Collaborative group of five leading Toronto Complex Continuing Care and Rehabilitation Hospitals select Shared Services West (SSW) as their preferred supplier for Supply Chain Management

TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - Bridgepoint Health, Baycrest, Runnymede, St.John's Rehab and West Park Healthcare Centre announce they have selected Shared Services West (SSW) as their Preferred Supplier for Supply Chain Services.

Connie Dejak, President and CEO of Runnymede Healthcare Centre announced today the signing of a contract with SSW who will be the sole procurement agent for the new hospital.  "As a publicly funded hospital we are always looking for ways to enhance our efficiency and provide quality and value to our patients and Ontarians.  SSW will support us in realizing those goals by ensuring we meet the requirements of Ontario's Broader Public Sector Accountability Act and helping us to get the best return on our investment by centralizing our supply chain operations."

"SSW's expertise will ensure we buy the right goods and services for patient care at the right prices," says Malcolm Moffat, President and CEO, St. John's Rehab Hospital. "We will continue to meet the expectations of our patients, the public and the government through appropriate, transparent supply chain management that maximizes the value we receive for our limited funds."

Anne-Marie Malek, President and CEO of West Park Healthcare Centre stated "Collaborating with other hospitals, through Shared Services West, will improve our purchasing and logistics processes, increase our use of automation and improve controls.  Pooling of contract volumes will lead to reduced pricing for all."

"We are very excited to have been selected by these five great Healthcare leaders in Rehabilitation and Complex Continuing Care. We look forward to working closely together to drive best value, improve quality of service and facilitate the reallocation of resources to front-line patient care", says Marc Lemaire, Director of Operations at SSW.

Michael Gottlieb, SSW Finance Director adds, "We appreciate the trust and confidence of our new partners and it is tremendously rewarding to be a contributing team member in the Province's health care delivery network.  We look forward to continued healthcare integration opportunities to leverage our robust supply chain centre of excellence"

"SSW provides value to Health Care providers through integrated Supply Chain Services," says Jim Hudson, CEO of SSW. "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with our new partners to integrate their Supply Chains."

About Bridgepoint Health

Bridgepoint Health is Canada's leader in the prevention, research, education, and management of care for those with complex chronic disease and disability - the number one health care challenge of the 21st century. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, Bridgepoint Health is restoring lives through innovations in care, research and teaching.  Our dedicated clinical and support team includes over 1,400 staff, physicians and volunteers who are committed to changing the world for the rapidly growing number of people with complex chronic illness. For more information, visit us at www.bridgepointhealth.ca

About Baycrest

Headquarter on a 22 acre campus in Ontario and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is the global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health to enhance quality of life by optimizing, physical and mental wellbeing. Baycrest is unique in the world, combining  a comprehensive system of care for aging patients, one of the world's top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience, dedicated centres focused on mitigating the impact of age-related illness and impairment, and unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity.  For more information, visit us at www.baycrest.org

About Runnymede Healthcare Centre

Runnymede Healthcare Centre is a story of historic endurance, determined persistence and passionate commitment. Since 1945, it has endured as one of Canada's most innovative hospitals for a diversity of young and older adults who require the specialized care and treatment that can no longer be given at home. In the face of an ever changing healthcare system and the challenges of a physical structure originally built as a public school in 1908 until relocating in October 2009 to a new, state of the art building, Runnymede has maintained a fierce determination to keep its doors open to the community and people it has served for over 60 years. For more information, visit us at www.runnymedehc.ca

About St. John's Rehab Hospital

St. John's Rehab Hospital rebuilds people's lives following complex life-changing illnesses and injuries. A community-affiliated teaching site of the University of Toronto, St. John's Rehab develops research and provides customized care with a focus on the whole person - body, mind and spirit. Home to Canada's only organ transplant rehab program and Ontario's only burn rehab program, St. John's Rehab is moving to the forefront of specialized rehabilitation. For more information, visit us at www.stjohnsrehab.com

About West Park Healthcare Centre

Located on a picturesque piece of land on the banks of the Humber River in West Toronto, West Park Healthcare Centre has been helping patients live the fullest lives possible since 1904. Founded as a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients, West Park has expanded on its role as a leader in tuberculosis care to develop services for other respiratory illnesses and complex conditions. West Park provides specialized rehabilitation, complex continuing and long-term care services, helping individuals manage difficult health challenges like lung disease, diabetes, stroke, amputation and musculoskeletal issues arising from a life-changing event or illness. For more information, visit us at www.westpark.org

About Shared Services West (SSW)

Shared Services West (SSW) is owned and operated by The Credit Valley Hospital, Halton Healthcare Services, Trillium Health Centre and William Osler Health Services. SSW provides the full continuum of integrated supply chain services, including centre-led management of Strategic Sourcing, Purchasing and Logistics. SSW blends on-site hospital support with a centralized staffing model to maintain a customer focus while driving efficiencies for our Customer's Supply Chains. Our mandate is to leverage coordinated contract management, Purchasing, logistics, and Compliance to Procurement Guidelines to provide best value, improve quality of service and facilitate the reallocation of resources to direct patient care. SSW - Integrating for Value...Leaders in Service. Visit us at www.ssw.ca

SOURCE Shared Services West

For further information:

Michael Gottlieb, Finance Director
Shared Services West (SSW)
905-287-2881
michael.gottlieb@ssw.ca

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