Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - Annual Supplier Diversity Business & Health Expo Draws Diverse Vendors to Explore Business Opportunities

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Small, minority and women business owners recently attended Broward Health’s 15th annual Supplier Diversity Business & Health Expo to learn more about doing business with one of Broward County’s largest organizations, Broward Health. This year’s expo proudly partnered once again with the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC) and Florida Women Business Development Council (FWBDC). This year’s expo was held at the Signature Grand in Davie for the first time ever, due to growth in attendance and interested vendors.

(L to R, front): Maria Biggs, purchasing coordinator; Farina Moron, CRMM administrative assistant; Brian Bravo, CRMM director; LaRae Floyd, manger, supplier diversity; and Kenneth Kerr, buyer. (L to R, back): Kenney Lopez, purchasing tech; Jeri Farrell, value analysis analyst; Larry Kemp, sourcing manager; and Juan Ugalde, bid coordinator.

Each year, Broward Health buys supplies, equipment and services necessary to operate four hospitals and more than 30 healthcare facilities. The expo is designed to inform diverse vendors of the variety of purchases Broward Health makes and to provide a preview of some of the purchases planned for the future. Broward Health is committed to the growth and development of small, minority, and women-owned businesses and strives to increase the level of participation with these businesses.  Currently, there are more than 4,611 vendors (1,138 diverse vendors) registered with Broward Health.

Following a welcome by Mike Fernandez, secretary of the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners, Frank Nask, President/CEO of Broward Health, delivered opening remarks. 

“The Supplier Diversity Program is a great program we have and Broward Health is committed to helping small businesses in the community,” said Nask. “As the program continues to grow, we thank everybody for their ongoing support to make sure everybody prospers.”  

(L to R): Maria Whelan, HR specialist of diversity; Diana Moo-Young, executive secretary of diversity; Roland Benson, director of diversity; Jean Seaver, director of learning & development; and Denise Morris, district HR director.

Included in the expo was the Supplier Diversity Overview presented by Nancy Allen, FWBDC; Beatrice Louissaint, SFMSDC; and LaRae Floyd, manager of supplier diversity, Broward Health. Following the overview, the Broward Health Procurement Panel was delivered by Brian Bravo, director, Corporate Resource & Materials Management, and Dianne Whitelocke, director, Contract Administration & Vendor Relations. 

The Open Network Matchmaker session introduced registered Broward Health small/minority/women business enterprise vendors to various Broward Health representatives, providing the opportunity to meet one-on-one. The sessions focused on Legal Services, Information Systems, Human Resources/Training/Workforce Diversity, Central Business Office, Facilities & Construction Services, Buyers and Contract Specialists, Marketing Services, Home Health Services, Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapy and prime vendors - Medline, AMD, Aramark and MedAssets.

New this year was the addition of a health and wellness portion to the expo. Broward Health’s Community Health Services and Broward General Medical Center’s Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center offered health screenings (blood pressure, diabetes and hearing), eye exams, physician fitness (BMI, height and weight) and health educational resources on dental, nutrition, cancer and sickle cell disease.

“This expo demonstrates our commitment for supplier diversity as well as wellness when doing business with Broward Health,” said Floyd. “This initiative is to ensure equal access and maximum participation of Certified Diverse Vendors in Broward Health’s supply chain by the sharing of procurement information.”

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit