Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Supply Cost Efficiencies: How Increasing the Use of Custom Packs Helped WASC


Wooster Ambulatory Surgery Center (WASC) was facing many inventory issues: inventory costs out of proportion, inefficient management of the supplies needed and how they are purchased and/or stored and too many miscellaneous items on stock shelves.


WASC became a sole-source member of Intalere and began utilizing Intalere supplier contracts to receive the best possible pricing on all supplies needed. The facility also determined that increasing the number of custom packs used daily would allow the distributor of the packs to buy them in bulk, providing a better price per item.

In addition, WASC implemented a “two bin” stocking and storage system which helps the purchase agent keep a better eye on stock and know when items need to be ordered. Using the two bin system eliminated the storage of items in multiple locations and improved the efficiency of inventory management. Since WASC is a small facility and space is limited, using carts for each service allowed staff to stock specific items in one place and helps the purchase agent and staff know what is available at any given time.


By using Intalere contracts for purchasing supplies, WASC’s supply costs have been significantly reduced. Implementing the two bin system has allowed for more efficient inventory management and restocking, and allows nursing staff the ability to focus on patient care. The system has helped WASC decrease inventory by roughly 1/3 of their previous inventory. The new system has lowered overhead costs, eliminating the need of increasing their charge master and keeping costs of services low and quality high.


Wooster Ambulatory Surgery Center (WASC) was built in 2008 when a group of area physicians recognized the need for a high quality and lower cost medical facility option for the local community. Built as a multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center, WASC has increased the number of cases performed on a yearly basis and in 2016 performed more than 4,000 surgeries/procedures. WASC serves five counties in rural northeastern Ohio and has a high number of self-pay patients as it serves the Amish communities in its area. WASC is highly committed to providing high quality care at an affordable price in an environment that staff would be proud to bring their own families.

View the WASC page in the 2017 Intalere Best Practices Compendium.


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