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Atrium Honored by the Premier Healthcare Alliance for Operational Excellence

HUDSON, N.H., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Atrium Medical Corporation today announced that it is a winner of the sixth annual Pinnacle Award, presented by the Premier healthcare alliance.

Premier has contracts with more than 800 suppliers, and Atrium is one of 39 contracted suppliers to receive the Pinnacle Award. Winners are recognized for their outstanding management of Premier agreements and their drive toward the mutual goal of providing clinical and financial value to the alliance members of Premier.

"Atrium is proud to receive the prestigious Pinnacle Award in recognition of our efforts to exceed our customers' expectations and improve patient outcomes. Through our longstanding partnership with Premier, we take extraordinary pride in our state-of-the-art manufacturing, innovative designs and quality service, which enhance the level of patient care to all of our Premier and alliance members," said Jeffrey McGill, Senior Vice President of CTS Marketing and Corporate Communications, Atrium Medical Corporation.

Greg Morlan, Director of National Accounts at Atrium, accepted the award at the 2011 Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. The award ceremony was held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center on Wednesday, June 15.

"It is imperative for hospitals to operate in the highest quality environment at the best possible cost and Atrium has been able to support alliance members in doing so," said Mike Alkire, Premier Purchasing Partners president. "We're proud to recognize them as a top performing organization."

The Pinnacle Award rewards Premier's contracted suppliers that support attainment of mutual goals, drive contract utilization and are committed to performance improvement.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 75,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Atrium

Atrium's vast expertise in medical device technologies for the treatment of coronary and vascular disease, chest trauma, hernia and soft tissue injury has brought a number of breakthrough advances in several diversified healthcare markets including interventional cardiology and radiology, chest trauma care and thoracic drainage, vascular surgery, and general surgery. Maintaining a commitment to the latest ISO13485 Quality Standards, state-of-the-art manufacturing and automation, cell biology and biomaterial discovery programs, Atrium continues to excel in those healthcare segments that require more advanced surgical intervention for improvements in patient outcomes. For more information please call Atrium's Marketing Communications Dept. at 1-800-370-7899 or visit us on the web at

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