Transforming a non-profit
CURE International: A Case Study

July 18, 2017 BY XLEDGER STAFF WRITERS

Background

CURE is the largest provider of specialty surgical care in the developing world.

Two hundred and twenty-six thousand surgeries, 10 hospitals and 29 developing countries—the global leader in pediatric interventions, CURE International operates in some of the world’s toughest linguistic and regulatory contexts.

CURE International Building

CURE was founded by orthopedic surgeon Dr. C. Scott Harrison in 1996 and opened its first hospital in 1998. Eighteen years later, CURE operates hospitals in 10 countries and specialty programs for clubfoot and hydrocephalus in 20 more. Perceiving disability as a curse, many of CURE’s client communities would otherwise abandon their disfigured children.

Challenges

CURE leadership articulates CURE’s two-fold mission: “We heal children and tell them and their families about Jesus.” With surgeries tailored for accessibility, CURE has a Christlike defiance of taboos. Families that bring disfigured children to CURE “see other families with children just like theirs, and they realize it’s not a curse. They see that these children are very special, that these children are created in God’s image.”

Top level challenges to solve:

  • Lack of sound financial control over multi-national subsidiaries
  • ERP platform with multiple bolt-ons
  • No insight in remote regions
  • Inefficient paper based approval processes

CURE’s mission breeds its own complexity. “Not a lot of companies operate in 29 developing countries.” For the past eighteen years, CURE trusted an overly cumbersome on-premise ERP system to manage hospitals ranging from Afghanistan to the Philippines.

Cure Hospital Ethiopia

“The challenge was getting information from the developing world into the US headquarters,” says Chief Financial Officer Mark Knecht. “Our business data was coming in 45 to 60 days after.” Added to the limited bandwidth of its service regions, this lag stymied CURE’s efforts to manage exchange rates, inventory and financial reporting.

Our Role

During a visit to Colorado Springs, Knecht met the leadership of Xledger. Intrigued by Xledger’s functionality, Knecht soon brought CURE’s leadership to a sales meeting at the ERP provider’s front-ribbed brick headquarters. “One of the first things we noticed when we took a look at Xledger, was the excellence…They’re people on mission to make the world a better place.” After a brief product demonstration, Knecht and the CURE leadership gave their wholehearted approval, immediately seeing that the system would bring much-needed insight to their organization.

“Xledger transformed us, we want to double our surgical capacity over the next five years, and we believe Xledger is one of the crucial decisions we have made to make that a reality.”

“Xledger has saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars across the network.” The system provides real-time data even in the limited bandwidth of many CURE locations. Executives sitting at CURE’s headquarters in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania [can] view payroll and inventory for hospitals across the globe.

Young girl with baby on her back

Planners can coordinate paperless inventory and arbitrate exchange rates for the best deals. “Xledger enabled us to heal more children,” Knecht says. “Whereas before we were operating like ten independent hospitals, it enabled us to operate like a network with ten independent locations.

“Xledger transformed us. We want to double our surgical capacity over the next five years, and we believe Xledger is one of the crucial decisions we have made to make that a reality.”

Xledger has transformed the organization in the following ways:

  • Sharpened insight through tools including segmented reporting, inquiry browsers & homepage dashboards
  • Removed limits with scalable structure, multi-currency functionality & effortless addition of new business units.
  • Improved time and resource management through automatic bank reconciliation
  • Optimized controls with a fully-integrated accounting platform
  • Consolidated financial statements across the organization

Looking Forward

In order to have lasting impact on the organization, the CURE team needed an approach that was aligned with their core organizational values. They also recognized that improved insight would empower team members to drive measurable change.

One of the most beneficial functions for CURE looking forward is instant consolidation. Inter-company eliminations are automatic in the Xledger platform. A complex multi-national organization saves hundreds of accounting man-hours by taking the accounting cycle down to minutes instead of days.

“Xledger is a fantastic partner for us. We have immediate visibility into our data, allowing for faster analysis and a much stronger basis for quality decisions. The minuscule bandwidth requirements allow us to function seamlessly across the globe, even in the developing world. All of these factors have resulted in our saving time and money. We are also pleased with the level of service, far exceeding our expectations from experience with other ERP vendors. I would highly recommend Xledger!” says Knecht.

To learn more about Xledger, the most automated ERP solution on the market, contact us to see our solution in action or to request a product demonstration tailored to your needs.

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"Xledger is a fantastic partner for us. We have immediate visibility into our data, allowing for faster analysis and a much stronger basis for quality decisions. The minuscule bandwidth requirements allow us to function seamlessly across the globe, even in the developing world."

05Mark Knecht
CFO CURE International