Spectrum Health System

Spectrum Health Recognized for Supply Chain Services

Listed in Top 25 in Nation

December 12, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., December 12, 2018 – Spectrum Health took a leap ahead in national rankings for health care industry supply chain management.

Gartner, Inc. recently released its 10th annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The ranking recognizes organizations across the health care value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs.

Spectrum Health was listed in 24th place this year, jumping nine spots from 2017.

“I am proud of our team in Supply Chain Services for breaking into the top 25 with Gartner as the one of the national leaders in Supply Chain Services in health care,” said Kurt Knoth, vice president, system supply chain, Spectrum Health.

Supply Chain is a system wide support department that contracts, purchases, stores and delivers supplies for the organization. Items can range from a simple tongue depressor to advanced surgical robotics.

“Health care supply chains today face a multitude of challenges: increasing cost pressures and patient expectations as well as the need to keep up with rapid technology advancement, to name just a few,” said Stephen Meyer, senior director at Gartner. “In order to be successful, supply chains must sport a specific skill set that consists of patient focus, collaboration and network visibility. The top supply chains in this year’s ranking have embraced those skills and excelled in executing them.”

Knoth credits a systemwide planning and streamlining, as well as a reorganization of resources. There is also an increased focus on value that has increased organizational savings significantly, says Knoth.

“New requests now flow through a consistent process and are inclusive of clinical quality and outcomes, financial/reimbursement and operational assessments,” says Knoth. “We know we will continue to climb in the rankings due to all the great things we are all doing together. There are dozens of cost improvement projects that are being worked on at any given time. As an example, a recent initiative reduced over 30 different kinds of hand sanitizers down to three. By leveraging our buying power, we were able to save the health system over $30,000 per year.”

Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,200 medical staff experts, 3,200 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 230 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $483 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2018. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Susan Krieger
Media Relations
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Email: susan.krieger@spectrumhealth.org