Spark! Challenge with North Shore LIJ Health System

Students Savannah Crane, Ashley Seebach, Jason Saslaw and Sean Delle listen as Assistant Vice President of System Materials Management and Logistics, Pinak Shah and Director of Procurement, Kathleen Scotto, explain the inner workings of the Integrated Distribution Center.
Students Savannah Crane, Ashley Seebach, Jason Saslaw and Sean Delle listen as Assistant Vice President of System Materials Management and Logistics, Pinak Shah and Director of Procurement, Kathleen Scotto, explain the inner workings of the Integrated Distribution Center.

Future business executives from Whitman’s Business Department toured the North Shore LIJ Health Systems Integrated Distribution Center (IDC) located in Bethpage, NY. The students were there to experience the wide range of hospital careers as part of the LI STEM Hub SPARK! Challenge. What better way to spark an interest in the many varied career options at Long Island’s largest employer.

The IDC ‘s mission is to procure the highest quality products and services for the Health System and to deliver those products to the 17 hospitals and 51,000 health services workers who comprise the NS LIJ system.

The Office of Procurement engages in contracting, purchasing, material operations, logistics, and accounts payable operations. Construction of the 88,000 square foot IDC was complete in August of 2011 and the center went live in December of the same year.

Whitman students learned that the state-of-the-art facility operates 6 days per week, 24 hours per day, and has 100% generator backup system. The facility is temperature controlled and uses paperless Infolink Wireless Technology to enable the 75 employees to perform their tasks with 99.8% accuracy. Students also learned that continuous education is a key element to the success of many North Shore LIJ Executives.