Article provided by Cedars-Sinai and published on July 26, 2022.
Clare Lee, Cedars-Sinai Vice President of Professional and Support Services, was recently recognized for her leading role in implementing a series of operational efficiencies that will result in millions of dollars of savings for Cedars-Sinai in the coming years.
Lee received the 2021 Hero Award as ProcureAmerica’s California Professional Services Executive of the Year in an online ceremony earlier this month. ProcureAmerica is a California- based firm company that specializes in business intelligence services and works closely with more than 200 state government agencies universities, healthcare organizations and businesses.
“Clare Lee is the kind of leader who is willing to do whatever it takes to help her organization identify efficiencies and generate cost reduction,” said Fred Armendariz, chief executive officer of ProcureAmerica. “This award goes to folks who go above and beyond, and that’s Clare.”
Last year, Lee pushed for a thorough examination of Cedars-Sinai’s utility services including electrical power, gas, water and sewer. The primary goal was to reduce expenses and streamline processes.
The review turned up an immediate refund of $500,000 from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In addition, by taking advantage of its status as a teaching hospital, Cedars-Sinai will save more than a half million dollars annually in water and power charges in the future.
“I’m honored to receive this recognition,” said Lee. “My team is always exploring new avenues to increase efficiencies and to make Cedars-Sinai stand out even more.”
Lee is also behind another review currently underway whose aim is to improve environmental sustainability at Cedars-Sinai and its affiliates, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Huntington Hospital as well. The report is expected to outline new ways for Cedars-Sinai and its affiliates to enhance the organization’s sustainability, reduce landfill—and to do so all while lowering expenses.. Already nine-month into the process, the results are expected to be reported this summer.
“We are extremely proud of Clare Lee and her entire team for making Cedars-Sinai Health System a place that is conscientious about sustainability and the earth we live on,” said Bryan Croft, senior vice president of Operations.