Bridging the gap: How Nebraska Medicine joined clinical and supply chain forces to drive business success

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm CT (1:00pm - 2:00pm ET)

Sixty-six percent of frontline clinicians say supply, inventory and administrative tasks are things they wish they didn’t have to do, and if they could get the time back, they would spend it with patients.1 Why are these tasks so burdensome and, more importantly, how can they be minimized so clinicians can get back to what matters most – patient care and outcomes?

One of the most common barriers to achieving peak supply chain efficiency in the healthcare environment is a perception that supply chain staff doesn’t understand the needs of clinicians. It’s all too familiar for Morgan Shradar, Manager, of Procedural Services at Nebraska Medicine Bellevue. With supply expenses as the second largest line item in her department’s budget – just following labor, alignment with her clinical team and the supply chain is critical for success.  

See how Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue teamed up with Cardinal Health, and drove successful collaboration with clinicians and materials management through the use of automated technology. Morgan will share the steps they took to drive efficiency across the supply chain, supported by accurate data to drive informed decisions while strengthening the relationship between clinical and supply teams. With greater visibility and control of their supply chain, they are now able to better manage spend while getting clinicians back to the bedside.   

Attendees will:

  • Understand cross-functional challenges faced by Bellevue and the impact to clinical and supply chain teams
  • Identify the benefits of evolving the supply chain to a patient-driven supply network
  • See steps taken to achieve alignment on roles and how automated technology supported
  • Learn how the use of automation has helped Bellevue enable data-driven decisions

1Cardinal Health Supply Chain Survey fielded Oct. 19 - Nov. 4, 2016 using an online survey methodology. Samples were drawn from SERMO’s Online Respondent Panel of Health Care Providers. The study included 403 respondents total, including frontline HCPs in hospitals (n=201), service line leaders in hospitals (n=100), and hospital/supply chain administrators (n=102). All survey data on file at Cardinal Health.

image1-1.jpgMorgan Shradar, Manager, Procedural Services, Nebraska Medicine

Morgan Shradar, Manager, Procedural Services, at Nebraska Medicine’s Bellevue Medical Center, oversees some of the most challenging and dynamic departments at one of the area’s fastest growing provider sites. Heading up surgery, pre-op, PACU, cardiac cath lab, interventional radiology and endoscopy, the depth and breadth of Morgan’s responsibilities are a testament to her capability and range.

Beginning her career with Nebraska Medicine as an operating room nurse in 2000, Morgan quickly established herself as a leader in Nebraska’s most sophisticated surgery department. She stepped into a charge nurse role in 2007 and has served in her current capacity since 2015. One of her most notable experiences has been in serving the IDN’s state-of-the-art biocontainment unit, one of only a few nation-wide that recently treated Ebola patients requiring some of the most complex treatment regimens ever developed.

Morgan has had articles published in OR Manager, been interviewed for Nebraska Public Television’s coverage of Ebola and spoken at industry gatherings like the ANCC National Magnet Conference. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Saint Mary.

Stephen Spencer.jpgStephen Spencer, Enterprise Program Manager, Inventory Management Solutions, Cardinal Health

Stephen Spencer, Enterprise Program Manager with Cardinal Health has collaborated closely with Nebraska Medicine, a multi-hospital IDN, implementing the Cardinal Health™ Inventory Management Solutions technology in support of more than 200 department locations from inpatient care to perioperative services.  In that capacity he has shepherded installation activities, assisted in scoping and developing software enhancements and engaged with clinical and operations stakeholders to align dynamically shifting objectives while driving consistent results.

In prior roles, Stephen has worked for Cardinal Health in identifying and capitalizing on inventory optimization initiatives for Nebraska Medicine and managing their previous supply chain technology platforms.  He also served as Manager of Inventory Management and Control for Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Materials Manager for the Nebraska Spine Hospital and as an account executive for Inventory Optimization Solutions, a healthcare supply chain technology firm specializing in the non-acute and ambulatory spaces.

A certified Lean Six Sigma Kaizen leader, Stephen has broad experience with ERP, EMR and MMIS systems administration and implementation.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and Policy from Creighton University.