In the Spotlight

Hospital Supplier Diversity Initiative Podcast, Part 2


In part 2 of our Supplier Diversity podcast series, HASC’s Adam Blackstone spoke with Gus Escutia, Quality Environmental, Inc., and Chico Manning, PIH Health. The two described how they met and have formed a successful purchasing relationship over the past few years.

Escutia and Manning are involved with Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) and HASC’s Hospital Supplier Diversity Initiative. The organizations launched the program after AB 962 (Burke) passed in 2019. This state law mandates hospitals to report yearly on their spending with minority, women, LGBT and disabled veteran–owned businesses. Its passage also offered a real opportunity for HASC and CLC to help advance health equity and inclusion in the Southland.

The Hospital Supplier Diversity Initiative aims to support HASC hospitals in expanding their purchasing to include diverse suppliers. Guided by the Hospital Supplier Diversity Task Force, the program fosters relationships between businesses and hospital procurement staff. Increasing inclusion in the supply chain helps create jobs, enhance local economies and advance well-being for under-resourced communities.


Gus Escutia
Quality Environmental, Inc.

Chico Manning
Vice President, Supply Chain
PIH Health

Adam Blackstone, moderator
Senior Vice President, Communications

Thank You to Our Sponsors

CLC thanks these funders for supporting this podcast and the Regional Hospital Supplier Diversity Initiative to improve community health and reduce health inequities.

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In the Spotlight is a series profiling HASC partners who are pursuing innovative, impactful work in their communities. To learn more or suggest a profile subject, contact Adam Blackstone.