ROi, Mercy’s Supply Chain Company, Signs Agreement with Second East Coast System

By ROi's Kathie Woehrmann

McLeod Health, based in Florence, S.C., has signed a strategic supply chain agreement with ROi (Resource Optimization & Innovation), Mercy's supply chain organization.

“McLeod continues to look for ways to be good stewards of health care finances,” explained Dale Locklair, vice president of procurement and construction for McLeod Health. “We recognize the opportunity that exists in the health care supply chain to eliminate waste and capture more savings as we improve the quality of our care and focus on the needs of our patients.”

McLeod Health becomes the second provider in the state of South Carolina to partner with ROi. In September 2012, Spartanburg Regional Health System signed an agreement and continues to benefit from ROi’s strategic supply chain services including the ROi Custom Pack Solutions program, which utilizes a transparent, activity-based pricing model for custom packs containing up to 70 percent of all supplies needed for a surgical procedure.

“We have realized significant savings through our strategic partnership with ROi,” explained Bruce Holstien, president and CEO of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. “As more providers collaborate around the supply chain, which makes up a considerable amount of a health care system’s total cost base, we can drive greater efficiencies and make transformational change happen in our industry.”

ROi was founded in 2002 by Mercy, the nation’s sixth largest Catholic health care system.  Today, ROi serves more than 15 partners outside of Mercy, including Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) in Baton Rouge, La.

“McLeod is a recognized leader in the South Carolina market and we are honored to be partnering with them,” said Gene Kirtser, president and CEO of ROi. “Like all providers, McLeod is facing significant market pressure and we look forward to our strategic collaboration in supply chain as we work together to achieve significant clinical, operational and financial results.”

About McLeod Health
Based in Florence, S.C., McLeod Health, a regional presence and predominant health care organization, is dedicated to patients and their families. Founded in 1906, McLeod is a locally owned, not-for-profit institution which features the strength of more than 650 physicians and 6,200 employees, in addition to modern facilities; premier technology; and a dedication to improving the health of people of the community. The 15-county area McLeod Health serves has a population of more than one million.  Visit

About ROi
Based in St. Louis, Mo., ROi believes in the power of provider collaboration to transform health care.  A recognized leader in health care supply chain management through our fully integrated supply chain model, we were founded more than a decade ago by Mercy, the nation’s sixth largest Catholic health care system, and now serve customers across the country who share a passion for supply chain excellence.  As a provider-born company, our insights and goals are uniquely aligned with today's health care organizations, who all must find new ways to provide better care at lower cost.  Visit

About Mercy
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, two rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 


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