Officials at Utah's Intermountain Healthcare have expressed confidence in their ability to supply clinics and hospitals with sufficient medical equipment in case of extensive natural disaster. Intermountain has its own central supply location in Midvale. Gordon Slade, Director, Supply Chain Logistics, said that the company is extremely well-stocked and has an adequate number of trained staffers to manage such an event without much trouble.
Sufficient preparation is vital
The subject of being adequately prepared has gained importance after Hurricane Harvey hit landfall along the coast. It destroyed infrastructure and uprooted millions of people. A number of people have died and gravely injured due to this event. It is natural that both politicians and healthcare experts have expressed concern about the safety in hospitals. The functionality of hospitals is being closely watched by many people across the spectrum. Intermountain is one of them. It wants to know what works in crisis situations and what does not at the number of medical facilities in the path of the cataclysmic hurricane.
To prove his point, Slade showed journalists around the massive Kem C. Gardner Supply Chain Center in Utah during the fourth week of August. The supply chain center occupied 327,000 square foot of space. The director stressed that the building is equipped with sufficient quantities of medical equipment. This will enable the right materials to be moved into the correct Intermountain clinics and hospitals within a space of 48 hours to 96 hours. This action could be independently achieved sans any assistance from other disaster-response agencies.
The center holds about 5,000 varieties of items which can be distributed without much effort. A few supplies have a 30-day inventory. The range of products is a diverse one, mirroring the medical supplies themselves. It consists of every item from sanitizers and toilet paper to medical implants.
Slade is obviously proud of Intermountain's capabilities. He pointed out that it is rare to find the complete medical inventory in a single central location. The infrastructure, he said, is a robust one. Other hospitals, he said are dependent on a number of distribution centers located in different locations. A few of them may be in different states. The benefit of having one large center stocking everything possible means that the inventory can be easily accessible in case a disaster occurs. The facility becomes a kind of command center.