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NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne Trimble Testifies Before U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion

Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO of NMSDC, will testify Wednesday before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, on a panel of three diversity professionals discussing "Good for the Bottom Line: A Review of the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion."

The testimony is scheduled to be televised live Wednesday on CSPAN from 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (EDT).

A part of the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH).

This hearing represents Trimble's first opportunity to speak before Congress as NMSDC's President and CEO.

Her address to the subcommittee will reinforce the bottom-line value of the business case for diversity and inclusion, and advocate for NMSDC's unique position to partner with the subcommittee in developing and strengthening the government's support for diversity and inclusion strategies, as well as advocacy for minority business solutions.

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Impact Consulting Enterprises Celebrates 30 Years & Partners with RWJBarnabas Health

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Impact Consulting logoImpact Consulting Enterprises is celebrating 30 years in business and, we ae happy to report that we have been contracted by RWJBarnabas Health System to provide diverse marketing, advertising, website and communication bench support for their Social Impact Community Investment practice.

Our partnership with RWJBarnabas Health began with consultation on a spadea to promote the organization’s Social Impact Community Investment efforts through this high-impact marketing vehicle which wrapped around six different Sunday newspaper editions in New Jersey.  Click here for details: https://www.eimpactconsulting.com/rwjbarnabas-impact/

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AMD's Agrawal appointed to Board of Advisors – Coalition for Government Procurement

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MIRAMAR, Fla. - March 1, 2019 - PRLog -- American Medical Depot (AMD) announces the appointment of President, Akhil K. Agrawal to the Coalition for Government Procurement Board of Advisors.

Roger Waldron, President of the Coalition for Government Procurement said, "As a member of the Coalition's Board of Advisors, Mr. Agrawal will advise the Coalition on issues of interest to its membership, particularly those involved in the Federal healthcare marketplace. In addition. Mr. Agrawal will provide invaluable insights that will help shape the Coalition's policy priorities, membership opportunities, and organizational direction. The Coalition is very fortunate to include Akhil as a member of the Board of Advisors. He is widely recognized as a leading industry expert, and we are so excited to begin working with Akhil in his new capacity."

Prior to establishing AMD, a technology-driven Medical/Surgical Supply and Equipment distribution company serving commercial and federal acute care hospitals since 1993, Mr. Agrawal served in the Banking Industry in various capacities and held numerous positions of responsibility.

Mr. Agrawal served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA), currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Health Industry Distributors Association, President of the Board of Directors of the National Healthcare Alliance; member of the Governor of the State of Florida's Healthcare Policy Team, and served as the co-leader of the Department of Health Transition Team. He is a Founding Board member and Chairman of the Education and Research Committee of the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA), and has served on the US Small Business Administration's National Advisory Council (NAC) Executive Committee, the State of Florida Council for Efficient Government, the Board of Directors of Indian-American Republican Council, and is active in numerous other professional and civic organizations and corporate boards serving in leadership capacities.

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About AMD

American Medical Depot (AMD) is a leading healthcare supply chain solutions company based in Miramar, FL that uses technology and insight to provide smarter ways for clients to manage medical supplies and equipment utilization within complex healthcare supply chains. Having provided innovative supply chain solutions to healthcare providers for more than 25 years, AMD continually executes proven value-add models, combined with deep industry experience and strong leadership. For more information visit www.amdnext.com, or follow us on Facebook (AMDNext), LinkedIn (AMD-solutions), or Twitter (AMD_NEXT).

About the Coalition for Government Procurement

The Coalition was founded in 1979 to advocate a common sense approach to government contracting. The Coalition is the only organization specifically representing the well-being of government contractors whose contracts are administered by GSA, regardless of the industry or size of the company. With over 240-member companies, the coalition represents more than $145 billion of services and products sold to the Federal Government each year. For more information on the Coalition, membership events and opportunities, visit the Coalition's website http://www.thecgp.org.

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Strategic Operational Savings for Prominent Healthcare Institution

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The one image that occurred to our East Coast healthcare client as they contemplated the condition of their medical library was “junk drawer.” Disorganized, costly, unevenly supplied and staffed, they turned to HPC’s Library Management Service (LMS) to help make their library into the “toolbox” it needed to be for their medical staff, residents, and patients.

Each year this institution, which includes a prominent university medical center, sees about 13,000 patient admissions and employs a medical staff of 1,100 along with 260 residents. The library supports the entire health system and is housed at the university medical center. A highly functioning and efficient library is paramount to patient care and staff success.

HPC’s service began with a top-to-bottom analysis of their library with a focus on:

  • measuring their current spend and annual budget
  • valuing the amount and status of pending payments and open invoices
  • understanding the needs of stakeholders who most utilized the library
  • identifying staffing requirements to manage the library
  • cataloging their existing collection, understanding the utilization of content, and gathering information for future content needs

HPC initially made a series of recommendations to the health system that would improve the operational management of the library, provide a full-time remote medical librarian, and resolve media, subscription content, and other resource issues uncovered during the initial analysis. In addition, we developed a new web portal for user search requests.

