Twenty-Seven of Nation’s Top Hospitals Recognized by the Premier Healthcare Alliance for Achieving Superior Supply Expense

CHARLOTTE, N.C & WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Premier healthcare alliance has recognized 27 alliance members as winners of its fourth annual Supply Chain Excellence Award. Premier honored the winners, selected from its more than 2,300 eligible hospitals nationwide, at the 2010 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Washington.

Premier’s Supply Chain Excellence Award is given to the nation’s top hospitals achieving superior supply expense performance as measured by Premier’s SupplyFocus® solution, the industry’s largest comparative database of operational and supply chain cost information for acute care hospitals. Winners were identified using four industry standard supply expense ratios and a case-mix-index-based peer grouping methodology to ensure that organizations of diverse sizes and complexity were considered equally.

“The Supply Chain Excellence Award supports alliance member efforts to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care. The successes of top performers are recognized to share best practices and breakthrough ideas to the Premier alliance,” said Mike Alkire, president of Premier Purchasing Partners.

To be eligible, each organization had to submit four quarters of calendar 2009 data to SupplyFocus by March 26, 2010. With 40 indicators measuring and trending performance in cost and operations, SupplyFocus enables hospitals to compare supply expense performance to that of similar facilities and easily identify improvement opportunities.

2010 Supply Chain Excellence winners are:

Akron City Hospital of Akron, Ohio
Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center of Mechanicsville, Va.
CMC Lincoln of Lincolnton, N.C.
Detroit Medical Center of Detroit
Detroit Receiving & University Health Center of Detroit
Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital of Tucumcari, N.M.
East Orange General Hospital of East Orange, N.J.
Espanola General Hospital of Espanola, N.M.
Florida Hospital East Orlando of Orlando, Fla.
Hutzel Women's Hospital of Detroit
Kings Mountain Hospital of Shelby, N.C.
Lincoln County Medical Center of Ruidoso, N.M.
Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital of San Andreas, Calif.
Memorial Hospital Pembroke of Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Mercy Franciscan Hospital - Western Hills of Cincinnati
Methodist Hospital of Henderson, Ky.
Methodist Hospital Union County of Morganfield, Ky.
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital of Ashland, Ky.
Page Hospital of Page, Ariz.
Sinai-Grace Hospital of Detroit
St. Mary's Medical Center of Campbell County of La Follette, Tenn.
Summa Health System of Akron, Ohio
Tanner Medical Center Inc. of Carrollton, Ga.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle of Azle, Texas
University Hospitals Case Medical Center of Cleveland
University of Louisville Hospital of Louisville, Ky.
Washakie Medical Center of Worland, Wyo.

For more information, please visit: http://www.premierinc.com/about/news/awards/index.jsp.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and 67,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to achieve high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, 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 works 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 offices in San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington. www.premierinc.com



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