Navigation Links
CHRISTUS Health New Mexico Region Focuses on Cost Management; Saves $1.8 Million

Region recognizes immediate, significant savings through executive leadership and team effort

Dallas (Vocus) June 23, 2009 -- CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Group in Santa Fe, New Mexico, through teamwork, focused efforts and support of executive leadership, achieved a $1.8 million supply chain savings in nine months. CHRISTUS Health began managing CHRISTUS St. Vincent in April 2008 and was immediately integrated with the system's supply chain processes, taking a team approach.

"CHRISTUS Health focuses on operating an efficient system-wide supply chain," said Steve Pitzer, system director, Supply Chain management, CHRISTUS Health. "By streamlining the supply chain at each hospital, we are able to drastically improve our processes and reduce operating costs."

One of the ways CHRISTUS Health achieves savings is by working with their integral supply chain partner, Broadlane. To identify initial savings opportunities within the CHRISTUS New Mexico region, meetings began with department directors and included oversight and support from the executive staff and nursing leadership, consisting of Bruce Tassin, chief operating officer; Paul Generale, chief financial officer; Robin Talmadge, chief nursing officer; and Michael Velarde, director of Materials Management. From there, Broadlane's clinical resource engaged and was onsite for several weeks to streamline purchasing patterns and identify new opportunities.

"As a co-sponsor for the contract implementation process, most hospitals lack an understanding of the impact supply chain processes and costs have on the bottom line, said Tassin. "It was important to get involved in the very beginning to help streamline supply chain and purchasing processes. I believe this is why we had immediate success."

Implementation of timelines, savings targets and action plans were presented weekly to the regional leadership team to keep them informed of the progress and to further define measures of improvement. "The key to success was the onsite collaboration between all participants from discovery through completion," said Ann Lingenfelter, senior director, Clinical Resources for Broadlane.    

"I believe our efforts were successful because we were involved from the onset of this initiative," said Generale. "It is imperative that an initiative of this magnitude with one of the largest operating cost segments have strong leadership to demonstrate the importance to the supply chain staff and clinicians who are impacted. We are so pleased the team could generate significant financial savings in such a brief period of time."

"Broadlane prides itself in offering exceptional client service," said David Ricker, president and chief executive officer for Broadlane. "Through transference of proven best practices, we help our clients optimize their supply chain and recommend improvements and measures they can take to see maximum improvements and cost savings. Our past experiences with CHRISTUS Health prove we possess the expertise to deliver the results they desire, and we are so pleased with the results the region achieved."

About CHRISTUS Health
CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system, is headquartered in Dallas and is comprised of almost 350 services and facilities, including more than 50 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures in more than 60 cities in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Georgia, Utah and Mexico. The system employs more than 30,000 Associates--including 9,000 physicians on facility medical staffs--that provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten Catholic health systems in the U.S.

About Broadlane
Broadlane is the leading cost-management company for healthcare providers, reducing cost and creating operational efficiencies for thousands of acute care hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, physician practices and other healthcare providers in the United States. Its core services include supply chain management and clinical workforce management services.

Broadlane's clients include leading providers such as Advocate Health Care, Ascension Health, Beaumont Hospitals, CHRISTUS Health, Continuum Health Partners, Kaiser Permanente, Kindred Healthcare, MedCath Corporation, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Tenet Healthcare, The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, US Oncology and UMass Memorial Health Care.

The company is headquartered in Dallas with offices in Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, New York City and Oakland. For more information, visit


Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Statement of the Leapfrog Group on Hospital Overdose of Up to 17 Babies at CHRISTUS Spohn
2. Phyhealth Issues 2008 Audited Financial Statements and Provides Business Update
3. Pivotal White Paper Examines Retail Industrys Critical Role in Reengineering the Health Care System
4. Go Healthy Announces Association With Business Development Firm
5. Get Online Quotes Offers "Miami Dade Blue", A Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan As Part of Their Florida Health Insurance Offerings
6. VA Launches 10-Year Health Study of 60,000 New Veterans
7. Pennsylvania Department of Health Applauds New Federal Anti-Tobacco Law
8. President Obama Delivers Historic Victory for Americas Kids and Health over Tobacco
9. Vermont Receives National Award for Physician e-Prescribing Thanks to Efforts by Local Healthcare Firm
10. On HIV Testing Day, HIVMA calls for health care reform to make testing routine every day
11. President Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address at 5th Annual World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress, November 10, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
CHRISTUS Health New Mexico Region Focuses on Cost Management; Saves $1.8 Million 
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to ... came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... offering micro-osteoperforation for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all ... brackets , AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway ... call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting ... restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... EB Medicine presented its ... Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The awards honor the outstanding ... Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , “With this award, we ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Puradigm® & Innovative Solutions ... initiated cultivation and processing operations at its production facility, and opened its first ... is the manufacturer of a complete system of proactive air and surface purification ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 The Academy of ... recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical companies to ... entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, a move ... of new medicines. The recommendations address restrictions ... appear on the drug label, a prohibition that hinders ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... -- According to a new market research ... Safety Pen Needles), Needle Length (4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, ... Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - Trends & Global Forecasts to ... for the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. This ... 2021 from USD 1.65 Billion in 2016, growing at ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  MedSource announced today that it ... software solution of choice.  This latest decision demonstrates ... to their clients by offering a state-of-the-art electronic ... establishes nowEDC as the EDC platform of choice ... clients.  "nowEDC has long been a preferred EDC ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: