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Premier Inc. Announces 2021 Award Winners Amid Breakthroughs Conference



Recipients of Premier’s Breakthroughs Awards are industry leaders that are truly making a difference in healthcare. We congratulate and thank them for their efforts to improve care delivery operations, outcomes, costs and the health of communities across the nation.



Premier Alliance Excellence Award Winner:

Atrium Health

About the Richard A. Norling Premier Alliance Excellence Award:

Every year, Premier chooses a member organization that demonstrates an unparalleled commitment to healthcare transformation, using Premier as a key partner. This member exhibits deep strategic alignment with our alliance’s mission to transform healthcare together; consistently delivers an exceptional level of care, improving the health of its communities; supports Premier’s collaboration goals by freely sharing best practices and successes; and reduces costs and improves clinical quality and safety through broad utilization of Premier data, services and technology.


Premier Cares Award Winner:

Community Enhancement Collaboration, Inc.

About the Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award:

The annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award honors not-for-profit community agencies, programs and health organizations that support those excluded from, or underserved by, the mainstream health delivery system. To be considered for this application-based award, a program must successfully address a worthy, well-defined, unmet need and must operate independently from a hospital or healthcare system. Applications are rigorously judged by two separate review panels on innovation, outcomes, ease of replicability, financial impact and future vision. Winner receives a cash prize of $100,000 from Premier.


Innovation Award Winners:

  • Elekta
  • GE Healthcare
  • Hologic
  • Olympus America, Inc.
  • Siemens Healthineers

About the Innovation Award:

Every year, Premier's Breakthroughs Conference focuses on the future by showcasing a small number of disruptive technologies and promising innovations discovered by forward-thinking companies. The speed, accuracy and precision of this year’s featured healthcare solutions are not only game changers, but life savers. As always, the winners were selected by a member committee of clinicians and other healthcare professionals. We salute them.


AEIX Award Winners:

  • Baptist Health
  • PeaceHealth (won two awards)

About the American Excess Insurance Exchange (AEIX) Risk Management Award:

These awards honor members that create care delivery practices to improve patient safety and enhance quality of care. Winners are selected based on care delivery practice effectiveness and potential applicability to other healthcare settings.


Supplier Diversity Award Winners:

  • Supplier Diversity Winner (Hospital Member) -- Mount Sinai Health System
  • Supplier Diversity Honorable Mention (Hospital Member) -- The MetroHealth System
  • Supplier Diversity Winner (Supplier) -- SourceMark Medical

About the Supplier Diversity Awards:

The Supplier Diversity Award for Members honors health systems that have established active programs to evaluate and support minority-, women- and veteran-owned enterprises and small businesses that are a part of Premier’s contract portfolio. Members are evaluated on engagement in diversity initiatives through community involvement, diversity business outreach initiatives, benchmarking and best practices sharing.

The Supplier Diversity Award for Suppliers recognizes contracted vendors that have made important contributions to developing and nurturing diversity programs in their organizations and in their communities. Suppliers are evaluated on internal and external diversity outreach initiatives, benchmarking and best practices sharing.


Supplier Horizon & Legacy Award Winners

Supplier Horizon Winners:

  • Asahi Intecc.
  • Canon Medical Systems, USA
  • NeoGenomics Laboratories, Inc.
  • PDI
  • Produce Alliance
  • Sharp Electronics Corporation
  • SitOnItSeating
  • Urgo Medical North America

Supplier Legacy Winners:

  • American Express
  • ARUP
  • BD
  • Draeger
  • FFF Enterprises
  • Fresenius Kabi USA
  • Nephron Sterile Compounding Center
  • Nestlé Health Science
  • Novolex
  • Owens & Minor
  • Ricoh USA, Inc.
  • Sonosite
  • Zebra Technologies

About the Supplier Horizon and Legacy Awards:

The Supplier Horizon and Supplier Legacy Awards celebrate Premier contracted suppliers who’ve supported our members through exceptional customer service and engagement, value creation, and a commitment to lowering costs. Winners are selected by line of business member committees. Members depend on our suppliers to provide the best service and the greatest value and these suppliers have gone above and beyond. Suppliers that have contracted with Premier for less than three years are Horizon Winners; suppliers that have contracted with Premier for more than three years are Legacy Winners. Premier is grateful to them all.


