July 1, 2008

Hospitals, Healthcare Providers to Save With Premier’s Healthcare Alliance Agreements for Advanced Wound Care

Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, today announced a new portfolio of agreements for advanced wound care with 3M Co. of St. Paul, Minn.; ConvaTec of Skillman, N.J.; Covidien of Mansfield, Mass.; Ferris Manufacturing (a veteran-owned business) of Burr Ridge, Ill.; Hollister of Libertyville, Ill.; Medline Industries Inc. of Mundelein, Ill.; Molnlycke Health Care Inc. of Norcross, Ga.; and Smith & Nephew of Largo, Fla.

The 36-month agreements, available to both acute-care and continuum-of-care markets, were effective May 1, 2008.

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.