June 16, 2008

Premier Honors Contracted Suppliers Whose Performance Exceeds Member Expectations

The Premier healthcare alliance's Purchasing Partners division last week recognized the winners of its third annual Pinnacle Award and Performance Award at the 2008 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference & Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn.

Premier's Pinnacle and Performance Awards applaud the efforts of contracted suppliers in meeting or exceeding member healthcare organization service expectations. In selecting recipients, satisfaction and performance data are collected and scored over four successive calendar quarters. Feedback is provided during regular supplier business line reviews. Contracted suppliers scoring 95 percent or higher earn the Pinnacle Award; organizations scoring between 85 to 94 percent earn the Performance Award.

Premier Purchasing Partners President Mike Alkire said, "Premier's Pinnacle and Performance Awards honor the select few suppliers that understand the importance of beneficial collaboration and striving for performance excellence. These companies are the standard bearers for all Premier contracted suppliers. We proudly honor these pacesetters as we work together to improve healthcare in our communities."

The 15 2008 Pinnacle Award winners are Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.; Continental Mills; Edwards Life Sciences Corporation; The J.M. Smucker Company; Knouse Foods, Inc.; Ricoh Americas Corporation; Nihon Kohden America, Inc.; Rochester Meat Company; Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics; Steelcase, Inc.; AVID Medical, Inc.; Biotronic Inc.; Fisher HealthCare, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific; Medrad, Inc.; and Zoll Medical Corporation.

The following 54 suppliers received the Performance Award in 2008:

 3M Company Aesculap, Inc. Ambu Inc. Atrium Medical Corporation Belimed, Inc. Cardiva Medical, Inc. Children's Medical Ventures ConMed Corporation Covidien Covidien Imaging Solutions (formerly Mallinckrodt) The Dannon Company Datascope - Patient Monitoring Division Draeger Medical Fujifilm Medical Systems USA, Inc. GE Healthcare Clinical Systems Hill-Rom Company, Inc. Hover Tech International Instrumentation Laboratory (Werfen Group) Iris Diagnostics Kimberly-Clark Health Care Knoll, Inc. Lantheus Medical Imaging Lumenis, Inc. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Medical Action Industries, Inc. Medline Industries, Inc. Monoghan Medical Corporation Nemschoff North American Scientific Olympus America Orthofix, Inc. Owens & Minor Distribution, Inc. Philips Healthcare Possis Medical, Inc. Precept Medical Products, Inc. Professional Hospital Supply Rauland-Borg Corporation Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation Rochester Medical Corporation Sage Products, Inc. Interline Brands/Sexauer Sizewise Skytron Spacelabs Healthcare Sunoptic Technologies Sysmex America, Inc. Trident Seafood Corporation TZ Medical, Inc. Unisource Worldwide, Inc. U.S. Foodservice Vascutek USA, Inc. W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. W.W. Grainger, Inc. Welch Allyn 

For more information, please visit: www.premierinc.com/about/news/awards/index.jsp.

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and 51,000-plus other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.