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 year’s meeting will be held in the dynamic city of Austin, Texas from October 9–11 at the Hilton Austin Hotel. It promises to be better than ever, with exceptional keynote speakers and a broad range of educational sessions designed to both inform and challenge attendees.
We look forward to seeing you in Austin!
Register today to join more than 500 of your peers for three days of interactive learning, networking, and business development. Elevate your purchasing strategy and your career at the most respected industry conference dedicated to purchasing and non-acute healthcare professionals.
The Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo features programming relevant to all Innovatix and Essensa members, with a focus on clinical, purchasing, and business professionals. Past conference attendees have included
Situated in downtown Austin adjacent to the Convention Center, the Hilton Austin Hotel is this year’s host property. We have negotiated a special conference rate for our guests. These rooms are available only through Innovatix and Essensa, once conference registration opens. Watch your email or check back here for an announcement. Please DO NOT contact the hotel directly to book, or you will not receive our special rates.
When making your travel arrangements, please keep in mind that conference registration opens Sunday, October 8, at 1 p.m., and the conference officially begins the morning of Monday, October 9. All conference programming will be complete by mid-morning of Wednesday, October 11.
More specifics about the schedule will be released as we get closer to the event.
We know your time is valuable, which is why our conference allows you to choose the sessions that best meet your needs.
This year we will offer attendees four educational tracks:
The Clinical track provides accredited continuing education and is geared for healthcare members involved with cost-effective management, evaluation, or treatment of patients in long-term care, infusion/specialty, and oncology. These programs are free of charge.
Want to attend the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo but need to demonstrate to management the value of this commitment in order to receive authorization for the travel cost as well as your time away from the office? Make the case to attend:
This meeting is a small investment with a big return. It’s a time-efficient, education-intensive professional development initiative that gives you skills that are essential to building a smarter, high-performing organization.
Four parallel tracks of educational programming and insightful guest speakers provide value for all learning styles and schedules. The breadth of education covered during the conference includes best practices, data-driven insights, and trends that give your organization a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive world.
For administrators, pharmacists and technicians, dietitians, and healthcare executives, our conference provides accredited continuing education.
The National Meeting & Expo brings members and suppliers together in meaningful ways. There are numerous formal and informal networking opportunities to meet with industry peers, subject matter experts, suppliers, and Innovatix and Essensa staff.
Attendees can expect to learn about new clinical, operational, and supply chain solutions. You will return with the most up-to-date and relevant skills, best practices, and knowledge, which can be applied at your organization immediately.
Upon your return from the National Meeting & Expo, you will receive copies of all of the presentations, so you can share what you’ve learned with those who could not attend.
Register your exhibit booth today to join us in Austin, Texas from October 9–11 for the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo, an exclusive annual event held for our members. This is the ONLY event that provides access to the most engaged and active Innovatix and Essensa members from a variety of non-acute care and commercial markets – all in one place! From pharmacists to business owners, administrators to oncologists, all Innovatix and Essensa markets will be represented in force.
As a vital extension of the educational programming of the conference, the exhibit hall provides opportunities for attendees to update their knowledge of the latest technologies, discover new solutions to immediate and long-range business needs, explore emerging industry trends, and develop valuable resources and partnerships. Participation as an exhibitor illustrates how your company’s products and services are aligned with the vision and objectives of our members.
Connect one-on-one with Innovatix and Essensa staff at our National Meeting’s inaugural Reverse Trade Show!
At the Reverse Trade Show, exhibitors will have the unique opportunity to meet with representatives from our Field Services, Client Services, Contracting, and Marketing teams to explore new business opportunities, exchange information, and expand working relationships. The Reverse Trade Show will take place Monday, October 9, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
When it comes to the exhibitor experience, the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo is truly unique. That’s because we know that business relationships cannot be established exclusively on the trade show floor. We welcome exhibitor participation throughout the conference, which means over 36 hours of access to develop new relationships with our members and our customer service teams.
Exhibitors may participate in our off-site networking event, our educational sessions, and our member appreciation celebration. Check back here for the full agenda as the meeting draws closer.
We give exhibitors full participation because it’s important that our suppliers understand our members and their business challenges, patient populations, and industry initiatives. You’re unlikely to get an opportunity like this at any other GPO conference.
When making your travel arrangements, please plan accordingly so you can participate in the whole meeting.
Exhibit booths are available to all Innovatix, Essensa, and Premier contracted suppliers for $5,000 until July 15. After July 15, booth fees will increase to $5,500. All exhibit booths will be a uniform size and the fee includes one exhibiting attendee registration. Additional representatives from your company are also welcome to attend for a $500 per attendee registration fee.
Tuesday, October 10:
Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”
Bestselling Author and Business Speaker
Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books including his most recent, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck. He was also voted one of the best speakers in 2015 by the Meeting & Convention Planners.
