NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY ) — Sentara Healthcare has decided to outsource its medical supply services to a national company — a move that will affect 80 employees.
A Sentara spokesperson Dale Gauding confirmed to 10 On Your Side they will use a firm called Owens and Minor to deliver supplies to 12 Sentara hospitals and facilities from warehouses in Baltimore and Richmond.
With this decision, Sentara will no longer use its warehouse in the Greenbrier area of Chesapeake — ending a model of self-distribution the company has used for more than 20 years. Sentara believes the move will make the logistics of ordering supplies faster and smoother.
Gauding told 10 On Your Side that as Sentara grew outside of Hampton Roads — acquiring hospitals in areas including Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, South Boston and Woodbridge — self-distribution became “more difficult and costly.”
According to Gauding, around 25 Sentara supply chain workers will stay in the current office complex after the outsourcing is complete.
Another business is expected to take over the Greenbrier warehouse.
Gauding said Sentara is working with the impacted workers to either find employment within Sentara or other employees in the area. Some employees have chosen not to stay with Sentara in favor of retirement or new jobs.
The outsourcing is expected to take effect in June.