Vizient, Inc. Announces George H.W. Bush Pacesetter Award and American Fallen Soldiers Project Award Recipients for 2017



"When you think you understand the notion of courage, bravery and sacrifice, you encounter a man like Specialist Carter"

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of Thursday’s closing session of the 2017 Vizient Connections Summit in Las Vegas, held April 4-6, the company announced the George H.W. Bush Pacesetter Award and the American Fallen Soldiers Project recipients for this year. Vizient, the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company, presents these awards annually to two members of the military in honor of their bravery and sacrifice that helps ensure safety and freedom for others.

The George H.W. Bush Pacesetter Award honors a veteran who has served the nation honorably through great sacrifice, and who has embraced the opportunity to serve others both inside and outside the United States Armed Forces. This year’s recipient, U.S. Army Specialist Ty M. Carter, distinguished himself while serving as a scout during combat operations against an armed enemy on October 3, 2009, in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. Specialist Carter's heroic actions and tactical skill were critical to overcoming an enemy attack and saving the lives of fellow soldiers. Specialist Carter is currently stationed with the 7th Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

“When you think you understand the notion of courage, bravery and sacrifice, you encounter a man like Specialist Carter,” said Rand Ballard, chief customer officer for Vizient. “He demonstrated bravery under fire, and with complete disregard for his own safety, he rescued a critically wounded soldier and moved him to safety. It is an honor and privilege to recognize a great American, a hero and a truly courageous man.”

The American Fallen Soldiers Project was formed in 2007 to help provide comfort and healing to the grieving families of our fallen military. This organization gives the family of a fallen loved one an original portrait that captures their appearance and personality. Artist Phil Taylor creates the portrait at no cost to the family. This year’s recipient is the family of Jeremy Allbaugh, corporal in the United States Marines. Cpl. Allbaugh died on July 5, 2007 from wounds he sustained while conducting combat operations in Qaim, Iraq. Commendations that Cpl. Allbaugh earned while serving his country include the National Defense Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Purple Heart.

“It means the world to military families, no matter how many years it’s been, that their sons and daughters, wives and husbands and brothers and sisters are not forgotten. When something like this comes along, even almost ten years later, it just means a lot,” said Jenifer Allbaugh, mother of Cpl. Allbaugh.

“On behalf of Vizient and our members, we want to extend our deepest condolences and sympathy for the loss of Jeremy. We thank Jeremy for his service to our country as he dedicated his life to protecting the freedoms we all enjoy. His brave spirit and his love of country are deeply appreciated,” said Ballard.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2017, Vizient again received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.

About The American Fallen Soldiers Project

The American Fallen Soldiers Project provides comfort and healing to the mourning families of our fallen military by making available, at no cost, an original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their appearance and personality. Funds for this 501(c)3 non-profit organization are donated by individuals and businesses who want to help make a lasting impact in the lives of our Fallen Hero’s families for generations to come. Donate online at


Vizient, Inc.
Angie Boliver, 972-830-7961

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