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Materials Management Staff

Each year, the first full week in October is designated as National Healthcare Resource and Materials Management Week to recognize the integral role of Materials Management departments in supporting high-quality patient care. From procurement to distribution and shipping, our Purchasing Clerks ensure our staff and physicians have the right supplies at the right price at the right time every day. The supply chain is a complex balance of communication, technology, research, finances, procurement, and distribution where experience counts.

Introducing Shannon GrayShannon Gray got a summer job at the hospital as a high school student and has been working as a Materials Management professional since. "Most people tend to think of what we do as 'purchasing', but we are involved in nearly every aspect of the hospital system. It's more than just day-to-day buying of both office and medical supplies, shipping and receiving and inventory. Materials Management ensures that MAHC staff have the right supplies at the right price at the right time, every day."
The department also supports the nursing units in delivering high-quality patient care by topping up their supply carts regularly. They are also relied on as 'supply chain champions' when clinicians are sourcing new products or hoping to set up an in-service.

 

 

 

Introducing Alice SmithAlice Smith has worn a few different hats while working in local health care. Formerly a Buyer for Algonquin Automotive, Alice was happy to come to MAHC where she knew she would be helping people. She worked in Patient Registration in Burk's Falls before returning to her niche in Materials Management four years ago. As a Certified Professional Purchaser, Alice has a wealth of knowledge to ensure the overall success of the supply chain. Working behind the scenes, the staff also deal with defective products and price discrepancies in invoicing. "But most importantly," Alice says, "we ensure the supplies needed to enable the staff to give the patients the best care possible are available, whether it be for a life-saving surgery, or just to make them more comfortable during their stay."

 

 

 

Introducing Wendy HopsonA high school co-op placement and summer job at the hospital convinced Wendy Hopson to pursue a career as a Materials Management professional. Ten years later Wendy is still championing the hospital's supply chain from beginning to end. She is proud to be part of the department that oversees the in-house inventory, buying contracts, purchasing, and receiving, as well as the distribution of supplies throughout the hospital. Beyond the day-to-day tasks and activities, Wendy enjoys knowing she is contributing to patient care at MAHC. Materials Management staff ensure that the departments have the supplies they need in a timely fashion, every day. Wendy has a friendly, "approach-me" attitude with her colleagues and is always willing to lend a hand. Born and raised in Huntsville, Wendy has two sons that keeps her busy with camping trips, bike racing, and of course hockey.