Northwestern Medicine Receives ECRI's 2015 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award

Northwestern Medicine
News February 23, 2015
Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award SealNorthwestern Medicine® has been named as a recipient of the 2015 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award by the ECRI Institute*. The award honors healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in overall spend management, the adoption of best practice solutions in their supply chain processes, and the leveraging the full range of ECRI Institute’s supply chain services.  

Northwestern Medicine is one of only 11 organizations to be recognized with this award nationally out of nearly 3,000 hospitals and health systems that participate in ECRI Institute’s SELECTplus™ and PriceGuide™ programs. Winners were recognized for their high level of dedication to improving healthcare quality and reducing costs following an in-depth analysis of each organization. 
“I am very proud of our health system’s supply chain team and their tireless efforts to continuously identify efficiencies that help provide caregivers and staff with the resources they need to serve patients,” said Gary Fennessy, Vice President, Operations and Corporate Supply Chain for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. “This award highlights our focus to improve patient care from all aspects, including supply chain enhancements behind-the-scenes all the way to care delivery at the bedside.” 

The evaluation process included a complete study and analysis of each healthcare organization’s purchase order history and supply chain initiatives. This included the review of ongoing and consistent spend management and market analytics efforts for all medical devices, such as capital medical equipment, supplies, physician preference items, service contracts and reagents.

Northwestern Medicine is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare. It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Northwestern Memorial HealthCare consists of over 60 care sites throughout the Chicago metro, including four hospitals, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, Ill.; Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill.; Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill.; and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

To view the full list of winners visit the ECRI Institute’s award webpage*.
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