Accenture Helps Northside Hospital Drive Down Energy and Telecom Costs

(NYSE:ACN) is helping Northside
Hospital generate millions of dollars in savings by transforming
supply chain and procurement operations to drive down utilities and
telecommunications costs.

Accenture helped Northside Hospital establish a model that is expected
to generate $5 million in annual savings. Using a managed services
approach, Accenture helped Northside dramatically simplify bill review
and payment activities and rationalize its portfolio of energy and
telecom service providers. In addition, Accenture helped set up online
billing portals to improve visibility into detailed account information
and also helped the hospital migrate processes from paper to digital
means, enabling faster analysis of aggregated expenditures.

“Selecting Accenture to manage several indirect spend categories allowed
our supply chain organization to focus on our core competencies during a
period of rapid growth,” said Carl Waller, vice president of Supply
Chain at Northside Hospital. “Effective leveraging of internal and
third-party resources and expertise has provided the proper balance for
yielding optimal savings across the system. Accenture had the category
expertise, data analytics and advanced methods essential for enabling us
to save millions of dollars on utilities and telecom.”

Accenture’s work is helping Northside Hospital achieve significant
financial and operating improvements, including $3 million in annual
telecom savings and the identification of $1 million in annual energy
savings. The initiatives also resulted in one-time refunds of $800,000
for telecom contracts; quick-hit refunds of approximately $400,000 for
energy contracts; and improved contract compliance.

The energy and telecom initiatives are part of an overall procurement
sourcing effort at Northside Hospital. Working closely with Northside
personnel, Accenture audited bills to identify adherence to existing
contracts, looking for overpayments and potential refunds. Leveraging
best practices, the project team negotiated refunds and more favorable
terms for energy and telecom contracts.

“Accenture is proud to work with Northside Hospital to identify savings
and efficiencies, shore up the bottom line and increase funds available
for mission-critical objectives, charity and improving patient care,”
said John Walko, managing director of Accenture’s healthcare supply
chain services. “Northside Hospital has experienced dramatic growth over
the last few years, especially in outpatient operations, which now
number well over 200 locations throughout the state. We are committed to
helping Northside, one of the largest integrated health systems in
Georgia, optimize healthcare processes and delivery.”

About NorthsideThe Northside system consists of an
extensive network of state-of-the-art facilities that include three
not-for-profit hospitals in the Atlanta metro area: Northside Atlanta,
Northside Forsyth, and Northside Cherokee. With more than 800 licensed
beds, Northside operates more than 200 hospital-affiliated outpatient
centers and medical office buildings throughout the state of Georgia.
There are more than 2,500 physicians on staff and over 14,500 employees
at Northside. Northside ranks in the top 1 percent in all robotic
surgery programs in the country.

About AccentureAccenture is a leading global professional
services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in
strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining
unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40
industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s
largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of
business and technology to help clients improve their performance and
create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately
442,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture
drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us
at www.accenture.com.

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