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2017 Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo

The 2017 Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo will be held from October 9 through October 11 in Austin, Texas. Stay connected to and @InnovatixGPO, and check your email for more details as they become available. We hope to see you there!

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2016 Recap

Each year, the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo brings together members, contracted suppliers, and staff for three highly anticipated days of learning, networking, and business development. This past October, we welcomed a record 700+ attendees to the New York Marriott Marquis for our largest National Meeting yet.

Welcome Addresses & Networking Event

Innovatix and Essensa Advisory Group members started the meeting with a breakfast talk by political strategist and pollster, Frank Luntz. Back for the second year in a row, Dr. Luntz engaged, informed, and entertained the crowd while providing analysis of the political landscape and its specific ramifications for healthcare.

2016 ConferenceThe programming for all attendees kicked off later that day with a welcome from GNYHA Ventures President & Innovatix Chairman Lee H. Perlman, followed by a keynote address from Innovatix and Essensa President & CEO John P. Sganga. Mr. Perlman’s remarks focused on the elevation of the supply chain from a tactical to a strategic operational area across industries and how group purchasing can drive successful outcomes for both providers and suppliers as supply chain becomes even more crucial in today’s business and healthcare markets. Mr. Sganga then kicked off his address by welcoming attendees to our hometown (including some colorful New York City trivia) and presenting a timeline that highlighted the evolution of Innovatix and Essensa from a fledgling group purchasing organization with a handful of members and staff to flourishing companies that offer strategic procurement solutions and operational support to a combined national membership of over 48,000. Mr. Sganga also offered a vision for the future in which data, analytics, and technology (such as Innovatix and Essensa 24/7) further help members thrive.

2016 ConferenceAfter Mr. Perlman and Mr. Sganga concluded their remarks, attendees were treated to a conversation with our special guest—Emmy winner and Super Bowl Champion, Michael Strahan. Mr. Strahan entertained the crowd with anecdotes from his football and entertainment careers, and provided sage advice for finding fulfillment in both business and personal life based on his unique experiences.

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The networking event, which was held that evening at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, provided an opportunity for members, suppliers, and staff to connect. The venue—as well as an appearance by heroic military veterans from one of our member facilities—provided inspiration for working together to overcome business challenges.

Educational Programming

This year’s meeting featured more than 20 educational programming sessions that were organized into three parallel tracks curated to meet the needs of all attendees: 1) clinical; 2) government affairs, regulatory issues, and alternate payment models; and 3) business operations and management. The clinical track included over 10 hours of accredited continuing education sessions for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, long-term care administrators, and healthcare executives.

All three tracks featured nationally renowned speakers who shared their expertise with attendees in settings that encouraged dialogue and participation. Prominent sessions included a sitting member of U.S. Congress discussing healthcare legislation, an expert in customer experience applying lessons from the hospitality industry to healthcare, an update on the current drug pipeline (including biosimilars), best practices in managing employees from different generations in the workplace, perspectives on new care models from a program director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and more.

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Exhibition Hall

This year’s meeting also featured our largest Exhibition Hall ever, with 110 exhibitors on hand to educate members about the value their products and services provide. Innovatix and Essensa staff provided a crucial link, personally facilitating conversations between exhibitors and members aimed at creating winning outcomes through purchasing. Exhibitors were thrilled with the steady stream of traffic and the level of attendee engagement. In addition, the exhibitors appreciated inclusion in the full program of events throughout the meeting, which increased their interaction with members, creating more opportunities for mutual success.

Thank you to this year’s exhibitors.

We appreciate your continued support for our organization and our members!
Abbott Nutrition
Accord Healthcare
Akorn, Inc.
American Express
American Healthcare Supply
Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Anda, Inc.
ASI System Integration, Inc.
AuroMedics Pharma
Avanir Pharmaceuticals
B.Braun Medical, Inc.
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Best Buy for Buisness
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Branding Iron Meats
Cardinal Health
Carter-Health Disposables, LLC
CDW / Ergotron
Commcare Specialty Pharmacy
CSL Behring
Daniels Health
Davidson’s Safest Choice/National Pasteurized Eggs
DOSIS – Manchac Technologies
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Eli Lilly and Company
FedEx Healthcare Solutions
FFF Enterprises
Forbo Flooring Systems
Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC
GOJO Industries, Inc.
Grifols USA, LLC.
Guerbet LLC
Guy Brown
H. D. Smith
HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
HD Supply Facilities Maintenance 2
Health Care Logistics
Heritage Bag Company
heritage pharmaceuticals
IMS – Integrated Medical Systems
Integra, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc
Konica Minolta Business Solutions
Konica Minolta Medical Imaging USA, Inc.
Laser Pharmaceuticals
Mayne Pharma Inc.
McKesson Corporation
Medgluv Inc
Medical Specialties Distributors, LLC
Merck & Co., Inc.
Michael Foods Inc.
Molnlycke Health Care
Nestle Health Science
Nestle Professional Beverages
Novo Nordisk
Office Depot
Otis Elevator Company
Par Pharmaceutical
Patterson Medical
Positive Promotions
Purdue Pharma L.P.
Quest Diagnostics
R&S Northeast LLC
Rhodes Pharmaceuticals
SAGENT Pharmaceuticals
Sanofi Pasteur
SCA Personal Care
SimplyThick, LLC
Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management
Smith Drug Company
Smucker Foodservice
Sonu Satellite
Staples Business Advantage
State Cleaning Solutions
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Teva Pharmaceuticals
The Wasserstrom Company
Tyson Foods
Universal Business Solutions N.A.
Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.
US Foods
Vesco Medical
West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Corp
WG Critical Care
X-GEN Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA inc
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  • 10.18.2016 - GNYHA - Event @ Marriott Marquis
  • 10.18.2016 - GNYHA - Event @ Marriott Marquis

Feedback from our 2016 attendees and exhibitors

Innovatix and Essensa always do such a great job putting this conference together. The meeting sessions were all well worth attending. And the networking that occurs with our fellow pharmacists and pharmacy owners from across the nation is invaluable.

Innovatix pharmacy member

I was really impressed with the attendees—both members and Innovatix and Essensa associates who brought customers to our booth or just stopped by to learn more about our products.

Maintenance, repair, and operations supplier

Great job! It was very beneficial to have our Innovatix representative there to introduce me to other members. It opened up the door more for me to learn more about the Innovatix program.

Innovatix senior living member

The venue and location were great. The activities and CE were very timely with what is going on in the marketplace. I thought the overall content was very relevant. The after-hours events were fantastic, as usual.

Innovatix long-term care pharmacy member

I really enjoyed the event. It was nice that the Innovatix and Essensa representatives brought interested customers to our booth.

Foodservice supplier

The conference offered a great amount of diversified information in a cohesive, enjoyable environment.

Essensa healthcare member

Save the Date

The 2017 Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo will be held from October 9 through October 11 in Austin, Texas. Stay connected to and @InnovatixGPO, and check your email for more details as they become available. We hope to see you there!