HIGPA Announces 2004 Achievement Award Finalists

ARLINGTON, Va. --  The Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) announces four finalists selected for the inaugural healthcare purchasing industrys 2004 HIGPA Achievement Award.  Finalists were nominated and recognized for giving their time unselfishly to the association and the healthcare purchasing industry through volunteer involvement, participation in educational events, member recruitment initiatives and other related opportunities.  The HIGPA Achievement Award will be presented at HIGPAs 2004 International EXPO scheduled for Oct. 18-20 in Orlando, Fla.


The list of finalists includes:


Derwood Dunbar President and CEO, MAGNET

Allen Dunehew Vice President of Pharmacy, Amerinet-St. Louis

Ed Gravell Vice President of Health Systems of U.S. Distribution, Cardinal Health

Jack Hannenmann Vice President of National Accounts, Medline Industries


The HIGPA Achievement Award is designed as a showcase vehicle to publicly acknowledge the untiring support of member individuals who continuously provide their time and invaluable insight on the Associations ongoing endeavors, said HIGPAs president and CEO Robert Betz, PhD. We are overwhelmingly grateful to the four finalists for their commitment to HIGPA, and ultimately to the entire health care supply chain."


All HIGPA member Achievement Award nominees were reviewed based on the following criteria over the past 18 months:

1) Participation in HIGPAs volunteer-based steering committees, task forces, and special focus groups;

2) Participation in HIGPAs educational events;

3) Recruitment of new HIGPA members and/or educational event attendees;

4) Speaking opportunities either at a HIGPA event or promoting HIGPA and the health care purchasing industry;

5) Conducting/promoting new innovative programs, initiatives that are focused on the betterment of the health care purchasing industry;

6) Authored/co-authored articles for trade journals or national publications that promote HIGPA and the healthcare purchasing industry;

7) Authored/co-authored research or white papers that help to promote/define the heathcare purchasing industry; and,

8) Other tangible ways in which the nominee(s) promote HIGPA and the healthcare purchasing industry.


The 2004 HIGPA Achievement Award has three physical components, including two keepsakes.  First, a unique crystal obelisk will be presented to the winner.  This Achievement Award obelisk is the traveling award that will remain with the recipient for display purposes until the 2005 International EXPO and will have the recipients name engraved on the wooden base.  Second, a special 2004 HIGPA Achievement Award 10-kt. gold lapel pin will be presented to the recipient.  Finally, a professionally framed photograph of the award winner receiving the actual award will be forwarded after the EXPO.


In addition, a donation will be made by HIGPA on behalf of the 2004 HIGPA Achievement Award recipients health care charity of choice to further acknowledge their time donated to HIGPA and the industry. 


The 2004 HIGPA Achievement Award recipient will serve as the first member of an elite group of health care executives.  The recipient is invited to be a member of the 2005 Awards Working Group to assist HIGPA in further defining the Achievement Award program.  Additionally, the recipient will present the 2005 HIGPA Achievement Award at the 2005 International EXPO in Palm Desert, California.  The recipient will receive a complimentary registration, two nights hotel accommodations and roundtrip coach air for the 2005 International EXPO.


This year marks the first HIGPA Achievement Award program.  Calls for nominations were issued to the HIGPA membership from May 25, 2004 through Aug. 15, 2004.  Based on the awards criteria and nominees volunteer efforts, four finalists were selected by the Awards Working Group, comprised of individuals from trading partners and group purchasing organizations to supply chain consultants and the media.


HIGPA is a chartered trade association of over 160 healthcare purchasing and supply chain organizations.


Source: HIGPA