Pinnacle Award 2008

Steelcase Health Named Top Premier Performer

Premier Pinnacle Award recognizes performance and efficiency

Grand Rapids, MI – August 5, 2008 – Steelcase Health, a healthcare environments company, today announced that it has earned the Premier Healthcare Alliance 2008 “Pinnacle Award” for supplier performance that meets and exceeds the expectations of Premier and its members. This is the third consecutive year that Steelcase Health earned the Pinnacle award for consistent performance excellence with the Premier Alliance.

Jeffrey Fredrickson, corporate sales manager for Steelcase Health, accepted the award at Premier’s 2008 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, TN. The award is based on performance data collected during the year and shared with contracted suppliers through the Premier business line review process.

“The Premier Pinnacle Award honors elite suppliers who understand the importance of collaboration and strive for performance excellence. These suppliers are setting the standard for all of Premier’s contracted suppliers as we work together to improve the healthcare of our communities, and we are proud to bestow this honor upon Steelcase’s healthcare company – Steelcase Health – for the third time” said Mike Alkire, president of Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P.

The 2008 Premier Pinnacle Award was awarded to an elite group of 15 suppliers (out of 614 eligible contracted suppliers) who have consistently achieved 2007 scorecard ratings of 95 percent or higher.

“Receiving the Premier Pinnacle Award reinforces our commitment to continuously strive to offer the highest quality products at the best possible price to the Premier Alliance,” said Michael Love, president of Steelcase Health.

Steelcase Health officially launched as a company in 2006, but the company is not new to healthcare. Years of research and partnerships with leading healthcare providers allow the company to tailor a wide variety of environmental solutions to specific settings.

The Steelcase Health family of companies, including: Brayton, Designtex, Details, Metro, PolyVision, Softcare, Steelcase, Turnstone, and Vecta provides a comprehensive portfolio that supports a wide variety of healthcare environments.

About Steelcase Health

Steelcase Health is a company focused on healthcare environments and how products within these environments can help make them more comfortable, efficient and conducive to the healing process. For more information, visit Health.

About Premier, 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient

Serving 1,700 hospitals and more than 46,000 other healthcare sites, Premier is the largest healthcare alliance in the United States dedicated to improving patient outcomes while safely reducing the cost of care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates the nation’s largest healthcare purchasing network, the most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information and one of the largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups in healthcare. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C. and Washington. For more information, visit


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