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University HealthSystem Consortium Names Ascent Healthcare Solutions Supplier of the Year at UHC 2009 Performance Excellence Forum
Date:4/8/2009

Award recognizes Ascent programs for delivering optimum value and customer satisfaction for UHC members representing about 90% of the nation's nonprofit academic medical centers

PHOENIX, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascent Healthcare Solutions, a leader in delivering healthcare resource sustainability, announced today that University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) -- an alliance of 103 academic medical centers and 210 of their affiliated hospitals, representing approximately 90% of the nation's nonprofit academic medical centers (AMCs)--presented Ascent with the inaugural UHC Supplier of the Year award at the UHC 2009 Performance Excellence Forum. UHC selected Ascent as the winner of this prestigious award based on the measurable value of Ascent's remanufacturing and reprocessing program for AMCs, customer service, and contract performance.

UHC and its contracting services company, Novation, offer UHC members a competitively priced portfolio of purchasing contracts that cover 85% of the products and services needed by AMCs.

Roberta G. Graham, UHC's executive vice president, stated, "We selected Ascent as the winner of our UHC Supplier of the Year award because its program provides unique and exceptional value to our AMCs in terms of reducing costs and reducing overall impact to the environment."

Graham, who oversees operations and supply chain services, noted that the program is consistent with UHC's drive to optimize the supply chain, accelerate the achievement of operational excellence, and create a successful and environmentally responsible path for its members.

Kevin Liszewski, Ascent's vice president of corporate accounts, stated, "We are honored to be chosen as the first winner of this award. Receiving recognition for our program's cost savings and environmental stewardship, as well as the high level of customer care we provide, is validation of the complete solution
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