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Owens & Minor Celebrates the 2018 Earl G. Reubel Award Winners at its 13th Annual Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium

RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 15, 2018--Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE:OMI) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Earl G. Reubel Awards, which were presented this year at the 13th Annual Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium (HSDS). The annual awards recognize healthcare industry leaders—individuals and organizations—who advocate for diversity within the healthcare industry supply chain.

“We congratulate these winners for their enduring efforts to expand access to the healthcare supply chain to a wider range of individuals and enterprises,” said Geoff Marlatt, Senior Vice President, Manufacturer Services for Owens & Minor. “Their advocacy for diversity and their dedication to improving the healthcare supply chain is exemplary.”

Each year at the symposium, the awards are given in three healthcare industry categories: Civic Leadership, Large Corporate Leadership, and Diversity Enterprise. A fourth category was added this year—the inaugural Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion—which was presented for the first time at the Chicago event.

The Earl G. Reubel Civic Leader of the Year Award is presented to an individual who advocates for a diverse healthcare supply chain through community outreach and education. The 2018 winner was Timothy Martin, Strategic Sourcing manager for CHRISTUS Health in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Martin initiated an annual Supplier Diversity Vendor Forum and actively reaches out to minority-, women- and veteran-led companies (MWVBE’s) to provide a blueprint for working with the hospital system. Martin, who also serves as the chair of the CHRISTUS diversity council, has expanded the hospital system’s spend with diverse suppliers each year since 2012.

The Earl G. Reubel Diverse Enterprise of the Year Award is presented to a medical-surgical supplier delivering differentiated value as a MWVBE. The 2018 winner, MYCO Medical of Apex, North Carolina, is a certified diversity supplier, specializing in single-use, disposable clinical-preference items. MYCO Medical also focuses on the needs of the healthcare industry in device categories lacking competition to provide more product choice, and safe, high-quality, innovative solutions with substantial cost savings.

The Earl G. Reubel Large Corporation of the Year Award is presented to a corporation fostering a purpose driven culture of diversity and inclusion, while also leveraging diverse suppliers. The 2018 winner, Bon Secours Mercy Health in Baltimore, is a 100-bed facility licensed in the state of Maryland that serves the Baltimore area. This facility has implemented strategies designed to have a positive impact on the community, including: neighborhood revitalization efforts, creation of opportunities for youth employment and workforce development; a women’s resource center; and purchasing from local, minority-owned vendors.

The newly created HSDS Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion recognizes an industry luminary whose demonstrated commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion is worthy of recognition and celebration. The inaugural Chairman’s Award was awarded to Medtronic, a global biomedical engineering firm that quietly advocates for inclusion in the workforce and in the healthcare supply chain. Medtronic researches, designs, and manufactures implantable medical devices, drug and biological delivery devices, as well as powered and advanced energy surgical instruments.

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Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth: Registration Open

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Once again, the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA), along with its many healthcare partners, have partnered with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth to offer useful strategies for growing your minority or woman owned business AND being more competitive in the healthcare industry.  So, the fall session entitled Building a High-Performing Minority Business will offer the core sessions, as always, in addition to featuring colleagues discussing healthcare supply chain procurement and diversity strategies.  We’ve received great reviews over the past few years, so we’re super excited to offer these sessions again.  The healthcare component is only offered during the November session (November 11 - 16, 2018).

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to HSDA members on a first come, first served basis!  Go to http://mbp.tuck.dartmouth.edu/sessions/building-a-high-performing-minority-business/ and register to attend.  We look forward to spending time with you!

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New Contract with Midwestern Health System

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Organizations expend valuable time and resources effectively tracking and centrally managing their spend on association memberships, subscriptions, and conferences. HPC saves clients time and money by centralizing this category of purchasing through our AMS solution.

We recently began work for a Midwestern health system. After our initial analysis, we concluded that the system would spend $1MM more maintaining the status quo for the next three years than engaging HPC to provide necessary oversight and support services.

Additionally, for each year post engagement, the system will realize a $1MM savings on their existing vendor spend. Not only that, hundreds of the system’s employees will realize time savings; managers, supervisors, executive assistants and Accounts Payable staff, etc.  And, their staff will now have access to HPC’s “concierge service” with getting the books, associations, conferences and subscriptions they need at the most affordable price.

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Healthcare Opportunity Pipeline

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During GMSDC’s Business Opportunity Exchange April 26-27, Kevin J. Price, Sr. Director of Supplier Diversity for Novant Health and Todd Gray, Director of Supplier Diversity for Grady Health System, participated on a panel entitled, “Healthcare Opportunity Pipeline.” Also pictured (L-R) is John Webb of Quantum Reach, Ralph Donaldson, Jr. (moderator) of Wise Think Solutions and Christopher Kunney of IO Tech Consulting.

