In a recent article in Healthcare Facilities Today, CME Corp’s Cindy Juhas talks about the year-end capital budget process, and outlines some of the planning that needs to unfold at the end of the year through the following year. CME can help you with that planning in three distinct ways.
New Equipment Evaluation
CME account managers are trained equipment specialists that are kept abreast of most new technologies and equipment innovations. They can help healthcare systems with those tricky new product evaluations. Also, they make sure that everything that is important to you, whether it be price, state-of-the-art technology, or EMR-connectivity or color, is included in the equipment choices offered.
CME represents over 2M products from over 2,000 manufacturers and ensures that you see all the products that can help you make an informed decision on your new equipment purchases. Your account manager can provide detailed spec sheets as well as arrange demos or trials on many products.
Equipment is unlike any other products that healthcare systems purchase. New equipment purchases can involve many hidden costs including freight, storage, packaging disposal, assembly, delivery directly to the rooms, installation and service contracts. Using just the price of the equipment in your budgets without looking at all other costs can prove to be a budget-busting mistake.
CME has over 35+ service centers across the country that can receive, store, assemble, deliver directly to the rooms, install on the walls if needed, and dispose of any trash. We will provide a comprehensive quote ahead of time so that there are no surprises and hidden costs. We also deliver the equipment at a convenient time for you, making sure we do not disrupt any day-to-day operations.
CME can also offer comprehensive service contracts on many items such as wheelchairs, stretchers, IT arms, and workstations on wheels (WOWs) within the 4 walls of a hospital, as well as all equipment in your off-site non-acute care facilities. Upon evaluation, these contracts might save some time and money in the long-term. Equipment that is well-maintained lasts longer!
Disposition of Old Equipment
Generally speaking, when you buy new equipment, there is usually old equipment that needs disposal. CME has a full array of disposition services that includes disposal, recycling, donation, and buyback opportunities. Instead of putting that old equipment in storage where it's taking up valuable and costly space, let CME help you dispose of it and perhaps even make you some money.
With two corporate offices and 35+ service centers, our mission is to help healthcare facilities nationwide reduce the cost of the equipment they purchase, make their equipment specification, delivery, installation, and maintenance processes more efficient, and help them seamlessly launch, renovate and expand on schedule.