When a health system acquires a non-acute facilities, materials management has a challenge on its hands. Adapting processes designed for acute-care hospitals to the unique needs of an ambulatory care facilities requires flexibility and often, a willingness to change course. Physician offices, surgery centers, and post-acute care have different supply chain needs. Our supply chain expert, Chris Voorhees, CMRP, Administrative Director, Materials & Support Services Hunterdon Healthcare was faced with such a decision point. How best to service their rapidly expanding non-acute continuum? Was continuing with their self-distribution model in the non-acute space the right decision?
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