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Action Health Signs Agreement with Vizient's Achieve Committed Program

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Action Health, a WBENC diversity supplier, signed a specialty bag agreement for Vizient's Achieve Committed Program. The Achieve program is an expansion of the range of highly successful committed offerings currently available to Vizient members. Members who choose to participate in the Achieve Program will receive the best total acquisition cost, unmatched transparency, and increased efficiency, according to the company. The Achieve Program ensures both members and suppliers benefit from the value delivered to all participants through a commitment model.

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Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium September 24-25, 2018

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Owens & Minor has more than a 25 year history of commitment to economic inclusion within the healthcare supply chain. This year, O&M will be hosting the 13th Annual Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium in Chicago, Illinois taking a broad look at industry dynamics themed as

ECONOMIC INCLUSION: Be Intentional.

HSDS2018 will be held on September 24-25 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. The symposium is an intimate networking environment of healthcare executives and industry influencers inclusive of medical and surgical product manufacturers, distributors, and providers. This year's symposium is being held adjacent to HIDA’s Streamlining  conference which begins immediately after the HSDS closing luncheon on the 25th. The common link between HSDS and HIDA in this endeavor is the desire to build a collaborative bridge around supplier diversity through a shared commitment to healthcare and inclusion.

The key highlights on opening day of HSDS2018 are the C-Suite Roundtable and the Earl G. Reubel Awards Gala in which civic leaders, diverse enterprises, and healthcare corporations are celebrated.

This year’s featured keynotes will be delivered by Social Architect Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and Navy Veteran Daryl Macklin, Founder and Executive Director of A Soldier’s Child Foundation.

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Networking Forum: “Raising the Bar Mini Series – Focusing on Healthcare"

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Health Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA) held its Winter Board meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on March 7-8. The opening reception Networking Forum: “Raising the Bar Mini Series – Focusing on Healthcare" was co-sponsored by HSDA, SourceMark, and Manson, Johnson, and Conner, Attorneys at Law, HealthTrust, and TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC). The Networking program is part of TSMSDC program to bring opportunities for diverse suppliers to network in their respective industries. The event was attended by over 40 people from across the country. Representatives of the sponsors gave welcome and opening remarks. Cheri Henderson provides insight as to why Nashville is called the “it” city, followed by welcomes from Richard Manson from SourceMark, Cathy Mock from Cardinal and Chairman of HSDA, and Janet McCain from HealthTrust. It was a great evening and a perfect way to start the board meeting. Chairman Mock thanked the host committee for the great setting and encouraged all that weren’t members to join this effort to have an impact on the healthcare industry.

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3Sixty Pharma Solutions Earns Fourth Certification

logo 3 Sixty Pharma Solutions3Sixty Pharma Solutions LLC (www.3sixtypharma.com) is pleased to announce recent receipt of our fourth certification, proudly adding WEConnect International to our WBENC, NMSDC, and Small Business (WBE, MBE, WOSB) certifications. 

3Sixty Pharma Solutions’ highly-experienced experts provide “Project Management for Breakthrough Results” in Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device, and Life Science companies. Innovative approaches and out-of-the-box thinking drive cost, time, and resource savings for clients.

We’re delighted to be a new member of HSDA!

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New York State M/WBE Certification

new york state of opportunity“It is a long and arduous process, but worth the time and effort,” says Robert Gonzalez, HSDA Board member and CEO of Print Media, which was recently certified with New York.

The state of New York requires that all corporations doing business in the state and/or applying for state grants spend 30% of their discretionary spend with suppliers that have obtained a New York State (NYS) Minority/Woman Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Certification.  For hospitals that rely on state vs. federal funding, NYS requires that all healthcare providers, including those with contracts that are 100% federally-funded, comply fully with the tier 1 and tier 2 M/WBE initiative (NYS Article 15A).  Furthermore, not-for-profit contractors, counties and local government jurisdictions must consider OCFS goals with all subcontracts/purchase agreements for services, products or commodities secured with discretionary funds in the NPS portion of their budget.

Learn more and apply at this link:

https://ny.newnycontracts.com

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NAWBO Spotlights Sharon Reynolds of DevMar Products, LLC

devmar logo brown paddedCongratulations to our President/CEO, Sharon Reynolds, for being spotlighted in the National Association of Women Business Owner's (NAWBO) recent article. “Learn How Sharon Reynolds and DevMar Products Are Cleaning Up" along with valuable information about government contracting. We are extremely proud of our fierce leader!

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Active Ergonomics News

Active Ergonomics Logo on whiteActive Ergonomics is a new member to the HSDA, we are a WBE, and MBE organization.  Our mission is to promote prevention in ergonomics for the healthcare industry through education, assessments and the products.

