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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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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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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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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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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:

https://ny.newnycontracts.com

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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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IBEX IT Business Experts $4M Contract

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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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HSDA Reception for Premier Diversity Committee

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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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MYCO Medical Announces Office and Warehouse Move
to Accommodate Growth and Expansion
February 7, 2017

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MYCO Medical, a privately held medical device company, announced that the company has moved their corporate headquarters and warehouse to support the growth and increasing demand from customers.  The company moved in January 2017 from Cary NC to Pinnacle Park in Apex NC, a premier Industrial Park.  MYCO’s new facility represents a substantial increase in office and warehouse space.  In addition, the new location will provide MYCO with a significant upgrade in climate control and storage.

“Our continued success and expansion has been very exciting over the past several years.” Said Sam Kumar, President/CEO and Founder of MYCO Medical. “The increase in climate controlled space will prove critical to MYCO’s future growth and new product development.”

Founded in 1993, as a leading NMDSC Diversity Certified Supplier, MYCO Medical is committed to “Bringing Reliability, Innovation and Value” to the Healthcare industry with an emphasis on “physician preference” surgical devices and disposables.

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2015 Production Drive
Apex NC 27539
(919)460-2535
www.mycomedical.com
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Vizient, Inc.’s Mark Cartwright Recognized for Corporate Supplier Diversity Excellence

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IRVING, Texas--Vizient, Inc. today announced that Women’s Enterprise USA Magazine (WE USA) has recognized Mark Cartwright, senior director of Supplier Diversity, for his leadership and service. This is the second year that Cartwright has been recognized by WE USA as a supplier diversity professional.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, is dedicated to serving members and customers through innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Cartwright has been leading Vizient’s Supplier Diversity Program since 2013.


"We are proud of Mark and the work he does to ensure there are opportunities for diverse suppliers within the health care industry" IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)

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