Editor’s note: October 2-8, 2016 is National Healthcare Supply Chain Week, sponsored by the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM). It’s a week dedicated to celebrating healthcare supply chain professionals for their outstanding contributions to healthcare and the overall success of the supply chain. Cardinal Health is proud to join AHRMM in taking this important opportunity to recognize the integral role supply chain professionals throughout the healthcare field play and applaud their shared commitment to maintaining a safe, effective and efficient healthcare supply chain. As part of this week, we specifically honor hospital supply chain leaders for the role they play in delivering high-quality patient care.
Hospital supply chain leaders. Anyone who truly understands the role they play in today’s complex hospitals and health systems will tell you they deliver much more than materials. They deliver hope, every day. Hope that most of us, as professionals, care-givers and those of us being cared for, take for granted.
Each and every one of our nation’s hospital supply chain leaders collaborates with hundreds of suppliers and manufacturers to ensure that thousands of healthcare products – from bandages to pacemakers – are available in a moment’s notice, right when and where clinicians need them – every single hour of every single day. They do this in the fast-paced, high-pressure hospital environment, but also during extraordinarily challenging times, when the stakes are even higher – like healthcare pandemics, and natural disasters.
Why do they do it? Because they know patients’ lives literally depend on it.
The more intriguing question, though, is how, exactly, do they do it all? In an industry that demands perfection and constant improvement, the reality is that hospital supply chain leaders wear many hats. They draw on deep expertise across multiple disciplines in a ceaseless effort to support improved care quality while simultaneously keeping an eye on costs.
Those of us who have the privilege of working directly with hospital supply chain leaders know the truth…that they are much more than simply managers of materials. They play many roles for the hospitals and health networks they serve. Today’s hospital supply chain leaders are multiple professions, all rolled into one.