"The members have been meeting informally for about a year in conjunction with Premier sponsored meetings," says Keith Callahan, VP of supply chain management for Catholic Healthcare West, San Francisco.
"The members decided that there was real value in formalizing the relationship and asked for Premier's assistance."
Seeking 'positive change'
"That the systems are large translates to greater purchasing power," Callahan
"That the systems are Catholic means that we all share essentially the same goals in terms of environmental protection in the hospital setting."
Indeed, the group will use its volume to "seek additional value from suppliers, primarily with commodities, where a decision to work with one supplier has advantages," he
But its mission is broader.
"We É believe that it is our responsibility to leverage our size to help drive positive change in the health industry," says Callahan
"The goal of the group is essentially to use our collective purchasing power to advance key environmental and patient safety initiatives we advocate for ... With more systems advocating for products that are safer for our patients and our employees while minimally impacting the environment, we are hoping to influence and increase the availability of these products."
The participating IDNs will remain loyal members of Premier, says Callahan, who compares the Catholic Contracting Group with other Premier subsets, such as the Greater New York Hospital Association.