RWJBarnabas launches online platform to support local and diverse businesses – Essex News Daily

WEST ORANGE, NJ— RWJ Barnabas Health recently launched an online platform designed to increase opportunities for certified local and diverse New Jersey businesses to work directly with RWJBarnabas Health and its facilities. As of July 11, more than 200 eligible companies have registered.

“As an anchor institution that prioritizes addressing the social determinants of health, our commitment to our patients and our neighbors extends beyond the delivery of traditional care,” said the president of RWJBarnabas Health, Mark E. Manigan. “Our healthcare system is one of the largest employers and purchasers in New Jersey, and we are committed to reinvesting those dollars into the communities we serve.”

Local, minority and women-owned businesses that could potentially meet future service or supply chain demands for RWJBarnabas Health are invited to register on RWJBH.org/BuyLocal. Companies that successfully register on the platform will be listed as RWJBarnabas Health BuyLocal Suppliers and included in a database of companies considered for sourcing and contracting opportunities within the system. New Jersey businesses, certified minority-owned, women-owned, small businesses, veteran-owned, veterans with disabilities, and disadvantaged are all eligible to participate.

“Through this new portal, our organization will gain instant access to local and diverse businesses and be able to contribute to the economic growth of their communities in very measurable ways,” said Dr. Paul G. Alexander, Executive Vice President and Chief Head of Health Equity and Transformation at RWJBarnabas Health.