Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs, Premier, Inc.
(President & CEO, Innovatix and Essensa, 1993 – 2017)
John Sganga launched Innovatix in 1993 to offer group purchasing services to non-acute healthcare providers, and followed by launching Essensa in 2009 to service additional classes of trade. As President and CEO, he led both organizations through explosive growth, surpassing $8.2 billion in combined contract volume in 2016.
After Innovatix and Essensa became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Premier in 2016, Sganga assumed his current role of Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs. In this role, he provides overall leadership for Premier’s non-acute, alternate site, and sponsor programs.
Sganga has close to 30 years of healthcare experience, more than half of which has focused on alternate site purchasing. Before joining Premier, Sganga served as Executive Vice President of GNYHA Ventures, the business arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), of which Innovatix was a subsidiary. He joined GNYHA as Vice President of Financial Operations in 1992. Prior to that, Sganga was the Senior Director of Financial Operations at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and worked for Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting Service. Furthermore, Sganga has been instrumental in bringing GPO services to the non-healthcare sector, including signing exclusive agreements with Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and professional hockey leagues (NHL, AHL, and ECHL), as well as creating a groundbreaking relationship with the City of New York to serve its community-based organizations.
Sganga served on the Executive Board of the Metropolitan Health Administrators’ Association (MHAA) for 17 years and was President from 1995 to 1996. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
In 1999, Sganga was recognized as one of Crain’s New York Business “40 Under Forty,” and was also awarded the New York University Alumni Torch Award for outstanding contribution in the field of public service. The Metropolitan Health Administrators’ Association (MHAA) awarded him the 2004 Award of Distinction for his commitment to healthcare on a regional and national level. In 2008, Sganga was selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award, New York Metro Area Healthcare Division.
Sganga continues to be a strong advocate of INCLUDEnyc, where he served on the Board of Directors. He served on the Edgemont Community Council Board of Directors for five years, where he held the office of Treasurer. In 2015, Sganga was appointed to a four-year term to the Board of Ethics of the Town of Greenburgh, NY. In 2017, Sganga joined the White Plains Hospital Board of Directors, where he serves on the Finance Committee.
John Sganga holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, with a concentration in Health Services Management.