The 2021 Earl G. Reubel Awards

Recognizing healthcare industry leaders — individuals and organizations — who advocate for diversity within the healthcare supply chain.

Honoring a Legacy

The Earl G. Reubel Awards are awarded in three healthcare industry categories: Civic Leadership, Large Corporate Leadership, and Diversity Enterprise. Owens & Minor is proud to partner with our diverse network of trusted suppliers to drive progress, productivity, and performance across the healthcare supply chain. We are honored to serve as a founding partner of these awards honoring Earl G. Reubel’s legacy.

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The Earl G. Reubel Civic Leader of the Year
Award is presented to an individual who advocates for a diverse healthcare supply chain through community outreach and education.
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The Earl G. Reubel Diverse Enterprise of the Year
Award is presented to a medical-surgical supplier delivering differentiated value as a MWVBE.
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The Earl G. Reubel Large Corporation of the Year
Award is presented to a corporation fostering a purpose driven culture of diversity and inclusion, while also leveraging diverse suppliers.
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General Eligibility

For each award category, consideration will be given to individuals and organizations that represent diverse and underrepresented populations and that demonstrate entrepreneurship, civic engagement, or professional service leadership and are actively engaged in impacting healthcare delivery and/or community wellness.

Nomination Deadlines

Complete the form below to complete your nomination. Nominations must be submitted by 6:00 PM on November 26, 2021.

Two Finalists will be selected in each award category. Finalists will be notified the week of December 6, 2021. Honorees will be announced at the Virtual HSDA Conference being held on December 16, 2021.

Note: Please be advised that Finalists are expected to be present at the Awards.

  • If the nominee is an Individual, please select “CIVIC LEADER”;
  • If the nominee is an MWVBE supplier, please select “DIVERSE ENTERPRISE”;
  • If the nominee is a Hospital (System) or Group Purchasing Organization within healthcare, please select “CORPORATE LEADERSHIP”.

Register for the HSDA Annual Meeting 2021

Join the virtual HSDA meeting on December 16, 2021, from 1:00-5:30 pm EST. The event will feature panel discussions, networking sessions, and more on adjusting to the new normal and meeting the needs of an evolving healthcare supply chain. No matter what phase your organization is in, you will leave with key insights to Start Up, Stay Up, and Keep Up.

About Earl G. Reubel

From humble beginnings to a successful entrepreneur: Earl G. Reubel’s intellect, instincts, insights and drive propelled him from the streets of Harlem to CEO of one of the largest veteran-minority-owned manufacturer/supplier companies in the healthcare private sector.

A natural born businessman, Earl’s early sales training going door-to-door for Kirby Vacuums in New York City ignited his business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. He launched his first company, a search and rescue business in Washington State, after serving in the United States Army as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. In 1983 he partnered with nephew Joe Reubel to create Verdan Healthcare, which served as the foundation for Kerma Medical Products Inc. launched in partnership with his wife Joyce Kershaw Reubel in 1991.

Earl built Kerma from a manufacturer of small cap equipment and supplies for the United States Government to become a major manufacturer of commercial medical products distributed to over 4,000 Acute Care hospitals across the country. He developed a close association with Owens & Minor as a key part of their diversity supplier offerings to hospital customers, and in the process created a legacy for his family. Today, Kerma Medical is one of the largest veteran-minority owned companies in the healthcare industry, and is one of Owens & Minor’s most strategic partners and longest-tenured diversity supplier.

Earl G. Reubel Award Founding Partners

Owens & Minor
Owens & Minor, Inc. is a global healthcare solutions company that incorporates product manufacturing, distribution support and innovative technology services to deliver significant and sustained value across the breadth of the industry – from acute care to patients in their home. Aligned to its Mission of Empowering Our Customers to Advance Healthcare™, more than 15,000 global teammates serve over 4,000 healthcare industry customers. A vertically-integrated, predominantly Americas-based footprint enables Owens & Minor to reliably supply its self-manufactured surgical and PPE products. This seamless value chain integrates with a portfolio of products representing 1,200 branded suppliers.
Kerma Medical Products, Inc.
Kerma Medical Products, Inc. is a Veteran-Minority Owned Company (VOSB) located in Suffolk, Virginia with a direct sales division in Miramar, Florida. Founded by Joyce Kershaw-Reubel and Earl G. Reubel, Kerma began as a manufacturer in 1991 as a United States Government supplier and in 1994, Kerma expanded into the Commercial Medical Products industry (e.g. hospitals). In 2007, Kerma developed the Direct Sales Division, which is responsible for non-stock requisition business and provides streamlined access to 75+ manufacturers, offering 100,000+ SKUs. Kerma is one of the largest diversity manufacturer/supplier companies in the private sector.
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Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance
Healthcare Supply Chain Alliance’s mission is to lead healthcare supplier diversity by building awareness through education and creating pathways to potential opportunities for historically underutilized businesses and all healthcare supply chain stakeholders.
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Previous Winners

'19
Reubel Award Recipients
• IBEX IT Diverse Business of the Year (B. Braun)

• Jackson Health System Large Corporation of the Year (Medtronic)

• G. Gilmer Minor, III Civic Leader of the Year (Kerma Medical)

'18
Reubel Award Recipients
• Civic Leader of the Year: Timothy Martin, strategic sourcing manager for CHRISTUS Health in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

• Enterprise of the Year: MYCO Medical of Apex, North Carolina

• Large Corporation of the Year: Bon Secours Mercy Health in Baltimore

'17
Reubel Award Recipients
• Civic Leader: Mark Cartwright, Virginia Tech

• Health System/Corporate Leader: Partners Healthcare

• Diverse Supplier of the Year: Kerma Medical Products

'16
Reubel Award Recipients
• Hospital, Integrated Healthcare Delivery System, of GPO of the Year: CHRISTUS Health

• Diverse Business of the Year: Broadline Medical

• Civic Leader of the Year: Kenneth Grant, Johns Hopkins Hospital