Novation Recognizes 22 Suppliers for Their Excellent Service to VHA, UHC and Children's Hospital Association Members in 2012

IRVING, Texas, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Novation, leading health care supply chain expertise and contracting company for the members of VHA Inc., UHC, Children's Hospital Association, and Provista LLC, recognized 22 suppliers yesterday at its annual Supplier Summit. These awards were given in recognition of the winners' superior service provided to the health care organization members of VHA, UHC and Children's Hospital Association.

In addition to the awards recognizing specific areas of service, Novation is also honoring the overall supplier of the year with the second annual Mark McKenna award. Mark McKenna served as the president and CEO of Novation from 1999 through 2006. He passed away in October of 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer. His distinguished career in supply chain management and supply cost control spanned 30 years with medical device manufacturers as well as provider-owned group purchasing organizations. By honoring the overall supplier of 2012 who demonstrated outstanding service, this award continues McKenna's legacy of putting hospitals and patients first.

The 2012 winners are:

Mark McKenna Award to the Overall Supplier of the Year

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Academic Medical Centers Participation Award

CareFusion Corporation

Non-Acute Partner of the Year

Physician Sales and Services

Pediatric Supplier of the Year


VHA Supply Networks Participation Award

Bard / Davol

Diversity Supplier of the Year

Print Media, Inc.

Diversity Advocate of the Year

Owens & Minor

Environmental Excellence Award

Stryker Sustainability Solutions

NOVAPLUS® Supplier of the Year

Encompass Group LLC

NOVAPLUS® Pharmacy Supplier of the Year

Fresenius Kabi USA Pharmaceuticals

Strategic Commitment Award


Standardization Operational Excellence Award

Sage Products LLC

IDS Program Support Award

Cook Medical Inc.

Innovative Technology Award


Compliance & Integrity Award

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Purchased Services Supplier of the Year

Stryker Sustainability Solutions

Capital & Imaging Supplier of the Year

Siemens Corp.

Group Buy Supplier of the Year

Siemens Corp.

Support Services Supplier of the Year

Quest Diagnostics Inc.

Physicians' Preference Supplier of the Year

DeRoyal Industries Inc.

Pharmacy Brand Supplier of the Year

CSL Behring LLC

Pharmacy Generic Supplier of the Year

Pfizer Inc.

Pharmacy Distributor of the Year

Morris & Dickson Co LLC

Specialty Distributor of the Year

US Foods

Medical-Surgical Distributor of the Year


Medical-Surgical Supplier of the Year

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

National Account Manager of the Year

Todd Betz (Siemens)

"We are pleased to honor those suppliers who went above and beyond last year to provide superior customer service and industry-leading value," said Pete Allen, senior vice president of sourcing operations at Novation. "Working with hospitals and suppliers, we are here to ignite each other's passions, to illuminate new ways, to combine our forces to overcome obstacles, and in that process, to create new paths to success. Together we can do amazing things. Together we can change the very nature of healthcare today."

About Novation, Winner of the Ethics Inside® Certification
Founded in 1998, Novation is the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company for the more than 65,000 members of VHA Inc. and UHC, two national health care alliances, Children's Hospital Association, an alliance of the nation's leading pediatric facilities, and Provista, LLC. Novation provides alliance members with sourcing services, as well as information and data services. Based in Irving, Texas, Novation develops and manages competitive contracts with more than 600 suppliers. VHA, UHC, and Provista members used Novation contracts to purchase approximately $43 billion in 2012. Novation has earned the coveted Ethics Inside® Certification from Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank dedicated to the research and promotion of best practices in corporate ethics and compliance. Novation was also named on Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies list, and is the only company in the health care industry to earn both distinctions for two consecutive years. To learn more about Novation, please visit and follow @NovationNews.

SOURCE Novation


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