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Supporting Local Minority-Owned Businesses Through Supplier Diversity

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University Hospitals is firmly committed to supporting minority; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and local business enterprises, contracting with firms that share the same commitment and provide the best quality, value-added products and services at the most competitive cost.

We promote the participation of minority- and women-owned business enterprises as both Tier 1 (prime) and Tier 2 (sub-contractor and/or supplier vendor) vendors. Our suppliers make every effort to reach the diversity expectations of 15 percent minority business enterprise (MBE) utilization, 5 percent woman business enterprise (WBE) utilization and 20 percent local utilization with Tier 2 vendors where available and practical.

UH is a supporter of Plexus, the chamber of commerce for the LGBT communities and allies serving northeast Ohio. UH vendors include those certified by Plexus.

By supporting area minority- and female-owned contractors, University Hospitals has built a diverse supply chain that, in turn, has added badly needed jobs to the northeast Ohio region. We have invested in training a diverse workforce for tomorrow through high school and apprenticeship programs.

Supplier Gateway

As a part of our continuous improvement program, we are developing a comprehensive supplier repository of supplier business, certification, capabilities and contact information. Please take this opportunity to provide all requested information into the SupplierGateway repository. A member of our Corporate Supply Chain team will reach out to you should additional information be requested and/or the opportunity to potentially conduct business with University Hospitals arises. Registration in the SupplierGateway repository is not to be considered as an approval to move forward with conducting business with University Hospitals, but instead a crucial first step in our vendor engagement and selection process.

If you are providing diverse supplier certification to support your business information, note that it is not automatically renewed in the SupplierGateway repository. You will need to take action and provide updated certification. It is the responsibility of all suppliers to ensure that their information in the SupplierGateway repository is current and up-to-date.

We thank you in advance for your interest in conducting business with University Hospitals and completing the steps to register.

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