Health Shared Services BC Supply Chain
With approximately 1000 employees located across six health authorities, Supply Chain services manages over $1.4 billion in total annual spending.
Initially, Health Shared Services BC estimated the savings generated by a provincially integrated service model could reach $150 million in the first five years. The projected total for SSO’s first five years of operation (Feb 09 – Mar 2014), taking into account contracts negotiated to-date and the achievement of this year’s (2010/11) contract plan, is now $181 million, which will surpass the $150 million in savings first identified by SSO.
An integrated provincial model combines centralized and decentralized business functions, always recognizing the needs of the local regions. Each health authority has a regional Health Shared Services BC Supply Chain branch office that is responsible for that particular health authority’s requirements. Core services include purchasing, inventory, warehousing and delivery functions.
Each Health Shared Services BC Supply Chain branch office also specializes in procurement and contracting of a number of product categories, operating as Provincial Category Teams.
This structure not only strengthens the capability of Health Shared Services BC to meet its business goals, it also provides career opportunities for employees who are interested in developing their expertise within a particular Provincial Category Team.
In addition to the core services offered in each branch, some Supply Chain branch offices manage ancillary (non-core) services such as printing, accounts payable and mail services.
Accounts Payable ensures that payment to suppliers and vendors are timely and accurate. Accounts payable is also responsible for exercising various control measures throughout its payment process to ensure safeguarding of financial assets. Core services include:
- Payment of goods and services to suppliers
- Reimbursement of expenses to employees
- Payment to physicians and contractors