April 15, 2013 08:00 ET

ConnXus Announces Agreement With Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to Provide Supplier Diversity Technology Solutions

ConnXus to Provide Tier 1 Diversity Spend Verification and Targeted Diverse Supplier Outreach

MASON, OH and CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - Apr 15, 2013) - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is pleased to announce its agreement with ConnXus, a next generation procurement platform that provides major corporations, health systems, construction firms and government agencies with a fully-integrated supplier diversity technology solution.

Cincinnati Children's has a goal to spend 7.5 percent of the medical center's annual budget for purchased goods and services with minority- and women-owned (MWBE) businesses. ConnXus will provide services to support the Cincinnati Children's Supplier Diversity efforts by expanding the medical center's access and connections to small and diverse suppliers. ConnXus will also support Cincinnati Children's spend tracking and reporting efforts by providing Tier 1 diversity spend verification services.

ConnXus recently announced a similar deal with Cooperative Services of Florida, a Regional Buying Cooperative whose members are Lee Memorial Health System, Central Florida Health Alliance, Huntsville Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

"This collaboration with Cincinnati Children's represents a huge step toward our goal of becoming the leading provider of supplier diversity solutions to the healthcare industry," said Rod Robinson, ConnXus founder and CEO. "As we continue to build customer relationships with committed, high quality healthcare organizations like Children's, we will be better enabled to provide the market with access to a deeper pool of healthcare-qualified diverse suppliers." 

De Asa Brown, Supplier Diversity Manager, and the person who will manage the Cincinnati Children's-ConnXus relationship says that she is looking forward to working with the company.

"We are excited to work with ConnXus, one of only a few minority-owned businesses that provide a comprehensive set of Supplier Diversity solutions and works to connect large corporations like Cincinnati Children's with small and diverse suppliers to increase business opportunities," she explains.

About Cincinnati Children's
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News and World Report's 2012 Best Children's Hospitals ranking. It is ranked #1 for neonatology and in the top 10 for all pediatric specialties. Cincinnati Children's is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and a research and teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The medical center is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. Additional information can be found at Also, connect on the Cincinnati Children's blog, via Facebook and on Twitter.

About ConnXus
Web-based service ConnXus, based in Mason, Ohio, helps corporations locate, evaluate and engage small, woman- and minority-owned businesses. A fully-integrated solution, ConnXus provides corporations with a host of services including Targeted diverse supplier outreach, Tier 1 diversity spend verification, Tier 2 diversity spend tracking & reporting and supplier registration portals. For more information, go to Also, connect via Facebook and on Twitter.

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