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Seven New Suppliers Added to Premier Healthcare Alliance Program That Supports Growth of Diverse and Small Business Enterprises
CHARLOTTE, N.C.,Oct. 14 / -- DiversityBusiness.com /-The Premier healthcare alliance today announced that seven new hospital supplier agreements have been launched in its supplier diversity program aimed at increasing the number of small, diverse and regional enterprises doing business with members of the Premier alliance.

The SEEDS - Sourcing Education and Enrichment for Diverse and Small Suppliers -program provides resources to minority-, women- and veteran-owned suppliers and small businesses through various business tools in order to enhance their contractual experience with Premier alliance members. It is designed to ensure participants enter the group purchasing contracting process ready to succeed while introducing additional diverse and small business supplier options to Premier members.

New contract agreements were launched with:

* Hercules & Hercules Inc. (H&H Inc.) of Detroit, a minority business enterprise that benchmarks best practices for service, delivering efficient and effective management systems in restoration, vacuum and janitorial supplies. H&H Inc. has provided many years of service to Premier alliance members Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Medical Center. * Impex Surgical of Brooklyn, N.Y., a small business enterprise that manufactures and distributes a full line of titanium and stainless steel ophthalmic instruments. With their unique new line of innovative ophthalmic designs, Impex Surgical strives to bring its customers high quality instruments.

* Materials Management Services, Inc. (MMS) of Detroit, a minority owned business enterprise and a specialized distributor for paper and janitorial supplies to acute care and continuum of care facilities in southeastern Michigan, which includes Premier alliance members Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Medical Center. MMS seeks to reduce products and service costs without compromising good hygiene and ease of product use. * Neocase of Winston Salem, N.C., a small business enterprise and an industry leader in the design and manufacture of customized clinical modular casework. Specifically built for healthcare environments, these products are warranted for 12 years and are built to endure the rigors of moisture, chemicals and intensive use.

* Parker Medical Associates, LLCof Charlotte, N.C., a small business enterprise which specializes in domestically manufacturing and distributing synthetic casting and splinting products. Parker Medical`s goals are to provide the highest quality product and value to the marketplace and promote growth that helps increase domestic manufacturing jobs. * Veteran Medical Products, Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., a minority business enterprise that manufactures and distributes disposable ear curettes to acute care and continuum of care facilities. Veteran Medical Products, LLC seeks to provide innovative healthcare solutions to healthcare providers while reducing cost.

* Viscot Medical, LLC of East Hanover, N.J., a veteran owned company is a domestic manufacturer and distributor of high quality economical disposable surgical skin markers. Viscot Medical strives to improve outcomes and reduce surgical errors through the use of skin markers.

"Whether locally, regionally or nationally, SEEDS increases business for diverse suppliers by providing experienced resources and educational tools," said Deborah A. Williams, Premier senior director of supplier diversity. "Through this initiative, diverse and small business suppliers have been able to grow incrementally within Premier`s contract portfolio, allowing for long-term relationships across the Premier healthcare alliance."

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,200 U.S. hospitals and 63,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. 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. Premier has offices in San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. Follow Premier on Twitter.

Source Premier Inc.
Alven Weil, 704-733-5797 alven_weil@premierinc.com

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Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness, with over 50,000 members, is the largest organization of diversity owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities", "Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America", and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Business Week and thousands of other print and internet publications. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. DiversityBusiness reaches more diverse suppliers and communicates more information to them on a more frequent basis then all other organizations combined. We also communicate with mainstream businesses, government agencies and educational institutions with information related to diversity. Our magazine reaches over 300,000 readers, a monthly e-newsletter that reaches 2.4 million, and website visitors of 1.2 million a month. It is a leading provider of Supplier Diversity management tools and has the most widely distributed Diversity magazine in the United States. DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980.

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