Memorial Health System Selects UHC and Novation for Supply Chain Services

Mar 12, 2013, 19:16 ET from UHC

CHICAGO, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Memorial Health System of Colorado Springs, Colo., a nonprofit  level II trauma center consisting of three hospitals with more than 600 beds—Memorial Hospital Central, Memorial Hospital North, and Memorial Hospital for Children—and a number of outlying clinics, has joined UHC and its supply contracting company, Novation, for supply chain services. Memorial previously received supply chain services from MedAssets.

"We are proud to welcome Memorial Health System into UHC Supply Chain," said Jake Groenewold, UHC's senior vice president, Supply Chain. "We're looking forward to this new collaboration and providing them with our industry-leading tools and resources that can help maximize their supply chain operations, cut costs, and maintain their excellent standard of care."

By selecting UHC and Novation for supply chain services, Memorial Health System has gained access to:

  • Novation's aggregated purchasing power of approximately $43 billion
  • Price management strategies for contracts and supplier performance
  • Tools for improving utilization and standardization
  • Integrated (clinical and supply chain) analytics
  • Performance management services, including value analysis and consulting
  • Extensive networking and educational programs

"UHC's and Novation's approach to cutting costs while maintaining the highest level of care is well aligned with Memorial's philosophy and goals," explains Laurie Tuka, vice president, Supply Chain, Colorado Health. "We consider them to be the best supply chain partners for our complex needs."

Memorial Health System is a part of Colorado Health.

About UHC

UHC is an alliance of the nation's leading nonprofit academic medical centers, which are focused on delivering world-class patient care. Based in Chicago, Ill, UHC fosters collaboration with and among its 119 academic medical center and 293 affiliated hospital members through its renowned programs and services in the areas of comparative data and analytics, performance improvement, supply chain management, strategic research, and public policy. UHC helps its members achieve excellence in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Formed in 1984, UHC's membership includes a majority of the nonprofit academic medical centers in the United States. For more information, visit

About Memorial Health System

Memorial Health System is a proud part of University of Colorado Health, recognized as a national leader in quality and research. At the local level, Memorial provides a comprehensive list of inpatient and outpatient services at 2 hospitals and multiple outpatient locations. Memorial provides state-of-the-art, compassionate care in fields such as cardiology, neurology and oncology. Memorial Health System is also proud to be named the Official Hospital of the Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Training Center.