Novation Recognizes 22 Suppliers for Their Excellent Service to VHA, UHC and Children's Hospital Association Members in 2012

 Novation Recognizes 22 Suppliers for Their Excellent Service to VHA, UHC and
               Children's Hospital Association Members in 2012

PR Newswire

IRVING, Texas, May 1, 2013

IRVING, Texas, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Novation, leading health care
supply chain expertise and contracting company for the members of VHA Inc.,
UHC, Children's Hospital Association, and Provista LLC, recognized 22
suppliers yesterday at its annual Supplier Summit. These awards were given in
recognition of the winners' superior service provided to the health care
organization members of VHA, UHC and Children's Hospital Association.

In addition to the awards recognizing specific areas of service, Novation is
also honoring the overall supplier of the year with the second annual Mark
McKenna award. Mark McKenna served as the president and CEO of Novation from
1999 through 2006. He passed away in October of 2011 after a lengthy battle
with cancer. His distinguished career in supply chain management and supply
cost control spanned 30 years with medical device manufacturers as well as
provider-owned group purchasing organizations. By honoring the overall
supplier of 2012 who demonstrated outstanding service, this award continues
McKenna's legacy of putting hospitals and patients first.

The 2012 winners are:

Mark McKenna Award to the Overall Supplier  Kimberly-Clark Corporation
of the Year
Academic Medical Centers Participation      CareFusion Corporation
Non-Acute Partner of the Year               Physician Sales and Services
Pediatric Supplier of the Year              Covidien
VHA Supply Networks Participation Award     Bard / Davol
Diversity Supplier of the Year              Print Media, Inc.
Diversity Advocate of the Year              Owens & Minor
Environmental Excellence Award              Stryker Sustainability Solutions
NOVAPLUS^® Supplier of the Year             Encompass Group LLC
NOVAPLUS^® Pharmacy Supplier of the Year    Fresenius Kabi USA Pharmaceuticals
Strategic Commitment Award                  3M
Standardization Operational Excellence      Sage Products LLC
IDS Program Support Award                   Cook Medical Inc.
Innovative Technology Award                 Orasure
Compliance & Integrity Award                Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Purchased Services Supplier of the Year     Stryker Sustainability Solutions
Capital & Imaging Supplier of the Year      Siemens Corp.
Group Buy Supplier of the Year              Siemens Corp.
Support Services Supplier of the Year       Quest Diagnostics Inc.
Physicians' Preference Supplier of the Year DeRoyal Industries Inc.
Pharmacy Brand Supplier of the Year         CSL Behring LLC
Pharmacy Generic Supplier of the Year       Pfizer Inc.
Pharmacy Distributor of the Year            Morris & Dickson Co LLC
Specialty Distributor of the Year           US Foods
Medical-Surgical Distributor of the Year    Medline
Medical-Surgical Supplier of the Year       Kimberly-Clark Corporation
National Account Manager of the Year        Todd Betz (Siemens)

"We are pleased to honor those suppliers who went above and beyond last year
to provide superior customer service and industry-leading value," said Pete
Allen, senior vice president of sourcing operations at Novation. "Working with
hospitals and suppliers, we are here to ignite each other's passions, to
illuminate new ways, to combine our forces to overcome obstacles, and in that
process, to create new paths to success. Together we can do amazing things.
Together we can change the very nature of healthcare today."

About Novation, Winner of the Ethics Inside^® Certification
Founded in 1998, Novation is the leading health care supply chain expertise,
analytics and contracting company for the more than 65,000 members of VHA Inc.
and UHC, two national health care alliances, Children's Hospital Association,
an alliance of the nation's leading pediatric facilities, and Provista, LLC.
Novation provides alliance members with sourcing services, as well as
information and data services. Based in Irving, Texas, Novation develops and
manages competitive contracts with more than 600 suppliers. VHA, UHC, and
Provista members used Novation contracts to purchase approximately $43 billion
in 2012. Novation has earned the coveted Ethics Inside^® Certification from
Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank dedicated to the
research and promotion of best practices in corporate ethics and compliance.
Novation was also named on Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies list,
and is the only company in the health care industry to earn both distinctions
for two consecutive years. To learn more about Novation, please visit and follow @NovationNews.

SOURCE Novation

Contact: Angie Boliver of Novation, +1-972-581-5305
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