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Parkland Receives Supplier Diversity Award

By Shawn Shinneman |

Parkland Health & Hospital System won the 2018 Vizient Supplier Diversity Award. Given out earlier this month, it calls out Parkland’s efforts to promote inclusion within their supply chain and encourage local economic growth via engaging minority- and women-owned businesses.

In a news release, Parkland ran through some of its efforts:

Parkland conducts outreach programs to link potential suppliers with the system by conducting two Diverse Suppliers Market Place vendor fairs annually, sending weekly Parkland Opportunity update email blasts to vendors and advocacy agencies regarding current open bids, conducting outreach events through the advocacy agencies to develop a pipeline of diversity suppliers for procurement opportunities, and attending Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce meetings regularly to be available to potential vendors interested in learning how to do business with Parkland.

Irving-based Vizient is a member-driven company focusing on helping healthcare companies improve results.

“[Parkland’s] exemplary leadership in this area demonstrates that they are not only focused on providing the best possible care to their patients but also on improving the economic well-being of the communities they serve,” Shaleta Dunn, Vizient’s senior director of supplier diversity, said in a statement.

On the topics of diversity and inclusion within the workforce, I spoke with Parkland’s Corey Jackson in April, not long after he’d been named the system’s new chief talent officer. That conversation is right here.