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Four Organizations Collaborate on Healthcare Supplier Diversity


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

Winston-Salem, N.C. – 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.

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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