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Vizient, Inc.’s Mark Cartwright Recognized for Corporate Supplier Diversity Excellence

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)

Moon Over Miami

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

SFO Connect Introduces Healthy Vending Options


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.

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.”

Kevin Price

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.

Mark Cartwright
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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.

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

HSDA Assists MBE Owners through Executive Training Program

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

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."