July 2, 2008

Hospitals, Healthcare Providers to Realize Value With Premier Third Party Scope Repair Agreements

Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, today announced new agreements for third party scope repair have been awarded to Cardinal Health of Dublin, Ohio; FrontLine Medical Corp. of Tampa, Fla.; Integrated Medical Systems International Inc. of Birmingham, Ala.; Life Systems Inc. of St. Louis; Medical Optics of Tamarac, Fla.; SterilMed Inc. of Maple Grove, Minn.; and Total Repair Express, LLC of Hillsborough, N.J.

The 20-month contracts, effective June 1, 2008, are available to all acute care and continuum of care members of the Premier healthcare alliance.

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.