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United Health Services recognized with Supply Chain Distinction Award

March 11, 2024

For the fourth straight year, the UHS Supply Chain and Procurement Team has been recognized by healthcare supply chain leader Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX), this year as a recipient of the 2023 Supply Chains of Distinction Award.

The Supply Chains of Distinction Award, which replaces the previous “Best 50” recognitions, honors the top performing hospitals and health systems in North America that excelled in driving best-in-class supply chain operations in 2023.

In the healthcare field, supply chain refers to the extensive network of systems, components and processes that collectively work to ensure that medicines and other needed supplies are manufactured, purchased, distributed and efficiently provided to patients.

The honorees were selected from more than 4,100 provider organizations connected to the GHX digital trading platform. Top performers were identified and ranked based on key supply chain metrics, such as purchasing volume, exception rates, exchange utilization and number of trading-partner connections during the 2023 calendar year.

Industry-leading supply chains have evolved to become more automated, data-driven and resilient, giving rise to a set of best practice “perfect order” metrics that measure an organization’s supply chain performance. 

"This distinguished team led by Kristin Saunders and Dan Clark has been through so much over the past several years, making this award an amazing accomplishment during such challenging times in supply chain," said Blaine Olmstead, BS, RRT, PMP, senior director of Supply Chain Operations at UHS. "Their focus on operational excellence is simply impressive. At its core, this team deeply cares about their service to our organization and the community we serve through our UHS Values. Simply put, I’m extremely proud and thank them for their commitment.” 

The award places UHS in good company:  Other hospital systems recognized include such major institutions as UCLA Health in Los Angeles and Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.

Moreover, UHS is one of the few hospital systems to be named to the list in consecutive years. 

“The Supply Chains of Distinction Award honors organizations that are redefining supply chain excellence and setting the standard for healthcare supply chains of the future,” said Tina Vatanka Murphy, president and CEO, GHX. “By embracing digital and data transformation, organizations like UHS are contributing directly to the sustainability of healthcare, making a lasting impact on the patients and families that we serve together.”

This year’s recipients will be honored at the 2024 GHX Summit taking place May 13-16, 2024, in Austin, Texas.