It’s early when Eric Stacy, Distribution Coordinator, unloads his first truck of the day, starting with a pallet of surgical gowns. In a few weeks busy Emergency Department surgeons at McKay-Dee Hospital Center will put on those gowns to attend to patients who need critical care.
Eric is part of a dedicated team of people working behind the scenes, around the clock, to ensure supplies are always on hand to treat Intermountain patients in their hour of need. Based at the new Intermountain Kem C. Gardner Supply Chain Center, the Supply Chain Team includes system engineers, contract negotiators, warehouse stockers, and delivery drivers.
Using innovative best practices in supply chain management, team members ensure surgical gowns, suture kits, food trays, and more than 5,000 types of other items meet Intermountain’s rigorous quality standards—and are obtained and distributed at the lowest appropriate cost. More than 2.5 million medical items pass through the center annually.
Before Eric even sees those surgical gowns, Joe Walsh, AVP, Supply Chain, has created a process to work more effectively with product makers to keep costs down. Andrew Baer, Inventory Planner, has anticipated the hospital’s needs, using the latest in inventory management technology to ensure products arrive at facilities on time and in the right quantities.
When the signal comes to replenish gowns, Trevor Preston, Warehouse Materials Handler, helps load them onto an Intermountain truck. The truck delivers them along with other supplies needed at McKay-Dee, where Distribution Coordinator Edward Lueders sees they get to surgeons.
“I love my job,” Eric said. “I’m part of the way patients get great care. By working behind the scenes, we help everyone else do their jobs. It’s very satisfying.”