Supplier Diversity

Mercy Health is committed to the principles of diversity and equal opportunity in all of our endeavors. Mercy Health applies these principles to its purchasing activity by encouraging the participation and development of diverse suppliers capable of meeting or exceeding performance standards established by Mercy Health's Supply Chain Management Department.

Our supplier diversity goals and objectives target small business enterprises of all genders and ethnicities. At Mercy Health, we believe that strengthening and expanding our supplier base with small, diverse businesses represents sound business practice. This contributes to lowering our operational costs and supports the overall health of the greater business community within the markets we serve.

Mercy Health focuses this effort through our Supply Chain Management Department, and we actively identify, solicit and contract with diverse businesses that meet our performance requirements related to cost, quality and timeliness. Concurrently, we expect those with whom we engage in commerce to share similar commitments to increasing their own business with diverse suppliers.

Supplier Diversity Guidelines

To be considered for participation in Mercy Health's Supplier Diversity Initiative, your company must be certified as a minority- or woman-owned business enterprise. Mercy Health accepts minority business certification from:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) --
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) --
  • City, State and Federal agencies

If you are interested in getting your business certified, or would like more information about certification, please contact one of the above agencies.

MBE/WBE Eligibility Requirements

A minority-owned business enterprise (MBE) is a for-profit enterprise physically located in the United States that is at least 51% owned by minority group members. Furthermore, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.

For the purpose of definition, minority group members are United States citizens who are Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Sub-Continent Asian Americans.

A woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) is a for-profit enterprise physically located in the United States which is owned, operated and controlled by one or more non-minority women who are United States citizens. Ownership by female individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by one or more such individuals. Furthermore, the management and daily operations are controlled by the woman or women owners.

If you are an MBE or WBE, find out How to Pursue Business Opportunities with Mercy Health, below.

Mercy Health welcomes all suppliers to submit competitive bids for goods and services for its facilities. Please call (513) 952-5000 for further information if you are not an MBE or WBE.

How to Pursue Business Opportunities

Step 1: Provide a Supplier Profile

Provide general information about your business, products/services and area of interest, along with any applicable diversity certifications, to the address in Step 2 below.

Please note: Completing the supplier diversity registration process and providing current qualified certification qualifies your company for consideration in the bidding process; however, it does not guarantee that your company will be awarded business with Mercy Health.

Step 2: Certification Confirmation

Step 2: Certification Confirmation MBE/WBE certification is required to participate in Mercy Health's Supplier Diversity Program. No further consideration can be given until your business is registered. To register your business, please visit

Step 3: Preliminary Assessment

Mercy Health performs an initial assessment of the supplier's capabilities as they relate to our facilities' needs.

Step 4: Evaluation & Analysis

Mercy Health thoroughly reviews the supplier's product(s) and/or service(s) and requests additional information if necessary. A financial analysis is completed, along with a clinical evaluation if appropriate.

Step 5: Contract Negotiation

Terms and conditions are defined and agreed upon. Implementation steps are outlined.