DEERFIELD, Ill., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics announces new three-year agreements with Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, the group purchasing unit of Premier Inc., for hemostasis, urinalysis and microbiology systems and reagents, and sole source contracts for Premier's ASCEND (Accelerated Supply Chain Endeavor) program for the same product lines. Premier serves the purchasing needs of more than 2,400 member hospitals and nearly 70,000 additional healthcare sites in the U.S. ASCEND assists its nearly 200 member hospitals in their ongoing efforts to control costs through simplified purchasing processes, appropriate clinical utilization, and specially negotiated contracts.
The new Siemens contracts are in addition to six other agreements with Premier this year, providing members access to Siemens comprehensive portfolio of diagnostic systems, tests and automation solutions at a significant savings. The urinalysis and hemostasis agreements, which took effect on August 1, 2010, include the CLINITEK® family of products and the entire portfolio of Siemens hemostasis instruments. The microbiology agreement will take effect on November 1, 2010 and cover purchases of the MicroScan® family of products.
"We are dedicated to improving the health of communities by enabling hospitals to provide patients with reliable, high-quality healthcare at the lowest cost," said Mike Alkire, President, Premier Purchasing Partners LP. "We're able to achieve this through our strong contractual agreements with suppliers who have a strong commitment to service while providing exceptional product portfolios."
"We are pleased to continue our long term relationship with Premier and offer their customers a broad portfolio of products," said Michael Reitermann, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. "At Siemens we are focused on providing innovative solutions to meet the changing and growing needs of laboratories and clinicians worldwide."
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Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,400 U.S. hospitals and nearly 70,000 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. http://www.premierinc.com/
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 48,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2009 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 11.9 billion euros and profit of around 1.5 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.
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