Healthcare Industry News:  Premier healthcare alliance 

Devices Group Purchasing

 News Release - January 18, 2008

Hospitals, Healthcare Providers to Save with Premier's New Agreements for Surgical Instrument Tray Reprocessing Services

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, today announced new agreements for surgical instrument tray reprocessing services/sterilization, a new contracting category, have been awarded to Aesculap Inc. of Center Valley, Pa.; American Endoscopy Services Inc. (AES) of Brentwood, Tenn.; and SRI/Surgical Express Inc. of Tampa, Fla.

This portfolio provides flexible pricing options with both on-site and off-site service providers. The service provides customized surgical instrument sets on a per-procedure fee basis.

The 36-month agreements, effective January 1, 2008, are available to acute care and continuum of care members of the Premier alliance.

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

Serving 1,700 U.S. hospitals and more than 49,000 other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance is working to transform healthcare. Owned by non-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the largest healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's largest 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. Premier is also working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West region to implement a model pay-for-performance program, dubbed “Advancing Quality.” Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, and Washington. For more information, visit Established to improve the health of communities, Premier and its members are transforming healthcare together.

Source: Premier Purchasing

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