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Mary Starr, Vice President, Member Care, Greenhealth Exchange can’t emphasize enough how important it is for Supply Chain to be ensconced in sustainability activities. “Supply chain represents significant spend from their organizations,” Starr said. “A savvy supply chain professional would look for ways to ‘double down’ with some of that spend and identify op- portunities that represent cost savings with community-based companies. Ad- ditionally, given the number of companies a supply chain professional works with, they can also facilitate connections where creative approaches can provide commu- nity benefit. As an example, depending on


SLIDE 5 — Have you implemented any of the following practices in supply chain focused on sustainability?


size, a healthcare facility’s business for a product that is prepacked, or custom packed, additional assembly space may be required to service that hospital. That could represent a community benefit opportunity as well.”


Supply Chain involvement in sustainability is critical at any


organization, Starr insists. She likens it to Supply Chain’s involve- ment in the management of surgical supplies, clinical specialty supplies (such as cardiology, orthopedics, etc.) and purchased services contracts.


“Because most efforts include either products or services, and supply chain touches both, the work is only hampered without their inclusion,” she reasoned. “Some organizations have either a full-time supply chain sustainability position or a designated supply chain person that works on sustainability as well as other supply chain activities. If there is only one position dedicated to sustainability, that position should work for the CEO, COO or other organizational leader. That’s because their span of control includes all of the areas that could bae involved in this work beyond just those within supply chain’s purview, such as food, design and construction, environmental services, etc.(see Slide 5). “Supply chain has unique expertise that can significantly im- prove and hasten the work around sustainability at their organi- zations,” Starr added. “The recognition that it is important needs to be established.” Unfortunately, the GX-HPN survey found that only 23 percent of respondents had a supply chain professional on their organiza- tion’s sustainability committee. Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Dignity Health, echoes Starr’s concern and passion. “Keep in mind the ways our purchasing decisions connect us to our mission and core values of collaboration, dignity, excellence, justice and stewardship,” Leciejewski told HPN. “Focus on sustain- able purchasing on the front end so that we do not need to focus on the impacts of those materials once they get into the environ- ment, and people are exposed to them. Engage with key suppliers to explore opportunities for growth and innovation and newer, safer alternatives to chemicals that will benefit our patients and communities. Communicate to our vendors our commitment to the elimination of human trafficking by implementing a screening process and adding language to contracts that address the problem. Ensure that high-quality energy, water, food, chemical and waste data is collected, used and reported for decision making.” Leciejewski invites healthcare organizations to benchmark Dig- nity Health against industry standards to uncover opportunities for more sustainable purchasing practices.


Jeffrey Stoner, Purchased Services Administrator, Dignity Health, agrees.


“At Dignity Health, relevant product lines have partnered with subject matter experts in the form of Clinical Councils for communications and strategy development as well as Clinical Analysis Teams to explore adoption of standardized physician preference items,” he said. “Through this platform corporate sourcing is able to directly engage with clinicians representing our facilities in order to gauge acceptance and support of new standards. This lets us develop open dialogue around the total value and mission-based benefits of new products in addition to clinical performance.” Steven Bergstrom, Director, Office of Sustainability, Intermoun- tain Healthcare Supply Chain Center, Midvale, UT, solidly sup- ports Supply Chain’s holistic participation.


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