Amerinet Helps Virginia Mason Medical Center Realize Transformational Hospital Addition

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Collaboration and standardization leads to maximization of Amerinet contracts and $1,300,307 in cost-savings.

Amerinet, a leading national healthcare solutions organization helped member Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) save more than $1.3 million on capital equipment purchases for their Jones Pavilion project through the utilization of Amerinet’s Facility Management Solutions to maximize their contract portfolio.

“Using the original equipment projections, I was able to reduce costs by more than 23 percent, including ancillary fees like shipping, storage, installation, maintenance and training. However, our greatest success was the development of a lasting purchasing system built on strong working relationships between all the stakeholders,” said Renae Ramirez, senior capital equipment manager, Virginia Mason Medical Center.

An acute care hospital in downtown Seattle, Wash., with 336 beds, 440 physicians and a multidimensional network of clinics, research and educational facilities, VMMC recently opened the Frank & Delores Jones Pavilion. The state-of-the-art addition, being built in phases houses the emergency department and intensive care unit and will also provide procedure and operating room areas, as well as medical surgical bed replacements. It reflects VMMC’s commitment to the patient experience and is the first hospital in the country planned and built using patient-centric principles of the Virginia Mason Production System that reduce waste, improve quality and strive toward a perfect healthcare experience.

Ramirez worked with each VMMC department to generate a list of appropriate and desired equipment, then prepared a comprehensive budget that not only included pricing, but also, the cost of services such as maintenance, delivery and installation. Once generated, Ramirez was able to source the desired items and identify actionable opportunities for cost-savings.

“We used Amerinet resources to cross-reference equipment lists and search for alternative product choices,” said Ramirez. “Overall, VMMC saved $1,300,307 on their capital equipment purchases.”

Projects such as this illustrate the importance of an integrated project delivery focus. Amerinet has concentrated on building a comprehensive program that has them taking an active role in identifying realistic and actionable opportunities for construction savings and contract utilization throughout the six phases of the construction process — Planning, Schematic Design, Design and Development, Construction Documents, Construction and Commissioning.

“We are consistently working to enhance the comprehensive facility management solutions we can offer members in the areas of architecture, general contracting, audit services and equipment planning,” said Mike Gerhardt, senior director, Plant Engineering, Construction and Capital Specialists for Amerinet. “From plans to the finished product, we can be onsite to deliver efficient and cost effective facility management offering for each and every member project.

About Amerinet
As a leading national healthcare solutions organization, Amerinet collaborates with acute and alternate care providers to create and deliver unique solutions through performance improvement resources, guidance and ongoing support. With better product standardization and utilization, new financial tools beyond contracting and alliances that help lower costs, raise revenue and champion quality, Amerinet enriches healthcare delivery for its members and the communities they serve. To learn more about how Amerinet can help you successfully navigate the future of healthcare reform, visit

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