IRVING, Texas (BUSINESS WIRE), September 14, 2020 - Vizient, Inc. has restructured its annual conference for members and suppliers to create a virtual format that includes educational sessions, keynote presentations and targeted networking opportunities. The 2020 Connections Education Summit will be held Sept 15-17 and focus on fostering greater understanding and collaboration around business needs that can lead to more cost-effective care delivery.

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“This year has been especially challenging for the health care industry and we are excited to be able to offer our members and suppliers a virtual program that includes the educational sessions, keynotes and networking opportunities with peers that they value,” said Bryon Jobe, president and chief executive officer for Vizient.

The opening general session on Sept. 16 features three FocusChat presentations providing a vision of the future of health care through the unique perspectives of Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner Health System, Tom Polen, president and CEO of BD and Janice Nevin, M.D., MPH, president and CEO at ChristianaCare. The session and live stream Q&A will be moderated by Ian Morrison, an internationally known consultant, futurist and New York Times business best-selling author.

Sekou Andrews, Poetic Voice CEO/Founder, SekouWorld Inc. will be the closing session keynote on Sept. 17. Andrews is the world’s leading poetic voice and two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning inspirational speaker. During his program, Sekou will deliver what promises to be a memorable nod to the health care industry.

The Summit is free for Vizient members and suppliers to attend, but registration is required prior to the event. Registered participants will receive a link enabling them access to join virtual Summit sessions as well as on-demand educational content. Vizient members and contracted suppliers can click here to register for the event.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc. provides solutions and services that improve the delivery of high-value care by aligning cost, quality and market performance for more than 50% of the nation’s acute care providers, which includes 95% of the nation’s academic medical centers, and more than 20% of ambulatory providers. Vizient provides expertise, analytics and advisory services, as well as a contract portfolio that represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume, to improve patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient has earned a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute every year since its inception. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Vizient has offices throughout the United States. Learn more at


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