By: Aaliyah Amos
As part of its ongoing commitment to social impact and community investment, RWJ Barnabas Health 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.
To date, more than 200 eligible companies have registered.
“As an anchor institution that prioritizes the social determinants of health, our commitment to our patients and our neighbors extends beyond the delivery of traditional care,” said Mark E. Manigan, President by RWJBarnabas Health.
He continued, “Our healthcare system is one of New Jersey’s largest employers and purchasers, and we are committed to reinvesting those dollars in 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.
According to RWJBarnabas Health, 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 at within the system.
Certified Minority-Owned Businesses (MBE), Women-Owned Businesses (WBE), Small Businesses (SBE), Veterans-Owned (VOB), Disabled Veterans-Owned (DVOB), and Disadvantaged Businesses (DBE) 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 a very measurable way,” said Paul G. Alexander, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President . and Head of Health Equity and Transformation, RWJBarnabas Health.
BuyLocal is part of RWJBarnabas Health’s mission to be physically and financially rooted in the communities it serves by buying, hiring and investing locally.
The platform is the latest initiative of the system’s social impact and community investment practice, which aims to drive economic growth in the state by creating business opportunities for certified local and diverse businesses.
The Social Impact and Community Investment team is also committed to providing uncertified diverse businesses with the training and tools they need to become state-certified and therefore eligible to participate.