Richmond, VA – On September 23, leaders in the health care industry gathered to recognize Richard Manson, President and CEO of Sourcemark LLC, Partners HealthCare, and Kevin Price, Director of Supplier Diversity and Performance at Novant Health, for their contribution to supplier diversity by presenting them with the Earl G. Reubel Award. The Awards Banquet for honorees was held at the 9th Annual Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium, hosted by Owens & Minor at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Shortpump in Richmond, Virginia.

The Earl G. Reubel Award was established by Owens & Minor to honor the late Earl G. Reubel, whose vision of building a legacy for his family through Kerma Medical Products, Inc., showed the true spirit of his entrepreneurial nature. Every year the award is presented to honorees for their commitment to diversity in the health care industry. The three categories include a women/minority business entrepreneur, health care systems, and a civic leader. Winners are selected by a committee from nominations in each category. Angela Wilkes, Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability for Owens & Minor and Chairman of the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance, explains the impact of the visionary entrepreneur, “Earl G. Reubel was a trailblazer, who paved the way for minority suppliers in the healthcare industry. We are pleased to honor his memory every year by recognizing those who are committed to the principles that he lived by.”

Ingrid Beckles speaking at conferenceIngrid Beckles, Manager of Minority Business Enterprise, accepted the award on behalf of Partners HealthCare in the Health Care Systems category (at right). Ms. Beckles highlighted the company’s commitment to supplier diversity issuing this statement, “Partners HealthCare is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. Our dedication to supplier diversity demonstrates our commitment to the communities in which we operate. The success of our supplier diversity program is attributed to the contributions of the entire management and staff of Partners HealthCare.”

About The Symposium

The 9th Annual Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium was hosted by Owens & Minor in conjunction with founding sponsors Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC), Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA), the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE) and the Symposium Advisory Committee. The two-day event was held in Richmond, Virginia. This year’s theme was “Educate, Innovate, Connect – Defining Agility in the Healthcare Supply Chain.”