Moffitt Cancer Center Awarded for Supporting Supply Chain Diversity

June 25, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. Moffitt Cancer Center has received the Diversity Award by Premier Inc. for supporting supply chain diversity as part of its social responsibility initiatives.

It was announced that Moffitt is the only Premier member to receive the Diversity Award this year during Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in National Harbor, Md., held June 24. The award honors health systems that have established active programs to evaluate and support minority-, women- and veteran-owned enterprises, as well as small businesses, available through the Premier contract portfolio.

“Moffitt's commitment to supplier diversity is not just because of social responsibility,” says Jack Kolosky, Moffitt’s Chief Operating Officer. “We think it is good business practice to enhance relationships with diverse businesses. They help us build an outstanding group of suppliers who benefit our patients, providers, employees and researchers.  

Members of Premier, a leading healthcare improvement company, apply for the Diversity Award and are measured on engagement in diversity initiatives through community involvement, diversity business outreach initiatives, benchmarking and best practices sharing.

“This recognition further solidifies our center-wide commitment to increasing the participation and inclusion of diverse suppliers to compete in Moffitt's purchasing, proposal and/or bid opportunities,” says Desiree Hanson, Moffitt’s supplier diversity manager.

Premier President of Supply Chain Services Durral R. Gilbert praised Moffitt’s efforts.

“Moffitt Cancer Center is at the forefront of innovative diversity programs that benefit the communities, businesses and a people they serve,” says Gilbert. “We welcome collaboration with diverse suppliers and encourage health systems to use their highly-valued products and services.”

Premier Inc. unites an alliance of approximately 3,400 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to transform healthcare. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier collaborates with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.