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 News Release - February 25, 2009

Hospitals, Healthcare Providers to Save with New Premier Agreements for Blood Pressure Cuffs, Sphygmomanometer Devices, Replacement Accessories

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, today announced new agreements for blood pressure cuffs, as well as sphygmomanometer devices and replacement accessories have been awarded to GE Medical Systems of Wauwatosa, Wisc.; Welch Allyn of Skaneateles Falls, N.Y.; and Vital Signs of Totowa, N.J.

The devices, cuffs and accessories found in this category were previously included in the vital sign monitoring and blood pressure cuffs category. While sphygmomanometer devices (or blood pressure meters) will continue to reside in this category, the capital equipment used to record and measure a patientís blood pressure is included in the physiological monitoring category.

Effective March 1, 2009, the 36-month agreements are available to 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 2,100 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.


Source: Premier Purchasing

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