Cintas Corporation, Children’s Hospital, and Deborah Robb win region’s Spirit of Diversity Awards
Cincinnati recently hosted the South Central Ohio Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium, which included the Spirit of Diversity Awards Luncheon at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. This event brought together senior leaders in the healthcare supply chain throughout Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky as well as minority and women business owners to facilitate increased healthcare spend with diverse suppliers in the region.
The Spirit of Diversity Awards Luncheon took place to further inspire greater commitment to economic inclusion. The luncheon welcomed 300 guests; featured a keynote address by the Honorable Alexis M. Herman, Former United States Secretary of Labor; and recognized an Individual Champion, Major Supplier, and Health System for their excellence in supplier diversity. The finalists were:
·For Major Supplier: Cintas Corporation, GBBN Architects and Messer Construction
·For Health System: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Premier Health Partners and UC Health
Deborah Robb won the Spirit of Diversity Award in the Individual Champion category. Deborah is a leader and tireless advocate for supplier diversity and economic inclusion in the region. In her role as Director of Economic Inclusion for the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, Deborah has written policies and ensured that goals on Port Authority projects are equivalent to our healthcare metrics. Beyond the Port Authority, Deborah brings her expertise to the South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, the African American Chamber, the UC Health Supplier Diversity Team, and the Tri-State Healthcare Supplier Diversity Consortium.
Pamela Coleman, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, accepted the Spirit of Diversity Award on behalf of the Cintas Corporation in the Major Supplier category. A few years ago, Cintas was challenged by the Health Alliance to significantly increase its commitment to supplier diversity. That challenge became a catalyst for the growth of the Cintas supplier diversity program with purchases from minority and women owned businesses tripling to approximately 10 percent. Commitment to economic inclusion begins at the top with Scott Farmer and J. Phillip Holloman who continue to raise the bar. Cintas develops diverse suppliers through mentoring and capacity building courses and for its work, Cintas has been recognized with several awards including the SCOMSDC Trailblazer Award.
Michael Fisher, President & CEO, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, accepted the organization’s award in the Health System category. Cincinnati Children’s has been on the forefront of economic inclusion as it has expanded its operations in recent years. A minority firm was the architect of record for the signature design of the recently completed Cincinnati Herald Building in Avondale and the new Children’s Hospital parking garage. A minority-owned construction management company was in charge of the construction of Children’s $50 million satellite hospital in Liberty Township. Children’s also partnered with a minority-owned firm on an Urban Staffing initiative intended to provide job opportunities for economically disadvantaged individuals in the local community.
The South Central Ohio Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium was produced by The Abercrumbie Group and Elliott Management Group and presented by Honorary Chairperson, John A. Bardis, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta based MedAssets, a leading provider of spend, clinical resource, and revenue cycle management solutions.
For more information about the South Central Ohio Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium, please visit www.healthcaresupplierdiversity.com.