Hospitals to Reduce Costs, Protect Environment with New Premier Healthcare Alliance Group Buy for Energy Conservation and

Premier's group buy program delivers value through coordinated, volume-driven purchasing opportunities

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Premier healthcare alliance today announced that a group buy for energy conservation and management featuring solutions from General Electric (GE) of Fairfield, Conn. is now available. The group buy supports energy efficiency efforts to lower costs, consumption and carbon footprint.

Discounts are available with energy solutions across multiple categories, including:

  • Energy conservation and measurement software;
  • Electric vehicle chargers;
  • Energy efficient transformers and drives;
  • Lighting;
  • Low voltage switchgear;
  • Facility arc flash mitigation; and
  • Water treatment products, systems and services.

Effective July 1 through September 30, 2011, the group buy is available to acute care and continuum of care members of Premier.

Healthcare is the country’s second most energy intensive industry, while energy bills consume an estimated 15 percent of hospital profits annually. To further help protect the environment and reduce costs, Premier recently announced a group buy to support wind energy, which is effective through October 31, 2011.

Premier's group buy program delivers hospitals value through coordinated, volume driven purchasing opportunities. The program offers cost savings and value-adds such as special financing rates, trade-in programs, preventative maintenance, training, service programs and extended warranties. Last year, Premier alliance members saved $81 million by participating in group buys.

Additionally, SPHERE® – Securing Proven Healthcare Energy Reduction (for the) Ecosystem – is an initiative of the Premier alliance in collaboration with members and industry partners to have a positive impact on climate change and public health while reducing overall energy costs.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 75,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



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