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Instrumentation Laboratory Receives Performance Award from Premier for Second Consecutive Year
Date:6/30/2008

- Based on Outstanding Quality and Compliance -

LEXINGTON, Mass., June 30th /PRNewswire/ -- Instrumentation Laboratory (IL) today announced that it has received the prestigious Supplier Performance Award from Premier, Inc. for a second consecutive year. The award recognizes outstanding performance in quality and compliance by Premier vendors, with less than nine percent chosen as award winners. IL was presented with the honor at Premier's 2008 Annual Breakthrough Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, TN, attended by over 3,000 healthcare professionals.

Premier, based in San Diego, CA, is a healthcare alliance serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and 50,000 other healthcare sites. Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information.

"We are very proud to receive this distinction from Premier which is illustrative of our ongoing commitment to and focus on enhancing quality in diagnostic medicine," said Brian Durkin, Director of Sales and National Accounts at IL. "Premier is focused on providing top quality patient care in a cost-effective manner, making IL's GEM Premier 4000 analyzer an ideal tool for their members."

IL and Premier have enjoyed a successful ten-year relationship, with a multi-year contract for IL's critical care portfolio, including the new GEM(R) Premier(TM) 4000 analyzer, the GEM Premier 3000 analyzer, consumables and service.

Serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and nearly 50,000 other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, and Washington. For more information, visit http://www.premierinc.com.

Instrumentation Laboratory (http://www.ilus.com), founded in 1959, is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and distributor of in vitro diagnostic instruments, related reagents and controls for use primarily in hospitals and independent clinical laboratories. The company's product lines include critical care systems, hemostasis systems and information management systems. IL's GEM product offerings, part of the critical care line, include the new GEM Premier 4000 analyzer with Intelligent Quality Management (iQM(R)), GEM Premier 3000 analyzer, GEM OPL(TM), a portable whole blood CO-Oximeter and the GEM PCL Plus, a portable coagulation analyzer. IL's hemostasis portfolio includes the ACL TOP(R) Family of Hemostasis Testing Systems, fully automated, high- productivity analyzers, including the ACL TOP and the new ACL TOP 500 CTS. IL also offers the ACL ELITE(R) and ELITE PRO, other hemostasis analyzers and the HemosIL(R) line of reagents. IL is based in Lexington, Massachusetts.


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