University of Chicago Medicine: Transformation and Sustainment of the Supply Chain and Adapting to COVID-19
In 2015, the lean transformation of the University of Chicago Medicine medical centre encompassed substantial renovation of its internal supply chain. This included moving from a centralized warehouse-based system managed largely by clinical teams to a lean, decentralized, just-in-time system managed by supply chain professionals. In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought new challenges to the University of Chicago Medicine's supply chain. Accommodating for the COVID-19 pandemic required making numerous changes to the physical supply chain, which could potentially affect actions and decisions at the level of operations on the hospital floors. Amid so many changes, how would the supply chain team members on the hospital floor address daily issues while maintaining efforts to improve the system? How would they remain aligned to the hospital's mission and goals? John Nicholas is affiliated with Loyola University of Chicago. Atanas Ilchev is affiliated with . Hussam Bachour is affiliated with Loyola University of Chicago.