The University of Miami’s Business Development Program, an initiative that advances the utilization of women and minority suppliers to the institution’s procurement process, brought together several stakeholders in the health care industry recently for a spirited discussion on the business model of group purchasing organizations (GPO).
Broward Health, Baptist Health South Florida, UM’s UHealth, the HealthTrust Purchasing Group, and Premier Inc. were among the many entities that participated in the UMatch GPO Forum, held on February 28 at the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park.
The forum attracted more than 75 women- and minority-owned enterprises (WMBE) and featured panel discussions on supplier diversity best practices as well as tips on connecting to business opportunities.
Michael Lucas, plant manager of GE Healthcare, which provides services in medical imaging, moderated the forum. William “Bill” McKay, executive director of materials and supply chain at the Miller School of Medicine, delivered welcoming remarks, while his direct reports—Tracy Moté, director of supply chain management, and Gilda Nunez-Perez, director of contract and informatics—participated as panelists. Darrel Mogilles, assistant vice president of supply chain with HealthTrust Purchasing Group, also gave opening remarks.
“I am thrilled that we were able to get such great support from our key stakeholders for the event,” said Sophia Galvin, director of Inclusion Programs at UM. “Our WMBEs really appreciated getting the opportunity to engage the group purchasing organizations directly.”
Lucas expressed his delight in being able to include GE Healthcare, the only major manufacturer at the event. “The University of Miami is to be commended for its community outreach efforts,” said Lucas. “Over the past three years the minority vendor development program has risen to a level that is unrivaled in the health care space. Participation was an easy decision for us because it gives us access to local and regional suppliers that have the potential to support our supply chain.”
McKay also commented on the informative nature of the format, noting that “vendors made contact with University of Miami staff, and UM staff learned more about the vendors. My team really appreciated the opportunity to participate.”
To learn more about UM’s Business Development Program, please visit www.miami.edu/bdp.