Angie Boliver
Phone: 972.830.7961


IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vizient, Inc. today announced its participation in the upcoming IDN Summit and Reverse Expo which gives leading independent delivery networks (IDNs) and health systems a unique opportunity to interact with supply chain experts from group purchasing organizations and suppliers. The event will be held Sept. 17-19 in Phoenix.

In addition to being a gold-level sponsor for the event, supply chain experts from Vizient will make the following presentations at the conference:

Monday, September 17
11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
How to Leverage Your GPO to Improve Your CQO
Presented by Chip Bunata, associate vice president, business solutions and product delivery at Vizient. The session will discuss how IDNs are reevaluating the function of their supply chain from a pricing utility, to a new, emerging perspective. This new approach considers how a GPO can partner with health care organizations to enable clinically-driven strategies that address cost, quality and outcomes.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
GPO Panel: Trends and Innovations
Margaret Steele, vice president, contract and program services at Vizient will be part of a panel discussion.
This panel of GPO executives will discuss trends in supply chain delivery, the impact that consolidation has had on their members and their suppliers, and their vision of the healthcare supply chain model of the future. They will offer insights on what strategic imperatives are forthcoming, new methodologies they are implementing to improve total cost management, and the leadership initiatives they believe supply chain leaders should be focused on now to effectively lead their organizations.

In addition to the presentations, Vizient will be hosting two other events for attendees.

On Sunday, September 16, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., IDN Summit Attendees will have the opportunity to join supply chain professionals from across the country to take part in knowledge sharing and structured feedback sessions at access18, a learning forum sponsored by aptitude, a Vizient subsidiary company. The forum will give participants the opportunity to connect with industry peers and leverage resources to enhance contracting performance. This information-sharing event will help IDN and supplier executives identify, understand and discover new ways to get the most out of their supply chain activity.

On Monday, September 17, from 7:30 - 10:30 a.m., Vizient is sponsoring the Teambuilding Challenge benefitting Little Free Libraries. Participants will work as teams to assemble, paint, and decorate a Little Free Library station. The stations will be placed in low-income neighborhoods in the Phoenix area to give children and adults the opportunity to have access to books.

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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 approximately $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 2018, 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.

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