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RANCISCAN HEALTH SYSTEMS
Though going "green" has only really gaine
opularity in the last few years, Rozi Arend
as been eco-conscious for years. For mor
han a decade, Arends has helped spread th
message about the importance of sustainabilit
and reducing our carbon footprint.
When it comes to health-care costs, green initiatives can also
mean significant savings. By optimizing reprocessing and sustainable
initiatives within Franciscan Health Systems (FHS), Arends and her
team saved the organization more than $1.2 million in 2009.
Most of the savings came through
HealthTrust contracts with SterilMed and
Stericycle. SterilMed's reprocessing pro-
gram allows single-use medical devices (like
masks, guidewires and imaging catheters) to
be validated for multiple uses. Reprocessed
equipment typically costs at least half as
much as new devices---a huge savings for
By switching to Stericycle, FHS' four hos-
pitals reduced the cost of their medical waste
by using reusable sharps containers. The cost
is much less, and preventing an impact on the
environment is huge---Stericycle claims to
have kept more then 84 million containers
out of landfills because of reuse.
Arends was a huge advocate of green initia-
tives, but the savings have even surprised her.
"We've exceeded our original goals for the
four hospitals," says Arends, the value analysis program manager.
The "Green Teams" she has created at each facility include mem-
bers from every department. Arends hopes the teams will continue
to push for sustainability within their individual facilities. For her
part, Arends hasn't only concentrated on making her own facility
greener, but she's also an active spokesperson for greener health
care and has worked locally, regionally and nationally to spread
OMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS
Dottie Leway doesn't like to see anyone go
nnoticed. So last year she made the decision to
upport minority- and women-owned business
nterprises (MWBE) within the HealthTrust
ortfolio of vendors, and she increased
Community Health System's MWBE spend by 25 percent.
"Some may look at minority- and women-owned business enter-
prises as minor players within HealthTrust's o erings---but that's
not the case," says Leway, senior director of materials management
for Community Health Systems. "They bring great value."
Grand Technology was one of those busi-
nesses that Leway saw as a great option for
saving money while helping promote an
"Dottie has graciously extended an open
hand to welcome us into the HealthTrust
Purchasing Group," says Laura Diamond, of
Englishtown, N.J.-based Grand Technology,
a janitorial and maintenance provider. "She's
assisted us on numerous occasions and intro-
duced us to many contacts. We've established
several profitable business relationships
through HealthTrust because of Dottie."
Leway works with all vendors to ensure
that CHS is getting the best value for its
patients as well as for their own costs. "Our
door is always open to any vendor to listen to
the value they can bring us," she says.
Many times, purchasers get caught in a
cycle of choosing who they have always used, simply because they're
comfortable with the vendor. But Leway says having that mindset
might cause you to miss out on great service---and great deals.
"I've always felt that minority vendors have a lot to o er
HealthTrust, and the reviews I've conducted have confirmed it,"
Leway says. "When you look at what minority- and women-owned
businesses o er members, the quality of the products, patient
outcomes and pricing are very good." S
⟀ HealthTrust Spotlight On:
2010 HEALTHTRUST MEMBER RECOGNITION AWARDS
"I'VE ALWAYS FELT
A LOT TO OFFER
THE REVIEWS I'VE
Community Health Systems
Community Health Sy
SOCIAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD
This award is presented to members who have shown a commitment to the conservation and
preservation of the health-care environment, as well as members with a proven track record of
advancing diversity in their use of minority- and women-owned business enterprises.
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