Crisis planning and caregiver readiness
As the primary healthcare provider in Ventura County, VCMC has always been committed to serving the needs of their residents in time of crisis. To ensure they’re ready at a moment’s notice, they had developed a VCMC preparedness committee, consisting of several hospital leaders and department heads, including the emergency department since that is the focal point for most disasters—at least at the beginning. Because of our partnership with Ventura, we were able to play a critical role in the development of an emergency preparedness plan from the beginning. A key part of each emergency action plan is setting up an Incident Command Center at the outset of the emergency.
Together with VCMC’s Incident Command Center, which oversees logistics, operations, supplies and public information, Medline put a comprehensive Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan in place. This plan enables us to respond to a wide range of disasters, including specific scenarios that could take place at any of the facilities.
Logistics in place and inventory on hand
In addition, our inventory management system offers the highest service levels in the healthcare industry and gives us confidence that we will get the products we need when we need them. For our hospital system in southern California, our distribution centers in Tolleson, AZ; Aurora, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; and Temecula, CA; combined with the Rialto, CA and Tracy, CA distribution centers (two of Medline’s largest central stocking locations or “Hubs”), offer a logistical advantage in times of crisis. As situations occur, inventory is immediately re-directed to the areas with the most critical need.