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June 2017

We heard you loud and clear!

AMD is excited to announce new blog content specially crafted and prepared for our VA customers that participate in the Med-Surg Prime Vendor program. Here you will find the latest developments, tools, and insider information related to MSPV-NG.

This blog was created based on the customer feedback we have been hearing in the field and internally at AMD – We need to be more transparent. This blog is an effort to do just that and give you the opportunity to engage with AMD by using our comments feature. Please also reach out via the AMD social media accounts or directly to your AMD contacts via email. We have created a variety of communications channels because we want to hear from you and we encourage you to take advantage of these direct lines. AMD’s success as your Prime Vendor means listening to your needs and providing you with the best service. It is very important to us that you feel confident that we’re doing just that.

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about the new AMD MSPV-NG blog. What content would you like us to cover here each week? What communication channels work the best for you? What did you have for lunch today? Tell us any and everything! Use this forum as a way to have your voice heard in a community of your peers. We thank you for your business and appreciate the continued trust that you put in AMD.

May 2017

AMD to Participate at Warfighter Symposium

American Medical Depot (AMD) is excited to participate in the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) Warfighter Symposium on June 14, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Symposium features noted speakers in the areas of Defense, Healthcare, and Medical Materials Management.

American Medical Depot President of Government Business, Beverly Kuykendall, will participate in a panel discussion about the work of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and North Carolina Veterans Affairs Facilities, specifically the requirements and acquisition processes for medical material services. Kuykendall, on behalf of AMD, will discuss the ongoing Department of Veterans Affairs Med-Surg Prime Vendor Program. This will include a look at how AMD expanded operations to best serve VA facilities and meet same day and next day delivery requirements.

Said AMD President, Akhil Agrawal, “We continue to deliver service, technology, and customer-specific tools that make is seamless for VA hospitals to receive their medical supplies in a timely manner. Our team works with extreme dedication to maintain an open stream of communication with our VA customers, and deliver the best experience.”

For more information or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/17mbb/.

 

About the North Carolina Military Business Center

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is a business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System, headquartered at Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC).  The mission of the NCMBC is to leverage military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve quality of life in North Carolina.

The NCMBC’s primary goal is to increase federal revenues for businesses in North Carolina. With six major military bases, 116 National Guard and 40 Army Reserve facilities and the third highest number of uniformed military personnel in the country, the State of North Carolina created the NCMBC to leverage opportunities with these installations and with DoD commands worldwide.

The NCMBC connects North Carolina firms to current government contracting opportunities in two ways – with a team of business development specialists across the state who also provide technical services, and electronically with www.MatchForce.org.

AMD Empowers Veterans in Business at the 2017 VETS Conference

American Medical Depot (AMD) supports initiatives that empower Veteran Small Business Owners and expand set aside business opportunities. To this end, AMD will participate in the Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) that begins on June 12, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia. The event is hosted by the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) and is geared towards providing Veterans with the knowledge and relationships they need to grow into business owners that are adept at providing services to the Federal Government.

American Medical Depot recognizes the value of unique forums like VETS. This event joins Federal agencies, prime contractors, and Veteran businesses to share knowledge on how Veteran-owned businesses can take full advantage of set asides on Federal contract opportunities. Conference breakout sessions include valuable insight into building growth strategies, teaming for success, and creating a marketing presence and capability statement that impacts.

Said AMD President of Government Business, Beverly Kuykendall, “There is no better way to achieve success than helping the next business experience success in their own right. That begins with sharing knowledge.  American Medical Depot with always support groups that empower those wanting to make positive change.”

For more information on the National Veteran Small Business Coalition and the upcoming Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium, visit http://www.veterantrainingsymposium.com/.

About the National Veteran Small Business Coalition

The National Veteran Small Business Coalition is the “VOICE” of the Veteran-Owned and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB and SDVOSB’s) communities. Through proactive research, collaboration, and policy recommendations, the NVSBC is your voice to the Federal government and on the Hill.

NVSBC brings clarity and thoughtfulness to overcoming the barriers of a productive government/industry partnership. Members benefit front training and insight into the latest regulations, industry trends, and other areas that impact our community, including Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposiums (VETS) conferences, First Call newsletter, breakfast sessions, and Chapter dinners.

April 2017

American Medical Depot Supports the Annual Claude Pepper Awards Dinner

American Medical Depot is proud to be a Mobile Living sponsor of the 23rd Annual Claude Pepper Awards Dinner. The event will be held on May 11, 2017 at Jungle Island in Miami, FL and is hosted by United HomeCare®, a leading non-profit home health and community care organization that serves the South Florida area. The organization is instrumental in improving the lives of the senior community by making it possible for them to live independently or in assisted living facilities, and promoting activities that ensure their physical and emotional well-being.

