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Novation Recognizes 27 Suppliers for Excellence In Supporting Members of VHA, UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista

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IRVING, Texas, May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Novation, the leading health care services company for more than 100,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista LLC recognized 27 suppliers for excellence in 2014. The awards were announced yesterday at the fifth annual Supplier Summit meeting in Las Vegas, which brought together more than 1,500 healthcare suppliers representing over 460 companies.

“Novation’s Supplier Summit is the preeminent industry event where suppliers gather to discuss and strategize on the issues and challenges facing the healthcare industry,” said Pete Allen, Novation’s group senior vice president, sourcing operations. “Health systems continue to face increased economic and clinical pressures, and we all have a responsibility to create and implement innovative solutions for the hospitals, academic medical centers and pediatric organizations we serve.”


The Supplier Summit featured educational tracks around cost-containment, data management, healthcare sustainability, emerging pharmacy trends, and private-label offerings.

For the first time, Supplier Summit added a legal track developed specifically for contracted suppliers in-house legal teams. This track was designed to educate attendees on the current and emerging trends facing hospital supply chains and how their involvement can work to streamline efficiencies and create best practices. Track sessions included corporate compliance, ethics, mergers and acquisitions, and product liability.


Novation recognized 27 different suppliers and individuals as they excelled at providing value and benefits to the members we serve in 2014.

Mark McKenna Supplier of the Year


Academic Participation Award

C.R. Baird Inc.

Non-Acute Partner of the Year

Insight Direct USA Inc.

Pediatric Supplier of the Year

Sandbox Medical, LLC

Advisory Services Partner of the Year

Medline Industries, Inc.

Diversity Supplier of the Year

Tronex International, Inc.

Diversity Advocate of the Year

Cardinal Health

Environmental Excellence Award

Hormel Foods Corporation

Innovative Technology Award

Acell, Inc.

Compliance & Integrity Award

PharMEDium Services LLC

Physician Preference Supplier of the Year

Medtronic USA, Inc.

Generic Pharmaceutical Supplier of the Year

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA

Brand Name Pharmaceutical Supplier of the Year

CSL Behring LLC

aptitude Market Movers

Medline Industries, Inc.

aptitude Advocate

DeRoyal Industries Inc.

aptitude Innovation Influencers

St. Jude Medical

Capital & Imaging Supplier of the Year

Steris Corporation

Acute Distributor of the Year


Specialty Distributor of the Year

Network Services Company

Support & Purchased Services Supplier of the Year

Quest Diagnostics Inc.

Food & Nutrition Supplier of the Year

Coca Cola Refreshments

Business & Technology Supplier of the Year


Supply Chain Industry Standards & Data Integrity Award

W. L. Gore & Associates Inc.

IMPACT Standardization Programs Supplier of the Year

US Foods, Inc.

Group Buy Supplier of the Year

Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc & Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

NOVAPLUS Supplier of the Year

Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.

NOVAPLUS Pharmaceutical  Supplier of the Year

Fresenius Kabi USA

Medical Supplier of the Year

Welch Allyn

Surgical Supplier of the Year

Applied Medical Distribution Corporation

National Account Manager of the Year

Nancy Hula- Mills, Cardinal Health


About Novation, Recipient of the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Inside Certification

Novation is the nation’s leading health care services company, focused on revolutionizing operational performance for more than 100,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista LLC. Novation’s progressive approach to cost performance, data and intelligence, and integrated advisory solutions helps health care providers envision and advance new models of cost-effective, high-quality care. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Novation is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and twice has been honored with the Ethisphere Institute’s coveted Ethics Inside® Certification, and has been named four years consecutively to Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list. To learn more about Novation, please visit and follow @NovationNews on Twitter.


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