October 17, 2008

Supplier Added to Premier Agreements for Blood Gas Analyzers, Reagents, Consumables and Service

Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, today announced that Abbott Laboratories Inc. of Abbott Park, Ill., has signed an agreement for blood gas analyzers, reagents, consumables and service, joining Instrumentation Laboratory (IL) of Lexington, Mass., and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc. of Deerfield, Ill., already announced.

Effective October 1, 2008, the 36-month agreements are available to acute 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 53,000-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.