American Medical Depot President Akhil Agrawal will be in attendance at the Claude Pepper Awards dinner, which will honor leaders in the healthcare space from companies such as the United Way of Miami and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Each year the awards dinner recognizes the efforts of community leaders that exemplify public service and improvement towards the welfare and healthcare of the elderly and disabled communities. Said Mr. Agrawal, “AMD is honored to partner with United HomeCare. This collaboration gives AMD the opportunity to extend the reach of our award-winning logistics strategy and proprietary technology to patients’ homes.”

The team at American Medical Depot is dedicated to delivering the quality medical supplies and equipment that healthcare providers can trust. We value all those who work together to save lives and are proud to once again support the memorable legacy of the Honorable Claude Pepper, and celebrate the continuation of his life’s work.

 

About United HomeCare

United HomeCare is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit home health and community care organization dedicated to making people’s lives better with proven quality-of-life solutions delivered in the comfort of home settings. Based in Miami, Florida, UHC is a trusted industry leader known for pioneering advances in home care programs, disease management services, and educational support programs to help families care for elderly and disabled relatives in homes or other community settings. United HomeCare® is the largest Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) Lead Agency in Miami-Dade.

Real Life Experience Pays Back in the Form of Mentorship and Professional Development at the EWOC Summit

American Medical Depot is pleased to announce its support of the 2nd Annual Executive Women of Color Summit (EWOC). Hosted at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Arizona from May 24-25, the Summit brings together powerful leaders that are committed to the promotion of African Americans in Leadership, Governance and Entrepreneurial roles in Healthcare.

American Medical Depot President of Government Business, Beverly Kuykendall will be in attendance to share information on AMD’s role as a strategic supplier to the healthcare industry. This sharing of knowledge furthers the EWOC’s mission of increasing the percentage of women of color in Executive roles, on Boards, and having opportunities to do business in the healthcare arena. In addition to Ms. Kuykendall, notable Summit speakers include Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, Ruth Brinkley, CEO of KentuckyOne Health, and June Collison, CEO of the Community Hospital of San Bernardino. The EWOC Summit boasts a remarkable cast of professional women that are doing their part to increase diversity and encourage fresh perspectives in healthcare.

Beverly Kuykendall is an accomplished business professional and highly requested speaker. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Legacy Healthcare Leadership Award, South Florida’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Women in Business and Leadership for 2015, the 50 Most Powerful Minority Women in Business, Supplier of the Year by the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, 2013 Small Business Champion of the Year by the Los Angeles District office of the U.S. Small Business Association, Entrepreneur of the Year by the Black Business Association of Los Angeles, and Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Minority Contractors of Southern California.

Kuykendall has a BS in Business Management from Cal Poly University in Pomona, California, and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

 

About the Executive Women of Color Summit

The Executive Women of Color Summit (EWOC) serves to increase the percentage of women of color in Executive leadership roles, holding board seats and securing partnering opportunities with major healthcare organizations.   The Summit is designed to provide a trusted environment where women of color can share authentically and collaborate together with “like minded” women.  Summit participants are provided with tools and resources to further their success and professional growth and development, while simultaneously creating an influential network to leverage change in the percent of women of color represented in key decision making roles.

March 2017

Discover the Pathway to Business Success at the 32nd Annual Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council Business Expo

American Medical Depot President of Government Business, Beverly Kuykendall is an invited speaker at the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council’s 32nd Annual Business Expo. The Expo will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL from March 30 – 31, 2017. American Medical Depot is proud to provide ongoing support for the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council and the important mission of inclusiveness and diversity that they promote within the healthcare industry.

Kuykendall’s workshop titled Doing Business with Federal, State and Local Government will focus on how companies can take advantage of opportunities in the government contracting sector. Attendees will gain valuable insight on how to identify contracting opportunities and outline steps to successfully do business with federal, state and local governments. The topics to be discussed include how to win contracts, joint ventures, subcontracting opportunities and certifications.
Beverly Kuykendall is an accomplished business professional and highly requested speaker. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Legacy Healthcare Leadership Award, South Florida’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Women in Business and Leadership for 2015, the 50 Most Powerful Minority Women in Business, Supplier of the Year by the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, 2013 Small Business Champion of the Year by the Los Angeles District office of the U.S. Small Business Association, Entrepreneur of the Year by the Black Business Association of Los Angeles, and Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Minority Contractors of Southern California.

Kuykendall has a BS in Business Management from Cal Poly University in Pomona, California, and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

About the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council is a not for profit corporation established to foster the development and expansion of minority-owned businesses.  The mission of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council is to connect minority businesses, corporations, and government buyers. The Council aids in registering and certifying minority-owned business. For more information, visit www.fsmsdc.org.

