Healthcare has been the savior of humanity throughout the crises over decades. Similar to the current situation, the healthcare industry is going beyond limits to ensure there are no fatalities. While every other industry shifted to online platforms, healthcare had its own set of challenges with on-field work and embracing telehealth. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health is the distributor of pharmaceuticals, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical and laboratory products, and a provider of performance and data solutions for healthcare facilities. Since its inception, the company has addressed many complicated challenges of healthcare and continues to do so.
Cardinal Health is a crucial link between the clinical and operational sides of care, working with more than 4,500 sourcing and manufacturing partners to deliver end-to-end solutions and data-driven insights that advance healthcare and improve lives every day. The company has built on deep partnerships, diverse perspectives, and innovative digital solutions and is growing across the continuum of care.
Cardinal Health has assimilated a team of 48,000 employees and operates in more than 40 countries. Over the 50 years, the company never fails to seize the opportunity to address healthcare’s most complicated challenges—now and in the future. It has expanded in all domains of healthcare from clinics, labs, and pharmacies to hospitals and homes. The company caters to nearly 90% of U.S. hospitals, more than 29,000 U.S. pharmacies, and more than 10,000 specialty physician offices and clinics. It offers more than 3.4 million home healthcare patients with more than 46,000 home healthcare products and more than 6,200 labs with nearly 51,000 laboratory products.
Care is everywhere and so is Cardinal Health, its solutions across the continuum of care are helping the providers to work more efficiently, patients live healthier, and healthcare systems work smarter. It offers Ambulatory Surgery Center, Hospitals and Health Systems, Long-term Care, Payer, Specialty Physician Practice, Homecare, Hospital Pharmacy, Manufacturer and Retail independent pharmacy services. Apart from this, Cardinal Heath also offers industry expertise and an expanding portfolio of safe, effective products that improve quality, manage costs and reduce complexity. Due to its trusted regulatory experience, insights, and infrastructure, Cardinal Health helps manufacture and source products that meet the demand for value-driven, comprehensive healthcare solutions. The wide-ranging product portfolio includes Medical Products and supplies, Pharmaceuticals products, and consumer products.
Victor Crawford is the CEO of the Pharmaceutical segment at Cardinal Health. This segment distributes brand and generic pharmaceutical, specialty pharmaceutical, and over-the-counter healthcare and consumer products. In addition, the Pharmaceutical segment provides services to support the development of these products to pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers across the country.
Victor has extensive experience in the healthcare industry and has guided several companies to success. His most recent role was at Aramark where he was the CEO for healthcare, education, and Business Dining. Apart from Cardinal Health, he also serves on the board of directors for The Hershey Company, the National Urban League, Pelotonia, Thomas Jefferson University, and the Jefferson Health Advisory Board. Victor leveraged his wide range of experience from the world’s most respected companies and is working with the team to prosper the company to new heights. Victor adds, “Making healthcare more efficient is more than a vision for Cardinal Health—it’s a commitment that’s ingrained in our culture.”
Cardinal Health has grown to be one of the industry-leading distributors of direct-to-home medical supplies and a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products. Being one of the healthcare leaders, Cardinal Health utilizes its best assets, expertise, and influence to make the commitments stronger and the world more sustainable, while governing the activities as a good corporate citizen and with a belief that doing “the right thing” serves everyone.
Cardinal Health Global Environmental Health and Safety Programs reflect the respect for the environment and demonstrate the company’s commitment to the health and safety of the employees, contractors, and the community. In the broadest sense, Cardinal’s community is planet Earth. Victor encourages the citizens to do their part and sustain the planet to ensure its health for future generations. He adds, “We believe that work-related illness, injuries, and environmental incidents are preventable. It is our vision to have all employees working safely and in an environmentally responsible manner 100 percent of the time.” Cardinal Health aims to set a public greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for its pharmaceutical distribution business by the end of 2021.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the team is working continually to meet the needs of healthcare providers so they can safely serve the patients who depend on them. As a global distributor, the role of Cardinal Health does not limit to pharmaceuticals but also is a provider of performance and data solutions for healthcare facilities, making it an essential link in the healthcare supply chain. “Our mission is more important than ever as we continue working to quickly get critical medicines and supplies into the hands of our healthcare provider customers who need them,” quotes Victor.
Cardinal Health team continues to work across its entire network in a variety of ways on an ongoing basis by increasing the manufacturing and sourcing of the needed products, leveraging the global footprint, distribution expertise, and relationships with partner suppliers to get products to the healthcare provider customers as quickly as possible, evaluating additional suppliers to diversify product options, and collaborating with public and private sector partners. Victor summarized, “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we continue to closely monitor developments and adapt our operations.”