Supply Chain Center is certified as one of the world’s top five certified distribution centers.

Auditors from the Warehouse Education and Resource Council (WERC) recently certified Intermountain’s Supply Chain Center as one of their top five facilities globally. WERC is the distribution industry’s leading source of knowledge and research in logistics, warehousing, and distribution best practices. Auditors performed a sequence of onsite inspections, interviews, and audits covering best practices in distribution, warehousing, and logistics. Our center met the stringent certification requirements held by only 40 other facilities worldwide, and Intermountain’s scores placed it among the top five.

Intermountain’s Supply Chain is the first medical-surgical products distribution center to become WERC-certified and joins an elite group of WERC-certified warehouses, including Colgate-Palmolive, DHL, Ingersoll-Rand, and Starbucks.

Modern Healthcare spotlights Intermountain’s work to fight antibiotic resistance.

A recent report in Modern Healthcare focused on the national effort to fight the growing threat of antibiotic resistance and the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

The article highlighted Intermountain’s leadership in developing integrated antibiotic stewardship programs as a model for helping solve the problem. The article includes data about the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, its growing mortality rate, and the need for improved antibiotic stewardship in America’s hospitals. According to the article, coordinated practices are needed to encourage the appropriate use of antibiotics. The article states that stewardship programs like the one at Intermountain typically result in better clinical outcomes, lower antibiotic-resistance rates, lower lengths of stay, and lower costs. Only half of U.S. hospitals have currently developed a stewardship program.

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Sanpete Valley Hospital receives national recognition for mental health programs.

The National Rural Health Resource Center has presented Intermountain’s Sanpete Valley Hospital with the Critical Access Hospital Recognition Certificate based on the hospital’s behavioral/mental health outreach efforts in the community. Sanpete Valley Hospital is one of only five critical access hospitals in the United States to receive this recognition. No other hospital in the state of Utah received this certificate.

Sanpete Valley Hospital’s mental health outreach started when Intermountain Healthcare saw the need to begin a mental health program in a rural setting and selected Sanpete County. Mikelle Moore, Intermountain’s Vice President of Community Benefit, and Delia Rochon, Director of Community Benefit, worked closely with retired Intermountain physician Kim Bateman, MD, and other members of the community to create the Sanpete Community Behavioral Health Network. This network includes the county’s two school districts, mental health providers, not-for-profit and government agencies, community volunteers, and Sanpete Valley Hospital employees. This network and Sanpete Valley Hospital have worked to make multiple mental health services available through the hospital—including TeleHealth mental health consultations. More than 130 patients were served during 2014. Many of the services are provided at low or no cost to patients who qualify.

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