Distribution Services (DS) employs thirty (30) full time employees
performing several logistic functions for the UAMS campus including maintaining
a centralized receiving point at the off-campus Distribution Center (DC) and
receiving purchase orders in the SAP system as appropriate to allow for vendor
payment. The Distribution Center is open or on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year for patient care delivery. With only a few exceptions, all goods ordered for
UAMS are received at the Distribution Center. Some items such as large crated
equipment, furniture and some priority packages are usually routed to the
appropriate campus dock for carrier delivery.
DS maintains five (5) on-campus satellite locations; these satellite offices
are located near the docks of the main hospital, the Outpatient Clinic, the
Biomedical 2 building, Stephens Spine building, and Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer
Institute. Each satellite
receives deliveries (both internal and external) but more importantly serves as
the primary delivery point to the buildings located in their area. From
the DC and its satellite locations, Distribution Services delivers non-stock and
stock supplies, equipment and some furniture to the campus and surrounding
off-campus sites. Currently DS personnel make deliveries in 77 buildings
across the county; this includes to UAMS personnel located in Arkansas
Children’s Hospital buildings and the VA located in Little
Rock and North Little Rock.
In addition, DS personnel deliver dry ice daily, administer the compressed
gas contract for the campus, pick and deliver periodicals from library storage
and deliver office supplies for the office supply vendor – supplies that are
required to be re-packed and re-routed with daily a daily delivery schedule.
DS personnel also replenish Pyxis units with medical / surgical
supplies in the Freeway Medical and the Women’s Clinic buildings.
Distribution Services also maintains a special IT inventory available for
the IT technicians to repair and maintain computers on campus.
With policy changes enacted recently, all vendor returns of equipment or
supplies must be processed through Distribution Services.
Details concerning this policy can be viewed on the UAMS web site for
policies and procedures.
Distribution Services is responsible for all central stock supplies for the
campus (ordering, delivering and maintaining). These supplies include
medical / surgical supplies, office supplies, janitorial supplies and other
items. Our current stock inventory contains over 2,500 items valued at
over $1,000,000. Campus departments can order these supplies by placing a
reservation in SAP. Most locations receive daily deliveries.
Director, Distribution and Property Services