Department Upgrades


Naval Command Overseas
US Naval Ship
Holyloch, Scotland


August 1986


The ship's medical needed to undergo an annual medical readiness inspection which would count towards the ships overall Battle Efficiency Award.

The Challenge

Department continually was running out of medical supplies including pharmaceuticals, adequate storeroom stock levels were nonexistent, and expired drugs were being disposed of wasting taxpayer money. The medical inspection notwithstanding, the departments medical supply section required an overall of process and procedures to ensure patient safety and it's overall readiness was top rate.

The Solution

Analyzed and identified a lack of accounting of supplies and low status of readiness. Initiated a department reorganization including wall-to-wall inventories, implementation of a ‘minimum’, ‘safe’ and ‘high’ level stocking system as well as purchase and receipt of all supplies and equipments to meet just in time demands.


Department recognized and awarded for its record high supply readiness status and monies saved by setting up controls that reduced the waste from expired pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies.


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