NASHVILLE, Tenn.—August 1, 2017—HealthTrustSM, a leading healthcare improvement performance company, announced today that it has named Joey Dickson to lead its Supplier Diversity Program. The appointment reflects HealthTrust’s growing commitment to promote and expand sourcing opportunities for minority, woman and service-disabled veteran enterprises (MWSDVEs). HealthTrust advocates doing business with diverse suppliers that are located in the communities served by its members. MWSDVEs support local and regional economies by providing jobs and tax revenues.
Dickson has held various roles with HealthTrust since joining the company in 2007. He has served as assistant vice president of strategic sourcing–purchased services since 2013 and was corporate counsel for the group purchasing organization. “Our mission is to maximize participation of minority, women, service-disabled veterans and other small businesses in the contracting process to promote inclusion in our supplier base in such a way that our contracted vendors mirror the communities served by our members,” said Dickson. “I look forward to working with diverse groups seeking opportunities to earn and compete for contracts that provide our members with high-quality products and services they need at competitive prices.”
“A standard part of every sourcing process includes consideration of diversity spend and we have a very successful track record of assisting these type of businesses grow and thrive in their communities,” noted Michael Berryhill, Chief Operating Officer. “The commitment to add diverse suppliers and expand the diversity spend is a shared value across the HealthTrust ownership. We are excited about the existing relationships we have nurtured and the energy Joey brings to significantly grow this segment of our business.”
HealthTrust’s Supplier Diversity program is considered a model in the industry. The program includes 89 minority, women and service disabled veteran-owned suppliers providing 165 contracts representing more than $267 million of annual contract volume reported in 2016. Companies must be certified to be eligible to participate in the program. HealthTrust accepts certification from the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. The company verifies veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dickson holds a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance from Wake Forest University. He currently serves as committee chair on purchased services for the Federation of American Hospitals. He is also a member of the Nashville Health Care Council and the Tennessee Bar Association.
HealthTrust (HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) is committed to strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership model and the delivery of total cost management solutions, including supply chain solutions and a contract and service portfolio unparalleled in quality, scope and value. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthTrust (healthtrustpg.com) serves approximately 1,600 acute care facilities and members in more than 26,000 other locations, including ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, long-term care and alternate care sites. On Twitter @healthtrustpg.
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