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Vizient Partners with the Huggies Brand to Raise Member Awareness for Diaper Need at the 2017 Clinical Connections Summit
[September 12, 2017]

Vizient Partners with the Huggies Brand to Raise Member Awareness for Diaper Need at the 2017 Clinical Connections Summit


During its annual Clinical Connections Summit, being held Sept. 13-14 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Vizient, Inc. is partnering with the Huggies No Baby Unhugged initiative to donate 10,000 diapers to The Bottom Line diaper bank in Denver.

According to a 2010 study commissioned by Huggies, one in three U.S. families struggle to provide fresh, clean diapers for their babies. As part of this year's member volunteer activity at the Vizient Clinical Connection Summit, attendees can package the diapers for delivery, and for each person who volunteers Huggies will donate an additional day's supply of diapers to The Bottom Line diaper bank.

"This community service project is a great fit for our event. It serves to raise awareness for diaper need nationally among our members and enables Vizient and event attendees to make a positive impact in the Denver community," said Pete Allen, executive vice president, sourcing operations at Vizient. "Kimberly-Clark, parent company of Huggies, is a Vizient awarded supplier and participates in our Preferred Pediatric Program. We are grateful to Huggies for their diaper donation and support for our event."

The effects of diaper need lead to increased stress for parents and families on many levels. Diapers and baby wipes are not covered under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food stamps or the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) special supplemental nutrition program, which means parents often have to choose between paying for food or purchasing diapers. Additionally, without diapers, babies cannot participate in early childhood education programs or daycare leading parents to miss work to care for them.

"At Huggies we know how critically important diapers are to a family's well-being, and that is why we are committed to working with the National Diaper Bank Network and partners like Vizient to raise awareness for this issue," said Giusy Buonfantino, president of Kimberly-Clark Baby and Child Care North America. "Over the last six years Huggies has donated more than 200 million diapers and wipes to families in need, and we thank the Vizient team for helping us continue to support these families."

Huggies is the founding sponsor of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), a nonprofit organization that works with more than 300 community-based diaper banks around the country and serves nearly 280,000 children each month.

More information about the 2017 Vizient Clinical Connections Summit can be found here.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient's diverse membership base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as MedAssets' Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2017, Vizient again received a World's Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient's headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit www.vizientinc.com as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.


About the Huggies Brand

Huggies believes deeply in the Power of Hugs. That's why every Huggies diaper and wipe is inspired by parents' hugs. For nearly 40 years, Huggies has been helping parents provide love, care and reassurance to help babies thrive. No Baby Unhugged is Huggies promise to ensure babies get the care they need to thrive - from innovative everyday products, growing hospital hugger programs and specially-designed products for the tiniest of babies, to diapers and wipes donations. Huggies is the fastest growing diaper brand in hospitals and partners with NICU nurses to develop diapers and wipes that meet the specific needs of pre-term infants. For more information on the Huggies No Baby Unhugged program visit the "Why Huggies?" page at Huggies.com.

About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust Kimberly-Clark brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in 80 countries. To keep up with the latest news and to learn more about the Company's 145-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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