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Sysmex America Awarded Three Year Hematology Contract With Premier

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Corporate News J E 4
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MUNDELEIN, Ill., June 8 Sysmex America, Inc. today announces that the company has signed a three-year contract agreement with Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, the group purchasing unit of Premier Inc. The contract provides Premier member-hospitals and healthcare sites access to Sysmex hematology analyzers, automation, reagents, consumables and services. The contract is effective August 1, 2010. Premier healthcare alliance is one of the largest healthcare alliances in the United States dedicated to serving more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and 67,000-plus other healthcare sites. The Sysmex hematology portfolio of products and services has been a vendor service offering for Premier customers since 1998.

Sysmex America was also awarded a three-year sole-source hematology agreement for Premier's Accelerated Supply Chain Endeavor (ASCEND(TM)) program member-participants. ASCEND(TM) helps Premier members achieve sustained improvement in supply chain performance and efficiency.

"We are pleased that the quality and reliability of our Sysmex hematology products and services offering have been acknowledged once again with the signing of our fourth contract with Premier. We look forward to serving Premier member-hospitals and allied healthcare facilities as they confront the challenges of a changing healthcare environment," said John Kershaw, President & CEO, Sysmex America, Inc. Sysmex America has been recognized as a Premier Pinnacle Award recipient for supplier performance that meets and exceeds the expectations of Premier and its members - the first and only hematology contracted vendor to do so.

About Sysmex Hematology Solutions

Sysmex offers the broadest platform of hematology solutions available, to fit any size laboratory. This product line provides a standardized, yet scalable set of hematology analyzers and middleware support software. This standardization offers consistent, operation, control materials and workflow, enabling comparable results with easy access to complex information across multi-site, multi-LIS organizations, including reference labs and health networks.

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and 67,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Premier has offices in San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.

About Sysmex America, Inc.

Sysmex America, Inc., the U.S. headquarters of Sysmex Corporation (Kobe, Japan), is a world leader in clinical laboratory systemization and solutions, including clinical diagnostics, automation and information systems. Serving customers for over 35 years, Sysmex focuses on extending the boundaries of diagnostic science while providing the management information tools that make a real difference in clinical and operational results for people worldwide. For more information about Sysmex, please visit www.sysmex.com/usa.

SOURCE Sysmex America
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