University of Maryland Medical System Recognized For Supply Chain Diversity Efforts

For immediate release: October 03, 2013


Karen Warmkessel | 410-328-8919

BALTIMORE – The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) has received the 2013 Earl G. Reubel Healthcare System of the Year Award from Owens & Minor, a leading provider of distribution and logistics services to the healthcare industry. The award recognizes UMMS’ efforts to improve diversity in the healthcare supply chain. Owens & Minor, a Fortune 500 company based in Richmond, Va., established the award in 2012 to honor the life and legacy of the late Earl G. Reubel, who founded Kerma Medical Products, Inc., a noted minority-owned healthcare company.

“The University of Maryland Medical System is committed to working with a diverse group of suppliers, including an outstanding group of companies owned by minorities and women,” said Gary Kane, vice president for supply chain management at UMMS. “We expect a lot from all our suppliers in terms of quality and value – and they are true partners with us, so this award is very meaningful.”

Owens & Minor presented awards in three categories – entrepreneur, healthcare system and civic leader – on September 23 at its 8th annual Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium in Richmond, Va. The healthcare system award recognizes a hospital or integrated delivery network (IDN) with demonstrated commitment to and the highest dollar volume of purchases from diversity suppliers.

“In each case, this year’s winners demonstrated a clear and compelling commitment to improving diversity in the healthcare supply chain,” said Craig R. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Owens & Minor. “We congratulate the worthy winners and the runners-up for their extraordinary efforts in building businesses, encouraging diversity in the supply chain, and their involvement in community service. Each of the winners are outstanding leaders in their own ways, and they serve as inspiration for all of us.”

About University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System is a 12-hospital system with academic, community and specialty medical services reaching every part of the state and beyond. UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the nation’s largest kidney transplant programs, as well as many of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily. UMMS employs more than 21,000 employees, operates approximately 2,300 licensed beds, and sees over 120,000 patient admissions annually. The medical system’s annual gross patient revenues are $2.8 billion, and it generates nearly $4.4 billion in economic activity in Maryland. For more information, visit