Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance’s regional focus drives greater efficiencies for its member hospitals. By Chris Petersen

The strength that Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance (CCHA) brings to its member hospitals can be found right there in the organization’s name. As CEO Yvonne Hughes explains, the organization’s regional focus is one of its strongest advantages, and provides its member hospitals with significant savings across their entire supply chain operations. This makes it different from a typical group purchasing organization, and Hughes says it’s why the alliance has been so successful in serving its members.


Boston Scientific makes improvements to its supply chain to complement its stellar manufacturing capabilities. By Chris Petersen

There are few manufacturers that touch as many people’s lives in as meaningful a way as Boston Scientific. The global medical solutions manufacturer produces approximately 15,000 different products used in treatments ranging from gastroenterology to gynecology to neurological surgery to cardiac rhythm management.


Using its technology and expertise, DataSolutionsCorp can help its healthcare clients get a better handle on their inventory. By Eric Slack

Thanks to a keen focus on the healthcare industry, DataSolutionsCorp (DSC) is able to work with hospitals, medical centers and surgical centers in measuring and monitoring their consumable inventory. DSC is able to help hospitals and medical facilities with their inventory needs because it can help them to understand, identify and control supply chain costs by performing a clinical data capture of inventory. Additionally, its follow-up comparative analysis services help customers to identify risk factors, costs savings and learn how to better manage stock locations.


Owens & Minor’s approach to inventory management is to find the connection between utilization and demand planning. By Eric Slack

Owens & Minor has more experience than most in the healthcare industry. Since originally launched in 1882 as a drug wholesaler, the company grew through organic growth and strategic acquisitions into a global healthcare services company. In serving its healthcare provider and manufacturer customers, Owens & Minor manages about $2 billion in owned and un-owned inventory across its network and relies on 134 years of experience to manage inventory effectively.


Proprietary software and vendor reviews help HealthSouth realize substantial savings in its supply chain. By Russ Gager

Rapid growth and innovative systems are keeping supply chain savings high at HealthSouth. The provider of post-acute rehabilitation healthcare services has expanded into home-based patient care through its acquisition in 2015 of Encompass Home Health and Hospice. Further expansion followed with the acquisition of Reliant Hospital Partners in October 2015, a chain of 11 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals.


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