An independent 3rd party interview with Doris Vaughn, Director, Materials Management at Forrest General Hospital
Forrest General is the flagship hospital of Forrest Health, a regional health system that includes five hospitals and three specialty facilities—Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services, The Orthopedic Institute, and the Forrest General Cancer Center. The hospital is a 512-bed county hospital with a level II regional trauma center and serves a 19-county market in south Mississippi.
Being a county hospital with multiple facilities and one primary purchasing department brings its own set of challenges to clinical spend management and cost initiatives. A county hospital is bound by state purchasing laws and needs to do extra steps like advertise bids and receive second quotes, especially if something is not on a GPO.
Forrest General needed an easier and less manual way to initiate cost savings for not only medical supplies but also capital and services.
Doris Vaughn has been using Curvo regularly for a little less than a year, and offers this advice for her colleagues who manage clinical spend at other health systems and hospitals. “If you think you are using an RFP tool now and it will compare [to Curvo], there is no comparison at all,” she says.
Here are the differences she highlighted.
Ms. Vaughn says she’s most happy with Curvo because of the value for the money. Curvo’s flexibility, online chat, product and category knowledge, and usage consolidation make the company stand above the rest. “There’s just no comparison,” she repeated.
And her colleagues? “They talk ‘Curvo this and Curvo that’ all the time,” she tells us. “We bring the summary RFP reports to our regular value analysis meeting. My colleagues know we would not have achieved as much of saving, and would not bring the initiatives as quickly without Curvo.
“It’s an easier way to review and capture savings, easier for vendors to respond, and less work for our department overall,” Ms. Vaughn says.
In less than a year, Curvo has helped save more than $568,000 on:
- Neuromaintenance and disposals
- Hemostasis and sealants
- Surgical energy
- Cranial supplies
- Services and maintenance
More than half a million dollars saved on clinical spend, capital, and services with less work? We love this health system success story. We encourage you to use this list of Curvo differences when you choose your next clinical spend management solution.