Redesigning Jefferson for 2000
Over $40 Million in Savings Achieved to Date in Cost Restructuring at Jefferson
With over $40 million of the approved $80 million in cost savings ideas having been implemented, departmental management and staff, in conjunction with the Design Implementation Teams, are now tackling the more complex ideas. These ideas in many cases will involve reengineering, space planning, and the purchase of more cost-effective equipment. Their implementation will also require support from all members of the Jefferson community.
Two of these ideas were highlighted in the last issue of Redesigning Jefferson for 2000, the bimonthly newsletter published by the Executive Redesign Implementation Team (ERIT). The first of these ideas is the implementation of a rapid blood culture testing system in Microbiology that provides for earlier infectious diagnosis and can result in more timely physician responses to the patient's treatment and care. Its success is dependent upon its use by a multidisciplinary cooperative effort, and the idea offers the potential of $l.1 million in savings.
The second idea is the redesign of the inventory control process at Jefferson through consolidating the Hospital and Corporate inventory control departments. In addition to its savings, this idea will provide for efficiencies in the management of supplies throughout the institution.
The implementation of the more complex ideas scheduled for implementation by July 1997 will achieve an additional $5.4 million in savings.