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Covenant HealthCare leans into the supply chain challenges within the facilities it operates.

By Jim Harris

With more than 100 years of history, Covenant HealthCare is an independent, locally owned and operated organization supporting multiple locations throughout mid-Michigan - this provides both advantages and challenges.

“Having to support supply chain management in an older infrastructure can be a bit of a challenge, but what I think is nice about our environment here, especially from a supply chain leader perspective, is that as an independent organization we have the ability to craft solutions with more flexibility and creativity than larger systems,” says Mike Rossi, director of supply chain for the Saginaw, Michigan-based health system.

Covenant HealthCare formed in 1998 following the merger of two long-standing local hospitals into a single entity. Both hospitals were established in the late 1800s and underwent a number of building projects and renovations in the decades before the merger.

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Oliver helps to ensure patient safety by delivering high quality packaging to the healthcare  industry.

By Alan Dorich

When patients undergo surgery, have a medical issue, or need medication, they do it with the idea that the tools, devices and medication has been produced in a sterile,  and clean environment. As a medical packaging manufacturer, Oliver Healthcare Packaging plays an important part in this process, Director of Global Supply Chain Adam Vincent says.

Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Oliver provides flexible, sterile packaging for products used in the medical device, pharmaceutical, biologics, and drugs/device markets. The company started operations in 1890 as a wood trimmer and saw manufacturer.

“We then moved into bread slicing equipment and food packaging,” Vincent explains, adding that the company then added printing and labeling technology. “That’s how we got into the flexible packaging industry, and adhesive coating technology.”

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Geisinger Health aims to improve its supply chain so caregivers have more time with patients.

By Alan Dorich

Geisinger Health Systems sets itself apart by providing a wide spectrum of care, Vice President Joel Meckley says. “We have that full continuum all the way from the Geisinger clinics all the way through to our acute care hospitals and health plan,” he says.

Based in Danville, Pa., the 12-hospital system services 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania. And in 2017, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger family.

Abigail Geisinger founded Geisinger in 1915 at the age of 85, Meckley says. “Abigail wanted to bring healthcare to the Danville area, in memory of her late husband,” he explains. “In doing so, she built the hospital and hired Doctor Harold Foss, who was a young physician trained at the Mayo Clinic.”

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