Home' The Source : Third Quarter 2015 Contents HealthTrust’s diversity program gives potential suppliers the
opportunity to enter the bidding process and compete for contracts
with large healthcare organizations.
“Our members are really committed to their communities and
diversity,” says Darrel Mogilles, assistant vice president of Strategic
Sourcing and Supplier Diversity for HealthTrust. “We strive to make
our supplier base reflect the patients our members serve.”
Having a diverse supplier base also promotes more competition
among all vendors, adds Janet McCain, director of HealthTrust’s
Supplier Diversity Program.
Giving Back to the Community
For many hospitals, diversity comes down to
“It’s the right thing to do,” says Andy Cox,
senior director of Supply Chain Management at
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis,
Tennessee. “Memphis, as a community, has
several socioeconomic challenges. As a large
organization in the community, we look at it as
our responsibility to help MWSDVEs grow.”
A HealthTrust member since March 2013, Methodist Le Bonheur
Healthcare has had its own thriving diversity program for several
years, partnering with several local MWSDVEs.
As part of their dedication to the community, Cox and his team
work closely with the Mid-South Minority Business Council based in
Memphis to identify local minority suppliers. Methodist Le Bonheur
Healthcare also works with HealthTrust to maximize the partic-
ipation of these local minority suppliers within the scope of their
HealthTrust contracts, Cox says.
“We’ve developed so many relationships with local minority
suppliers,” says Glenda Moore, director of Contract Management at
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. “We look for every opportunity
to expand our portfolio, specifically with those suppliers that we’ve
been doing business with over the years.”
And while cost savings is often a benefit, Cox says, the primary focus
is on “engaging and bringing value to the local minority community.
We feel socially responsible.”
A Community Connection
For Robert Wood Johnson University
Hospital (RWJUH), supplier diversity is a
pillar in the organization’s overall diversity
initiative. Through its Center for Diversity
and Inclusion, the New Brunswick, New
Jersey, hospital works to ensure diversity is
woven into the fabric of everything it does.
“We want to stay connected to our
community, and formalizing diversity pro-
grams builds that bridge,” says Ryan Parker, chief diversity
officer at RWJUH. “We want to show our commitment to
> The Prospective Supplier Profile (PSP)
has been revamped to better capture
information and more accurately
identify suppliers matching a current
business need. The completed PSPs
are automatically sent to the Supplier
Diversity team, maximizing the number
of diverse suppliers that have the
opportunity to participate in the bidding
process. This change has led to more
diverse suppliers competing in an
increasing number of contract categories.
> An educational symposium is held each
year, giving contracted diverse suppliers
the opportunity to learn more about
> The HealthTrust team formalized a
charter that provides guidelines for
the inclusion of diverse suppliers in the
contracting process. It better defines
acceptable partnering arrangement
between diverse and non-diverse
> HealthTrust launched a subcontracting
program, which McCain explains
facilitates opportunities to pair a
diverse supplier with a major vendor.
HealthTrust’s Role in Promoting Supplier Diversity
The Supplier Diversity Program at HealthTrust has grown significantly over the last several
years. There are more than 75 diverse suppliers on contract, and several more MWSDVE suppliers
currently participate in various stages of the competitive bid process, says Darrel Mogilles,
assistant vice president of Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity for HealthTrust.
In the last seven years, the program has consistently grown more than 10 percent annually and,
in 2014, HealthTrust members purchased a record $180.4 million from these suppliers.
HealthTrust’s diversity team now works more closely with contracting and clinical teams to
integrate diversity into the work plan prior to the start of a project, says Janet McCain, director
of the Supplier Diversity Program.
Recent improvements to the diversity program include:
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