Mercy Health receives Supply Chain Innovation Award

(CINCINNATI; June 23, 2016) – Mercy Health – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky – announces that Premier Inc. has recognized it with the Supply Chain Innovation Award for introducing innovative, high-impact supply chain improvement ideas to the healthcare industry.

Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company.

Mercy Health is one of only two health systems that received the innovation award. Premier is honoring Mercy Health for creating a hybrid purchasing model that supported the purchase of the most commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals for customers of a small managed care organization at similar cost to that enjoyed by customers of large managed care organizations. The Mercy Health Supply Chain/Pharmacy team negotiated 30 contracts with 15 vendors that yielded nearly $10 million in savings in 2015.

Mercy Health has now partnered with Premier to offer this pharmacy benefit management program to Premier’s members for the benefit of their patients. Alan Mutnick, Mercy Health System Director of Supply Chain-Pharmacy, led the team working on the program and he will collect the innovation award at Premier’s 2016 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in National Harbor, Maryland on June 23.

In addition, Mercy Health (in the large integrated delivery network category) and Mercy Health - St. Charles Hospital in Toledo (in the teaching hospital less than 331 beds category) won Supply Chain Excellence Awards. Out of more 3,600 Premier members, 33 received the 2016 excellence award, which honors Premier member hospitals and healthcare systems for high-value purchasing practices.

“Both the innovation award and the excellence awards are representative of all the hard work that Mercy Health associates do to control costs and better serve our patients,” said Terry Bay, Mercy Health Vice President of Supply Chain Operations. “I congratulate Alan and all of our supply chain colleagues on receiving these well-deserved honors.”

“We celebrate Mercy Health’s continued successes in providing high-value care to its patients,” said Durral R. Gilbert, president of supply chain services, Premier. “Mercy Health collaborates to share best practices and its innovations and purchasing excellence are helping to drive supply chain improvements across the Premier alliance.”

The award recognizes organizations that have worked with Premier to implement improvement ideas throughout the Premier alliance. Winning ideas, such as new products, programs, services, processes and tools, must be in place and already creating value to be considered.

A team of Premier’s Strategic Advisory Committee members, past winners, well-known third-party experts, and Premier leadership evaluate entries and select the winners.

Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,600 U.S. hospitals and 120,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.comfor more information about the company.