Steelcase Health Named Top Premier Performer 2006

Premier Pinnacle Award recognizes performance and efficiency

Grand Rapids, MI- July 7, 2006 – Steelcase Health, a healthcare environments provider, won the 2006 Pinnacle Award for supplier performance from Premier Inc., a group of more than 200 hospitals and healthcare systems.

The Pinnacle Award is given to nine of 400 eligible contracted suppliers who have consistently achieved scorecard ratings of 95 percent or higher over four consecutive quarters and have passed an on-site evaluation by Premier. Jeff Fredrickson, corporate sales manager at Steelcase Health, accepted the award at the 2006 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference & Exhibition in Orlando on June 21.

“The Premier Pinnacle Award honors those elite suppliers who understand the importance of collaboration and strive for performance excellence. Suppliers like Steelcase Health are setting the standard for all of Premier’s contracted suppliers as we work together to improve the healthcare of our communities,” said Susan DeVore, president of Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P.

Steelcase Health, a new healthcare environments company, draws on years of experience and proven product lines from the Steelcase family of companies to deliver effective solutions for healthcare providers. More than two years of research and partnerships with leading healthcare providers allow the company to tailor environmental solutions to specific settings.

About Steelcase Health

Steelcase Health is a new company focused on healthcare environments and how products within these environments can help make them more comfortable, efficient and conducive to the healing process. Steelcase Health debuted at the 2006 NeoCon World’s Trade Fair with a full line of products, including 12 new products from the Steelcase family of companies. For more information, visit Health.

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc., the leader in helping hospitals accelerate performance on both clinical outcomes and supply chain costs, is a healthcare alliance entirely owned by more than 200 of the nation’s leading not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems. These organizations operate or are affiliated with nearly 1,500 hospitals and more than 38,500 other healthcare sites. Premier Purchasing Partners provides an array of services supporting health services delivery including group purchasing totaling more than $25 billion annually in supplies and equipment purchasing, as well as supply chain and clinical performance improvement services. Premier Healthcare Informatics offers performance measurement, benchmarking, and reporting products and advisory services supporting quality improvement. Premier Insurance Management Services helps hospitals manage insurance costs and improve risk management and claims capabilities. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, NC, and Washington, DC. For more information, visit


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