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UHC Honors Top Academic Medical Centers With 2015 Supply Chain Awards

Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award, Supplier Diversity Leadership Award, and Sustainability Award Presented at UHC Annual Conference 2015

10/01/15

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"We commend these academic medical centers for their strong commitment to delivering greater value through their supply chain management strategies"

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UHC announced today the winners of the 2015 UHC Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award, UHC Supplier Diversity Leadership Award, and UHC Sustainability Award at the UHC Annual Conference 2015 in Orlando, Fla.

2015 UHC Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award

Honored for superior supply chain management, the UHC Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award winners are:

  • Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak
  • The University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Denver Health (#1 Public Safety Net Hospital)
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • UNM Hospitals
  • University of Utah Health Care
  • Greenville Health System
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

“We commend these academic medical centers for their strong commitment to delivering greater value through their supply chain management strategies,” said Jake Groenewold, senior vice president, Supply Chain Services. “UHC’s membership comprises the highest-caliber academic medical centers in the nation, making it quite a distinction to be named a Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award winner. These organizations exhibit practices that serve as a model for our industry as we continue to be challenged to generate greater quality and efficiency across the continuum of care.”

The UHC Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award uses a unique methodology, which analyzes data from the UHC Operational Data Base, along with data from members’ CMS cost reports, to measure supply utilization at the facility level and across select clinical service areas.

This year the award methodology was refined to ensure the use of operational metrics that are considered most relevant to the evaluation of overall hospital supply chain performance. The methodology included metrics for overall supply utilization as well as metrics for supply utilization in specific functional areas: cardiology, surgical services, inpatient medications, laboratory services, and imaging services.

2015 UHC Supplier Diversity Leadership Award

Greenville Health System received the 2015 UHC Supplier Diversity Leadership Award for the development and implementation of an outstanding supplier diversity program. The award is based on several criteria, including structure and strength of the organization’s supplier diversity program; new programs or techniques that facilitated the growth of diverse businesses in 2014; utilization of diversity contracts from Novation, UHC’s supply contracting company; community involvement and outreach to minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses; and senior leaders’ involvement in supplier diversity development.

2015 UHC Sustainability Award

UHC recognized SUNY Upstate Medical University with the 2015 UHC Sustainability Award. The award honors a UHC member’s commitment to sustainability as measured by the following criteria: a demonstrated, continuous commitment to a sustainability strategy; a quantifiable means of measuring and reporting progress toward and achievement of sustainability goals; and a demonstrated commitment to increasing awareness of and communicating about the sustainability program, both among staff/internal stakeholders and throughout the community.

About UHC

Effective April 1, 2015, VHA, the national health care network of not-for-profit hospitals, and UHC, the alliance of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, combined to form the largest member-owned health care company in the country. The combined organization includes Novation, the health care services company already jointly owned by VHA and UHC. The new entity is dedicated to leading health care innovation, creating knowledge, and fostering collaboration to help members thrive.

Contact:

for UHC
Donna Ledbetter, 972-830-6321
dledbett@vha.com

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