An option for PPE bulk purchasing

July 21, 2020

Dear NC Healthcare Providers:

As diagnosed COVID-19 cases rise, health care providers continue to face high demand and low supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, gowns, and gloves. The pandemic continues with no clear end in sight, healthcare providers need a better way to discover verified sellers that can offer access to quality supplies and equipment at the best possible prices. North Carolin Healthcare Association Strategic Partners (NCHASP) has developed a collaborative purchasing model to assist in acquiring some of the PPE that is most needed for healthcare facilities in NC.  

In addition, NCHA Strategic Partners has partnered with PPE Exchange, a transparent marketplace connecting hospitals and healthcare providers to verified manufacturers of PPE. NCHA Strategic Partners recently worked with PPE Exchange in a collaborative purchase of gowns from participating NCHA members and other healthcare providers. (WCMS participated in this effort)

The goal would be to aggregate volume from all classes of trade (COT) including, but not limited to hospitals, long-term care (LTC), skilled nursing facilities (SNF), home health, hospice, palliative care, physician practices, local public safety and local emergency management (EMS).  Facilities can work together with some of the non-traditional suppliers (not on a group purchasing organization - GPO) to obtain PPE.  The NCHASP team designed a “hub and spoke” model which refers to a distribution method in which a centralized hub exists. Everything either originates in the hub or is sent to the hub for distribution to consumers. From the hub, goods travel outward to other locations, called spokes, for further processing and distribution. FYI—WCMS is a spoke.

NCHASP created a COVID-19 Collaborative PPE Purchasing Questionnaire to gauge how much each facility will need of certain PPE so we can have a better idea of aggregated volume for each hub and participating spokes.  Please complete the questionnaire and enter quantities of each of the items you anticipate your facility will need for the coming months. The deadline to complete this questionnaire is Friday, July 24th 3pm. NCHASP will then work to locate a supplier and aggregate volume in a group order that you can participate in, which will assist in meeting minimum order quantities while securing better pricing. Once suppliers are located, you will be invited to participate in the group order. NCHASP cannot guarantee delivery of products but will be working with reputable vendors that have successfully provided products to other healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kindest regards,


Jody Fleming

Senior Vice President

NCHA Strategic Partners

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