As­cen­sion sub­sidiary cre­ates group pur­chas­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion

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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.

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