Geisinger's Supply Chain Services among top in nation

CONTACT:  Marisa Magnotta: 570-214-4860
Nov. 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Health System was recently recognized by Healthcare Purchasing News (HPN) as one of the nation’s top healthcare supply chain programs to watch.

HPN’s Supply Chain Operation’s Worth Watching list identifies organizations that have achieved cost-cutting, efficiency-driven, clinically motivated and patient-centric concepts, ideas, activities and outcomes.

“Our team has made great strides to improve the operational processes through innovative ideas and strategies to achieve optimum quality and costs for patients and the health system,” said Deb Templeton, vice president of Supply Chain Services, Geisinger Health System.

Geisinger’s team was recognized for its innovative ideas including its multidisciplinary, physician-led clinical use evaluation (CUE) teams that make clinically relevant product and equipment decisions with an emphasis on quality, efficiency, standardization and cost savings. Geisinger has also developed P.I.P.E. (Process Innovation, Perfect Execution), a model which helps improve contract negotiations, remove unjustified product variation and gets supplies closer to the point of care.

“We are always striving to find new ways to remove costs and get closer to the patient,” said Templeton. “By using simulation modeling, we are able to test new logistic pathways prior to changing them to prevent disruptions to current operations while exploring options that get us closer to our goals.”

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including ProvenHealth Navigator, an advanced medical home model, and ProvenCare program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 42 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at www.twitter.com/geisingerhealth  and www.facebook.com/geisingerhealth.

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