VHA Inc., the national health care network, has given Meriter Hospital a 2013 VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence, honoring Meriter for improving the efficiency of its supply processes and reducing costs to help ensure delivery of quality patient care.
“Supply costs represent the second highest expense for hospitals, next to labor; and hospitals are squeezed to find new ways to manage that cost while upholding clinical quality,” said Byron Jobe, VHA executive vice president, service and delivery.
Meriter Hospital was one of 11 VHA member hospitals this year to receive a Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence. Winners were announced this week during VHA’s national meeting, the 2013 Navigating to Excellence Forum.
VHA is a national network of more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospital systems and 72,000 non-acute facilities that work together to achieve new levels of clinical performance and operational efficiency.