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2018 Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo 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. The 2018 meeting, held from October 10-12 in the great city of Chicago, was among the most engaging and well-attended events we’ve held to date.

Keynotes, Awards, and Networking Events

The meeting kicked off with an inspiring welcome address from John Sganga, Premier’s Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs. John’s address focused on why leaders are pivotal for positive change. Anchoring his remarks around the evolving healthcare and business markets—as well as pulling from his own career journey—John discussed the importance of leading from within and offered attendees practical advice on how to enhance their leadership skills.

John Sganga, Premier’s Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs

After John concluded his remarks, we honored the winners of this year’s Innovatix and Essensa member awards. Presented in five categories, these awards recognize members who make use of all available resources to lower their supply chain costs through extensive participation the Innovatix and Essensa purchasing programs. This year’s winners are:

• Home Infusion Provider: BioScrip, Inc.
• Long-Term Care Pharmacy: Pharmcare USA
• Assisted Living: Brookdale Senior Living
• Skilled Nursing: Catholic Health Services
• Business and Industry: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

National Meeting Member Awards

At the awards ceremony’s conclusion, our special guest keynote speaker, NASA Space Mission Commander and American Hero Captain Mark Kelly, took center stage. Captain Kelly inspired attendees with his “Endeavor to Succeed” presentation. The speech highlighted events and experiences that influenced his life and career, including his determination to become a naval aviator and a NASA astronaut despite several setbacks, and his wife Gabrielle Giffords’ undaunted will to recover from her injuries following an assassination attempt. Captain Kelly also spoke about his responsibilities as a primary caregiver and drew parallels to the day-to-day decisions that business owners make.

NASA Space Mission Commander and American Hero Captain Mark Kelly

The meeting’s two evening networking events, held the first day onsite and the next day at the Field Museum, were both enjoyable and productive for all in attendance. The events offered participants the opportunity to get to know each other while exploring the museum and its exhibitions. Suppliers used the events to make connections with members and gain valuable insight into their specific needs, while members were also able to network with each other.

Field Museum

Both Thursday and Friday kicked off with renowned keynote speakers. At Thursday’s government affairs keynote breakfast, RealClearPolitics co-founder and executive editor Tom Bevan provided a preview of the upcoming midterm elections. We were fortunate to have Tom share his expertise so close to Election Day. Friday morning’s advisory group breakfast was highlighted by Seth Mattison, co-founder and chief movement officer of Luminate Labs. Seth’s engaging style and personal reflections forged a connection with members, while his lessons about leading a “next-generation” workplace clearly resonated with the corporate leaders in the audience.


Educational Programming

This year’s meeting featured 15 educational programming sessions 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 three tracks included over 10 hours of accredited continuing education sessions for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, long-term care administrators, and nurses.

All three tracks featured subject matter experts and thought leaders who shared their knowledge with attendees. Sessions were interactive and featured dialogue and participation. Prominent sessions included an in-depth look at how recent health policy changes impact providers; advice on how to build a successful marketing automation program; guidance on creating an emergency preparedness plan; an update on the specialty drug pipeline; a review of cancer-related pain management strategies in an era of increased opioid scrutiny; and more.

Download 2018 Program

Exhibition Hall

Spread out over two days, this year’s Exhibition Hall was one of our largest ever, with nearly 120 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 also had the opportunity to directly engage with Innovatix, Essensa, and Premier member-facing staff during this year’s reverse trade show. 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.

Exhibit Hall

Thank you 2018 exhibitors.

We appreciate your continued support for our organization and our members!
Abbott Nutrition
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals
American Express
American Healthcare Supply
American Office Products Distributors
AMN Healthcare
Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Astellas Pharmaceuticals
Athenex Pharmaceuticals
AuroMedcis Pharma
Baxter Healthcare
Best Buy
Boehringer Ingelheim
BrightView Landscape Services
Buffalo Hospital Supply
Cardinal Health
Care Services
Daniels Health
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Eli Lilly
Essity Professional Hygiene
Evoke Neuroscience
FedEx Healthcare Solutions
FFF Enterprises
Forerunner Holdings / RXTransparent
Fresenius Kabi
GOJO Industires
Grifols USA
HD Supply
Henry Schein
Heritage Bag Company
Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA
Horiba Medical
Infinx Pharmacy Services
Insight Medical
Integra LTC Solutions
Integrated Medical Systems
KCI, an Acelity Company
Kellogg’s Specialty Channels
Ken’s Foods
Kimberly-Clark Professional
Konica Minolta Healthcare
Kraft Heinz
Major Pharmaceuticals
Manchac Technologies/DOSIS
Mayne Pharma
McKesson Medical Surgical
Mead Johnson Nutrition
Merck & Co.
Michael Foods
Micro Merchant Systems
Nestle Health Science
NeuroLogica Corp – Samsung
Novo Nordisk
Nutricia North America
Office Depot
Par Pharmaceutical
Performance Health
Positive Promotions
Premier (Commcare and Acro Specialty Pharmacy)
Procter & Gamble
Procurement Partners
Quantum Medical
Retractable Technologies
Rhodes Pharmaceuticals
S2S Global
SAGENT Pharmaceuticals
Sanofi Pasteur
Siemens Healthineers
Smith Drug Company
Smiths Medical
Smucker Away From Home
Sonu Satellite
Spartan Chemical Company
Staples Business Advantage
Sun Communications
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Tyson Foods
Upsher-Smith Laboratories
US Foods
X-Gen Pharmaceuticals
Zydus Pharmaceuticals

Feedback from our 2018 attendees and exhibitors

Honestly thought it was one of the best conferences I have attended, and I attend many throughout the year. The educational sessions were just what I was looking for.

Innovatix Pharmacy Member

Great educational and networking opportunities. Fantastic off-site events.

Essensa Healthcare Member

It was very informative and entertaining. I recommend anyone able to should go to future ones.

Essensa Non-Healthcare Member

I thought breaking the expo session for the members and exhibitors up into two sessions was a great idea to get people mingling, the keynote and supporting lectures were all quite interesting topics to see. It’s always nice to meet new members and get face time with the Innovatix staff that we work with throughout the year.

Technology Supplier

I enjoy the opportunity to network with others in this business segment, and exchange and learn about new ideas. Thanks for the great job by everyone – I’m amazed each year at the fabulous job you do organizing and having this event!

Innovatix Senior Living Member

I thought the meeting was very informative and a good opportunity to meet folks in the industry.

Innovatix Pharmacy Member and First Time Attendee

Meeting venue is great, set up and expo times are great. The member/vendor events are impressive!

Foodservice Supplier

I love how you have a reason for attendees to come by each booth and how the members are interested in what you have to say. It is always a good show!

Pharmaceutical Supplier

Save the Date

The 2019 Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo will be held from October 28 through October 30 in Atlanta, GA. Stay connected to @InnovatixGPO and @EssensaGPO and check your email for more details as they become available. We hope to see you there!

Innovatix and Essensa 2019 National Meeting and Expo in Atlanta, GA