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Published on March 21, 2016

UHS earns major honor for supply chain efforts

UHS has been named among the top 50 healthcare organizations in North America for supply chain excellence by the Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX). The Louisville, Ky.-based GHX has announced its list of the “2015 GHX Best 50 Supply Chains in North America.” UHS and the other hospitals, which include such prestigious institutions as the Bon Secours, UCLA and Yale- New Haven systems, have been recognized for improving operational performance and driving down costs through supply chain automation. The recipients will be honored at the 2016 GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit, May 23 to 25, in Austin, Texas.

“We regard this award as a major recognition of our efforts to reduce the cost of healthcare, and a tribute to everyone on the UHS team who is working diligently to find supply chain solutions that move us toward ever-greater efficiencies,” said Gail Thalacker, senior director of Integrated Supply Chain Operations at UHS. She noted that Kristin Saunders, system director of Procurement, along with the UHS Procurement Team, have been focusing on process improvement opportunities, and the award is a major endorsement of that focus and hard work.

To select the “Best 50,” GHX looked at the performance of more than 4,000 hospitals in the U.S. and Canada currently connected to the GHX electronic trading exchange. GHX identified the 50 healthcare organizations among its customers that scored highest in areas such as purchasing and invoice volume, Exchange utilization and trading partner connections during the 2015 calendar year.