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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Class Tours PRMC

Perdue School students had the opportunity to tour Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC). The following was posted on the PRMC employee website and shared with the Perdue School of Business.


When you think about a running a hospital, purchasing and supply chain may not be the first things that cross your mind. However, when you have an operation, like PRMC, that cares for over 500,000 people a year, it’s easy to comprehend how impossible that job would be without skilled professionals staying on top of making sure that each and every member of this team has the items they need to best care for our patients and our customers.

One group that got a firsthand and up close appreciation of that and what is involved in the process is the BUAD 345 Purchasing and Supply Chain Management class from Salisbury University that is being taught this semester by Scott Phillips, the PRMC executive director of Supply Chain and Support Systems. They toured the Medical Center on October 5 and stopped by a number of different areas including the Operating Room, Sterile Processing (surgical equipment preparation), Central Storeroom and supply rooms on clinical floors.

Scott organizes this tour every semester, and it’s always a big hit with the students who leave with a much better understanding of how important the purchasing and supply chain team is to the day-to-day operation and success of Peninsula Regional Medical Center. And as Scott likes to remind them, the key to successful supply chain management is ensuring that the right items are at the right place at the right time.

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