As part of Owens & Minor’s continued efforts to keep our teammates and the communities we serve safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Earl G. Reubel Awards will not take place in 2020. Created by Owens & Minor in 2012, the Earl G. Reubel Awards recognize healthcare industry leaders — individuals and organizations — who advocate for diversity and inclusion within the healthcare supply chain. 

The awards are given among three healthcare industry categories: Civic Leadership, Diversity Enterprise and Large Corporate Leadership. The awards are named in honor of the late Earl G. Reubel, who built Kerma Medical Products into one of the largest veteran-, minority-owned medical supply companies in the country, and one of Owens & Minor’s largest minority suppliers for over 30 years.

Owens & Minor aims to resume the annual awards once it is safe to do so in 2021, and encourages the community to look for further announcements regarding the nomination process for next year’s awards. 

“Owens & Minor is committed to championing a diverse and inclusive healthcare supply chain,” said Dave Myers, SVP, Chief Procurement Officer, Owens & Minor. “We look forward to recognizing the next leader in the efforts around diversity and will continue to honors Earl G. Reubel’s impressive legacy with this award in years to come.”

Owens & Minor was recently awarded Premier Inc.’s Supplier Legacy Award. The award recognizes prominent suppliers for their commitment to delivering top value products and services that improve patient care. 

The Supplier Legacy Award recognized Owens & Minor for its long-standing support of Premier members through exceptional local customer service and engagement, value creation through clinical excellence, and commitment to lower costs. 

“These unprecedented times demand an even stronger connection between supply chain and clinical implementation and I salute the Owens & Minor teammates, who really earned this recognition,” said Edward A. Pesicka, President and Chief Executive Officer at Owens & Minor. “Owens & Minor places absolute priority in collaborating with and delivering for our customers but it’s the teammates who make it happen each and every day.” 

Legacy Award winners have a tenure of more than three years as a Premier contracted supplier. 

“Owens & Minor has supported Premier members for many years, offering valuable products and services that help to lower supply chain costs and improve operating efficiencies,” said David A. Hargraves, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Premier. “They’ve also supported alliance members during periods of increased need at a local level. We’re honored to recognize Owens and Minor as a Supplier Legacy Award recipient.”

The Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) will host its 2020 health care supply chain conference virtually this year. Join to hear from industry experts about successfully navigating supply chain challenges throughout unprecedented circumstances. Owens & Minor leaders will participate in the following Learning Pavilions:

Wednesday, September 30

·      Over-Indexing and Overspending: Getting Protection Right. Health care decision-makers understand the need to provide clinicians with appropriate protection in multiple scenarios. But, confusion over PPE ratings and guidelines–and the proliferation of “me too” products can result in clinical disruption and overspending in one of the hospital’s largest purchase categories.

Presenter:  Joe Hannibal, Marketing Director, Halyard Surgical Solutions for Owens & Minor

Wednesday, October 7

·      Beyond the Barcode: Patient Safety. There is no doubt that the safety and wellbeing of patients is the #1 priority for clinicians, but it’s also true for supply chain and inventory management professionals in health care. Managing inventory appropriately is critical to the success of patient care.

Presenter: Vicky Lyle, VP, Owens & Minor

Following HIDA’s Virtual Supply Chain Summit, the organization will host several virtual leadership sessions. On Thursday, September 24, Vicky Lyle, Owens & Minor’s VP of Industry Associations, will participate in the Professional Women in Healthcare Leadership Session: A Candid Conversation About Equality In The Workplace from 10-11 a.m. EDT.

Attend this interactive workshop to hear from Vicky and a diverse panel of leaders from the healthcare industry on the lessons they’ve learned about their own unconscious stereotypes and how they’re building strong, diverse teams.

The panelists will share perspectives on creating a fair and safe work culture, recognizing and dealing with unconscious biases, empowering employees, and more.

HIDA’s 2020 COVID-19 Supply Chain Virtual Summit takes place on Tuesday, September 22, and Wednesday, September 23, focusing on how the industry continues to adjust to COVID-19.

On September 23 at 11 a.m. EDT, Owens & Minor President & CEO Ed Pesicka will participate in the CEO Perspectives: Leadership And Culture In A Global Health Crisis General Session.

Ed and other CEOs from the distribution industry will share their thoughts on the qualities of leadership and culture that have helped their teams during these unprecedented times. The panel will include a discussion about leading remotely, maintaining foundational values, and executing on a clear vision in an ever-changing environment.

Attend this virtual session to hear exclusive insight from Ed and other distribution leaders.

President & CEO Ed Pesicka has been honored as a member of Virginia Business Magazine’s inaugural Power 500—a list of 500 significant corporate and community leaders throughout the state.

