Four Organizations Collaborate on Healthcare Supplier Diversity

Four Organizations Collaborate on Healthcare Supplier Diversity


Partnership aims to improve supply chain access to minority business owners in healthcare

Winston-Salem, N.C. April 15, 2014 Novant Health announced today a new collaboration with the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA) in Richmond, Va., Tuck Business School at Dartmouth (Tuck) in Hanover, N.H. and Novation in Irving, Texas that is designed to offer an executive training program for minority business owners in the healthcare industry, creating pathways to potential opportunities for historically underutilized businesses.

“Novant Health is committed to developing mutually-beneficial and successful partnerships that support and encourage diversity,” said Kevin J. Price, supplier diversity & performance director for Novant Health. “Our organization believes that these are the right strategic partners to share ideas, resources, and strategies for success.”

HSDA is a voluntary, not-for-profit trade association that performs a leadership role in promoting and preserving the role of diverse suppliers in the healthcare industry. Novation is a leader of healthcare supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting as a group purchasing organization. Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business is America’s oldest graduate school of management and is recognized among the leading business schools in the world.

“This is the type of program we had in mind when we founded HSDA years ago,” explained Angela T. Wilkes, HSDA board president chair. “We are thrilled to partner with these outstanding organizations and combine resources that will further our mission and benefit not only our members, but a number of minority owned businesses currently in healthcare, as well as those interested in becoming a part of the healthcare industry.”

Leonard Greenhalgh PhD, professor of management and director, programs for minority and women owned businesses of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth commented, “Tuck is honored to partner with such an exceptional group of organizations committed to minority business education.”

“We are eager to work closely with our new partners,” said Mark Cartwright, director of supplier diversity at Novation. “We believe this collaboration will bring real value to minority business owners.”

The four organizations are offering the executive training program, Building a High-Performing Minority Business, November 16- 21 at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Owners and senior executives of minority-owned companies can expect to develop the skills necessary to help their business thrive. To learn more about this program or to sign up online, please visit http://exec.tuck.dartmouth.edu/programs/minority-programs/building-a-high-performing-minority-business/apply-now

About Novant Health

Novant Health is a four-state integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to our communities. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,200 physicians and 26,000 employees who make healthcare remarkable at nearly 500 locations including 15 medical centers, and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, Novant Health is committed to making healthcare remarkable for our patients and our communities serving over four million patients annually. In 2012, Novant Health provided more than $545 million in community benefit including charity care and services. Novant Health is one of the top 25 integrated health systems in the United States and was named a top 50 Best Places for Diverse & Women Managers to Work by Diversity MBA Magazine.

For more information, please visit our website at www.NovantHealth.org . You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA)

The HSDA is a not for profit 501 (C) 6 corporation focused on education and awareness of supplier diversity within the healthcare supply chain. The mission of the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA) is to lead healthcare supplier diversity by building awareness through education and creating pathways to potential opportunities for historically underutilized businesses and all healthcare supply chain stakeholders. Members include diverse business owners (Minority, Women, Veteran, Disabled-Owned businesses) and healthcare providers (including acute care hospitals and integrated delivery networks). Members also include corporations such as manufacturers, distributors, group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and service providers.

For additional information please visit the HSDA website: www.hsdafordiversity.org

About Tuck Business School at Dartmouth

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is organized around the deeply held belief that giving students access to a leading faculty of gifted communicators skilled in discovering new knowledge is essential to providing the highest level of graduate education. Tuck’s mission is to provide the world’s best educational preparation for a career of business leadership and to have a faculty of acknowledged thought leaders who are outstanding teachers. Building a High-Performing Minority Business, Tuck’s core minority business program, is the ideal business prescription for minority and Native American owned companies. It is an opportunity to evaluate an organization’s health and diagnose its strengths and areas for improvement in one of the world’s top-rated business schools.

For more information please visit the Tuck website: http://exec.tuck.dartmouth.edu/programs/minority-programs/building-a-high-performing-minority-business

About Novation

Founded in 1998, Novation is the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company for the more than 100,000 members of VHA Inc. and UHC, two national health care alliances, Children’s Hospital Association, an alliance of the nation’s leading pediatric facilities, and Provista, LLC. Novation provides alliance members with sourcing services, as well as information and data services. Novation develops and manages competitive contracts with more than 600 suppliers. VHA, UHC, Children’s Hospital Association, and Provista members used Novation contracts to purchase more than $43 billion in 2012. Novation is committed to supporting and encouraging diverse suppliers certified Minority, Women or Veteran Business Enterprise (MWVBE) that meet high quality standards. Organizations across the nation are committed to economic development in their communities and look to Novation to award agreements to qualified MWVBEs where appropriate.

For additional information please visit the Novation website: https://www.novationco.com/expertise/supplierdiversity/default.asp

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