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Houston Methodist, Medline Begin Intergraded Supply Chain Partnership

April 23, 2019

A new integrated partnership between Medline and Houston Methodist will identify new ways to leverage supply chain logistics and industry expertise.

"This partnership will allow us to take a more deliberate look at how those products are coming into the system and being utilized," says David Peck, Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Houston Methodist. "Teams are now working closely with Medline to design new ways to improve clinical and financial outcomes to make us an even stronger system."

Evolving Efficiency
As Houston Methodist transformed throughout the decades to serve changing community needs, Supply Chain leadership recognized a need to expand their service model too. Now, Medline is finalizing possible sites to build a new 1.3 million square foot distribution center that will house traditional supply chain services like centralized receiving and case cart picking. Additionally, this new consolidated services center will be home to the system's first consolidated sterile processing department to deliver greater consistency of quality and improved patient safety and satisfaction.

The system is also implementing a Medline supply chain optimization solution called Put-Away-Ready that delivers supplies unpacked and pre-organized to different areas of the facilities. This will remove extraneous touchpoints from the supply delivery process.

"Medline is a problem solver, and our teams work tirelessly with customers to understand the root of problems so we can design customized solutions," says Rick Chapman, senior vice president, field sales, Medline. "We're excited to go down this path with Houston Methodist to transform the delivery of care in a whole new way."

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