UNICELL® at the Moran Eye Center


Exceeds Expectations
When the Moran Eye Center, the new ophthalmology facility at the University of Utah Medical Center, opened its 82,000 square foot facility, it used the opportunity to reduce costs in the field of materials management.

With the assistance of UNICELL® modular storage system, the Moran Eye Center set out to minimize supply inventory, contain the costs associated with materials handling, and further enhance their just-in-time(JIT) inventory management system. The Center expects to reduce inventory by 30 to 40 percent within the first year. The savings will more than cover their initial investment in the UNICELL® system. To help achieve their goals, UNICELL® storage and distribution modules are strategically located in the outpatient clinic, sterile supply, central processing, and the surgery center.

Featuring a wide variety of modules and interchangeable interior fittings, UNICELL® can easily be configured for countless applications. "In a clinical application, we stock inventory in what we call a replenishment cell, then wheel it from exam room to exam room replenishing stock throughout the outpatient clinic. Using UNICELL®, we maintain a baseline amount of inventory in each exam room and eliminate huge inventory stocks in the built-in cabinets, explains Mr. Imbrescia, Director of Ambulatory Care Services.

"From the pharmaceutical perspective, UNICELL® trays are the exact height that we need in our exam rooms. The pharmacists are able to replenish all 26 examination lanes in about 35 minutes each morning by simply replacing trays in a cell and moving to the next room," says Imbrescia.

"The product features really allow for flexibility, and as you work with the cells, you discover how well the product adapts to match your needs," comments Imbrescia. Several units are hung on wall-mounted rails in the central store-room. A transporter cart quickly and easily mounts units on rails or lifts them off for relocation. Other cells roll on casters to create flexible storage and distribution units. For added flexibility, the minor procedure rooms, supply rooms, and surgery suites have wall-mounted rail systems to hang cells in a variety of locations depending on the application.

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Top: Custom-designed drawer filled with OR supplies.

Middle: Small mobile OR cart used to transport supplies.

Bottom: Supply carts ready for exchange located in central services.

JIT Materials Management
In order to manage the daily delivery and distribution of thousands of supplies, the Moran Eye Center has its own shipping and receiving dock. Imbrescia explains, "We operate on a 'just-in-time' inventory management system where the supplier provides product to us in a 'just-as needed' fashion. Trucks pull up to the dock, materials are unloaded in the loading dock area, loaded into the UNICELL® systems, and distributed throughout the Center."

To better monitor inventory quantities and improve supply organization, UNICELL® drawers, dividers, trays, and accessories provide a specific location for each item. According to Imbrescia, "The nurses like the dividers and modularity of the system which allows them to bin items appropriately, enhancing the JIT inventory management system." For maximum accountability, the Moran Eye Center plans to bar code all supplies.

Commitment to Excellence
Product warranty, prompt installation, and superior service were important decision-making factors in selecting UNICELL® storage systems. Mr. Imbrescia states, "In the design of this facility, we anticipated the Moran Eye Center to be a world-recognized center of excellence in ophthalmology. Because of this, we were very selective in choosing supplier relationships and products that would represent us in this journey. We looked for commitment to excellence in the products we chose to achieve our goals."

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