For the healthcare sector, Virginia Business sought influential individuals who are making a difference in the Commonwealth. Pesicka joins a list of pioneering healthcare leaders providing strong leadership throughout unprecedented times. Under his leadership, Owens & Minor stock prices have risen dramatically as the Company remains focused on its mission to empower customers to advance healthcare.

Pesicka’s best advice in the midst of this success? “Stay humble because when you are doing something well, the results will clearly speak for themselves.”

Click below to read more about Pesicka, including his first job, his thoughts on building a goal-oriented corporate culture, and more.

Brook Joanna Murphy became a Customer Support Specialist with Owens & Minor after serving in the Army for four years. The best part of her new career? According to Brook, it’s “continuing to aid our military with their medical needs. It gives me great pride to help them and their dependents in any way I am able.” Click here to read Brook’s full Q&A about transitioning from the Army to a career at Owens & Minor on page 24 of Vetrepreneur Magazine.

Brook is not the only veteran who has found a fulfilling career with Owens & Minor. In the same issue, Vetrepreneur Magazine featured an overview of how O&M continues to look to military veterans to fill crucial roles—particularly as our nation navigates COVID-19. Chief Human Resources Officer Shana Neal and Board Member Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham weigh in on the unique expertise veterans bring to Owens & Minor. Click here to read more on page 22.

Aligning sales excellence was the focus at the O&M Annual Sales Conference in early 2020—and that focus would prove beneficial as the industry navigated the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.

Repertoire Magazine recently featured the O&M Annual Sales Conference as well as an overview of how the company is supporting teammates and customers throughout COVID-19.

Click here to read more in the June 2020 issue of Repertoire.

Owens & Minor recently began to install the first 25 of over 50 state-of-art RFID cabinet for a large hospital in the South as part of their existing QSight inventory management service.

The RFID cabinets, a mixture of ambient and temperature-controlled units, use access control and leading-edge, RFID technology to automatically track and monitor items stored in the cabinet, typically higher dollar inventory items used in medical procedures. And because this hospital is using O&M’s QSight, users have complete visibility into the cabinet and can easily track and monitor the inventory 24/7, allowing greater and more accurate control of the inventory.

These RFID cabinets, combined with O&M’s QSight solution, will enable this hospital to easily track and maintain their inventory to ensure they always have the right product at the right time.

This is the first of three installations for the cabinets throughout the hospital. Terso Solutions, Inc., a technology company delivering automated supply chain solutions manufactured the RFID cabinets.

Once installed, QSight RFID cabinets will provide accurate inventory data, particularly for short-shelf life, high expense products, so that healthcare providers can count on having the right products for a procedure at any time.

With QSight and the RFID cabinets, this hospital will be able to streamline inventory management so clinicians are empowered to focus on what’s most important—patient care.

As the industry navigates the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals are finding new ways to connect. Owens & Minor is pleased to participate virtually in this year’s AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo. The Virtual event is currently in progress and will be available online through July 31.

AORN members can click the links below to log in and search for “Owens & Minor” in the Exhibitor Education and Product Showcase to experience our contributions to this year’s event.

Exhibitor Education: The Healthy OR Webinar

Attend this CE Seminar to learn more about the characteristics of a healthy OR in three domains (operations, finance, and patient safety and satisfaction), followed by a discussion of actions health care organizations can take to achieve and maintain a healthy OR.

Product Showcase: QSight

QSight is an industry-leading, cloud-based inventory solution for cardiac cath labs, electrophysiology labs, interventional radiology, operating rooms and ambulatory surgery centers. Using hand scanners, clinicians simply scan a product’s bar code to take it in and out of inventory. QSight’s unique barcode parsing logic along with its 600,000 SKU database will automatically populate all the relevant information needed such as product description, item and lot number, expiration data and so much more.

In order to best serve our customers across the continuum of healthcare, Owens & Minor partners with GHX, a healthcare business and data automation company, to complete transactions. Recently, Owens & Minor was named a member of the GHX Millennium Club—an honor provided to organizations that have generated over 1 million automated transactions annually through the GHX Exchange.

This distinction demonstrates Owens & Minors commitment to supply chain automation, which drives efficiency and accuracy with our healthcare customers and industry partners.

We’re proud to join the GHX Millennium Club as we continue to empower our customers to advance healthcare!

Sheri Voss, Owens & Minor Supply Chain Services Assistant Principal Consultant, recently received the AORN President’s Award recognizing individual excellence in the field of Operating Room Nursing.

Sheri has consulted hospitals nationwide, and has identified and implemented clinical and non-clinical supply cost savings while improving processes that enable clinicians to focus on patient care.

She is a member of Owens & Minor’s SurgiTrack team, and has been responsible for a number of implementation and consultative projects related to our SurgiTrack offering. Sheri has been active in AORN for many years, serving on the National AORN Board of Directors for six years.

Owens & Minor is pleased to congratulate Sheri on this prestigious award.