Each year, millions of dollars are spent on food purchases to feed Patients, Visitors, and Hospital Employees. Every Hospital Food Service department across the US has the same concerns when it comes to using a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO). Whether the department is outsourced or self-op, there are opportunities for free money from the distributors that are not taken advantage of. The main distributors all carry similar items from the brands they represent. When the department buys items, they often come with a rebate back to the GPO. The more they buy, the more that the GPO gets back from
This year July 4th hits right in the middle of the week but will not stop us from celebrating our country’s independence with family and friends. It’s the time of year where we fire up the barbeque grill and enjoy a chilled beer (or two) - the best recipe for the hot (and often humid) summer days. As you get ready to enjoy the day, here are some suggestions to help you maximize your fun without leaving you exhausted. Beat the heat Wear sunscreen and a hat Stay hydrated – drink water along with the chilled beer(s) Consider carrying organic
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF)– Understand Self Op Programs and the Benefits of a Business Partnership
AHF was established nine years ago when legacy organizations, American Society for Healthcare Foodservice Administrators (ASHFSA) and Healthcare Foodservice Management (HFM), joined forces to establish the “premier” organization for self-operated healthcare food management professionals. Representing roughly 60% of the membership are 650 self-op healthcare facilities (Operator members), including chefs, dietitians, foodservice managers and directors. Soriant Healthcare is proud to be a three-year Business Partnership member, providing our in-depth knowledge, expertise, and service to many of these hospitals and healthcare systems. AHF believes that self-operated food service increases food quality and customer satisfaction and proves a commonly used tool to its
When electronic health records were first implemented, most people believed that their existence would reduce the amount of printed documents hospitals and doctor's offices produce. Unfortunately, even with this new technology, hospitals continue to spend entirely too much money on resources for printing. Current Hospital Printing Statistics According to a recent study published by CynergisTek, the average hospital is spending nearly $4 million on printing every year. For a 1,500-bed hospital, this translates to approximately 8 million pages of printing per month at a cost of $0.04 per page. These estimates do not include the cost of purchasing, operating and
Wikipedia defines Employee engagement as “a property of the relationship between an organization and its employees. An "engaged employee" is one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work and so takes positive action to further the organization's reputation and interests.” Employee Engagement is the model most widely used in today’s industry, charging your employees to be actively involved in: Guest, customer, or patient satisfaction Financial performance Productivity Job satisfaction Employee satisfaction is a predecessor of this model. The function was simply “keeping employees happy”. Engaged employees are passionate, driven, and have a strong impact on the company’s success.
Healthcare costs are rising at an alarming pace while reimbursement rates have decreased. What can hospitals do to not only survive but thrive in this economic state? Soriant Healthcare utilizes several approaches in helping hospital’s support services reduce expenses while improving quality. One of our strategies is to utilize a Lean Six Sigma process known as a Rapid Improvement Event. A Kaizen Event or Rapid Improvement (RIE) uses a multi-disciplinary team approach to solve a defined problem in a short period of time. Some of the benefits of RIE include: Elimination of waste in a process Improved workflow Error proofing