November 2016

American Medical Depot President of Government Business Receives Nomination from Legacy Magazine for Second Year in a Row

Beverly Kuykendall, President of Government Business at American Medical Deport (AMD), has been nominated by Legacy magazine as one of South Florida’s Top Black Healthcare Professionals. In 2015, Kuykendall was awarded the honor of being selected as one of South Florida’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Women in Business and Leadership. Kuykendall’s most recent nomination will be published on December 2, 2016 in the Sun Sentinel Newspaper and inserted in the Business Monday section of the Miami Herald Newspaper. She will also be honored at a special reception hosted by Legacy magazine.

Kuykendall offers deep expertise in doing business with both the public and private sectors. Her facilitative approach and keen understanding of economic issues has resulted in the development of key initiatives that move companies’ strategic missions forward. She has been integral to many successful projects during her career, including projects to outfit medical ships at Sea for the U.S. Navy, a project creating opportunities for the blind to create medical supplies kits for emergency initiatives, and a project providing humanitarian aid support to displaced persons in the Syrian conflict.

Beverly Kuykendall is an accomplished business professional and highly requested speaker. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 50 Most Powerful Minority Women in Business, Supplier of the Year by the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council,  Small Business Champion of the Year by the Los Angeles District office of the U.S. Small Business Association, Entrepreneur of the Year by the Black Business Association of Los Angeles, and Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Minority Contractors of Southern California.

Kuykendall has a BS in Business Management from Cal Poly University in Pomona, California, and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

 

About Legacy Magazine

Established in 2004, Legacy, through distribution partnerships with the Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel Newspapers, has a combined readership of over two million and publishes bi-monthly. Legacy is a news/business publication providing Florida’s Black professional community with insightful articles and information on business, careers, politics, lifestyle, education, religion, culture and social commentary.

October 2016

American Medical Depot Offers Veterans Support during the 2016 National Veterans Small Business Engagement Event

Beverly Kuykendall, President of Government Business at American Medical Depot is scheduled to speak at the sixth annual National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE), November 1-3, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event is designed to connect Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) with Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal agencies, state government, and large commercial firms with small business needs.

Kuykendall will lead a session on November 2, 2016 at 11:10 AM titled “Certified? Now What?” The session will focus on leveraging certifications to secure federal contracts and successfully pursue business opportunities. Kuykendall will leverage her own experience in federal contracting to identify how to bridge the gap between identifying opportunities, responding to RFPs, successfully partnering with other businesses, and mitigating risk. Participants will learn the tools to successfully position their businesses as someone the government and government contractors want to do business with.

Beverly Kuykendall is an accomplished business professional and highly requested speaker. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 50 Most Powerful Minority Women in Business, Supplier of the Year by the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, 2013 Small Business Champion of the Year by the Los Angeles District office of the U.S. Small Business Association, Entrepreneur of the Year by the Black Business Association of Los Angeles, and Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Minority Contractors of Southern California. Most recently, Kuykendall was recognized as one of South Florida’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Women in Business and Leadership for 2015.

Kuykendall has a BS in Business Management from Cal Poly University in Pomona, California, and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

About American Medical Depot

AMD is a leading healthcare supply chain solutions company based in Miramar, FL that uses technology and insight to provide smarter ways for clients to manage medical supplies and equipment utilization within complex healthcare supply chains. AMD was recently awarded the VA MSPV-NG Contract to service the following VA Geographic Regions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 21. Having provided innovative supply chain solutions to healthcare providers for more than 20 years, AMD continually executes proven value-add models, combined with deep industry experience and strong leadership in order to deliver smarter and more cost-efficient turnkey solutions for government and commercial markets. For more information, visit www.amdnext.com.

About the National Veterans

NVSBE directly connects VOSBs with PDMs from the Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal agencies, state government, as well as large firms with small business needs—and provides training opportunities to improve the capabilities of small businesses to successfully compete for procurement contracts.

NVSBE also enables VA PDMs to engage with a large number of VOSBs in a short period of time, facilitating market research in support of meeting VA socioeconomic goals. For more information, visit https://nvsbe16.mybusinessmatches.com/.

AMD Celebrates Supplier Diversity and Achievement at the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council 41st Annual Awards Gala

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On Friday, September 30th, business leaders and supply chain innovators came together to celebrate at the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) 41st Annual Awards Gala. Held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL, the event recognized the achievements of Florida’s top minority-owned businesses and major corporations that are committed to Supplier Diversity.

