'Blue Wrap' and new app earn UVM Medical Center national awards

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'Blue Wrap' and new app earn UVM Medical Center national awards

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 3:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center is being recognized for creative initiatives to reduce operating room waste and lower the cost of medical devices by Vizient, Inc -  the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country.

The sustainability award recognizes a hospital that has demonstrated focus and commitment to sustainability practices through the implementation of a new program with measurable success. This award recognizes the UVM Medical Center for expanding its “blue wrap” recycling program to be hospital-wide in 2016. Blue wrap is the material used for wrapping surgical instruments for sterilization, and was once a significant source of unrecycled waste. Since 2010 the UVM Medical Center has recycled more than 40 tons of blue wrap, and in 2016 partnered with Casella Waste Management to keep the program moving forward. 

“At the UVM Medical Center, we believe environmental sustainability is integral to the health of our community,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer of the UVM Medical Center. “The success of our blue wrap recycling program is a result of passionate employees working together to make a difference.”

“The Sustainability Award has been part of our commitment to recognizing and advancing supply chain sustainability initiatives since 2011. Vizient applauds the UVM Medical Center for embracing the importance of sustainability practices locally and globally, and for taking a leadership role in delivering meaningful improvements in this important area,” said Jody Hatcher, president, sourcing and collaboration services for Vizient.

Supply Chain Excellence in Innovation Award

The UVM Medical Center was recognized with a Vizient Supply Chain Management Excellence Award in Innovation for work in developing a mobile app that allows physicians to get up-to-date information on specific products for patient care, helping them make better informed decisions about the value of these devices. This translated into significant cost savings at the UVM Medical Center and throughout the UVM Health Network.

“Vizient is proud to recognize the innovation that occurs at our member organizations. These forward thinkers and early adopters of technology help push us all toward meaningful improvements in supply chain management. These improvements are foundational to delivering high-quality, cost-effective care to all patients,” said Barbara Anason, senior vice president, academic medical center networks and strategy.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers.

Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit www.vizientinc.com as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.

About the University of Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center  is a 447-bed tertiary care regional referral center, including the UVM Children’s Hospital, providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York.  Together with our partners at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. 

The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network, a five-hospital system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve. Our partners are:

Source: (BURLINGTON, VT) The University of Vermont Medical Center 9.25.2017 www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenter