IPA & HGP CEO John Giampolo Passes

Cranbury, New Jersey, U.S.A. – WEBWIRE

John A. Giampolo, the founder of both Independent Pharmacy Alliance and Healthcare Group Purchasing, passed after a short illness on Tuesday, November 29th at 84 in Princeton Junction, NJ surrounded by his family. A loving husband, father, and friend known for his lively and generous spirit, he will be sorely missed by his family, community and colleagues. John was a passionate supporter of independent pharmacy.

Over the course of his career, he was the Senior Vice President of the New Jersey Hospital Association Group Purchasing Program for 13 years representing 118 hospitals. In June 1988, he founded the Independent Pharmacy Alliance (IPA), a retail-buying group serving 150 independent pharmacies in New Jersey expanding to 3,700 in New York and the northeast. Over the last 34 years, IPA has independently evolved into a multi-regional, comprehensive trade group and buying co-op offering discount programs and support services.

John founded Healthcare Group Purchasing (HGP) in 1988. HGP began as a small, regional group purchasing organization in the tri-state area of New Jersey that distinguished itself with a member based, member driven, facilitative approach to the group purchasing process. As a representative and an advocate for the interests of their members, HGP quickly grew to cover the Middle Atlantic region. Their affiliation with US Foods via the Manufacturer Cost Reduction (MCR) Program extended HGPs reach nationally and membership has now grown to thousands of facilities throughout the United States – resulting in millions of dollars in member savings each year.

John was born in Newark NJ to the late John and Rose (Carlucci) Giampolo. He was raised in Livingston as the oldest of eight children. He graduated St. Benedicts Preparatory School in Newark and attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology. After residing in South Brunswick Twp. for 25 years, he moved to Princeton Junction where he has lived since 2017. He also enjoyed spending time at his second home in Hilton Head, SC. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bernadette Norz of Princeton Junction and three children.

For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to either Shriners Hospital for Children, or to the Wounded Warrior Project.


Contact Information
Kathy Fuller
Corporate Director of Operations
Independent Pharmacy Alliance (IPA)
(1) 609-395-8616

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Lok Sabha passes Central Universities (Amendment), Bill 2022

Lok Sabha today passed Central Universities (Amendment), Bill 2022 for conversion of the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), a Deemed to be University into Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV), a Central University.

While replying in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Education and Skill Development Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said  that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi always works with a vision for the future and under his leadership, a future-ready workforce ready to embrace the fourth industrial revolution and challenges of the 21st century is being prepared. He also spoke about the technological developments happening under the leadership of PM  Shri Narendra Modi and said that by 2022 India will be Aatmanirbhar in the area of frontier technologies.

Shri Pradhan spoke about the transformations taking place in the infrastructure and transport sectors including roads, railways, shipping, aviation etc. He said that the growth of transport sectors, building of airports across nation in smaller cities and increasing air traffic is reflective of aspirations of the people of India. He said that the transformations taking place in the transport sector calls for building an institution to build a knowledge repository, conduct research, curate best practices, facilitate skill development, work on capacity building and facilitate the growth of transport sectors. He also said that the students of future would need to learn about environment, commerce, and social sciences, in addition to STEM to succeed in the infrastructure sector. Thus a world-class, multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional futuristic institution called Gati Shakti University has been envisioned.

The Minister also spoke about the need to bring more and more youth in the mainstream education and skilling ecosystem in line with the vision of National Education Policy. Our endeavour is to create a generation of job creators and not only job seekers, he further added.  Shri Pradhan also said that a new work culture is being developed in India in which what will be promised, will be delivered. Gati Shakti is another example of that work culture, he further added.



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