DAYTON — Premier Health recently won accolades for its commitment to work with a diverse group of suppliers.
The health system received the Spirit of Diversity Award this month at the 2016 South Central Ohio Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium in Cincinnati. The award recognizes a health system in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton or northern Kentucky that exemplifies a commitment to supplier diversity. Premier Health is the first Dayton-based health system to win the award since it was first presented in 2010.
“We’re trying to spend more money with certified diverse companies locally,” said Scott Shelton, Premier Health’s chief purchasing officer. “We’re doing good things in our own community.”
Premier Health increased the number of certified diverse suppliers with which it did business in 2015 by 46 percent.
Nearly 53 percent of the health system’s construction spending last year was with certified minority- and women-owned firms. Significant examples include Atrium Medical Center’s new emergency department in Mason, and the emergency department at Good Samaritan North.
Premier Health has a reporting structure that is meant to ensure that dozens of people on its leadership team are advocating for diversity. For example, its chief purchasing officer and director of diversity both report to Premier’s board of trustees through a diversity subcommittee. The subcommittee’s chair has a standing seat on the board.
“As a large employer in the Dayton area, we not only strive to make sure our workforce reflects the communities we serve, but we also strive to be good corporate citizens,” said Adrian Taylor, director of diversity for Premier Health. “I’m proud of the team we have at Premier Health that actively works to ensure that certified diverse and local vendors, suppliers and contractors have equal opportunity to do business with us.”
Based in Dayton, Premier Health (www.premierhealth.com) has a mission to build healthier communities. The health system operates four hospitals, Miami Valley Hospital with an additional site at Miami Valley Hospital South, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center. In addition, the health system offers a large primary and specialty care network, along with home health services. The health system is the second largest employer in the region and is the largest health-care system in Southwest Ohio.