BJC HealthCare pic 1BJC HealthCare is among the first to implement a new supply chain technology.   

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media 

When it comes to embracing new technology, BJC HealthCare is at the forefront of innovation. The healthcare service provider, which operates 15 hospitals in Missouri and Illinois, is in the process of revamping its supply chain by implementing a new radio frequency identification (RFID) system for inventory management.

“Other industries have used this technology for decades, but healthcare has not,” says Steve Kiewiet, the vice president of supply chain management who has served as interim co-chief supply chain officer for the past year. “We are on the forefront of end-to-end supply visibility.”

Tecomet

Tecomet’s new leadership team is rightsizing its supply chain operations

with a focus on lean principles and continuous improvement.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Tecomet is known throughout the world as an industry leader in manufacturing solutions for complex, high-precision products and services for the medical device, aerospace and defense markets. “What sets us apart is the breadth of our manufacturing capacity and the depth of our technical capabilities,” says Robert Sheppard, vice president of global supply chain.

Fairview Health Services web photo 1

Fairview Health Services is focused on integrating its supply chain operations for greater efficiency.   

By Kat Zeman

LeAnn Born is facing a number of interesting challenges. As vice president of supply chain at Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, Born is leading the integration of two supply chain departments following the merger with St. Paul-based HealthEast, a leading healthcare provider in the Twin Cities East Metro area.

The merger, which created one of the largest health systems in Minnesota last year, is designed to offer patients of both healthcare providers easier access to specialists, additional clinic options and a broader range of services. Born’s challenge will be to integrate supply chain operations between the two companies. This includes their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, purchasing processes and distributor choices.

Steward

Steward Health Care streamlines its supply chain and expands its operations.

By Chris Kelsch

Unlike most supply chain executives, Keri McCrensky, vice president of supply chain for Steward Health Care, did not cut her teeth handling various issues with ordering and pricing that inevitably come up in supply chain management. Instead, she started her career in healthcare IT and data analytics, which gave her significant experience in creating interfaces and building infrastructure designed to streamline complex tasks such as managing contracts and purchase orders.

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