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Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo

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The 2018 Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo will be held from October 10 through October 12 in Chicago, IL. Stay connected to @InnovatixGPO and @EssensaGPO and check your email for more details as they become available. We hope to see you there!

2017 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. This past October, we welcomed 500+ attendees to the dynamic city of Austin, TX, marking the 10th anniversary of our last meeting in Austin, and our first meeting since our acquisition by Premier.

Welcome Addresses & Networking Event

McKasson WelcomeInnovatix and Essensa Advisory Group members started the meeting with a breakfast talk by bestselling author and business speaker, Jon Acuff. Jon’s humorous and engaging style energized the crowd, while his message about developing manageable goals in order to get more accomplished clearly resonated with the business leaders in the audience.




JPS-Keynote2The programming for all attendees kicked off later that day with a welcome from Premier CFO Craig McKasson, followed by a keynote address from John P. Sganga, in his new role as Premier’s Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs. Craig’s remarks focused on what Innovatix and Essensa bring to the table for Premier, the importance of alternate site healthcare and non-healthcare programs to Premier’s overall strategy, and how the combination of Innovatix, Essensa, and Premier serves as a force multiplier for progress within the healthcare system. John then opened his address with a reminder of Innovatix and Essensa’s humble beginnings, our journey to becoming a leader in alternate site group purchasing and operations, and our integration with Premier. Throughout his talk, John emphasized how Innovatix and Essensa’s values align with Premier’s, and that together with our members, we are building a legacy that will endure to change the healthcare and business landscape.

Leno2After Craig and John concluded their remarks, our special guest keynote speaker, TV personality and comedian Jay Leno, took center stage. A legendary performer, Jay used his unique style, wit, and delivery to keep the audience in stitches while expounding on topics ranging from prescription drug names to the health effects of aging.

The evening network event, Experience Austin at Brazos Hall, provided an opportunity for members, suppliers, and staff to connect. The venue—a combination of historic and new Austin—reminded attendees of the need for businesses to retain their core values, while also innovating and moving forward. The evening was highlighted by a donation to Austin Pets Alive!, an organization working to rescue, shelter, and reunite animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The contribution, made on behalf of Innovatix and Essensa members, will provide much-needed resources to support the recovery efforts.

Educational Programming

This year’s meeting featured more than 20 educational programming sessions that were organized into four parallel tracks curated to meet the needs of all attendees: 1) clinical; 2) government affairs, regulatory issues, and alternate payment models; 3) business operations and management; and 4) purchasing and supply chain. The four tracks included over 14 hours of accredited continuing education sessions for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, long-term care administrators, and nurses.

All four tracks featured well-renowned subject matter experts and thought leaders who shared their knowledge with attendees. Sessions were interactive and featured dialogue and participation. Prominent sessions included Rep. Buddy Carter, the only pharmacist in the U.S. Congress, discussing healthcare priorities and legislation that impact non-acute providers; a discussion on how to better incorporate analytics into business decisions; strategies to improve opioid use in the long-term care setting; experts in cultural diversity and conflict resolution providing lessons for a more productive workplace; advice for pharmacies to thrive in value-based care environments; and more.

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Exhibition Hall

This year’s meeting also featured our largest Exhibition Hall ever, with more than 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 our inaugural 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.

Thank you to this year’s exhibitors.

We appreciate your continued support for our organization and our members!
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals
Akrimax (Mist Pharmaceuticals)
American Express
Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Astellas Pharma US
Athenex Pharmaceutical Division
AuroMedics Pharma
Baxter Healthcare
Becton Dickinson
Best Buy
Boehringer Ingelheim
Breckenridge Pharmaceutical
Capsa Healthcare
Cardinal Health
Carlisle Foodservice
CDW Healthcare
Commcare and Acro
Specialty Pharmacy
Concordance Healthcare Solutions
Coshatt Co.
Cubex MedBank Medical Solutions
Daniels Health
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Dr. Scholl’s (Caleres)
Easy Meal
Eli Lilly
FedEx Healthcare Solutions
FFF Enterprises
Fisher HealthCare
Forbo Flooring Systems
Fresenius Kabi
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
Grifols USA
H. D. Smith
HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
Health Care Logistics
Henry Schein
Heritage Bag Company
Heritage Pharmaceuticals
IMS – Integrated Medical Systems
Integra LTC Solutions
Janssen Pharmaceuticals
KCI, an Acelity Company
Ken’s Foods
Konica Minolta Healthcare
M.D.M Commercial Enterprises
Major Pharmaceuticals
Manchac Technologies/DOSIS
Mayne Pharma
Merck & Co.
Michael Foods
Nestle Health Science
Northfield Medical Manufacturing
Novo Nordisk
Office Depot
Par Pharmaceutical
Performance Health
Phoenix Textile
Positive Promotions
Procter & Gamble Distributing
Purdue Pharma
R&S Northeast
Rhodes Pharmaceuticals
S2S Global
SAGENT Pharmaceuticals
Samsung NeuroLogica Corp.
Sanofi Pasteur
Siemens Medical Solutions USA
Smith & Nephew
Smith Drug Company
Smiths Medical
Smucker’s Away From Home
SOAR Life Products
Sonu Satellite
Spartan Chemical Company
Staples Business Advantage
State Cleaning Solutions
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
Supply America
Tyson Foods
Upsher-Smith Laboratories
US Foods
US WorldMeds
Vesco Medical
Virtus Pharmaceuticals
West-Ward Pharmaceuticals
WG critical Care
X-GEN Pharmaceuticals
Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA

Feedback from our 2017 attendees and exhibitors

Great experience again. I really felt the educational sessions this year were better geared toward where our pharmacy is growing and expanding. I enjoy hearing the passion and energy displayed by Innovatix/Essensa leadership not only through speeches, but through our interactions as well.

Innovatix pharmacy member

Overall, this is a good meeting and a better value for my time than others I have attended. I look forward to next year.

Pharmaceutical supplier and first-time exhibitor

I thought it was absolutely fantastic. I have been to other meetings of this size, but this is the best one I have ever been to. The organization was second to none.

Essensa hospitality member and first-time attendee

We value this show because Innovatix members are an important user of our products and services.

– Foodservice supplier

The meeting was great. The networking with colleagues was most valuable, as usual. The meetings were informative and helpful, and the topics were varied and engaging.

Innovatix senior living member

Great opportunity to engage with the members of the Innovatix and Essensa team that help generate business between our organizations.

Facilities and maintenance supplier