Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics announces new contract with Premier Purchasing Partners

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics announces a new three-year contract with Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., the group purchasing unit of Premier Inc., that includes Siemens powerful integrated diagnostic systems, several specialty diagnostic instruments, and a comprehensive menu of diagnostic tests for Premier's more than 2,300 member hospitals and 64,000 additional healthcare sites.

The new contract, which becomes effective April 1, 2010, continues Siemens' long-standing relationship with Premier, providing members ongoing access to Siemens' comprehensive portfolio of diagnostic systems, tests, and automation solutions. Specifically, the agreement covers purchases of Dimension® and Dimension Vista® integrated chemistry systems, ADVIA® immunoassay and clinical chemistry systems, Stratus® CS Acute Cardiac Care System and Syva® reagents, as well as Siemens' family of plasma protein analyzers and Viva® drug testing systems. The agreement also offers Premier members a robust menu of Siemens' diagnostic tests to help detect and monitor a variety of health conditions, ranging from heart disease to diabetes and cancer.

Additionally, Siemens was also awarded a sole-source agreement covering all of the same products for members participating in Premier's Accelerated Supply Chain Endeavor (ASCEND™) program. ASCEND™ helps Premier members achieve sustained improvement in supply chain performance through strategies such as ensuring appropriate utilization levels of laboratory systems.

"Premier is dedicated to helping our members achieve their goals of operational efficiency and productivity through our contractual offerings of exceptional product portfolios and suppliers with a strong commitment to service," said Premier Purchasing Partners President Mike Alkire.

"We are proud to continue our relationship with Premier and are committed to providing Premier members with one of the most comprehensive portfolios of diagnostic services and solutions in the industry," said Donal Quinn, CEO, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

Siemens provides Premier members with a complete line of products: chemistry, immunoassay, automation, coagulation, microbiology, cardiac, drug testing, molecular, blood gas and urinalysis solutions.

SOURCE Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

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