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ARUP Laboratories and Premier Extend Contract for Reference Laboratory Testing Services
Date:8/27/2007

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- ARUP Laboratories, a national clinical and anatomic pathology reference laboratory and a leader in innovative laboratory research and development, announced today that it has renewed a multisource group purchasing agreement with Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., one of the nation's largest purchasing alliances of leading hospitals and health care systems. The agreement extends a previous contract between ARUP and Premier which has been in effect since 1997 under which ARUP provided testing services to Premier's clients within the United States. The renewed contract will run from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2010.

Under the terms of the agreement, ARUP will continue to serve as an authorized provider of laboratory testing services for Premier's alliance of more than 1,500 affiliate hospital and health care facilities. In addition to providing specialized clinical and anatomic pathology testing services, ARUP will offer competitive pricing, consistent and reliable service, and information technology benefits to Premier's members.

ARUP President and COO Ronald Weiss, M.D., M.B.A., commented, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue our relationship with the many valued members of Premier. Our longstanding partnership further enables us to pursue our common goal of supporting our clients' success and providing excellent patient care."

"We feel that ARUP's strength in service and quality, as well as its extensive test menu and client support, complement Premier's strategic mission," remarked John Biggers, Premier group vice president, Sourcing. "As we enter our second decade of relations with ARUP, we look forward to continued success."

About Premier

Premier, Inc., is a strategic alliance in U.S. health care, entirely owned by nearly 200 of the nation's leading hospital and health care 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. Premier is headquartered in San Diego, CA, with offices in Chicago, IL, and Charlotte, NC. Advocacy and policy offices are located in Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://www.premierinc.com.

About ARUP

ARUP Laboratories is a national clinical and anatomic pathology reference laboratory and an enterprise of the University of Utah and its Department of Pathology. With more than 2,000 employees, ARUP offers in excess of 2,000 tests and test combinations, ranging from routine screening tests to highly esoteric molecular and genetic assays, for patients throughout the country. Rather than competing with its clients for physician office business, ARUP chooses instead to support clients' existing test menus by offering highly complex and unique tests, with accompanying consultative support, to enhance their abilities to provide local and regional laboratory services. ARUP's clients include more than half of the nation's university teaching hospitals and children's hospitals, as well as multihospital groups, major commercial laboratories, group purchasing organizations, military and government facilities, and major clinics. In addition, ARUP is a worldwide leader in innovative laboratory research and development, led by the efforts of the ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology(R). For more information about ARUP Laboratories, visit http://www.aruplab.com.


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