Forged In Fire by ProQuest

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Five separate wildfires were raging through San Diego County by October 22. Two hospitals in the northern portion of the county were forced to evacuate. Pomerado Hospital, in Poway, began evacuating just before 9 AM. At 3 PM, in the nearby community of Fallbrook, emergency management officials ordered the evacuation of the city's entire population. Sixteen patients found their way to Tri-City Medical Center (TCMC) in Oceanside. Because of a robust supply chain delivery and materials management system, TCMC was prepared to respond to a significant patient influx and remained operational throughout the disaster. A key link in their supply chain, the SupplyStation system is a secured supply storage cabinet that uses touch-to-take technology. Wireless technology integrates approximately 70 of the SupplyStation units. Had the automated materials management system not been in place during the wildfires, TCMC staff would have had to cycle count everything by hand.

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