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Prior to 2010, the supply and related functions for Ascension were performed by the supply chain organization within Ascension Health. The historic structure supported the Ascension Health distributed leadership model, allowing influence over - not management of - the supply chain and related functions across the organization. In 2010, in response to an executive leadership request to accelerate the progress of value creation through a nationally-coordinated model, the supply chain organization was reorganized into a cohesive organization within a limited liability company wholly-owned by Ascension.

In March 2012, upon receiving a favorable opinion from the Office of the Inspector General, Ascension announced the formation of a group purchasing organization (GPO). By embedding this GPO within its organization, The Resource Group was then able to extend its contractual pricing to Ascension and non-Ascension Participants.

This first of its kind, wholly-owned healthcare GPO – combined with its other integral business processes of Operations, Logistics, Integrated Change Management, and Implementation core competencies – has allowed The Resource Group to drive significantly beyond the traditional GPO value proposition of negotiating a generalized contract portfolio. 

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