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Broadlane Receives Environmental Award for Excellence
Date:5/19/2009

Leading Healthcare Cost Management Company Receives Champion for Change Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

Dallas (Vocus) May 19, 2009 -- Broadlane is pleased to announce it received the Practice Greenhealth Champion for Change Award for the fourth consecutive year for outstanding contributions as a group purchasing organization to environmentally responsible healthcare. The award was presented to Broadlane, along with other top healthcare and healthcare partnering organizations, at the Environmental Excellence Awards today in Chicago, Illinois at CleanMed, the Premier Global Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare.

The Champion for Change Award is an achievement reserved for organizational partners supplying healthcare products and services that are considerate of the earth and its resources.

The recipients of this award have demonstrated success in greening their organization and have also assisted others who are committed to improving their environmental performance.

"This award is a reflection of Broadlane's business ethics and represents a strong commitment to their clients to help protect patient health and preserve the environment," said Bob Jarboe, executive director, Practice Greenhealth. "It's exciting to know that Broadlane is leading this effort and setting an example for other institutions."

Broadlane actively seeks to contract with suppliers who are environmental stewards and provide environmentally preferable products for its clients. Environmental priorities and activities vary among clients and include objectives to raise awareness of environmentally preferable purchasing, environmental sustainability and patient safety.

In October 2007, Broadlane adopted a significant innovative green alternative: computer virtualization. Virtualization software allows the Broadlane technology department to run several servers on a single piece of physical hardware. Broadlane converted the majority of its production and supporting test environments to a virtual platform. The transition to virtual computing reduced its data center environmental footprint by 90 percent. The virtual servers use less space, heat, power, air-conditioning and lower hardware maintenance costs. Broadlane recycled the old servers to reduce landfill waste.

"Healthcare facilities and healthcare partners are accepting the challenge and demonstrating increasing willingness to take a strong stand on issues affecting the health of patients, healthcare workers and the environment," said David Ricker, president and chief executive officer, Broadlane. "Our clients are asking increasingly for eco-friendly, non-toxic products. We are living the environmental motto of 'reduce, reuse and recycle,' reducing our impact on the environment and assisting clients in reducing their impact on the environment."

About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth presented Environmental Excellence awards in seven categories for their work and commitment to healthcare and the environment today. The organization will sponsor the planting of 100 trees in Haiti for each award presented.

Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of healthcare to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, healthy initiatives, current trends, news and views, and other links to earth-friendly organizations, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org

About Broadlane
Broadlane is the leading technology-oriented healthcare services company, reducing cost and creating operational efficiencies for thousands of acute care hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, physician practices and other healthcare providers in the United States. Its core services include supply chain management and clinical workforce management services.
Broadlane's comprehensive supply chain services include:

 
  • High-powered national and custom contracting for supplies, pharmaceuticals, equipment and purchased services
  • Innovative Procurement Services and purchase transaction management
  • Clinical Services for managing clinical preference items and operating room and cath lab spending
  • Comprehensive Materials Management Services - including outsourcing
  • Informatics - benchmarking, advanced analytics and reporting
  • Supply chain technology and e-commerce

Broadlane Workforce Management™ addresses nurses and allied healthcare practitioners and includes:

 
  • External shift and agency management services
  • Internal shift management, including electronic shift auctions
  • Regional nurse float pool management and internal agency management
  • E-commerce workforce exchange linking healthcare providers, clinical staff and agencies, enabling efficient shift management and fulfillment and reconciliation
Broadlane's clients include leading providers such as Advocate Health Care, Ascension Health, Beaumont Hospitals, CHRISTUS Health, Continuum Health Partners, Kaiser Permanente, Kindred Healthcare, MedCath Corporation, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Tenet Healthcare, The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, US Oncology and UMass Memorial Health Care.

The company is headquartered in Dallas with offices in Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, New York City and Oakland. For more information, visit www.broadlane.com.

Media Contact: Jim Webb
Broadlane
972.813.7782

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