Spectrum Health and City of Grand Rapids partner on Meet the Buyers open house

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 7, 2019 – Spectrum Health and the City of Grand Rapids are partnering to connect with new, diverse and local businesses at a Meet the Buyers open house. With an annual combined spending power of nearly $1.5 billion, Spectrum Health, the City and other community partners want to connect with more local vendors who can meet their purchasing needs.

The open house is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at David D. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Drive NW. The free event offers an opportunity for vendors to learn more about bidding opportunities at Spectrum Health, the City, Grand Valley State University and other organizations. It also provides local businesses direct access to purchasing representatives from the various organizations and gives local minority suppliers a chance to learn more about the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.

“Spectrum Health is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve,” said Kurt Knoth, vice president of supply chain services at Spectrum Health. “Being intentional with our sourcing practices and purchasing from local and minority-owned businesses is central to developing economic health and wealth in our communities. We hope this event builds more relationships between our sourcing teams and the community, increases transparency in our sourcing process and creates opportunities to work with Spectrum Health.”

Representatives from the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Office, which administers a Micro-Local Business Enterprise (MLBE) program, will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

“This is a great opportunity for us to partner with one of the largest purchasers in West Michigan,” said Alvin Hills IV, a business developer who oversees the City’s MLBE program. “The City is committed to reaching new local suppliers and recruiting more MLBEs to our program.”

Spectrum Health and the City are partnering with Grand Valley State University, Local First and the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council to further align organizations focused on this important work.

“By combining outstanding supplier diversity initiatives with other best practices, inclusion and diversity programs will create a level playing field for vendors and bring more competitive choices for our campus community to select from,” said Kim Patrick, director of procurement services at Grand Valley State University.

Register for the open house HERE. For more information, email

Before the open house, Alice Jasper of Local First and Andrew Sims of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council will lead a workshop for vendors on how spending locally with diverse vendors grows the greater economy. This workshop will take place 1 to 2 p.m. at David D. Hunting YMCA. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

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