HealthLeaders Media November 30, 2022
Deborah Abrams Kaplan

OSF HealthCare brings mask-making to its network, providing protection for 15 hospitals and jobs for the local community.


– Lower shipping and transportation costs by consolidating medical and surgical supplies, along with pharmacy, in one distribution center.

– Onshoring and manufacturing PPE ensures greater availability and supply control.

– Include clinicians on value analysis teams to decrease supply variability and promote buy-in.

– Digitizing visibility into supply levels decreases the manual labor involved with counting stock.

For OSF HealthCare, the pandemic brought opportunities for self-sufficiency and greater digitization. Some pivots, such as centralizing pharmacy distribution, were born out of necessity when a distributor closed shop without much notice. But others pivots, such as manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE)...

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