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Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Highlands Hospital – IM WELL (Integrative Medicine – Women Excelling Living Life)

ISSUE Women within the community voiced concerns that they felt their health was not taken as seriously as their male counterparts. Additionally, women wanted techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, and help to achieve optimal health status. SOLUTION Based upon the results of a Community Health Needs Assessment and the completion of a Strategic Plan […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Woodlawn Hospital Cost Reduction on Orthopedic Implants

ISSUE Woodlawn Hospital was incurring a cost increase on orthopedic implants every year while their reimbursement remained the same. The facility needed to find a way to reduce their cost of implants. SOLUTION Woodlawn tried to negotiate directly with their supplier and to also “piggy back” onto a contract with another local hospital. While the […]

Lessons from a Rural Healthcare Revival

By Todd Bengtson, Sr. Director, Key Accounts, Intalere Rural healthcare providers today, especially those seeking to maintain some level of independence or autonomy, face very difficult circumstances. According to the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), nearly 50 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and close to 300 others are in financial difficulty. There are several […]

What’s Your Level of Supply Chain Maturity?

by Lori Pilla, Vice President, Custom Contracting and Supply Chain Consulting Solutions, Intalere The maturity of your supply chain depends on many factors, including size of the organization, class of trade and available resources. The capabilities your organization possesses in terms of tactics, operations and strategy can offer a glimpse into where you are in […]

Intalere Awards and Compendium Illustrate the Benefits of a Provider-Led Model

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Each year, through the Intalere Healthcare Achievement Awards program, Intalere recognizes its members for their successful initiatives implemented to enhance quality and operations, improve patient satisfaction and increase community awareness and education. For our most recent program, 13 winners were chosen to receive awards for their outstanding initiatives. […]

Rebranding Is Easy When Your Story Is True

By Laurie McGrath, CMO, Intalere I remember early on in my career hearing a presentation from David Aakers, the great brand guru at the time, talk about compelling brand stories. As a marketer, I was forever changed by this presentation. I realized for the first time how incredibly important the ability to deliver the story […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Highlands Hospital – Acuity Adaptable Bed Universal Care Model

Highlands Hospital trimmed FTE’s and saved more than $500,000 through their Acuity Adaptable Model. Issue Highlands Hospital was experiencing wide swings in the census on the dedicated ICU unit. Staffing was constantly being called in or called off which often resulted in overtime and unhappy staff. Consistently, the nurse-to-patient ratio in the ICU was too […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital – Community Hospital’s Journey for HCAHPS Excellence

We continue our series featuring members and their best practices. This one features Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital and its journey for HCAHPS excellence. Issue Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital’s (MJMH’s) inpatient satisfaction scores were among the lowest in Mississippi as well as nationwide. These scores were measured through Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems […]

Solving the PPI Problem

By Lori Pilla, Vice President, Supply Chain Optimization and Intalere Clinical Advantage, Intalere The costs and inherent issues of physician preference items (PPIs) in hospitals and surgery centers have been challenges in the healthcare setting for many years. But as providers are faced with shrinking reimbursements and service line contribution margins in this era of […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Keep It Clean – Maintaining a Clean Item Master

As we recognize National Healthcare Supply Chain Week, we focus on how Reading Health System instituted a process to cleanse their item master and ensure quality data. Issue Data is the primary source for decision making in every institution – invalid or inaccurate data contributes to unreliable results and when data is unreliable, predictive models […]