IU Health opens Plainfield distribution center

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — IU Health is showing off it’s new 300,000-square-foot distribution center in Plainfield.

Robots pick much of the inventory, as IU Health showed in a video it shared.

The facility serves all 16 IU Health hospitals in Indiana. Facility personnel make sure the hospital have all the supplies they need — from gauze to gloves and syringes and surgical masks. 

IU Health said the distribution center will save them millions of dollars a year.

Dennis Mullins, senior vice president of supply chain for IU Health, said, “Historically, we’ve used third-party distributors. We actually buy products from literally thousands of manufacturers, and we were pushing them through one distributor. There’s a cost associated with that, so becoming our own distributor is how we’re going to pay back on this investment.” 

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Plans call for the distribution center to eventually supply the hundreds of IU Health doctors, urgent cares and surgery centers in Indiana as well.