After tallying votes from hundreds of health care supply chain leaders, Sisters of Mercy Health System in Chesterfield, Mo, claimed the grand prize, the Summit of Excellence Award, at the Spring 2010 IDN Summit and Expo awards, which recognize innovative efforts to achieve critical supply chain efficiencies.

A dozen systems submitted nominations, from which five finalists emerged.

The grand prize honors a program began by Mercy’s supply chain division, ROi, to standardize components and methodology relating to the hospital system’s customer procedure trays. The team built its own custom procedure tray manufacturing operation, hired production and regulatory employees, and contracted with 100 vendors for more than 700 items for 175 different procedure packs, reducing related costs by 20%.

Four other finalists won Peer Choice Awards. They are: Huntsville Hospital, of Huntsville, Ala; Johns Hopkins Health System, of Baltimore, Md; St Anthony’s Medical Center, of St Louis; and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Spring 2010 IDN Summit and Expo was held April 20 to 22 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort and focused on the impact of health reform. Read the full winning submission online.