National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week) is October 2-8, and the theme is: Supply Chain: Leading Change. Advancing Healthcare. In today’s rapidly shifting healthcare landscape, hospitals and health systems are increasingly challenged to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes without sacrificing the quality of care. Supply chain professionals play a pivotal role in leading their organizations to meet these demands and continue to thrive amid changes.
Join your peers nationwide during SC Week to promote the profession and be reminded about many important roles you take on every day to advance your healthcare organization.
2016 SC Week Merchandise
Order well-deserved gifts for your staff, colleagues, and friends! Shop the official SC Week Store to see the wide selection of gifts and recognition items including apparel, lunch coolers, pens, mugs, SC Week posters, and more.
Visit www.jimcolemanstore.com/scweek to browse merchandise.
|SC Week Promotional Toolkit
Get the word out! Circulate SC Week to your colleagues and social media outlets. Don't forget to follow and mention @AHRMMtweets, and use the hashtag #SCWeek!
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 2016 Celebration Contest
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.
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.
|Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's SC Week Contest!|
Winning with People
Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc., Logistics Department - Charleston, West Virginia
The Spokes that Make the Wheels Go ‘Round
Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc., Purchasing Department - Charleston, West Virginia
CAMC = "Change and More Change" and it is the PEOPLE that drive SUCCESS!
About SC 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.