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Sanford receives supply chain management award

VHA Leadership Award honors efficient organizations

(Sioux Falls, SD/Fargo, ND/Bismarck, ND) – VHA Inc., the national health care network, has given Sanford Health a 2013 VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence, honoring the organization for improving the efficiency of its supply processes and reducing costs to help ensure delivery of quality patient care.

VHA logoVHA is a national network of more than 1,350 not-for-profit health systems and 72,000 non-acute facilities that work together to achieve new levels of clinical performance and operational efficiency.

Sanford was one of 11 VHA member systems this year to receive a Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence. Winners were announced earlier this month during VHA’s national meeting, the 2013 Navigating to Excellence Forum, held in Las Vegas.

The VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence recognizes organizations that have implemented changes over the last 12 to 18 months to enhance their supply chain in one of two areas:

  • Sourcing and resource management processes – Criteria include product selection, contracting, procurement, standardization and utilization.
  • Distribution, logistics and inventory management – Criteria include impact on quality, service, outcomes and overall return on investment.

“An efficient supply chain is an integral part to delivering high-quality, affordable health care,” said Tom Harvieux, vice president of supply chain management at Sanford. “We strive to find creative and effective ways to better serve patients and further improve the experiences of our many patients across the Sanford system.”

“Supply costs represent the second highest expense for hospitals, next to labor; and hospitals are squeezed to find new ways to manage that cost while upholding clinical quality,” said Byron Jobe, VHA executive vice president, service and delivery. “VHA’s Leadership Awards honor those institutions that are succeeding by comparing their performance to regional and national benchmarks and continually eyeing their own operations for changes that produce better results. This spirit of improvement and innovation comprises VHA’s core, and we are proud to recognize these organizations’ achievements.”

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit

About VHA
VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance, and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Since 1977, VHA has leveraged its expertise in analytics, contracting, consulting and networks to help members achieve their operational, clinical and financial objectives. In 2011, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.9 billion to members. VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 72,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 13 regional offices. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter (@VHAInc).

Tim Gerszewski
Sanford Media Strategist – Sioux Falls Region
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