Dr. Nora Sugintas

Aspire Partner

A highly accomplished commercial healthcare business development executive, public speaker, and Advisor to C-level executives, Dr. Nora Sugintas has provided record breaking top line revenue growth, market expansion, and leadership to some of the world’s most respected medical capital equipment, medical device, and healthcare information technology companies, including Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer, and GE Healthcare. Dr. Sugintas brings over 40 years corporate experience in the healthcare sector, with extensive experience in business development, strategic partnerships, market expansion, high level contract negotiations, marketing, sales management, corporate training, and national aggregated healthcare provider acquisition and growth strategies. Dr. Sugintas is nationally recognized for providing leadership in the development and implementation of National Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Strategy to drive revenue growth for Acute Care Healthcare segments of global, multinational, and emerging growth companies.

Dr. Sugintas’ biography has been published an unprecedented nine times in Marquis “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare”, Who’s Who in the World”, “Who’s Who in America”, “Who’s Who in Finance and Business”, “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry”, “Who’s Who of American Women”, and the “Who’s Who Hall of Fame”, limited to 500 individuals worldwide.. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Dr. Sugintas was awarded the prestigious “Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award” as a leader in the field of Healthcare Business Development and Strategic Consulting. Dr. Sugintas has been featured in the cover story of “Health Strategist”, a publication likened to the Harvard Business Review. In 2021, Dr. Sugintas was honored as “Top 100 Healthcare Leader” by IFAH, the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare. She is a member of ANAE (Association of National Account Executives) and holds certification and accreditation by Price Waterhouse Coopers in Washington, DC for MAS (Multiple Award Schedule) contracting under the FSS (Federal Supply Schedule) for government contracting.

Dr. Sugintas earned a Bachelor Degree with High Honors and Distinction in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Illinois in Urbana. She also has completed MBA curriculum at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Sugintas is a highly respected healthcare GPO industry veteran with over four decades of experience.  She has successfully served in mission critical national leadership roles including Sr. VP of National Accounts and Sr. VP of Business Development with full P&L responsibility for the GPO sector for a diverse group of medtech, medical capital equipment, healthcare information technology, medical surgical, medical device, and patient monitoring technology companies from Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies to emerging growth start-ups. Dr. Sugintas’ accomplishments in the GPO industry include landmark GPO contract acquisition and market expansion deals, including a 400% increase in revenue with HealthTrust for a healthcare services organization, and the acquisition of a new GPO partner, Intalere, representing $19 billion in spend. Dr. Sugintas has been recognized and honored in 2014 by Intalere (now Vizient), one of the largest GPOs in the nation, for outstanding contract growth. Equally experienced in the IDN (Integrated Delivery Network) space, Dr. Sugintas has secured over 300 IDN (integrated Delivery Network) contracts nationwide for a start-up emerging growth company, including record setting agreements with some of the most prestigious IDNs in the nation, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Advocate Health, one of the country’s largest health systems with $27 billion in revenues.

Dr. Sugintas also has extensive experience in leadership of emerging growth and pre-revenue start-ups, and was instrumental in growing HealthGrades from pre-revenue concept to the eventual sale at $294M to Investar Capital Partners.

Dr. Nora Sugintas is CEO and Founder of Strategic GPO Consultants, LLC, an advisory firm providing deep domain expertise in healthcare Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), and major health system revenue growth strategies to national and global medical capital equipment, medical device, and medtech companies.

The firm, Strategic GPO Consultants, LLC,  has garnered international attention with the recent conferrence of the Outstanding Organization Award in 2022 at the Health 2.0 Conference held in Dubai, UAE.

Dr. Sugintas is an industry recognized Strategic Advisor and Coach to CEOs for strategic planning, partnerships and acquisitions, revenue and profitability enhancement, and market expansion.

Dr. Sugintas has advised CEOs both nationally and internationally, including India, France, Germany, China, Canada, Singapore, and Australia, and is a sought-after Strategic Advisor by both private equity and investment firms.

Previously, Dr. Sugintas served in a national executive leadership role as Sr. VP of Business Development for the Healthcare Vertical for Aramark, a global $19 billion food and facilities service provider to healthcare, business, private equity firms, and education. Dr. Sugintas held national responsibiity for all aspects of business development, sales, marketing, and operations with full P&L responsibility for the entire aggregated healthcare provider and private equity firm segment, including HealthTrust, CoreTrust, Premier, Intalere, Novation, MedAssets, and Vizient. Under her leadership, organic growth increased by 600% and a new GPO contract acquisition was secured, representing the largest healthcare GPO in the nation with $208 billion in spend.

Dr. Sugintas has served on numerous Boards including Officer and Board Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Lithuanian Scouts Association. She is a Benefactor for the Princess Grace Foundation, a charity established by Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

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