University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

When the "Parking B" garage opened last year, it enhanced the patient and employee experience by providing much needed additional parking for the University of Chicago Medicine's Hyde Park campus. What you may not have known is that a new dock facility - "Dock B" is beneath the garage.

The climate controlled, 12-bay dock became operational late last year. UChicago Medicine utilized the 3P (production, preparation and process) and day-in-the-life event LEAN management approaches to understand and determine how to best use the space to support hospital operations.

UChicago Medicine's supply chain management team spearheaded the activation and operationalization. "Our focus is to continue to be more efficient and identify opportunities to effectively use medical center facilities," sais Atanas Ilchev, director of supply chain operations and logistics.

The current plan for Dock B is to support:

  • Buildings on the north end of the Hyde Park campus - Center for Care and Discovery (CCD), Comer Children's Hospital and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM).
  • Relocation of services including cardinal supply deliveries, linen, airgas, EVS and Stericycle

The dock loated at Cottage Grove, now known as "Dock A," will remain open to serve the south end of the Hyde Park campus. This includes all hospital and university deliveries where power handling euipment is not needed.

Penny Miles, receiving supervisor at UChicago Medicine, expressed confidence that both docks will improve campus-wide distribution efforts. "It will be a lot easier to manage parcels and bulk deliveries as we now have more space and manpower to handle the increased load."

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