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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Innovatix Pharmacy Member
Essensa Healthcare Member
Essensa Non-Healthcare Member
Innovatix Senior Living Member
Innovatix Pharmacy Member and First Time Attendee