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Premier Awards Sixth Consecutive Contract to Instrumentation Laboratory for Critical Care Portfolio
Date:8/10/2011

BEDFORD, Mass., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Instrumentation Laboratory (IL) today announced that it has been awarded a three-year contract for its critical care portfolio with Premier Purchasing Partners, the group purchasing organization of the Premier healthcare alliance.  This is the sixth contract Premier has awarded IL since 1998.  Additionally, IL was named the sole blood gas and critical care testing supplier for ASCEND™ (Accelerated Supply Chain Endeavor) Premier member hospitals.  The ASCEND program, in which a subset of Premier membership participates, is designed to help healthcare providers achieve and sustain rapid improvements in supply chain performance.

The contract covers IL's portfolio of critical care analyzers, reagents and consumables, including IL's flagship product, the GEM® Premier™ 4000 analyzer for blood gas, electrolyte and metabolite and integrated CO-Oximetry testing.  This analyzer features IL's patented Intelligent Quality Management (iQM®), a real-time, automated, continuous quality assurance system.  Also included, GEMweb® Plus Custom Connectivity software offers remote access to any networked analyzer for real-time supervision and status updates, as well as management of automated and operator certification and advanced regulatory compliance.  

"Our successful relationship with Premier has spanned more than a decade, during which time IL has achieved continued growth and market leadership," said Brian Durkin, Vice President, North America Sales and National Accounts at IL.  "Further, being named the only critical care testing supplier on the ASCEND contract demonstrates the confidence Premier has in us and our products, and underlines our shared commitment to quality and customer satisfaction."

In addition to the GEM Premier 4000, IL's contract with Premier includes the GEM Premier 3500 critical care analyzer and GEM OPL, a portable CO-Oximeter.

Premier Healthcare Alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, 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. http://www.premierinc.com.\

Instrumentation Laboratory (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 GEM Premier™ 4000 analyzer with Intelligent Quality Management (iQM®), GEM Premier 3500, GEMweb® Plus Custom Connectivity, and the GEM PCL Plus, a portable coagulation analyzer.  IL's hemostasis portfolio includes the ACL TOP® Family of Hemostasis Testing Systems, fully automated, high-productivity analyzers, including the ACL TOP 700, the new ACL TOP 700 LAS and the ACL TOP 500 CTS.  IL also offers the new ACL AcuStar™, ACL ELITE® and ELITE PRO, other hemostasis analyzers and the HemosIL® line of reagents.  IL is based in Bedford, Massachusetts.

The Instrumentation Laboratory logo, GEM, iQM, HemosIL, ACL TOP, ACL ELITE, ACL AcuStar and Premier are trademarks of Instrumentation Laboratory Company and/or one of its subsidiaries or parent companies, and may be registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in other jurisdictions.  All other product names, company names, marks, logos, and symbols are trademarks of their respective owners.


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