Supplier Diversity

Greenville Health System’s Supplier Diversity Program is part of our commitment to make supplier diversity part of our culture and the way we do business.  We recognize the competitive advantage that supplier diversity brings to our organization. GHS realizes that it is important to have suppliers that mirror our diverse workforce and the diverse patient base we serve.

Our Supplier Diversity Program will:

  • Proactively seek to procure products and services from minority / women business enterprises
  • Increase our overall supplier base with whom we do business

Our program will assist M/WBE bid and contract opportunities through a combination of:

  • Utilization - integrating strategies to include competitive sourcing opportunities;
  • Training and education - offering training and support for minority and women-owned businesses on how to do business with GHS;
  • Tracking - monitoring and reporting our progress towards achieving our supplier diversity targets with emphasis on continuous improvement;
  • Certification - verifying that businesses meet the criteria of ownership to qualify as a minority/ women-owned business. 
  • Outreach - seeking diverse suppliers through active involvement with minority development organizations and participation in various trade show events

Supplier Classification Form 

Supplier Application 

Please submit the above forms to Sonya Cunningham at scunningham@ghs.org. If you have any questions she can be reached at (864) 455-0115.  

A Statement From our CEO

At Greenville Health System, we’re committed to advancing supplier diversity because it’s good for our organization and good for our community.  As a result of our supplier diversity initiative, formally endorsed by our Board of Trustees in 2006, we have expanded the number of minority and women owned business partners while simultaneously making progress on important quality and cost management initiatives.  We are proud of our track record of creating new business partnerships and we're excited by the role we can play in supporting the success of businesses throughout our entire community.

Michael C. Riordan
President and CEO

Our Policy

It is Greenville Health System’s policy to promote the utilization of eligible minority and women-owned business enterprises in all aspects of the company.

Our Mission

Provide maximum and practical opportunities for minority and women-owned business enterprises to compete fairly and become and remain suppliers of Greenville Health System

Our Goal

  • Assess the needs and objectives of departments regarding their supplier requirements and identify appropriate M/WBE suppliers
  • Increase participation and bring awareness by creating and implementing programs, tools and events that market the value of supplier diversity

Greenville Health System Expectations

Greenville Health System (GHS) demands the best products and services at the lowest competitive price in order to pass those needs on to our patient base. Each company is measured against the same set of high expectations and standards regardless of size and/or classification.

GHS does business only with companies that:

  • Are competitive and add value to our business
  • Have a proven track record and references
  • Demonstrate a high level of quality
  • Provide on-time deliveries
  • Meet inventory/shipping requirements
  • Provide samples for quality control testing
  • Meet our insurance requirements
  • Have certification as an M/WBE entity in the USA
  • Are customer focused

 Working with Greenville Health System

Supplies, Services, and Equipment

Initial contact with Greenville Hosptial System (GHS) should be with the Purchasing Department.  The Purchasing Staff will provide an overview of GHS and guide you through the process of showcasing your products and/or services.  An appointment can be made with the Supplier Diversity Manager by calling the Materials Distribution Center at (864) 455-7080.

GHS has five (5) distinct areas of purchasing: products, services, and capital (under Materials Management), Food Service, Pharmacy, Information Services, and Facilities Development and Campus Planning (new construction and renovations).

Appointments are required prior to any visit to GHS. Signing in and receiving a visitors badge is required at the five (5) GHS campuses. Upon arrival at any campus, inquire at the reception desk for sign-in location. All products and equipment will be subject to an evaluation process.  GHS does not have a committee that reviews products and services but creates committees based on the departments that would utilize the product. Samples for evaluations are required at no charge.  Requests for payment of samples utilized in the evaluation process require prior approval. Orientations are required prior to doing business with GHS by specific departments.  Current orientations required are for visitation to the Operating Rooms, Catheterization Lab, and Outcomes Management.  Other departments will be added in the future.

In many cases, GHS utilizes Request for Quotation or Request for Proposal.  A new Supplier should complete the Supplier Information Form and submit it to the Supplier Diversity Manager.

GHS is an owner/member of a Group Purchasing Organization, UHC/Novation, located at 2001 Spring Road Suite 700, Oak Brook, IL 60523-1890.  UHC/Novation negotiates and provides many of the contracts that GHS utilizes in purchasing products and services.

Who Can Participate?

Minority and/or Women-Owned Business

A minority or woman-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. "Minority group members" are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic, Women and Native American. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals; further, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members. The M/WBE should also be certified by an authorized organization such as the NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council), CMSDC (Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council) and/or WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council).

If you are not a certified M/WBE and wish to become certified, contact:

  • Your local Minority Supplier Development Council
  • The NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council)
  • The WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council)

Why do Business with Minority or Women-Owned Businesses?

  • M/WBEs provide valuable and competitive products and services.
  • Supplier Diversity is part of Greenville Health System’s overall strategy for growth and customer satisfaction.
  • Utilization of M/WBEs contributes to the growth of local, regional and national economies.
  • M/WBEs are valued GHS customers.

How do I get started?

  1. Complete the On-line Supplier Diversity Application.
  2. Mail an introductory package detailing your company to: Greenville Health System Attn:  Supplier Diversity Manager 701 Grove Road Greenville, SC 29605-5601.
  3. Your package should include:
  • A letter describing your company and its product(s) and or/service(s). Contact name and information should be included.
  • A company brochure and business card
  • A copy of your minority/women supplier certification