The National Rural Health Association Engages Premier, Inc. for Exclusive Group Purchasing Services

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Rural Health Association (NRHA), a national organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans, has chosen Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ:PINC), a leading healthcare improvement company, to be its exclusive group purchasing partner.

A nonprofit organization headquartered in Leawood, Kansas, the NRHA unites more than 2,200 rural hospitals, including 1,200 critical access hospitals, as well as 4,000 rural health clinics. Beginning October 1, these organizations will have exclusive access to Premier's group purchasing organization (GPO) to drive cost reductions through the aggregation of data, purchasing and best practices. This is the first time the NRHA has engaged in an exclusive GPO partnership.

"The NRHA has worked with Premier for several years to provide leadership on rural health issues," said Alan Morgan, CEO, NRHA. "We are pleased to bring the strength of the Premier alliance to our rural health facilities. Marrying our networks, we can offer better pricing on high-quality products and services, while continuing to advocate on behalf of rural providers – a powerful combination supporting the health of rural communities nationwide."

The five-year supply chain partnership provides NRHA's rural health facilities access to Premier's GPO contract portfolio for better pricing on quality products and spend analytics to more strategically aggregate and measure supply chain costs. "Premier leverages the most comprehensive portfolio in the industry and unique solutions to maximize operational savings and efficiencies," said Brock Slabach, senior vice president, member services, NRHA.

Approximately 75 percent of NRHA's rural hospital members, or more than 1,650 rural hospitals, including approximately 900 critical access hospitals, do not currently have a supply chain relationship with Premier.

"We're thrilled to welcome NRHA to the alliance," said Michael J. Alkire, chief operating officer, Premier. "Serving as their partner in simplifying supply chain decisions and practices, we can help them focus on providing excellent care."

Larry Bedell, executive director, NRHA Service Corporation, said "This partnership furthers our work to improve rural healthcare delivery. We are excited to engage Premier's expertise and purchasing power to offer the cost-effective care our nation's rural communities deserve."

The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ:PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,600 U.S. hospitals and 120,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier's news and investor sites on

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