Active Ergonomics was selected as a vendor to attend the annual HealthrustPG Innovate Summit in Jacksonville, FL in October of 2017.  There were over 260 applications for new products and only 49 were chosen.  The meeting was to introduce HealthtrustPG members to the selected new and innovative products on the market.

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IBEX IT Business Experts $4M Contract

IBEX LogoIn September 2017, IBEX IT Business Experts, an 8a Certified and Woman Owned Small Business based in Sandy Springs, Georgia closed a $4M contract for Service Support Personnel in Support of the Joint Pathology Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD.

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Attain Med, Inc. Receives Premier Group Purchasing Organization Award Notification as Minority Business Enterprise Wholesale Pharmaceutical Distributor

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ATLANTA, GA.-December 1, 2017

Attain Med makes history by becoming among the first minority business enterprise (MBE) organizations ever to receive a Premier, Inc., wholesale contract for distribution of biopharmaceuticals.

Premier, Inc. Group Purchasing Organization has awarded Attain Med, Inc., a contract to the U.S. Wholesale Pharmaceutical Distribution Category, November 2017 and becomes effective January 1st, 2018. 

Attain Med is the first and only SBA 8(a) and MBE to lead a biopharmaceutical wholesaler and distributor and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.  Attain Med is a member of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), Stacey Key, President and CEO.  Attain Med is also a board member of the Healthcare Distributors Alliance (HDA), member of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), and the National Community Pharmacy Association (NCPA).

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Proven Supply Chain Optimization Strategies Help Spectrum Health Reduce Logistical Costs and Stock Outs

Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies Offer a Tailored Approach to Help Hospitals and Health Systems Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

SOMERVILLE, NJ – August 23, 2017 – Spectrum Health realized considerable improvements across its twelve-hospital system with help from CareAdvantage from the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies and its Supply Chain Optimization capability*. Leveraging this approach, the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC)** have helped Spectrum Health cut the weekly number of out-of-stock devices by half, nearly eliminated expedited shipping fees, and reduced the average number of days that products are out of stock.[i]

For many hospitals and health systems making the transition to value-based care, the supply chain continues to be a strategic area of focus to identify opportunities for managing costs while improving the quality of care. For instance, nearly one-fifth of clinician time is spent on supply chain and inventory management, and reducing supply chain inefficiencies can help increase clinician time to be spent with patients, on research and education, or even training new staff.[ii] Additionally, up to 45 percent of a provider’s operating budget can be attributed to total supply chain costs, which could have been reinvested into improving patient care.[iii] CareAdvantage (www.careadvantagejjmdc.com) offers a tailored approach to help improve supply chain efficiency, decrease complexity, and reduce waste through best-in-class order performance, inventory management, and logistics strategies for JJMDC products.

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HSDA Reception for Premier Diversity Committee

An HSDA reception for suppliers and providers attending the 6th Annual Supplier Forum hosted by the Premier Supplier Diversity Committee in Washington D.C. on June 26, provided an opportunity to meet, greet, and engage in an informal setting. This event was sponsored by HSDA member organizations Premier, Inc., Print Media, Inc., and Kerma Medical Products, Inc.. HSDA is planning more events like this to help its members meet key supply chain stakeholders across the country. If your organization would like to help host an event in your area or in conjunction with a larger event/convention, please contact the HSDA Membership Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“At every HSDA network event I have attended,
I always meet someone who can help.”
Jerry Leong, Medgluv

“HSDA offers a forum for supplier diversity practitioners in healthcare to share best practices to further America's need of economic inclusion. Glad that Aurora Health Care has joined as a member of HSDA.”
Daryl Hodnett, Aurora Health Care

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HealthTrust Appoints Joey Dickson to Lead Supplier Diversity Efforts

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—August 1, 2017—HealthTrustSM, a leading healthcare improvement performance company, announced today that it has named Joey Dickson to lead its Supplier Diversity Program. The appointment reflects HealthTrust’s growing commitment to promote and expand sourcing opportunities for minority, woman and service-disabled veteran enterprises (MWSDVEs). HealthTrust advocates doing business with diverse suppliers that are located in the communities served by its members. MWSDVEs support local and regional economies by providing jobs and tax revenues.

Dickson has held various roles with HealthTrust since joining the company in 2007. He has served as assistant vice president of strategic sourcing–purchased services since 2013 and was corporate counsel for the group purchasing organization. “Our mission is to maximize participation of minority, women, service-disabled veterans and other small businesses in the contracting process to promote inclusion in our supplier base in such a way that our contracted vendors mirror the communities served by our members,” said Dickson. “I look forward to working with diverse groups seeking opportunities to earn and compete for contracts that provide our members with high-quality products and services they need at competitive prices.”

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