Ensuring that required supplies are readily available in the right quantity is a big challenge for hospital systems. Significant staff power is invested in supply chain logistics so that patients receive care without interruption. The UF Health Shands Supply Chain Services Central Distribution Center is a patient-dedicated service that ensures supplies are available for the clinician to care for the patient at all times.
There are two CDC locations — at UF Health Shands Hospital and UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital. The CDC team includes 26 members who work 24/7 to ensure that every patient care area is stocked appropriately with medical and surgical supplies. Each location is stocked with more than 1,000 medical/surgical supplies for approximately 160 supply locations in patient care areas. The supplies provided range from a needle to an open chest tray.
Inventory is managed on a daily basis and supplies are stocked on patient care floors. In addition to managing stock, the CDC is also responsible for managing patient crash carts — which must be stocked and ready at a moment’s notice — and providing frontline assistance with product conversions.
Often operating behind the scenes, the CDC team always does its part to provide excellent patient care at UF Health.