by Mercy's Kathie Woehrmann
“We want to work smarter,” explained Saudi Arabia’s Mishaal Salem A. Bakadam, head of planning and control, from King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre. “There are a lot of smart ideas and smart actions at ROi.”
Mr. Bakadam was among a group of supply chain professionals who traveled more than 7,000 miles to participate in the inaugural Supply Chain Leadership Academy at ROi, Mercy’s supply chain organization, which is consistently ranked among the Top 10 supply chains in health care. The academy is an extensive, 10-day program, covering ROi’s integrated supply chain model, which internalizes and manages contracting, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and transportation for Mercy.
“We were looking at leading health care organizations with best practices in supply chain and we think ROi is a world leader,” said Abdulaziz Mohammed Al Malohi, director of supply chain management at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh. “We want to learn and share the experience in all matters of supply chain. ROi has a very unique model.”
Fahad Faisal Al Melafekh, senior corporate supply chain operations analyst, added, “The innovation side of ROi and how it was started was a good thing to see as we try to compare and find what is applicable to our system.”
The academy sessions cover topics including governance, cost containment, clinical alignment, innovation, technology and all facets of supply chain operations, and include visits to ROi’s Consolidated Services Center in Springfield, Mo., and Mercy Hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield.
“As an organization, we are called to reform health care through supply chain integration and optimization,” said Gene Kirtser, president/CEO, ROi. “We believe our model of supply chain is a demonstrated best practice that stands the best chance of reshaping the industry. We want to collaborate with others, including global partners, to share best practices in supply chain management and the academy is one avenue to do this.”