Huntsville Hospital named as a finalist for an award

HUTNSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville Hospital is among the finalists for the 2010 Search for Supply Chain Excellence in Healthcare Awards. These awards honor healthcare providers' ways to provide efficiency in the supply chain.

"Voters found that these organizations are role models for achieving the kind of efficiencies that are demanded today as our industry confronts the realities of healthcare reform, the rising cost of care and a changing competitive marketplace," said John Kelly, IDN Summit and Expo's CEO.

"Our finalists are exemplars of a newly transparent and accountable healthcare industry," added Kelly.

Huntsville Hospital was chosen because it recently replaced its aging  inventory of hospital beds. The hospital created a unique vendor partnership to help replace more than 750 beds. The vendor guaranteed to help reduce patient falls by up to 30% in the first year and to provide hands on training to the hospital staff. This partnership resulted in initial savings of $3 million.

The other finalists include: John Hopkins Health System of Baltimore, Maryland; Sisters of Mercy Health System of Chesterfield, Missouri; St. Anthony's Medical Center of St. Louis, Missouri; and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The final vote will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Spring IDN Summit and Expo on April 20th through the 22nd.

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