Baton Rouge General Nationally Recognized for Supply Chain Excellence


Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a winner of the Premier healthcare alliance’s sixth annual Supply Chain Excellence Award. The award recognizes exceptional management of hospital supplies and resources. Baton Rouge General is one of only 29 Premier members to receive the award this year. 

“Achieving the best value for our dollars spent in the area of supplies is an important component of our focus on being responsible stewards of health care resources while ensuring patient care is first and foremost,” noted Kendall Johnson, Chief Financial Officer for Baton Rouge General. “This award exemplifies the consistent hard work performed by our physicians, nurses, clinicians and all Baton Rouge General staff members involved in the supply chain.”

Baton Rouge General President and CEO Bill Holman adds, “Our hospital’s number one priority is providing our patients the safest, highest quality care. As a result of our commitment to continuous quality improvement, we find opportunities to streamline our clinical processes which, in turn, influence areas such as supply optimization.”

“We are happy to celebrate Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s purchasing practices with this honor as they work to provide high-value, cost-effective care to people in their community,” said Premier Chief Operating Officer Mike Alkire. “Not only have they advanced their supply purchasing strategies but they are continuously collaborating to share best practices that support the Premier alliance.”

Premier is a hospital-owned performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 hospitals and 84,000 other care sites across the nation. Supply expense performance is measured by Premier’s SupplyFocus®, the industry’s largest comparative database of operational and supply chain cost information for acute care hospitals. Winners were identified using four industry standard supply expense ratios and a case-mix-index-based peer grouping methodology to ensure that organizations of diverse sizes and complexity were considered equally.

Supply expense ratios are supply expense as a percent of total operating expense, supply expense as a percent of net patient revenue, supply expense per adjusted patient day and supply expense per adjusted discharge.

To be eligible, each organization had to submit four quarters of calendar 2011 data to SupplyFocus. With 40 indicators measuring and trending performance in cost and operations, SupplyFocus enables hospitals to compare supply expense performance to that of similar facilities and easily identify improvement opportunities.

About Baton Rouge General
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 544 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information about Baton Rouge General, please visit

About the Premier healthcare alliance
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 84,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington.