UC Health Wins Diversity Award, Continues Commitment to MBEs and WBEs

CINCINNATI—April 25, 2012—UC Health was announced as the winner of the prestigious 2012 Spirit of Diversity Award at the third annual South Central Ohio Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium. This award is presented annually to the health system in the Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region that has demonstrated excellence in economic inclusion of certified minority- and women-owned suppliers in the health care supply chain.

“We’re grateful for the symposium’s recognition of UC Health’s work supporting supplier diversity,” said Dennis Robb, UC Health senior vice president, business operations and chief supply chain officer. “The award inspires us and challenges others in health care to do even more in the coming year.”

The symposium was formed in 2010 with the goal of establishing a forum for health care providers, group purchasing organizations, manufacturers, construction companies and distributors in the region to achieve greater opportunities for businesses owned by minorities and women.

UC Health was selected for the award because of its superior performance in all the criteria used by the panel of minority- and women-owned suppliers who select the winner. These criteria include:

  1. Actual Results—Starting from a base of almost zero at the inception of the supplier diversity program, UC Health has awarded more than $140 million with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). UC Health designed its program based on the characteristics and recording criteria of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, created in 2001 to recognize corporations that spent at least $1 billion with minority and women-owned suppliers (members include Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Kroger, Johnson Controls, AT&T, etc.). UC Health has continued to be the regional benchmark of health care organizations for economic inclusion.
  2. Leadership Commitment—UC Health senior leadership established a disciplined supplier diversity/economic inclusion initiative focusing on: competitive awards, standardized reporting, verification of value (quality/safety/service/price) and audited results. Every Thursday morning in the UC Health executive boardroom, Robb leads an outreach/mentoring open meeting, introduces MBEs and WBEs to health care executives, forecasts potential bid opportunities, provides direct feedback about the businesses and their formal presentations, and promotes networking among large, medium and small businesses. Also in attendance is Ruby Kern, vice president of MedAssets. MedAssets is UC Health’s Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), representing more than 4,000 hospitals across the United States. Additional attendees include representatives from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA, the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council and the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council. Regional MBEs and WBEs therefore have exposure to local bids and contracting opportunities as well as national competitive bids. One business that received its first health care contract with UC Health has subsequently been awarded a national contract with Kaiser Permanente for $40 million dollars.

UC Health provides its supplier diversity leadership perspective to other health care systems in the region via its membership on the Tristate Healthcare Supplier Diversity Consortium. The consortium comprises a group of senior executives from UC Health, Christ Hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Mercy Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, TriHealth and Premier Health Partners who meet quarterly under the umbrella of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council. The long-term objective of the consortium is to develop and implement best practices and breakthrough initiatives that will drive economic inclusion, economic development and increased employment in our region.

The Spirit of Diversity Award is now added to a long series of acknowledgements UC Health has received since the initiation of a formal supplier diversity program. Since 2006 the organization has received awards and recognition from the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, the State of Ohio and the City of Cincinnati. In addition, Robb has won recognition as the recipient of the Federation of American Hospitals’ Corris Boyd Leadership and Diversity and in 2010 he was awarded the Spirit of Diversity Individual Champion award.

About UC Health
UC Health includes University of Cincinnati Medical Center, ranked the best hospital in the region by US News & World Report; West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati’s newest hospital; Drake Center, Cincinnati’s premier provider of long-term acute care; UC Physicians, Cincinnati’s largest specialty practice group with 650 board-certified clinicians and surgeons; the Lindner Center of HOPE, the region’s premier mental health center; and the UC Cancer Institute, the UC Cardiovascular Institute, the UC Neuroscience Institute and the UC Diabetes and Endocrinology Institute. To learn more, visit UCHealth.com.


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Jeff Seal, APR

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