GHS recognized with national supply chain award

Greenville, S.C.—The Greenville Health System (GHS) Supply Chain Management Department is one of 12 in the United States that is being nationally recognized for demonstrating excellence in overall spend management and for adopting best practices in its processes.

ECRI Institute is recognizing GHS as part of its fifth annual Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Awards. The nonprofit researches medical procedures, devices, drugs and processes that improve patient care.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition and a testament to how our supply chain team, nurses, physicians and other clinicians collaborate to reduce costs while ensuring the best quality of care for our patients,” said Chad Richard, GHS’ system director of procurement and strategic sourcing.

The winning organizations were chosen out of nearly 3,000 hospitals and health systems who participate in ECRI Institute’s PriceGuide™ and SELECTplus™ supply and capital procurement advisory programs. Each winner was recognized for a high level of dedication to improving healthcare quality and reducing costs by leveraging the full range of their ECRI Institute membership services.

“These winning hospitals and systems have shown increased utilization of ECRI Institute’s services, developing solutions that ultimately reduce costs without negatively impacting quality and outcomes,” says Timothy Browne, director of ECRI Institute’s PriceGuide service.

The evaluation process included a complete study and analysis of each organization’s purchase order history submitted on a routine basis. In addition, ECRI Institute looked at supply chain initiatives that included ongoing and consistent spend management and market analytics efforts for all medical devices, including capital medical equipment, supplies, physician preference items, service contracts, reagents and others.

GHS is the only health system in the Carolinas to receive the award.