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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.


Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth: Registration Open

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.


Healthcare Opportunity Pipeline

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.

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.


Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium September 24-25, 2018

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


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.

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.

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!

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.

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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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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.”

MYCO Medical Announces Office and Warehouse Move
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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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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.


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.

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.