Manor walked toward her as she poured a coffee for each of them. Accepting a cup, he added cream sipped and remarked, “Good coffee!”
“An Indonesian brand, not particularly expensive, but one I love. The flavour is subtle but delicious.”
Setting her cup aside she said, “Ok, supplies are listed under the company name. This may take some time since I have no idea what’s missing. Still, Linda Farrow, the woman responsible for ordering (currently away on vacation) usually lists items scheduled for re-order on a month-by-month basis which helps keep delivery costs down.”
Jenna pulled a clipboard off the wall. The itemized list contained twenty-six products that required replacement. Manor looked over her shoulder and followed along as she acknowledged each item. “Well, that wasn’t as helpful as I’d hoped. Although it does eliminate several possibilities since all the items arrived and have been accounted for. I guess she ran out of time and forgot to file this one.” She indicated the tick marks alongside all the items then went to the supply cupboard and double-checked. “Yep, they are all accounted for.”
“What about those you’re waiting on?” Manor asked.
Flipping the page up she uncovered a second list, “Yes, this is it.” Scanning the secondary list she found three items she wasn’t sure about and pulled each folder for comparison. “That explains that! New Company,” she pointed at the date stamped item, “which suggests the previous company either doesn’t carry these supplies any longer or has become too expensive and we’ve opted to go with an alernative brand or company to keep expenses down.”
Sipping her coffee she remarked, “I wished I could remember what it was. I can’t even pull a picture up in my mind. I don’t recall ever having used it so it has to be a product we rarely require and definitely don’t use often. I suppose it could have been pulled if it were outdated. Still, that means it would have happened over a week ago before Linda went on vacation.”
“Unless Dr. Greg removed it himself,” Manor suggested, “or instructed Mr. Harris to do so. It may not even connect, but I was curious because it was a loose end.”
“I could contact Linda Farrow and ask where she keeps a list of it. Occasionally, we order medicine on a one=time use basis because it’s a rare or unusual illness. “
“It’s going to take time to go through all the files. We have hundreds of patients.”
“Thanks, I won’t ask you to make that kind of effort. Unless it becomes essential but I appreciate the thought. When your assistant gets back, we can revisit the idea then.”
“I may have a bagel and cream cheese if you’re hungry. I skipped breakfast this morning.”
Taking a last sip of coffee he grinned, “Thanks, another time I have to get back at it.”
Standing he walked to the sink and rinsed out his cup before heading to the door, “I’ll take a rain check though.”
Jenna smiled, liking the idea very much.