Success Stories from HSDA Members

HSDA Chair Deborah Williams Receives Corris Boyd Award

Deborah Williams Receives 2019 Corris Boyd Award

“This award is given annually in memory of our late friend. Corris Boyd was an exceptional person and an outstanding leader in workplace diversity. This award is our way of keeping his legacy of excellence going and we are so happy to have Vanessa here to take part,” Kuiper said.

It has become a tradition to surprise the winner and this year was no different. Ms. Williams was unaware of the honor until her name was called.

Nominators used words like diligence, coach, mentor, positive drive and instrumental to describe Ms. Williams. As one wrote, Ms. Williams has “propelled positive and measurable changes” in her industry. She has been “instrumental in working with diverse suppliers and our members to help contribute to the overall economic growth and well-being of the communities in which we live and work.”

But if you talk to those who know her best, they will highlight not only her professional accolades but her personal attributes. Her passion for coaching and mentoring, her desire to see others succeed, and her dedication to diversity.

Deborah Williams has served the health care industry for nearly 40 years – specializing in supplier diversity, ensuring minority, women - and veteran-owned suppliers and small businesses receive the resources they need.

Deborah Williams is an amazing example of what our industry strives to achieve.

Deborah Williams Corris Boyd Award Hug
Photo Credit to Chip Kahn (@chipkahn)

The Corris Boyd Leadership Award honors an individual or company that has made an outstanding contribution in fostering leadership in the health care industry.   The FAH established the Corris Boyd Leadership in 2007 to honor the late Corris Boyd, who spent his career working with hospital management companies and group purchasing organizations.  Corris Boyd committed his life to diversity and excellence in health care. He believed that leadership development is crucial to success and was devoted to the success of minority- and women-owned business enterprises.

FAH is honored to present Deborah Williams as the 2019 Corris Boyd Award winner and extends its thanks for her outstanding work which embodies the ideals the award represents.

About FAH

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), founded in 1966, is the national representative of more than 1,000 investor-owned or managed community hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. Our members include hospitals in urban and rural America, as well as inpatient rehabilitation, psychiatric, long-term acute care, and cancer hospitals. Investor-owned hospitals serve their communities proudly while providing high-quality health care to their patients.

The FAH provides a unique perspective to health care policymakers. We and our members are steadfast advocates of a market-based health care system, which benefits consumers by continually providing the high quality, patient safety, and value of care through competition and innovation.

Since its inception, the FAH has worked diligently to provide the expertise and insight of its members to federal legislators and regulators, as well as to other stakeholders, the general public, and the media. The key to our continuing organizational success is an active membership base.

"Investor-owned community hospitals are the core of their community health care systems. We are proud of the role that our facilities play in their communities and work constantly to ensure that all Americans get the hospital care that they need, when they need it." Chip Kahn, FAH President and CEO

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Kerma Medical Products & TriMedia
Complete 13 Successful Projects Together

Andrea Reubel-Walker from Kerma Medical Products, Inc. and Mary Layman from TriMedia have been working together on behalf of HSDA for many years. In 2016, Kerma Medical identified an opportunity to bring TriMedia on board as a diverse supplier through the design of their 25th anniversary logo. The success of this project created a momentum for a series of contracts, from online digital designs to trade show material.

“Mary Layman is extremely valuable to work with.  She listens carefully, provides excellent feedback, promotes creativity, new ideas, and is always a pleasure to work with.  Her ability to turn last minute projects around so quickly is amazing, I greatly appreciate her!”

- Andrea Reubel-Walker, Director of Marketing and Key National Accounts at Kerma Medical Products, Inc. 

“Andrea Reubel-Walker is always a pleasure to work with. She’s very articulate when reviewing project specs, which is not always easy when you are discussing subjective creative work.  She connects team members to boost production, or steps in when a single voice is needed to represent many. Andrea effortlessly aligns each decision, both small and large, with business goals.

Our in-sync collaboration allows us to push the envelope of the possible and generate solid work.”

– Mary Layman, President, TriMedia

Kerma Medical Products, Inc. is a Veteran-Minority Owned Company (VOSB) located in Suffolk, Virginia with a division in Miramar, Florida that manages the delivery of Small Cap Equipment & Supplies. Kerma began as a manufacturer in 1991 as a United States Government supplier and in 1994, Kerma expanded itself into the Commercial Medical Products Industry (Hospitals).  Kerma has established itself in the healthcare industry as a company that manufactures, assembles, and packages medical products and is now one of the largest diversity manufacturer/supplier companies in the private sector.

As a full-production workhorse, clients tend to refer to TriMedia as, “The Oz Behind the Curtain”. Founded in 2000, TriMedia is a B2B marketing company for inventors, manufacturers,  and distributors. Services include graphic design, product packaging & commercialization, and e-commerce web development tied to back-office productivity.  TriMedia's training division offers hands-on workshops and produces online interactive services that range from character design to video to immersive animations, used for corporate training, product launches and multi-channel marketing.


