Premier, Inc. Awards Sempermed Surgical Glove Contract

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Premier, Inc. has awarded a multi-source contract with glove manufacturer Sempermed USA for its line of surgical gloves. The three-year agreement begins May 1, 2004 and includes Supreme Powder Free Latex, Derma Plus Powdered Latex, Syntegra Powder Free Synthetic, and Derma Plus Orthopedic surgical products.

"This is a terrific opportunity for our organization and it will provide Premier shareholders and members the best combination of quality, value, service, and education," states Karl Neubner, director of national accounts.

Sempermed manufactures exam and surgical gloves at its own facilities in Europe and Asia.

Premier, Inc., is a strategic alliance in U.S. healthcare, entirely owned by nearly 200 of the nation's leading hospital and healthcare systems. These systems operate or are affiliated with nearly 1,500 hospital facilities in 50 states and hundreds of other care sites. Premier provides an array of resources supporting health services delivery in the key areas of supply chain improvement and group purchasing, comparative data and benchmarking, and insurance.

Source: Premier, Inc.