Top Academic Medical Centers Receive 2011 UHC Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award

Denver Health

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Wake Forest Baptist Health

Sep 22, 2011, 23:00 ET from UHC

CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth consecutive year, UHC recognized academic medical center members for demonstrating excellence in supply chain management. Denver Health, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and Wake Forest Baptist Health were identified as the top performers. University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics and Wake Forest Baptist Health were presented with the 2011 UHC Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award on September 22 at the UHC Annual Conference 2011 in Chicago. The UHC Annual Conference is the first of its kind, integrating the areas of quality, safety, cost reduction, and efficiency.

Denver Health, the top performer among participating public hospitals, was presented with the award earlier in the week by Jake Groenewold, UHC's senior vice president, Supply Chain, at the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems Fall Conference in Washington, DC.

In determining the top performing organizations for this award, UHC analyzed its participating members' supply chain and operational data through the UHC Operational Data Base. Supply utilization overall; supply utilization in cardiology, surgical services, and inpatient medications; and operating margin were used to evaluate performance.

The top performers excel in 5 areas:

  • Physician alignment and stewardship
  • Evidence-based evaluations
  • Innovative supply chain approaches
  • Focus on distribution and utilization processes 
  • Long-term commitment to continuous improvement 

"In these challenging times of health care reform, it's extremely helpful for members to learn from their top-performing peers about cost-effectiveness and overall supply chain performance improvement," said Groenewold. "The award winners demonstrate best practices in supply chain management, and we're pleased to honor these organizations for their significant accomplishments and dedication to improving their supply chain performance."

The UHC Supply Chain Performance Excellence Collaborative began in 2007 to help UHC supply chain participants better understand and define supply chain performance and to provide them with actionable information for making measurable, sustainable improvements.

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 114 academic medical center and 255 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 more than 90% of the nonprofit academic medical centers in the United States. For more information, visit