Veterans Homes are facilities that provide nursing home, assisted living, and adult day care services for American Veterans. They are owned, operated, and managed by state governments and further funded by the federal government. In 2018, approximately 7% of our population were veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Even though the Veteran population has been shrinking, the percentage of Veterans with disabilities is growing, which makes Veterans Homes even more essential. CME Corp is proud to work with many states in providing products and services for new or renovated Veterans Homes. Recently, CME partnered with Rhode Island on their new, 208-bed Bristol Veterans Home to source, procure, assemble, and install the requested medical equipment, furniture, and physical therapy apparatus.
Here are Four ways CME can support your next project:
1. Breadth of Product
For the new Rhode Island Veterans Home, CME provided over 3,500 items from 40 different manufacturers. The products purchased included furniture, medical equipment, TV’s, appliances, trash receptacles, and storage and shelving solutions, as well as the equipment needed to outfit the physical therapy department and gym.
CME is a one-stop shop, carrying over 2M items from 2,000+ manufacturers. Our well-educated government team can ease the burden by quoting the best products at the best prices to meet any requirements.
2. Logistical Solutions
Managing the logistics of a new construction project can be daunting. In an average new construction project, products may be purchased from 40-80 manufacturers. Each manufacturer can have varying lead-times, depending on the product. The trick is to get all of the products shipped prior to need-by dates; not too early to cut down on storage fees, and not too late so the facility can open on-time. On the Rhode Island project, there was an added logistical requirement: items needed to be delivered in two phases.
CME has a proprietary project management software, the CME360 Project Management System, which monitors every product from PO creation to direct to site delivery. It provides real-time information on all POs cut, supplier confirmations, estimated ship-dates, updated tracking, and final receiving documentation. CME project specialists regularly interface with manufacturers to ensure on-time delivery that is not too early and not too late. The software also alerts CME and the customer if there are any issues, such as back-orders or freight damage.
3. Delivery Direct to Site
Like most new facilities, Rhode Island had no place to store any of the incoming products for their new Veterans Home. The 3,500+ items were shipped to CME’s local service center, inspected, staged, and assembled prior to the requested delivery date. Prior to delivery, CME also provided floor protection to the affected areas. When Phase One was ready, CME delivered and installed the items by placing them in corresponding rooms, according to the provided floor plans. The same process was repeated when Phase Two was ready, and the Veterans Home was able to open on time.
CME has over 30 service centers across the U.S. that are managed by CME personnel. CME’s trained logistics and installation crews work with customers for seamless, efficient installations, as our goal is to open all facilities on-time.
4. Equipment Maintenance
After outfitting the new Veterans Home, we also were awarded a three-year purchase order to provide annual inspection and general equipment maintenance services. Our biomedical technicians will ensure that 429 pieces of equipment are in good working order and the facility is within compliance. These important biomedical functions will keep the new and existing equipment running efficiently throughout their entire life cycle. Providing a fully functional clinical environment promotes both staff and patient safety. Additionally, not having to worry about dysfunctional equipment allows the staff to focus on what they do best - care for people.
When you are ready to remodel an existing Veterans Home or build a new one, we invite you to call CME Corp. We make the entire process pain-free and easy. Visit our website or call 800-338-2372, Option 1 for more information about any of our products or services.
With two corporate offices and 35+ service centers, our mission is 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.