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Clinical Concerns Come First in HealthTrust Selection Process

An exam-room glove may seem like a simple commodity—the kind of thing that's safe to buy based on price alone—to someone who doesn't have to use them every day. But it's not always about price, says Robert Beyer, vice president of supply chain management for Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, IL., which owns and operates 13 hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. "If you buy the wrong gloves, you might have a utilization problem because people use up too many, as opposed to using the right glove that's been through a clinical selection process," he says.