We are committed to ensuring the distribution of key PPE supplies, equipment and storage solutions to support the ongoing COVID relief.
We help you maintain inventory supply while you stay prepared for any emergency.
At Concordance, our commitment to Positively Impacting Lives™ has never been more important than it is today. Our team is working non-stop to provide all the heroic healthcare providers we serve each and every day with the critical Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and related products they so urgently need. Keeping them safe and protected during the COVID-19 pandemic so they can continue to care for their patients is our top priority.
Your continued dedication to positively impacting the lives of your patients and the health of our communities is mirrored by our unwavering commitment to supporting your cause. As we move through the summer months of extended regulations and product shortages due to the pandemic, we wanted to update you on a few items of impact and help you plan accordingly.
We are beginning to see a shortage of gloves throughout the supply chain and want to ensure that our customers are adequately prepared for any potential surge capacity that may occur in the coming months. According to the CDC, surge capacity refers to the ability to manage a sudden, unexpected increase in patient volume that would otherwise severely challenge or exceed the present capacity of a facility. While there are no widely accepted measurements or triggers to distinguish this from daily patient care volume, surge capacity is a useful framework from which to approach a decreased supply of gloves during the COVID-19 response.
Three general strata have been used to describe surge capacity, which can be used to prioritize measures in conserving glove supplies along the continuum of care. Below are the FDA and CDC suggested strategies for each strata:
We are here to help you manage your current glove inventory and supply chain, understand your glove utilization rates and prepare your storerooms and ordering processes to help ensure adequate glove supply during the coming months. Please reach out directly to your Account Manager and Customer Support team for collaboration opportunities concerning your glove supply.
We are also working to enhance our StrategicStorage™ program to offer the most efficient, effective and timely pandemic supply solution to our customers. We will share information on this program, along with other industry, governmental and internal updates on our COVID-19 Resource page.
If you have any concerns, needs or collaboration opportunities that can be addressed by our team to support your facility during this time, please feel free to reach out at anytime.
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Executive Vice President
Concordance recognizes the vital need to protect front-line healthcare professionals as they provide care for patients across the country. In this ever-evolving situation, we are doing everything possible to efficiently and effectively manage and maintain our supply of PPE products and other critical items that have increased in demand.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created industry-wide challenges that include delays in inventory replenishment and implementation of product allocations. We are experiencing a multitude of backorders and industry inventory levels are declining at rates never before experienced. As a result, customers may receive partial shipments due to out of stock inventory and backorders. Our local Customer Service Specialists and Account Managers will continue to keep their Concordance customers updated on inventory availability for their specific location.
We are working with our supplier partners and trade groups, such as the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) to understand and manage the pandemic’s impact on product supply and the subsequent product allocations that have been put into place.
We recognize that this COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve daily and we will adapt our practices to focus on delivering the critical supplies that our customers need to care for their patients.
Concordance is making every effort to ensure the continuity of supply. We have implemented daily huddles for all our management and leadership teams to quickly assess the ever-evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on our daily updates, Concordance will adapt our operations in order to proactively support our customer’s changing needs.
Working with our supplier partners to understand and manage the pandemic’s impact on product supply, Concordance also collaborates with trade groups, including the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) to respond to industry wide challenges. Following the current guidelines set forth by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Concordance continues to engage with customers, industry experts and government officials to assist customers in urgent need of medical supplies.
Concordance has been intimately involved in a Private Sector COVID-19 Supply Chain Coalition since mid-March 2019 which consists of key distributors and numerous federal agencies including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and finally the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). This COVID-19 Supply Chain Coalition was created to form a direct line of communication between the Healthcare Distribution community and the Federal government in order to ensure proper allocation of product within the healthcare supply chain.
As the COVID-19 pandemic changes daily, we will continue to closely monitor developments across the country and modify our operations accordingly.
Our people, our passion. Concordance employees work tirelessly to make sure our customers have the vital supplies they need.
As a distributor of medical supplies and equipment, Concordance is an essential link in the healthcare supply chain. Find out more about how Concordance is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic below.