System Receives National Diversity Award for Supporting Minority Suppliers
“Developing relationships with local businesses is essential to sustaining and building strong and healthy communities."
Joseph Piemont President and COO
Carolinas HealthCare System was nationally recognized by the Premier healthcare alliance for its support of minority suppliers in Charlotte and surrounding communities. The System was presented the 2013 Premier Diversity Award for purchasing goods and services from diverse suppliers and for developing procurement strategies aligned with the communities it serves.
The award recognizes Premier member hospitals or health systems for establishing active programs to evaluate and support contracted minority-, women-, veteran-owned, and small business enterprises through the Premier portfolio. Of more than 2,800 eligible members, Carolinas HealthCare System was the only healthcare system to receive this distinction.
“We are thrilled to receive this award, a true reflection of Carolinas HealthCare System’s commitment to diversity and the inclusion of everyone in the community,” said Joseph Piemont, president and chief operating officer for Carolinas HealthCare System. “Developing relationships with local businesses is essential to sustaining and building strong and healthy communities. This is a priority to our organization, and we will continue to strategically develop programs to support the economic health of our suppliers.”
Also at the Conference, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Murphy Medical Center received the national Supply Chain Excellence Award, for superior purchasing initiatives. The Murphy campus was one of only 29 Premier members to receive the award, which recognizes hospitals and health systems for superior supply expense performance, as measured by Premier’s SupplyFocus® database. SupplyFocus is the industry’s largest comparative database of operational and supply chain cost information and enables hospitals to compare their supply expense performance and identify improvement opportunities.