Mohawk Medbuy & Shared Services West Announce Expanded Collaboration

Mohawk Medbuy Corporation (MMC) and Shared Services West (SSW), two Ontario public health care supply chain services organizations, today announced an expanded level of collaboration in serving the needs of health care organizations in the province. Trillium Health Partners, Halton Healthcare and William Osler Health System are all now Members of Mohawk Medbuy and will be represented in that relationship by Shared Services West. For MMC and SSW, who have worked closely in the past, it’s a natural evolution.

It follows a recent announcement by MMC and Plexxus to formally undertake joint sourcing initiatives on behalf of their member and customer hospitals. Trillium, Halton and William Osler will directly benefit from participating in those initiatives, as well as MMC’s current contracts, which include pharmaceutical products, medical/surgical supplies and nutrition.

“I’m proud of our collaboration with SSW and other not-for-profit organizations to create a more efficient health care supply chain for Ontario,” commented Tony DiEmanuele, President and CEO of MMC. “Collectively, we’re consolidating volumes and achieving better outcomes, which helps hospitals direct more resources to frontline patient care.” 

Trillium Health Partners, Halton Healthcare and William Osler Health System will participate in current and future initiatives of MMC where the contract value exceeds $100,000. Shared Services West, which provides on-site purchasing support to its Member and customer hospitals, will continue to oversee the 2,400+ individualized sourcing initiatives below that dollar threshold – and act as their agent for large-scale procurements through MMC.

“Working with Mohawk Medbuy in this way leverages our respective strengths and sourcing portfolios, which will help the hospitals we support achieve greater value on high quality medical products, supplies and services,” said SSW President and CEO, Karen Belaire. “It optimizes procurement and reduces duplication in going to market, which supports a common goal of streamlining things for the vendor community.”

The two organizations will have even greater opportunity to collaborate as neighbours in adjoining offices of a new health care sourcing hub they’ve established in Burlington. MMC has already transitioned to the new location and SSW will be moving in later this spring.

Kara James