Explore information on cost containment, eliminating waste and inefficiency, promoting green initiatives, protecting data, and managing supplies, equipment and facilities.

Supplier Diversity:
 How Small & Diverse Companies Impact & Improve Communities

To celebrate its 35th year in business, O’Fallon, Missouri-based Phoenix Textile Corporation is pulling out all the stops. But in lieu of champagne toasts or team trips to an exotic location, President Linda Haberstroh had something else in mind—ramping up the company’s commitment to community support. Phoenix’s employees have helped fund and build a Habitat […]

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Improving the World’s Health

HealthTrust Members Offer Aid & Education to Places Near & Far At least half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services, according to a 2017 report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. In addition, many families are pushed into extreme poverty because of tremendous health expenses, the report […]

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Common Ground

Engaging Physicians in the Supply Chain Process Pays Dividends Physicians, hospital administrators and supply chain professionals all desire to provide patients with high-value care based on quality outcomes and cost efficiency. Each group, however, has a different perspective on how to achieve that mission. This can sometimes lead to misunderstandings and disagreements. Overcoming miscommunication and engaging […]

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Environmental Stewardship: Peak Partner

Energy Helps Members Overcome Challenges of Electric Supply Capacity Charges With acute care hospitals open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, the challenges they face when it comes to energy use are unique. These facilities can’t decrease their use of electricity just because the energy grid peaks. While […]

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A Value Analysis Toolkit

Moving to Practice-based Purchasing To move toward mature value analysis, a hospital or health system must understand all costs associated with caring for individuals and communities, deliver quality care aimed at achieving the best possible health, and achieve financial results driven by exceptional patient outcomes. A highly functioning value analysis program ensures financial efficiency and […]

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Fast on Their Feet

HealthTrust Members Apply Lessons From Disasters & Emergencies to Future Planning When a shooter opened fire on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas in October 2017, the number of critically wounded patients threatened to overwhelm emergency responders and hospitals. In the hours that followed, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, saw more […]

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Seeing the Benefits

NVISION Gains Cost Savings & Streamlined Purchasing Through Membership in AdvantageTrust With a strong commitment to patient care and positive patient outcomes, NVISION Eye Centers has grown steadily in recent years, operating 24 vision clinics and five ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) throughout Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and in Toronto, Canada. But as NVISION has added […]

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A Champion of Clinical & Operational Integration: Q&A with Dr. John Young

John Young, M.D., MBA, a board-certified physician in internal medicine, critical care, cardiology and interventional cardiology, started as HealthTrust’s new chief medical officer (CMO) in February. Young previously served as national medical director for LifePoint Health, where he led strategic initiatives related to quality, patient safety, service line development, performance improvement and clinical operations across […]

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Maximizing Savings Through OptiFreight

Shipping costs need to be actively managed or they can get out of control and encompass more of your budget than you had anticipated. Using data analysis, OptiFreight Logistics helps HealthTrust members better manage inbound shipping from suppliers and outbound shipping from healthcare facilities to lower freight costs. John Waller, national system director of supply […]

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Under the Microscope

Antimicrobial Stewardship Goes Mainstream In July 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on the serious side effects associated with quinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin. These drugs are convenient in many ways, notably because they treat a broad range of infections and are effective both intravenously […]

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Sharps Safety

Getting stuck with a needle never feels good. But an accidental prick with a used needle or a cut from a scalpel can be especially harmful, even deadly. The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000 made needle safety a priority in hospitals, but clinicians still need to be alert to the dangers and institute […]

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Member Success Story

The Value of a Seamless Integration How RWJBarnabas Health transformed its supply chain operations before, during and after a merger On April 1, 2016, Barnabas Health merged with Robert Wood Johnson Health System to create RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive healthcare system with 11 acute care hospitals, one behavioral health hospital, and a medical staff […]

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Spotlight On: Performance Capability Scorecard

As a leading healthcare performance improvement company, HealthTrust is constantly looking for ways to help members raise their results in areas beyond purchasing. To that end, HealthTrust’s inSight Advisory Services recently launched a set of Performance Capability Scorecards to help members enhance their performance in supply chain management, clinical performance, and labor management and productivity. […]

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HealthTrust Presents 2017 Member Recognition Awards

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—July 18, 2017—HealthTrust has recognized 21 individuals with its highest honor during the 2017 HealthTrust University Conference in Las Vegas. The healthcare performance improvement company established its annual Member Recognition Award program to acknowledge outstanding contributions of member organizations for demonstrating best practices and achieving operational excellence benefitting providers and their patients. Awards […]

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Value Analysis

The industry’s ongoing transition from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare requires that hospitals be more clinically focused and fiscally responsible than ever before. This, too, has created a shift from supply chain- to evidence-based purchasing. But how do organizations go about maturing their value analysis program to achieve increasingly greater process rigor, transparency and physician engagement? […]

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Management Matters: Physician Q&A: Felix Lee, M.D.

Felix Lee, M.D., discusses the importance of physician engagement in establishing best practices, the role of physician advisors in HealthTrust’s clinical contracting strategy, and his goals for educating and enlisting physician champions on a local level. What are some of the reasons you chose to specialize in interventional cardiology? I originally majored in the neurosciences […]

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The Source Q2 Issue Highlights Nontraditional Care Models, Patient Satisfaction

The Q2 issue discusses nontraditional models of healthcare delivery, examines ways to promote a culture of patient safety at your facility, explores strategies for upping patient satisfaction scores, reviews the latest on Meaningful Use regulations and investigates the ever-evolving world of robotics.

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Patient Safety and Pathogen Control

Some background on Ebola for the supply chain to consider, along with recommendations for tightening up infection control practices.

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