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Twelve Healthcare Organizations Win Top Supply Chain Award from ECRI Institute

Health systems, hospitals, and other organizations are recognized for excellence in supply chain management--improving healthcare quality while reducing costs

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Feb. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ECRI Institute (www.ecri.org), an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, is pleased to announce the winners of its third annual Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award.

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The twelve institutions receiving ECRI Institute's excellence in supply chain award for 2014 are tackling tough issues and getting results in creating efficiencies and reducing costs. The prestigious award honors healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in overall spend management and in adopting best practice solutions in their supply chain processes.

"Improving supply chain should be an international, national, and institutional priority as health systems seek to contain costs and make healthcare more affordable," says Jeffrey C. Lerner, PhD, president and CEO, ECRI Institute.

The twelve recipients of the 2014 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award are: 

  • Asante─Medford, OR 
  • Banner Health─Phoenix, AZ  
  • Baylor Scott & White Health─Dallas, TX   
  • Broward Health─Fort Lauderdale, FL (two-year winner)
  • HealthPartners─Bloomington, MN 
  • Medical University of South Carolina─Charleston, SC 
  • New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation─New York, NY 
  • Parkland Health & Hospital System─Dallas, TX
  • SCM Alliance, Inc.─Boynton Beach, FL
  • UCSF Medical Center─San Francisco, CA (three-year winner)
  • University of Miami Health System─Miami, FL
  • UR Medicine─Rochester, NY

"As healthcare organizations continue to squeeze operating expenses, supply chain is a key target," says Jennifer Myers, ECRI Institute's vice president of SELECT health technology services. "The outstanding efforts of our twelve winning organizations reflect best practices that will enhance their value and role in the overall strategy of their organizations, helping to reduce costs, utilization, and readmissions while achieving better outcomes." 

The winning organizations were chosen out of nearly 3,000 hospitals and health systems who subscribe to ECRI Institute's PriceGuide™ and SELECTplus™ supply and capital procurement advisory services. The selected organizations were recognized for a high level of dedication to improving healthcare quality and reducing costs by leveraging the full range of their ECRI Institute membership services. 

The evaluation process included a complete study and analysis of each organization's purchase order history, submitted on a routine basis. In addition, ECRI Institute looked at supply chain initiatives that included ongoing and consistent spend management and market analytics efforts for all medical devices, including capital medical equipment, supplies, physician preference items, service contracts, reagents, and others. 

"We are extremely pleased to see that the SELECTplus and PriceGuide services are being integrated into more and more of our hospitals' exemplary supply chain processes," says Timothy Browne, director of ECRI Institute's PriceGuide service. "With the rapidly changing healthcare environment, we have seen increased utilization of both services across the board and more collaboration with members to help to develop solutions to ultimately reduce costs, without impacting quality and outcomes." 

Visit the 2014 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award Winners Circle at www.ecri.org/2014SCAA to learn more about the twelve award-winning healthcare organizations, as well as previous years' award winners.  

For more information about the award or about membership in ECRI Institute's SELECTplus or PriceGuide programs, contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5287; by e-mail at [email protected]; by fax at (610) 834-1275; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298, USA.

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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes are best to enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for 45 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ECRIInstitute) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ECRI_Institute). For more information, visit www.ecri.org.

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