American Medical Depot (AMD) President Akhil Agrawal was in attendance to present an award of appreciation to Frank Fernandez, Assistant Vice President, Supply Chain Services at Baptist Health of South Florida. Mr. Fernandez is an industry pioneer with over 30 years of contributions to healthcare.  Mr. Fernandez was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award, “In Recognition for Transforming the Healthcare Industry Landscape for Supplier Diversity, Forever,” for setting the pace for the healthcare industry to recognize and tap into disruptive supply chain innovations offered by firms like American Medical Depot.

AMD President Agrawal was joined on stage by Deborah Williams, Senior Director of Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, Premier, Inc., and Kenyetta Keys Director of Materials Management, Doctors Community Hospital, in Lanham, MD.   Mrs. Keys also serves as Chairwoman of the Premier Supplier Diversity Committee on behalf of all Premier Hospital Members. Said Mrs. Keys, “AMD has been a staunch and progressive leader of supplier diversity. I am proud to be a partner with them in the advancement and inclusiveness of diverse organizations in the healthcare landscape.”

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the Southeastern region, with seven hospitals, nearly 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network, and internationally renowned centers of excellence. The not-for-profit, faith-based Baptist Health has approximately 16,000 employees and 2,400 affiliated physicians. The Baptist Hospital network includes Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

 

About the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council is a not for profit corporation established to foster the development and expansion of minority-owned businesses.  The mission of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council is to connect minority businesses, corporations, and government buyers. The Council aids in registering and certifying minority-owned business. For more information, visit www.fsmsdc.org.

September 2016

American Medical Depot Leases 62,500 Square Feet at Rotterdam Corporate Park

The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority and the Galesi Group today announced that American Medical Depot, a Florida-based distribution and supply chain management company that leverages technology to manage multi-disciplinary supply chains, will lease 62,500 square feet of space at the Rotterdam Corporate Park in Schenectady County, New York. This expansion continues to build the company’s brand presence in the medical supply distribution industry and allows American Medical Depot to scale in response to increasing customer demand.

Anthony Jasenski, Chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature said, “Schenectady County welcomes American Medical Depot.  They searched across the entire Northeast for a location to serve our nation’s veterans and selected Schenectady County for this major expansion.  This is another example of Schenectady County’s growing reputation as a great place for businesses to expand and thrive.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced a major contract award to American Medical Depot that will bolster the VA’s ability to deliver timely health care to our nation’s veterans. The contract for Medical Surgical Prime Vendor-Next Generation Program (MSPV-NG) represents a major step forward in supply chain modernization and has been identified by the VA as “breakthrough priority” of the Department’s MyVA transformation effort.  The new Schenectady County facility will be used to serve Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the New England region.

American Medical Depot selected Schenectady County over competing sites in New York, Pennsylvania and New England states.  The company plans to create approximately 20 jobs at the new Rotterdam facility in the next five years.

Company CEO Sukrit Agrawal said, “We are excited to locate our newest facility at the Rotterdam Corporate Park.  This location in Rotterdam, New York will bring new job opportunities to the County, and increase the company’s geographic footprint.  It will make it easier for us to distribute life-saving medical supplies to our nation’s veterans, as well as other customer facilities up and down the eastern seaboard.”

A large part of the company’s decision to choose Rotterdam Corporate Park as a location for the new expansion was based on the welcoming nature of the community.  CEO Agrawal said, “It’s always reassuring to know you’ll be working with people who care about expanding opportunities in the community. From our initial meeting with Schenectady County officials and principals from the Galesi Group, we were confident that this would be a mutually beneficial relationship that would have a positive impact on the County.”

The company will be located in 62,500 square feet of brand new space just completed by the Galesi Group, owners of the Rotterdam Corporate Park, formerly the Rotterdam Army Depot. The project is a homecoming of sorts as it marks the return of military and VA supply work to the former Depot.  It also reconnects AMD co-founders Sukrit and Akhil Agrawal to Schenectady County.  The two brothers spent part of their early teenage years living in Niskayuna.

The Rotterdam Corporate Park has more than 3.7 million square feet of space and is the largest business park in the Capital Region. Tenants include Railex, FedEx Freight, Golub Corporation, GE, Distribution Unlimited and many others.

David Buicko, CEO of the Galesi Group said, “This is the type of fast growing company that we like to work with.  We welcome American Medical Depot to the Rotterdam Corporate Park and we look forward to growing with this company as they provide a critical service to our nation’s vets and to the military.”

Ray Gillen, Metroplex Chair said, “We worked hard to show this fast growing medical equipment company that the Rotterdam Corporate Park was the best choice for their expansion in the Northeast.  We also thank the Galesi Group for investing in this new 100,000 square foot building. Our goal was to use this new building to attract new companies to Schenectady County and before the building was even finished, we have leased more than half the available space.”

CBRE provided real estate site selection support for the project in multiple Northeastern locations including Dan Davitt from CBRE’s Albany office.