L5 Awarded Mail System Solution Contract for One of the Nation’s Ten Largest Public Health Systems

St. Petersburg, FL – August 21, 2018- L5 Express, LLC a certified Women Based Enterprise was awarded a 3-year Mail System Solution contract by Broward Health Systems. Under the contract, L5 will provide mail services to all Broward Health facilities. Broward Health, formally the North Broward Hospital District, is one of the 10 largest health systems in the U.S. Located in Broward County, Florida, L5 provides nationwide presort mail and parcel services. For more information on L5 and all of its service capabilities please feel free to contact Lara Shelton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Cathy Mock Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Cardinal Health is proud to announce that Cathy Mock, Director, Supplier Diversity, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (Ohio MSDC). Additionally, the award will be renamed in her honor for future generations.

Cathy has spent more than two decades advocating for and providing access to numerous minority businesses. Having been a minority business owner herself, she has the unique perspective of understanding the challenges of business ownership. Her mentorship, passion and unwavering support have been outstanding and a catalyst for the advancement of minority business development within Ohio and beyond.

Ohio MSDC is an organization that bridges minority-owned businesses and corporate America. As former President of Ohio MSDC, Cathy has worked tirelessly throughout her career to support minority-owned businesses and advance supplier diversity. Cathy is the Ohio MSDC’s Certification Committee Chair and has served on the Board of Directors for 17 consecutive years. As a member of the Board, she helped lead the organization through two significant moments in council history with the merger of the Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati chapters to create the South Central Ohio MSDC and merging South Central with Northern to form the Ohio MSDC.

“I am honored to have been given such a prestigious award and to have it bear my name is very humbling,” said Cathy. “I believe, as the Honorable Shirley Chisholm once said, ‘Service is the rent we must pay for the privilege of living on this earth.’ I will continue to live a life of service.”

The Ohio MSDC Cathy Mock Lifetime Achievement Award is a fitting tribute to an outstanding leader. Congratulations, Cathy!

Timothy MartinCHRISTUS Health was featured in a new report by HPOE

Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) featured the Supplier Diversity Program at CHRISTUS Health in a report titled, "Increasing Supplier Diversity in Health Care".

Photo Left: Timothy Martin. Manager, Supplier Diversity. Supply Chain Management, Contracting and Resource Utilization at CHRISTUS Health

Bihler of America Brings Supplier Diversity and Innovative Skill to its Customer Network

What's better than finding a needle in a haystack? Finding a diverse supplier that designs, innovates and efficiently manufactures surgical suture needles for Ethicon Inc. - a Johnson & Johnson company - and its customers. Click here for the full article (PDF).

Owens & Minor Hosted Symposium

Owens & Minor Symposium Encourages Health Care Industry to Increase Use of Women- and Minority- Owned Suppliers
By Katie O''Rourke
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Kevin PriceCongratulations to Kevin Price

Kevin Price, Supplier Diversity & Performance Director at Novant Health, has been selected for Diversity MBA's list of Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders list for 2015. Look for Kevin in the September issue of Diversity MBA Magazine. It is scheduled to be distributed to more than 1,850,000 readers in print and online. He will be featured along with 99 other talented professionals who have made a tremendous impact on leadership in their companies and communities.

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MAC Medical Supply Co Inc   | Vernacare Inc

MAC Medical Supply Co Inc (Chicago, IL) and Vernacare Inc (CS) signed a strategic partnership whereby MAC Medical will assume the sales, marketing, and distribution of Vernacare's line of products exclusively in the U.S. market. For more information visit and

Strengthening New Jersey’s Economy Johnson & Johnson Embraces Economic Diversity

On July 7, 2011, the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Inc. (AACCNJ) launched its $50 Million Dollar challenge.  The primary focus of the initiative is to connect African American-owned (AA) businesses to corporations in New Jersey to increase job opportunities and create strategic partnerships. Click here for the full article (PDF).

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The big value of small business: Print Media, Inc. (PDF)

View under the microscopeKingchem | Johnson & Johnson | McKesson

Vital Link in Supplying Unusual Ingredient for Oncology Drug
The husband -and-wife team of Stephen Wang, CEO of Kingchem LLC, and CO O Lillian Wu – whose backgrounds are in chemical engineering – started the minority-owned/certified manufacturing and distribution company in 1994 after emigrating from China and becoming U.S. citizens. Today, this diverse supplier to Johnson & Johnson has 400 employees, including staff based in Allendale, New Jersey. Click here to download the full story (PDF).

Thompson Hospitality Aligns with Customers Seeking Supplier Diversity, Job Creation and Corporate Responsibility

Thompson Hospitality is a shining example of a diverse strategic supplier  to DePuy Orthopaedics, OrthoDiagnostics and many other U.S.-based Johnson & Johnson operating companies.  As the largest minority-owned food service company in the United States, it supports supplier diversity and job creation through its many locations across the country. Click here for the full article (PDF).

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Woman owned business uncovers opportunity - Private Eyes Inc. (.pdf)