By Oscar Bermúdez, Hôpital Sacré Coeur Supply Chain Consultant
In their search to improve the functioning of the hospital and the quality of patient care, Hôpital Sacré Coeur has decided to focus their efforts this year on the process of supply chain management. This vision came directly from the assessment that Dr. Harold Prévil (CEO HSC) and Michael Maron (CEO HNMC) made in determining those areas HSC needs to gradually improve in order to become a center of healthcare excellence.
Thanks to my experience, I was given three years ago to come to Milot and oversee the Prosthetics & Orthotics Laboratory of HSC, I was able to learn and understand most of the aspects needed to carry out projects or programs that are successful and sustainable. I learned to take into consideration the environment within HSC as a workplace and the different characteristics of Haitian culture.
When Dr. Prévil and Mike Maron talked with me last year about overhauling the Sprung building operations and improving hospital supply chain practices for materials; I knew right away that I wanted that challenge.
One of my first tasks was to establish an organization chart and show how it fit into the general functioning of the hospital. The newly created Supply Chain Management Department is involved in all aspects of the movement of any materials and supplies both outside and within the hospital. We hope to gradually have a proper system and protocols to help locate and keep track of all the supplies and materials donations that arrive at the hospital.
It’s important to mention that because of the high value and size of the task, we need to go according to a plan that will last throughout 2015. We hope all the volunteers will understand our goal and be patient while we make all the adjustments necessary to improve the work in the Sprung building.
Here is our plan:
All these changes include the participation of the majority of the HSC staff and all the stakeholders from the U.S. We ask all stakeholders to support this process of change for the improvement and satisfaction of all. At the end, I think, we all want HSC to function at its best so we can provide the best healthcare to the people in Haiti.
If you have any ideas, comments or questions about the plan and/or the functioning of the Department feel free to contact me or any other person involved in this task. I am confident that in the next update of the Supply Chain Management Department, we will be able to tell you about additional improvements.