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The 2018 Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium convenes in Chicago in

On September 24 and 25, healthcare executives and industry influencers
will gather at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, Illinois, to explore
the benefits of a diversified healthcare supply chain and its impact in
communities. Now in its 13th year, the Healthcare Supplier
Diversity Symposium (HSDS) hosted by Owens & Minor, Inc., is a forum
focused on the key topics affecting the healthcare industry's supply
chain today and how the inclusion of diverse suppliers expands choices
for healthcare providers and strengthens the delivery of healthcare.

"Research and experience demonstrate that supplier diversity is a smart
business strategy for all stakeholders," said Danni Green, Director of
Supplier Diversity for Owens & Minor. "Owens & Minor hosts this annual
symposium to help promote supplier diversity within the healthcare
industry through a shared commitment to improving healthcare outcomes.
This year, the symposium's theme, "Economic Inclusion: Be Intentional,"
examines why economic inclusion makes good business sense and how it
makes a positive impact on the communities in which we all live and

Social architect Bill Strickland, the president and CEO of Manchester
Bidwell Corporation, and Navy Veteran Daryl J.W. Mackin, founder of A
Soldier's Child Foundation, will deliver the keynote addresses. The
roster of speakers and panelists also includes Matthew Rowan, President
and CEO of the Healthcare Industry Distribution Association (HIDA); Dr.
Samuel Ross, CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore; Dr. Fred McKinney, Managing
Director at TUCK Executive Education; Chicago Tribune Columnist
Clarence Page; and select Owens & Minor leaders.

Highlights of the annual symposium include the C-suite Roundtable and
the Earl G. Reubel Awards Gala and awards presentation celebrating
leaders in diversity advocacy. The awards—presented in three categories,
Outstanding Civic Leader, Outstanding Diversity Enterprise and
Outstanding Corporate Leadership—were established by Owens & Minor and
named in honor of Earl G. Reubel, the late founder of Kerma Medical
Products, whose vision of building a legacy through his company
demonstrated the true spirit of entrepreneurship. Past winners of the
Earl G. Reubel Awards include Partners (2017 Corporate Leader); Mark
Cartwright of Virginia Tech (2017 Civic Leader); Tim Martin of CHRISTUS
Health (2016 Hospital/Healthcare System); and Kenneth Grant of The Johns
Hopkins Hospital Health System (2016 Civic Leader).

For more information about the 2018 Healthcare Supplier Diversity
Symposium—held adjacent to the 2018 Healthcare Industry Distributor's
Association's (HIDA) Streamlining Conference—at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare
in Chicago, Illinois, visit

About Owens & Minor, Inc.

Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE:OMI) is a global healthcare solutions company
with integrated technologies, products and services aligned to deliver
significant and sustained value for healthcare providers and
manufacturers across the continuum of care. With 17,000 dedicated
teammates serving healthcare industry customers in 90 countries, Owens &
Minor helps to reduce total costs across the supply chain by optimizing
episode and point-of-care performance, freeing up capital and clinical
resources, and managing contracts to optimize financial performance. A
FORTUNE 500 company, Owens & Minor has annualized revenues of
approximately $10 billion, including contributions from Halyard Health
S&IP. Founded in 1882, the company now has distribution, production,
customer services, and sales facilities located across Asia, Europe,
Latin America and the U.S. For more information about Owens & Minor,
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Owens & Minor is a member of the National Minority Supplier Development
Council (NMSDC), the Women's Business Enterprise National Council
(WBENC) and the Healthcare Industry Distributor's Association (HIDA).

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