Like many hospitals and health systems, Hunterdon Medical Center - a 178-bed teaching hospital in Flemington, N.J. - has been rapidly building its non-acute-care presence. Hunterdon Healthcare System has 27 physical locations in four counties in addition to the main hospital campus. These ambulatory sites house 77 different cost centers and more than 1,000 full-time employees. Their services include family practice, pediatrics, wound care, specialty care, ambulatory surgery, home health and hospice, health and wellness centers, integrated medicine, child care, physical and occupational therapy, behavioral health, mobile intensive care and urgent care.
Last year alone, Hunterdon Medical Center brought on 14 medical practices.
For years, Hunterdon Medical Center had been self-distributing equipment and supplies to its nonacute- care sites, explains Voorhees, administrative director, materials management. The ambulatory sites would log onto Hunterdon Medical Center's EHS materials system (or pick up the phone) and order products and equipment. Supplies would be maintained in a central warehouse. The medical center's acute-care distributor would drop off those products at the hospital's receiving dock. Hunterdon Medical Center's materials staff would then stock them, pick them, load up the vans and truck them out to the non-acute sites.