Healthcare supply chain professionals are experts at juggling priorities as they face purchasing decisions that impact patients and facility staff in both great and small ways. Considering that U.S. hospitals contribute 8 percent of the total national carbon footprint, the power that supply chain managers wield in reducing environmental impact and increasing the sustainability of healthcare should not be overlooked.
For new healthcare facilities or those undergoing renovations, increasing sustainability is becoming a more common goal. By collaborating with the supply chain, finding the right equipment to reduce carbon emissions and increase recycling and repurposing of materials can be easy. With CME Corp it can be even easier.
With more than 2,000 manufacturers, CME’s host of medical equipment and accessories have a full range of environmentally friendly options. From low-emission refrigeration systems to eco-friendly chair upholstery options, many manufacturers are focused on increasingly providing sustainable products.
In addition to a plethora of sustainable equipment options, CME’s direct-to-site services and turn-key logistics capabilities make the company the easy choice for facilities focused on going green. With warehouses located nationwide, CME sourced products travel short distances and come with highly trained experts to deliver and maintain the product over its lifecycle. Instead of working with multiple purchase orders and delivery services, CME consolidates and provides a full suite of services to ensure a facility’s investment in sustainability has high returns. CME also recycles all the packing materials at their warehouses.
Sustainable equipment isn’t the only way to reduce a carbon footprint. Hospitals can go green with repurposing and recycling policies. Non-invasive devices as well as furniture and some equipment can be repurposed during renovations and used in the new or updated facility.
In addition to repurposing, many companies offer reprocessing programs that allow facilities to recycle certain single-use items and allow the company to repurpose its own materials for future products or uses.
CME’s biomedical technicians are experts in equipment validation, product assessment, verification, and valuation. These skills can be of great assistance when a facility wants to evaluate the products they are using and identify areas where repurposing and reprocessing may be available versus when newer, greener products would make a more significant impact.
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.