CHAMPS partners with JobsOhio to form agreements with Ohio-based suppliers


With the collaborative efforts of JobsOhio, CHAMPS Group Purchasing (a supply chain business affiliate of the Northeast Ohio regional hospital association The Center for Health Affairs) has finalized a series of agreements with Ohio-based suppliers.

The partnerships support CHAMPS’ commitment to supporting local, diverse and small business suppliers in the interest of supporting the economies of the communities it serves as well as the needs of its membership, according to a news release.

Each of the five suppliers that have entered agreements with CHAMPS offer a specific line of personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19-related products that are available to CHAMPS GPO members at competitive rates, according to the release, which notes that the collaboration allows for additional contracting opportunities for members in the future.

“CHAMPS Group Purchasing’s decision to include five Ohio companies in their PPE supply chain will bolster in-state manufacturing of this critical resource with home-grown talent,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a provided statement. “Domestically-produced PPE offers numerous economic development and safety benefits for companies and workers, alike, and these new partnerships will help and prevent critical supply shortages in the future by reducing our country’s reliance on PPE from overseas.”

The suppliers and their product offerings include the following, according to the release:

• ALG Health, a Defiance-based manufacturer of N95 disposable masks.

• Commercial Cutting, a Level 1 disposable polyethylene isolation gowns manufacturer based in Mansfield.

• GVS Filtration, a company that produces N99 disposable and reusable P100 respirators in Findlay.

• Mark One Medical, a Minster-based producer of disinfecting wipes and alcohol spray.

• Sensical Inc., a manufacturer based in Solon that makes Level 1 and 2 disposable polyethylene isolation gowns, Level 2 spunbond isolation gowns and spunbond shoe and hair covers.

“As part of our economic development strategy, JobsOhio will continue to support open, secure supply chains across critical industries,” said Andrew Deye — vice president of strategy for JobsOhio, a nonprofit designed to drive job creation and new investment in Ohio — in a provided statement. “We thank CHAMPS for their continued engagement on PPE supply chain issues and for being a responsive, open-minded and forwarding-thinking partner.”

As CHAMPS GPO and the health center responded to membership needs amid the pandemic, they identified several solutions to assist members, and through that process, identified supporting domestic manufacturers as a priority. This led to a strategic partnership with TeamNEO, a leading Northeast Ohio business development organization and designated JobsOhio Network Partner.

“This partnership is the result of collaboration between organizations who truly represent and support Ohio well,” said Tracy Wise, senior vice president of business operations and administration for The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare, in a provided statement. “From the moment the pandemic hit our state, we at The Center and CHAMPS have worked tirelessly to find ways to further support our members while also improving the overall health of our community.”



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