Released: 5/4/2020 9:02:52 AM
As we continue our fight against COVID-19, it is important to take a moment and think of all of the different roles people play within this fight. For instance, our front line staff of nurses and doctors need the appropriate tools to fight this virus, but who is trying to secure inventory of these tools?
As this global pandemic has affected many aspects of our daily lives, it certainly has disrupted the supply chain system in healthcare. Healthcare systems across the world have had to be as proactive and aggressive as possible in order to secure adequate supplies for their staff and Kaleida Health is no different.
We want to thank our entire supply chain team for their hard work, each and every day, to try and secure the appropriate PPE our frontline staff needs in order to fight the coronavirus.
Chris Salada, director of materials management, adds, "Our strategic sourcing team led by Michelle Fiebelkorn, director of strategic sourcing, has been researching and working with alternative channels to source products while collaborating closely with the clinical teams. We’ve had to move quickly to secure available products. There is no "historical" data related to supply utilization during a global pandemic to go off of. In order to try and project supply needs, we’ve had to develop a comprehensive supply-chain tracker which tracks daily stock on hand, daily usage rates, and which products are in transit. This tracker has been able to give a forecast of where our daily focus areas should be as we look out for the coming weeks."
We certainly are in uncharted territory, but securing the necessary supplies for our frontline staff has never been more important. Salada notes, "We’ve always definitely been behind the scenes. Staff use equipment but I don’t think many know what really needs to happen in order to obtain all of these supplies."
The team is really divided into two parts, strategic sourcing, which is made up of purchasing, contracts, value analysis and analytics and materials management, which are the hospital site teams responsible for receiving, distribution, warehouses and inventory management.
We spoke to Sylvester Cooley and David Perry members of the materials management team at Buffalo General Medical Center about their experience during COVID-19. Cooley notes, "It’s definitely been challenging. We are moving quickly and we are all just doing the best we can to get the supplies to the frontline staff to try and keep them safe." Perry adds, "The role we play in this fight is just so important. Keeping safe and healthy is key. We want to keep everyone safe."
Pictured: David Perry, Materials Management Team Member
Pictured: Sylvester Cooley, Materials Management Team Member