Ascension subsidiary creates group purchasing organization
Ascension Health Alliance, the largest Catholic healthcare system in the U.S., has formed a group purchasing organization. According to a news release, the St. Louis-based system said the wholly owned GPO will be part of the Resource and Supply Management Group, the system’s supply-chain subsidiary. The GPO’S services also will be available to hospitals, health systems and healthcare organizations outside of the Ascension Health network. “As participants of the GPO, the ministries of Ascension Health will see immediate benefits such as lower costs on purchased services, capital and professional services,” Robert Henkel, president and CEO of Ascension Health, said in the news release. “Longer term, the GPO demonstrates our commitment to transform healthcare by 2020.” The Resource and Supply Management Group will be responsible for negotiating and managing contracts, as well as providing other supply-chain services. Scott Caldwell, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for Ascension Health, will lead the GPO. An Ascension spokeswoman said in an e-mail that Resource and Supply Management Group plans to maintain its relationship with Medassets, the system’s existing GPO.