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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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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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QCS Logistics Announces New President, Promotions to Executive Management Team

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jgb profile picNEW ORLEANS−(May 22, 2017) − QCS Logistics, one of the region’s premier courier and logistics companies, has named Jason G. Burns, Sr. as its new President. Jason joined the company in 2007 as Vice President of Business Development.

Current President and CEO, Ronald V. Burns, Sr. will transition to CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Burns, Sr., QCS Logistics founder, has grown the company into one of the largest courier companies in Louisiana and an Inc. 5000 “Fastest Growing Private Company for the past three years.” Today, QCS Logistics has a staff of 25 and more than 75 drivers, manages two warehouses, and completes more than 1,000 deliveries a day. 

Warmoth G. Guillaume, who serves as Vice President and General Manager, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer. Guillaume joined QCS Logistics, as a partner in 2004, having worked 26 years at United Parcel Services. He will be responsible for oversight of the company’s operational plans, policies, and initiatives. Guillaume is excited about the new direction in leadership, stating, “I am confident that we will continue to expand our footprint within the region with our dedicated and experienced employees as a key element of that growth and the company’s success.”

David Domingue will be promoted to the position of General Manager, having served as Operations Manager since 2012. In his new capacity, he will assume management of the company’s day-to-day operations, including its warehouse operations.

Jason G. Burns, Sr. serves as treasurer of the Customized Logistics & Delivery Association (CLDA), the industry’s leading trade association, and serves as Treasurer and chairs its Membership Committee. He was recently re-elected as an executive board member during the organization’s annual conference. 

“Jason has done an outstanding job of guiding our company through a remarkable growth period and has helped drive QCS Logistics’ adoption of innovative technology and expansion into different vertical markets and service offerings,” Chairman Burns said. “Jason brings an innovative approach, national industry leadership and a forward-looking vision at a time of dynamic changes in the logistics industry. We are excited about the future and confident in the strength of QCS Logistics’ leadership team.”

Jason Burns, who joined the Customized Logistics & Delivery Association’s Board of Directors in 2011, said he is excited and proud to take on the mantle as QCS Logistics President.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be entrusted as President of QCS Logistics. This has been a dream of mine since I made my first delivery as a five-year-old alongside my father,” he said. “Throughout QCS Logistics’ 33-year history, our core values of integrity, excellent service and community involvement have enabled us to become one of the leading last-mile providers in the region. My vision is to work together with our management team and dedicated employees to build upon this proud history by creating innovative and value-added logistics solutions for our evolving customer base.”

In addition to his leadership role with the CLDA, Jason Burns serves as a current board member for the Urban League of Louisiana. He also was selected to participate in the nationally recognized Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, the Ortique Leadership Institute, the inaugural class of Xavier University’s Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute, and the 2013 Aspen Institute Action Forum.

Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN., where he was a three-year letterman as a wide receiver on the varsity football team and the recipient of the 2006 Dedication Award.

ABOUT QCS LOGISTICS

With more than 33 years of experience in the transportation services industry, QCS Logistics has completed over seven million deliveries and is one of the leading courier services in the Gulf South region. With expertise in on-demand and scheduled delivery services, cold chain delivery, medical courier delivery, freight distribution and custom logistics services, QCS Logistics is the first choice for premier healthcare, pharmaceutical, auto, critical parts, financial and retail customers throughout Southeast Louisiana. The firm specializes in servicing Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, St. Tammany and Jefferson Parishes; including service to the surrounding states in the Southeast region.

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Premier Signs Supplier Agreement With Print Media

Premier has awarded Print Media a new 3-year agreement (PP-MM-483) for Chart Paper and Related Products, effective 9/1/2017 thru 8/31/2020. This category includes medical chart paper for cardiology (ECG), monitoring (fetal and physiological), defibrillator, neurology, pharmacy, lab and video imaging; accessories include pens, optical disks and mounts.

Print Media is a minority and veteran owned small business enterprise, founded in 1993, which operates in Miami, Florida, as a manufacturer of patient identification wristbands and reliable media to fit component printers in mission‐critical equipment, such as heart‐monitors.  www.printmedia-inc.com.

Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a healthcare improvement company uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations. Our mission is simple: To improve the health of communities.

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Vizient Signs Supplier Agreement Extension with Print Media

Vizient has extended NOVAPLUS/Print Media chart paper agreement (MS2321) for two years, through Dec. 31, 2018.The addendum provides additional value by providing a price reduction, as well as integration or accessibility to legacy MedAssets Members.

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AMD Celebrates Supplier Diversity and Achievement at the FSMSDC 41st Annual Awards Gala

On Friday, September 30th, business leaders and supply chain innovators came together to celebrate at the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) 41st Annual Awards Gala. Held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL, the event recognized the achievements of Florida's top minority-owned businesses and major corporations that are committed to Supplier Diversity. American Medical Depot (AMD) President Akhil Agrawal was in attendance to present an award of appreciation to Frank Fernandez, Assistant Vice President, Supply Chain Services at Baptist Health of South Florida. Mr. Fernandez is an industry pioneer with over 30 years of contributions to healthcare. Mr. Fernandez was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award, "In Recognition for Transforming the Healthcare Industry Landscape for Supplier Diversity, Forever," for setting the pace for the healthcare industry to recognize and tap into disruptive supply chain innovations offered by firms like American Medical Depot. AMD President Agrawal was joined on stage by Deborah Williams, Senior Director of Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, Premier, Inc., and Kenyetta Keys Director of Materials Management, Doctors Community Hospital, in Lanham, MD.Mrs. Keys also serves as Chairwoman of the Premier Supplier Diversity Committee on behalf of all Premier Hospital Members. Said Mrs. Keys, "AMD has been a staunch and progressive leader of supplier diversity. I am proud to be a partner with them in the advancement and inclusiveness of diverse organizations in the healthcare landscape."

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