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Supply Chain Woes Hit Medicine

Good morning. Wow, the weather over the weekend was something! It looks like fall is finally upon us. It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only 17 days away. The stores have Christmas merchandise but the media is stoking fears about supply shortages due to supply chain woes.

The supply chain problems are real, and have actually been affecting my practice since the Covid crisis began in the winter of 2020 since the medical industry, sadly, is still so reliant on China

. In addition to shortages in goods, the shipping times are also significantly longer, and this is a more recent problem.

Our most frequent supplier, Medline, used to deliver our goods within 48 hours of ordering, and now deliveries are taking weeks. This creates challenges for me and my staff, but we are working hard to meet the demands.

However, these supply chain issues have been the main reason why I have scheduled many cosmetic surgeries that could have been performed in my accredited office OR at the Mt. Pleasant Roper Hospital.

Hospitals are also being affected by the supply chain, but since they are much bigger clients/purchasers, their orders are fulfilled before those of a small doctor's office. Needless to say, the effects of Covid are getting old. I can't help but think about the song by Bastille called "Pompeii."

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But here's some good news...Leah is finishing up with nursing school, and will be staying on with her increased skill set to help us expand our services. Congratulations to her!

We are having our Botox event next Wednesday, and keep a listen out for some Black Friday specials! Leah has already been running a Coolsculpt promo.

And lastly, I wanted to announce that I will be launching a podcast series on plastic surgery updates. Last weekend was the national plastic surgery meeting (ASPS), and there were some very informative sessions on topics I'd like to share. I feel that a podcast is the best forum to explain the latest developments.

So keep a lookout!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Dr. Heidi Williams

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