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Top 20 health organizations with the most medical and surgical supply RFPs

In the healthcare industry, facilities looking to complete specific projects will often solicit goods and services from multiple vendors. However, the search for the right vendor can be time-consuming and fraught with trial and error. To mitigate any potential risk, organizations use a request for proposal (RFP) document to evaluate the capabilities of suppliers and vendors, including which vendor offers the best price.

Because hospitals and health systems have a variety of needs and provide several different services, RFPs may be drafted for projects ranging from construction of new wings or a healthcare IT system to new laboratories or a revamped cafeteria.

In the case of a medical & surgical supply RFP, the healthcare organization is looking to purchase products that will be used in the day-to-day patient care operations of the facility or health system that they manage. These supplies could be something as simple as a roll of gauze to something more complex such as a custom surgical kit.

Below, we used HospitalView to list the healthcare organizations with the most medical and surgical supply RFPs opened in 2022 to-date.

Top healthcare organizations by number of medical and surgical supply RFPs in 2022

RankHealthcare organization # of RFPs StateExplore dataset
1Department of Veterans Affairs (AKA Veterans Health Administration)171DCExplore
2SUNY Upstate Medical University69NYExplore
3Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center62TXExplore
4Indian Health Service55MDExplore
5Stony Brook University Hospital51NYExplore
6Jennifer Moreno Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (FKA San Diego VA Medical Center)43CAExplore
7VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22)41CAExplore
8Navajo Area Indian Health Service40AZExplore
9National Institutes of Health Clinical Center36MDExplore
10Lebanon VA Medical Center32PAExplore
11Los Angeles County31CAExplore
12West Los Angeles VA Medical Center31CAExplore
13Raymond G Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center30NMExplore
14National Institutes of Health29MDExplore
15Malcom Randall Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center27FLExplore
16Palo Alto VA Medical Center27CAExplore
17Dwight D Eisenhower VA Medical Center25KSExplore
18VA Healthcare - VISN 4 (FKA VA Stars & Stripes Healthcare Network)25PAExplore
19Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital23ILExplore
20Hampton VA Medical Center23VAExplore

Fig. 1 - Data is from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product. Data accurate as of October 5th, 2022.

Which healthcare organization had the most medical and surgical supply RFPs?

The Department of Veterans Affairs opened up the most medical and surgical supply RFPs in 2022, with 171 RFPs as of September 30, 2022. The Department of Veterans Affairs, also known as the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is a governmental organization that operates a nationwide system of hospitals, clinics, and other facilities to support former military personnel. The VA is required by law to pursue full and open competition during the procurement of any product or service, which is the primary reason why they opened so many more RFPs than the second ranked organization, SUNY Upstate Medical University. At the VHA, some RFPs are sponsored at the national level, but many are handled at the individual facility level.

Certain hospitals and health systems continue to run their own RFPs, but in recent years many healthcare organizations have aligned themselves with a group purchasing organization (GPO). A GPO will manage the RFP process for many products and services for multiple healthcare organizations, thus ensuring that the participating organizations receive competitive pricing and volume purchasing benefits.

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