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Devices Monitoring Group Purchasing

 News Release - March 3, 2009

Nihon Kohden America's Patient Monitoring Division Awarded 3-Year Agreement with Premier

IRVINE, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Nihon Kohden America, Inc. today announced a new agreement with Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., the group purchasing unit of Premier Inc., one of the nation's largest healthcare alliances, for physiological monitoring equipment and accessories. The 3-year agreement, effective March 1, 2009, is available to members of the Premier healthcare alliance.

Nihon Kohden’s Patient Monitoring solutions utilize miniaturization technology and high speed processing to provide clinicians with a feature rich value oriented product offering. Nihon Kohden offers the only 5-year warranty for Patient Monitoring products in the industry, complimented by a lifetime of software upgrades. Mike Dashefsky, Vice President, Patient Monitoring, says, “Improving quality of care by integrating technologies that fit into tightening budgets is a challenging pressure that hospitals face today. Our patient monitoring solutions blend the technologies and clinical features that are needed across the continuum of care, addressing the needs in both acute and general wards. We offer a total value equation that results in improving quality of care while saving significant costs for the hospital. We are looking forward to expanding our partnership with Premier healthcare alliance.”

About Nihon Kohden America, Patient Monitoring Division

Nihon Kohden America was founded in 1979 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Nihon Kohden Corporation, Japan (founded in 1951). Nihon Kohden is a market leader in Patient Monitoring, Sleep Assessment, Neurology and Cardiology instrumentation. Our products are distributed to hospitals, physician’s practices, mobile services, and outpatient and surgery centers throughout North America. Our Patient Monitoring solutions span across the continuum of care and include products for bedside, transport, central stations, telemetry and Defensive Monitoring™. Nihon Kohden’s innovative technology has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan with their 2008 North American Hospital Wireless Patient Monitoring Product Innovation Award. More information about Nihon Kohden can be found at www.nkusa.com.

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

Serving more than 2,100 U.S. hospitals and 54,000-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: Nihon Kohden America

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