(Hartford, Conn. June 25, 2015) –Premier, Inc. presented an honorable mention to Saint
Francis Care for the Diversity Award during an awards ceremony that took place during Premier’s annual
Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition on June 24, 2015.
The Diversity Award
honors health systems that have established active programs to evaluate and
support minority-, women- and veteran-owned enterprises, as well as small
businesses, available through the Premier contract portfolio.
“Creating opportunities for
companies owned by diverse people is a priority at Saint Francis,” said
Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Francis Care. “In fact, it’s part of our
"We are proud of the diversity
of our vendors and are always reaching out through our Diversity Vendor Fair
and looking for new ways to include the growing numbers of businesses owned by
minorities, women and veterans,” said David Walsh, Administrative Director of
Supply Chain, who accepted the award at Premier’s 2015 Breakthroughs Conference
and Exhibition in National Harbor, Maryland, on June 24, 2015. “Saint Francis received the Diversity Award for important
contributions in developing and nurturing diversity programs in their
organizations and communities."
Premier members apply for the Diversity
Award and are measured on engagement in diversity initiatives through
community involvement, diversity business outreach initiatives, benchmarking
and best practices sharing.
"Saint Francis Care
is at the forefront of innovative diversity programs that benefit the
communities, businesses and a people they serve,” said Durral R. Gilbert,
Premier president of supply chain services. “We welcome collaboration with
diverse suppliers and encourage health systems to use their highly-valued
products and services."
About Premier, Inc.
Premier, Inc. is a
leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately
3,400 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With
integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and
advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a
lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays
a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with
members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way
care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.,
Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit
Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com.
About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare
delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an
anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is
a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other major entities of Saint Francis Care
include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint
Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut,
the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew
J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience
Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent
organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and
Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are
supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional
medical office centers sited throughout the region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.