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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Froedtert Health Receives Supplier Diversity Award

Milwaukee, Wis. – The Wisconsin, Iowa and Central Illinois Minority Supplier Development Council (now the North Central Minority Supplier Development Council - NCMSDC) named Froedtert Health as a recipient of its 2014 Supplier Diversity Award of Excellence. The NCMSDC helps corporate members and certified minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) across the Midwest maximize business opportunities. Their award honors NCMSDC corporate members for their commitment to economic development of minority-owned business enterprises in their local communities.

“Froedtert Health values, embraces and celebrates the wealth of diversity reflected in our patients, their families, our workforce, and the many diverse communities we serve,” said Joseph Hill, chief diversity officer. “We are committed to engaging the expertise of minority-owned businesses to support diversity in the trades and to help reduce minority unemployment.”

According to Hill, Froedtert Health has a long-standing commitment to contracting with MBEs. For its current major project, the addition of the eight-story, 610,000-square-foot Froedtert & the Medical Center of Wisconsin Center for Advanced Care on its Wauwatosa campus, “we set a goal of 15 percent participation for MBEs and women-owned minority businesses. We are currently exceeding our goal at 17 percent,” Hill said, adding that Froedtert Health also offers a mentor/protégé program to help MBEs secure specialty certifications required for work in health care facilities. 

 “Many organizations set MBE goals based upon tax incremental financing requirements,” Hill said. “Froedtert Health used no incentives when we developed our diversity and inclusion plan in 2011. Today, we have one of the few private, non-incentivized supplier diversity plans in Wisconsin.”

The NCMSDC uses input from its MBE members to select Award of Excellence recipients. Froedtert Health executives received the award at the NCMSDC Partners for Profit Business to Business Symposium, which brings together corporations and MBEs. Other award recipients included US Bank, Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Johnson Controls.