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