Role Reversal: How a Job Change Is Helping to Align Supply Chain and Nursing

02/18/19
We’ve all heard the saying, “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” as a way of understanding another’s experiences, challenges, thought processes and perspectives. Seeing someone actually do it is a unique experience. Cathy Gray, director, clinical support supply chain at Sentara Healthcare, started her career with Sentara as a registered nurse and over the course of the next several years she served in different nursing roles in both inpatient and outpatient... More

Can We Talk? Let’s Ease Conflict Through Effective Negotiation

02/18/19
Coming to the table to resolve conflict is never easy. After all, the word itself has a negative connotation that evokes images of friction and war. In the world of supply chains, conflict can easily emerge when you mix external partners together with your team of purchasing supervisors, operations leaders and contract managers. More

Vizient Drug Price Forecast Projects Increase in Prices for 2019-2020

02/18/19
In January, Vizient released its most recent Drug Price Forecast, which projects a 4.28 percent increase for pharmaceutical expenses made from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 for inpatient and non-acute health systems. More

From the Basement to the Boardroom: Top Attributes of Leading-Practice Supply Chain Operations

02/18/19
Every hospital and health system has a different set of goals, yet their objective is the same: to deliver high-quality, affordable care. As organizations work to be successful in a highly competitive and complex health care environment, meeting that objective is what keeps hospital executives up at night. More