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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Moon Over Miami

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The moon over Miami was bright and full by the time the most recent HSDA networking opportunity came to an end.  The February 9th event was hosted at the Miami Beach home of HSDA Board Member, and Print Media CEO, Robert Gonzalez.   It provided opportunities to connect with local supply chain decision makers from Jackson Health System, Baptist Health South Florida, and HCA.  Representatives from Christus Health, Johnson & Johnson, Cardinal Health, Owens & Minor, HealthTrust, and Intalere, were also in attendance.

“The reception was a great opportunity to reconnect with suppliers we’ve met previously as well as engage with a number of new suppliers who were not yet on our radar.”
Amber Lawhorn, Jackson health System

“Your event was certainly one of the best networking events I have attended because everyone was genuinely interested in networking.”
Ariel Hernandez, Liberty Power

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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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SFO Connect Introduces Healthy Vending Options

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Guests may now enjoy 100% healthy premium quality snack products at more than 40 locations throughout the airport.

Known for carrying goods from recognized brands, Gilly Vending products are packed with an abundance of nutrients and antioxidants which are proven to boost energy and stamina. Products include dried fruits, coconut chips, carob, quinoa, chia, nuts and whole grains with organic, gluten free, low salt, sugar free and low calorie options.

Gilly vending machines carry snacks including chips, granola bars, nuts, cookies and crackers. Beverages include water, juices, sports drinks and diet sodas. Its state-of-the art, ADA accessible machines are touch screen, with cashless payment systems and offer product nutrition and allergen information.

Look for Gilly vending machines throughout the airport including the Domestic Terminals baggage claim areas, Long-Term Parking Lot and Rental Car Center.

Gilly Healthy Vending, an award-winning woman-owned, Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise is a certified national company that specializes in customized healthy vending programs, real time technology, and unparalleled service.

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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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Diverse supplier programs featured in the Journal of Healthcare Contracting

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Distributor’s Perspective of Supplier Diversity

Supplier diversity is a goal not only for supply chain executives, but for their distributors as well.

“It is our policy to ensure meaningful inclusion of large and small businesses owned by ethnic minorities, women and veterans in our procurement process,” says Abigail Kofete, manager of supplier diversity at Cardinal Health. “For our organization, maintaining a diverse supplier base spurs competition, generates innovative thinking and facilitates the exchange of ideas that have the potential to produce value-added solutions. Partnering with best-in-class diverse suppliers is essential to our work.”

Connection with the Community

Diverse supplier programs can bring cohesion to the community, not to mention a greater economic impact.

Novant Health has a strong commitment to patient care, education and community services for those insured, under-insured and uninsured, and consistently delivers a significant impact to the health of its communities, says Kevin J. Price, director of supplier diversity and performance analytics. “The health of the communities we serve is our priority and a commitment we take very seriously.”

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Connecting with Diverse Suppliers

GPOs act as a bridge between supply chain executives and diverse/veteran-owned suppliers. Case in point: Vizient and Mercury Medical

Most supply chain executives want to work with diverse suppliers, but they don’t want to be in the “minority/diverse supplier education & development” business. That’s OK, because Mark Cartwright, MBA, CPSM, CPSD, does.

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2016 Earl G. Reubel Award Winners

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 During the 11th annual Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium, the Earl G. Reubel Award was presented to the following honorees, across three categories:

Hospital/Healthcare System of the Year:
CHRISTUS Health / Tim Martin

Diverse Business of the Year:
Broadline Medical, Inc./Georgia Richardson

Civic Leader of the Year:
Kenneth Grant / The Johns Hopkins Hospital Health System

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HSDA Assists MBE Owners through Executive Training Program

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Once again, the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA), Vizient, Novant Health and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth have partnered to offer useful strategies for growing a minority business and being more competitive in the healthcare industry. This executive training program was held on November 13–18, 2016 at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and was specifically designed for owners of minority owned businesses in the health care industry by Tuck, Novant Health, Vizient and HSDA.The fall session entitled 'Building a High-Performing Minority Business' included:

  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Analysis of financial statements
  • Managing the "customer asset"
  • Refining the management structure
  • Assessing operations

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