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HPC's Announces New Supplier Agreement with Acurity

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HPC proudly announces its brand new regionally enhanced supplier agreement (effective August 2019) with Acurity, a wholly owned subsidiary of GNYHA and close partner of the Premier group purchasing organization. Founded in 1996 and headquartered near Chicago, Illinois, HPC will provide members of Acurity access to 3 core product and service offerings that each promote education, drive savings within the healthcare supply chain, and support supplier diversity initiatives.

  • Books, Magazines & Other Publications: Members can purchase all the books, e-books, magazines, patient education, textbooks, medical coding books, clinical study aids, certification course materials, anatomical charts and other publications they need for their hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers and other medical facilities. HPC offers a one-stop shop experience for healthcare organizations to buy any type of content from any publisher they need through a single source, so that every item can be purchased through one trusted supplier at special discounted prices.
  • Association & Conference Concierge Service: Much like a corporate travel agency managing an organization’s spend on airfare and other travel expenses, HPC’s Association & Conference Concierge Service manages an organization’s spend on education-related purchases like professional association memberships, corporate subscriptions, conferences and other continuing education expenses. HPC provides a dedicated team to create a centralized process for the entire organization, taking individual requests from professional staff who have an upcoming education expense and then negotiating prices with vendors, overseeing internal expense approvals and processing payment to vendors. Most health systems spend well into the millions of dollars every year on these types of educational expenses. And yet, because of payment delays, confusing decentralized processes and too much paperwork, most health systems suffer from an inefficient unmanaged system that leads to headaches for staff and overspending year after year. HPC’s program reduces these costs one transaction at a time to produce significant savings for the organization, while at the same time integrating simpler centralized processes and eliminating time-consuming hassles for your professional employees and caregivers so they can get what they need quickly and painlessly.
  • Evidence-based Research & On-Demand Medical Library Services: HPC provides a wide range of clinical research and medical library-related services to members to promote improved caregiver access to evidence-based content and to support evidence-based practice in nursing, medicine and supply chain. Whether it’s having HPC manage your library budget and annual subscription renewals, or relying on HPC’s experienced medical librarians to provide on-call research support to your caregivers 7 days a week, or providing your supply chain with easy-to-understand evidence on complex medical device purchases, or completely outsourcing the management and oversight of your medical library to HPC in a more cost-effective virtual library model – HPC customizes service for each and every member we serve to support you wherever you need the extra help.

Contact HPC today to learn more: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (219)922-4868, www.hiltonpub.com.

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IBEX Unveils New Supplier Diversity VMS at WBENC

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Atlanta-based IBEX IT Business Experts has unveiled to the public the pre-launch of their highly anticipated supplier diversity vendor management system, Certifiably Diverse. As an exhibitor at the Women's Business Enterprise National Council’s (WBENC) Annual Conference in June, IBEX introduced booth visitors to the new system with wide acclaim from both prospective buyers and suppliers alike. IBEX is an African-American, woman-owned IT solutions and delivery firm.

Originally developed for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Certifiably Diverse is a cloud-based supply chain management solution that advances and transforms supplier diversity commitments into a scalable and results-driven platform. “Thanks to the mentorship and partnership of UPMC, we have built a best-in-class system that will meet the needs of both new and mature supplier diversity programs alike,” said Tracey Grace, president and chief executive officer of IBEX.

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#HSDAforDiversity on Social Media

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Hashtags create great visibility for a campaign, and help you reach your target audience by using relevant hashtags that you know your audience is already following. When used to promote an event, the hashtag not only connects you with your followers, but your followers with each other. When HSDA Members share commentary or their photos with the #HSDAforDiversity on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, they are expanding their content reach, amplifying their brand, targeting their market, getting your content found, improve their SEO, and more. And, if you are not already following #HSDAforDiversity on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, please do so today!  It’s a great way to see what our organization is up to, besides our newsletter.

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Premier and Print Media Celebrate 20 Years

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On June 17th, the Premier Supplier Diversity Committee held its “8th Annual Supplier Forum”  – allowing small and diverse suppliers (active contracted suppliers) an opportunity to spend a day with the members on the committee.  This year was particular special because Premier is celebrating 20 years of supplier diversity initiatives! Along the way, Premier has provided many small and diverse suppliers the opportunity to partner and support their efforts to continually lead the way in healthcare innovation – approximately 390 diverse contracts currently in place. Print Media is extremely proud that we were Premier’s very first awarded diverse supplier, and that we were given an opportunity to share our story and provide a testimonial for a supplier diversity strategy during this year’s forum.

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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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Sharon Reynolds of DevMar Products, LLC Featured Cover Story on MBE Magazine

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Rock Star: Making a Difference

Sharon Reynolds continues a family legacy of achievement, excellence, and entrepreneurship.

For years, scientists and gov­ernment officials have warned the public about threats to the environment because of the rapidly growing population's consumption of limited natural resources and, instead, en­couraged the use of eco-friendly products. As a result, many companies have opted out of developing products that contain harsh or toxic chemicals that may harm the planet and consumers; they've chosen, instead, to devel­op environmentally friendly products. Sharon Reynolds, president and CEO of DevMar Products, LLC in Nashville, Tennessee, has grown her company to be one of the leaders in providing environmentally friendly cleaning and safety products to help sustain the planet for future generations.
DevMar Products (a hybrid of Reynolds' two sons' names-Devin and DeMarco), distributes high-quality janitorial and san­itary supplies to companies for healthier work environments for employees, staff, and patients.

Before launching DevMar Products, in 2007, Reynolds, a fifth-generation Nashvillian, enjoyed a very successful 16-year career as a real estate broker. She was one of the youngest African-American owners of a prominent mortgage company at age 26, eventually becoming one of the top real estate brokers in Nashville and a relocation specialist for major corporations. Unfortunately, the real estate market crash during the Great Recession forced her to switch careers.  "This whole economy was about to go under. So, I really had to reinvent myself. I said, 'Okay, so what is it that I can do,"' she says.

She didn't have to look far for an idea. Reynolds' husband, DeMarco, Sr., owns a janitorial and facilities management company, operating in four states. She recognized that there was a lot of momentum toward environmental sustainability and protecting the environment in that industry. So, she approached her husband with the idea to provide his company, Reynolds & Reynolds Facility Services, with environmentally responsible cleaning supplies.

"I had some pushback [from him] because he said, 'You're a young distributor and you're going to have to actually go to larger distributors to be able to provide the products that I need. I'm going to pay more, which will impact my bottom line,"' she recalls. "He was just like any other customer and I had to make sure that he wasn't going to pay more."

Shortly after, Reynolds was awarded her first major contract with the Metro Nashville Airport Authority. When the airport authority announced that the bid, required 20 percent diversity participation, Reynolds approached American Paper and Twine Co. (AP& T), who'd held the contract for 15 years, about partnering.

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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

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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

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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:

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Active Ergonomics News

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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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