Novation Recognizes 27 suppliers for excellence in supporting members of VHA, UHC, Children's Hospital Association and Provista

IRVING, Texas, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company for VHA Inc., UHC, Children's Hospital Association and Provista, LLC, recognized 27 suppliers for excellence in 2013. The awards were presented yesterday during Novation's annual Supplier Summit.

In addition to recognizing health care suppliers in several categories, Novation also honored PNC Bank with the third annual Mark McKenna award for Supplier of the Year, in honor of the former president and CEO of Novation from 1999 through 2006. McKenna 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. The award continues McKenna's legacy of putting hospitals and patients first.

"Supplier Summit provides a great opportunity for Novation and the health care supplier community to come together to further address the challenges of this constantly evolving health care industry," said Pete Allen, Area Senior Vice President, Sourcing Operations, Novation. "It's another way for us to bring additional insight into helping the hospitals, academic medical centers and pediatric organizations we serve especially as they face several challenges driven by health care reform.  We are also pleased to honor those suppliers who consistently provided superior service and value last year to the members we serve."

The Novation 2013 supplier award recipients are listed below:

Mark McKenna Supplier of the Year

PNC Bank

Academic Medical Centers Participation Award

CareFusion Solutions

Non-Acute Partner of the Year

Henry Schein, Inc.

Pediatric Supplier of the Year


Custom Contracting Participation Award

Abbott Vascular

Pharmacy Brand Supplier of the Year

AbbVie US

Pharmacy Generic Supplier of the Year

Fresenius Kabi USA

Diversity Supplier of the Year

Guy Brown Products

Diversity Advocate of the Year

Johnson & Johnson

Environmental Excellence Award

Rembrandt Enterprises

Innovative Technology Award

St. Jude Medical

Compliance & Integrity Award

AMN Healthcare

Purchased Services Supplier of the Year

PNC Bank

Physician Preference Supplier of the Year

Biomet Orthopedics, Inc.

Support Services Supplier of the Year

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

Pharmacy Distributor of the Year

Cardinal Health

Specialty Distributor of the Year

US Foods, Inc.

Medical-Surgical Distributor of the Year

Cardinal Health 200, LLC

Strategic Commitment Award

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Standardization Operational Excellence Award

Medline Industries, Inc.

Group Buy Supplier of the Year

Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. & Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

NOVAPLUS Supplier of the Year

Sempermed USA, Inc.

NOVAPLUS Pharmacy Supplier of the Year

Sanofi US

Medical Supplier of the Year

Medline Industries, Inc.

Surgical Supplier of the Year

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Capital & Imaging Supplier of the Year

Herman Miller Inc.

National Account Manager of the year

Brian Krajca, Kimberly-Clark Health Care

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 100,000 members and affiliates 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 800 suppliers. Members of VHA, UHC, Children's Hospital Association and Provista used Novation contracts to purchase approximately $49 billion in 2013. 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 three consecutive years. To learn more about Novation, please visit and follow @NovationNews.

SOURCE Novation


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