From pencils to patients, everything an employee touches at Piedmont has passed through Supply Chain Services. In recognition of the role the department plays in delivery of high-quality patient care, Oct. 7-13 will be celebrated as National Healthcare Resource & Materials Management Week.
“We make sure everything is in the right place at the right time for our clinicians,” said Kurt Hill, director of Supply Chain for Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. “Whether you’re admitting a patient or performing brain surgery, every service line in the system depends on the efficiency of Supply Chain Services.”
Only about 100 people in the division headed by Vice President of Supply Chain Joe Colonna predict, manage and supply the needs for 14,000 workers system-wide. They use predictive analytics to forecast supply cycles, to maintain inventory and to calculate pricing. Then they leverage those analytics during contract negotiations to provide cost savings.
“We apply database management to everything from rubber bands to robots,” Hill said. “The da Vinci® Surgical Systems are $1 million each – but not when we get done with negotiating them.”
The theme for this year is “Champions of Patient Safety, Quality & Efficiency.” And Hill said that’s exactly the impact of cost-control and efficient provisioning: “We make sure everyone has what they need to ensure the best patient outcomes.”
For more information on National Healthcare Resource & Materials Management Week, visit ahrmm.org/mmweek.