve employee engagement.

The single most significant transformation is the extension of supply chain operations all the way to the patient's bedside.  In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Progressive Care Nursery, Cardio-Vascular Intensive Care Unit, and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit MRM teammates deliver necessary supplies to over 100 patient beds, enabling nurses and healthcare technicians to devote their talents and skills to patients and family members rather than gathering supplies.

Daily, on LCH 10, a general pediatrics unit, MRM teammates review the patient population status and resupply rooms for patients not being discharged in the next 24 hours.  With the support of Carolinas HealthCare System's Performance Excellence department, utilizing Lean techniques such as value stream mapping and the use of Kanbans, MRM builds standard admission kits for the unit.

The transformation of Levine Children's Hospital's entire supply chain operation is planned for completion by the end of 2017.

SC Week 2016 Celebration Contest Rules.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's SC Week Contest!
Adena Regional Medical Center - Chillicothe, Ohio
Winning with People

Adena Regional Medical Center

Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc., Logistics Department - Charleston, West Virginia
The Spokes that Make the Wheels Go ‘Round

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Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc., Purchasing Department - Charleston, West Virginia
CAMC = "Change and More Change" and it is the PEOPLE that drive SUCCESS!

CAMC, Purchasing