GPO News: Premier and Vizient Announce New Trade Agreements

Vizient, Inc., announced agreements with 12 health care providers and services companies to provide a wide range of performance improvement solutions to enhance operational, supply and clinical efficiency and reduce the total cost of care for their organizations.

The organizations joining Vizient will be utilizing a variety of performance improvement solutions, including group purchasing services, pharmacy and spend management analytics, workforce and performance services, and consulting services: The health care providers and services companies are:

  • Centura Health
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Cooper University Health System
  • Cooperative Services of Florida
  • CoxHealth
  • Health Future
  • Nebraska Medical Center
  • Onslow Memorial Hospital
  • Pinnacle HealthSystem
  • Puerto Rico Purchasing Alliance
  • St. Joseph Health System
  • West Tennessee Healthcare

“Providers nationwide are looking for ways to mitigate financial pressures. Vizient offers a unique array of services, expertise and technologies that can help them meet their savings and clinical goals,” said Rand Ballard, chief customer officer for Vizient. “We are pleased to welcome these organizations to Vizient.”


Premier announced yesterday that Crawford Healthcare has signed its GPO agreement. Crawford is a rapidly growing international company that develops innovative wound care treatments and diagnostic products for dermatologic care. Premier will be offering Crawford’s full line of products at specially negotiated pricing and terms. Its national agreement with Crawford gives Premier members a new partner to help tackle costly challenges such as hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, wound infection, increased length of stay, and hospital readmissions.

"We are very pleased to have been chosen for this contract based on our shared values of supporting outstanding clinical and economic outcomes," says Terry Bromley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Crawford's U.S. operations. "Premier is widely recognized for having the highest ethical standards, and for its commitment to improving healthcare quality, access and affordability," adds Bromley. "Crawford is proud to be working with such a partner."

Among the products included in the contract with Premier are Crawford's proven performers: KerraMax Care™, a super-absorbent dressing designed to minimize discomfort and dressing changes; KerraFoam™, a foam dressing with excellent fluid retention capabilities to prevent maceration and wound edge breakdown; KerraContact™ Ag, a contact layer containing proprietary Ag Oxysalts™ for fast and powerful antimicrobial action; and Touchless® Care, a spray-on, no-rub-in series of multipurpose treatments that soothe and protect irritated skin.

Source: News Wires

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