John P. Sganga
President & CEO, Innovatix and Essensa
John Sganga launched Innovatix in 1993 to offer group purchasing services to non-acute healthcare providers. Today, he leads Premier’s non-acute healthcare strategy and business unit and serves as President and CEO of Innovatix and Essensa, both of which became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Premier in 2016. Sganga has led both organizations through explosive growth, with Innovatix and Essensa surpassing $8.2 billion in combined contract volume in 2016.
Chief Financial Officer, Premier Inc.
Craig McKasson is the chief financial officer and senior vice president for Premier Inc. He has responsibility for the financial affairs of Premier, including strategic financial planning, internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, financial operations, tax compliance and planning, treasury services, and investor relations. He also oversees Premier’s insurance management services division.
Anna Katrina Davey
CEO and Founder, Cultural Confidence
Anna Katrina Davey is CEO and Founder of Cultural Confidence, helping people and organizations succeed across cultural boundaries. She works with Fortune 500 and other companies, providing customized cross-cultural business training, as well as with attorneys, providing crucial culture expert witness services. She furthermore works regularly with universities as well as with non-profits facilitating intercultural workshops within a variety of global programs.
Liya Davydov, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Innovatix
Dr. Davydov currently serves as a Senior Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services (with a focus on the specialty/home infusion segments) at Innovatix.
Director, Facilities, Construction & Environmental Services, Premier
Alex Fairley directs the Capital and Construction Services program at Premier. In this role, he works with members to extract value from the contracts and relationships Premier has with its facilities, construction, and environmental services suppliers.
Senior Director, IT Field Specialist, Premier
In his role as Senior Director and IT Field Specialist, Jason Ferri supports Premier’s members, suppliers, and field representatives, and serves as a subject matter expert for the information technology portfolio of GPO contracts.
Patricia Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP
Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety, Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions
Patricia Kienle is the Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety for Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as President of the Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists. She is a Fellow of ASHP, was named Pharmacist of the Year by PSHP, and the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice from the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from ASHP. She is a current member of the USP Compounding Expert Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Hazardous Drugs.
Troy Trygstad, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Executive Director, CPESN USA
Troy Trygstad is a community pharmacist, a health economist, and a pharmacy visionary who continues to encourage pharmacy industry leaders into new and innovative ways of thinking. He possesses over fifteen years of experience with multi-disciplinary care teams and intervention development under alternative payment and support models.
Principal, Four D Consulting
George Watson is a leadership and management consultant who focuses on the development and delivery of training, executive coaching, as well as organizational and team development. Over the past seven years, he has traveled internationally to work with managers and their teams within the oil and gas industry. He also has experience helping small businesses with organizational alignment and team development initiatives.
Field Specialist, Wireless Solutions, Premier
In her role as Field Specialist for Wireless Solutions, Bethany Wooster supports and cultivates Premier’s supplier partnerships and serves as a subject matter expert for members, sponsor organizations, and field staff.
Senior Policy Advisor, Alston & Bird
Marilyn Yager is a senior policy advisor in the Washington, D.C. office of Alston & Bird. She provides policy and political insight on a variety of health care issues and assists clients in developing, designing, and implementing their legislative and regulatory strategy.
Director of Content, Pierpont Communications
Over the past two decades, Lara Zuehlke has wrangled those 26 letters of the alphabet in every way imaginable. From magazine editorial and content strategy to integrated marketing and digital engagement, she understands how to identify the story and share it through every type of channel to reach the right audience—at the right time.
|8:00-10:00 AM||Advisory Group Breakfast*||OPENING TALK | Jon Acuff, Bestselling Author and Business Speaker|
|11:30 AM – 2:30 PM||Lunch and Keynotes||WELCOME | Craig McKasson, CFO, Premier Inc.
COMPANY KEYNOTE | John P. Sganga, President & CEO, Innovatix and Essensa
SPECIAL GUEST KEYNOTE | Jay Leno, TV Personality and Comedian
|3:30-5:00 PM||REVERSE TRADE SHOW FOR EXHIBITING SUPPLIERS**|
Government Affairs, Regulatory Issues, & Alternate Payment Models
Purchasing and Supply Chain
|Education Session 1
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|Education Session 2
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|6:30-10:00 PM||Evening Reception Offsite TBD Buses pick up at 6:00 PM|
|Early Bird Session
|8:30-9:30 AM||ADVISORY GROUP MEETINGS*|
|Education Session 3||Education Session 3||Education Session 3||Education Session 3|
11:15 AM -12:30 PM
|Education Session 4||Education Session 4||Education Session 4||Education Session 4|
|12:30-3:30 PM||EXHIBITION HALL|
|Education Session 5||Education Session 5||Education Session 5||Education Session 5|
|7:00-10:00 PM||Member Appreciation Celebration (on hotel property)|
|8:00-12:00 PM||Conference Registration Desk Open|
|9:00-10:15 AM||Advisory Group Meetings*|
This past October, we welcomed a record 700+ attendees to the New York Marriott Marquis for our largest National Meeting yet.
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.
The 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.
After 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.
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.
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.
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.
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