December 3, 2012
By Brian White, President of Stryker Sustainability Solutions
It’s a challenging time for hospitals, but it’s also an exciting one. Harsh economic realities demand new ways of thinking about how to deliver the best possible care. We have witnessed several hospitals and health systems implement innovative cost-savings measures that free up resources, which can be reallocated to initiatives that may improve patient care. In many cases, these examples are about looking hard at the economics of medical supplies to identify savings opportunities. To give others a look at tomorrow’s best practices in supply chain management, we’ve devoted this column to hospitals that are finding ways to positively impact their bottom lines.
…Francisco J. Perez Gil, MD, Centro Cardiovascular Hospital San Lucas: “It’s becoming more important than ever to find innovative solutions to provide optimal patient care and remain profitable. My practice in the EP lab has been running a successful SUD reprocessing program since opening in 2008. In 2011, the lab saved more than $152,000 through reprocessing, and is on track to increase savings for 2012-all with no adverse impact on patient care. The benefits are so strong, I wonder why any hospital would choose not to reprocess.”…