Supply Chain Excellence Award Winners:

  • AdventHealth Manchester
  • AdventHealth Murray
  • AdventHealth Sebring
  • Adventist Portland
  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center
  • Baystate Noble Hospital
  • Carilion Clinic
  • Carilion Tazewell
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
  • Mon Health System
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Riverside Health System
  • Sinai Chicago

About the Supply Chain Excellence Award:

These awards honor top performers based on four quarters of calendar 2020 data submitted to Premier's SupplyFocus® application and are determined per the following peer groups: community, teaching/academic, integrated delivery network, and critical access. Winners are identified using four industry standard case-mix-index-adjusted supply expense ratios to ensure that organizations of diverse sizes and complexity are considered equally: supply expense as a percent of total operating expense, supply expense as a percent of net patient revenue, supply expense per adjusted patient day, supply expense per adjusted discharge. By celebrating the successes of these leading facilities, Premier aims to encourage all of its members to share and adopt new ideas that will help us transform healthcare together.


Supplier COVID Awards: *NEW*

  • Most Innovative Supplier -- Battelle
  • Greatest Outside Impact by a traditionally non-healthcare supplier -- Lowe's
  • Most Supportive Supplier -- Owens & Minor

About the Supplier COVID Awards:

The momentous supply chain issues wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic were daunting for the entire healthcare industry. While our supplier community extended overwhelming support, a few of our industry partners exhibited exemplary leadership by collaborating with Premier in an extraordinary way in service to our members. To honor these outstanding companies, we have created the COVID Supplier Awards. Chosen by Premier’s Strategic Advisory Committee, these companies are: Battelle, Lowe’s and Owens & Minor. We are proud to celebrate each of them for their above and beyond commitment to care. Congratulations!


QUEST Heroes:

Premier honors all QUEST members for their distinguished service in keeping patients first amidst the 2020-2021 COVID19 public health emergency. Congratulations!

  • Adventist Health Bakersfield
  • Adventist Health Castle
  • Adventist Health Clear Lake
  • Adventist Health Glendale
  • Adventist Health Hanford
  • Adventist Health Howard Memorial
  • Adventist Health Lodi Memorial
  • Adventist Health Portland
  • Adventist Health Simi Valley
  • Adventist Health Sonora
  • Adventist Health St. Helena
  • Adventist Health Tillamook
  • Adventist Health Ukiah Valley
  • Adventist Health White Memorial
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - Booneville
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - Collierville
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - Desoto
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - Golden Triangle
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - Huntingdon dba Carroll County
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - Mississippi Baptist Medical Center
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - NEA
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - North Mississippi
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - Tipton
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - Union City
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital - Union County
  • Bartow Regional Medical Center
  • Baylor St Luke's Medical Center Houston-TX
  • Billings Clinic
  • Burleson St. Joseph Health Center
  • Catawba Valley Medical Center
  • Charleston Area Medical Center - Women and Childrens Hospital
  • Charleston Area Medical Center – General Hospital
  • Charleston Area Medical Center – Memorial Hospital
  • Charleston Area Medical Center - Teays Valley Hospital
  • CHI St Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin
  • CHI St Luke’s Health Memorial San Augustine
  • CHI St Luke's Health Brazosport
  • CHI St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital
  • Childrens Hospital at Montefiore
  • Clovis Community Medical Center
  • Community Regional Medical Center
  • Conway Medical Center
  • El Camino Hospital - Los Gatos Campus
  • El Camino Hospital - Mountain View Campus
  • Ephraim McDowell James B Haggin Memorial Hospital
  • Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center
  • Fort Logan Hospital
  • Frederick Health Hospital
  • Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital
  • Geisinger - Bloomsburg Hospital
  • Geisinger - Lewistown Hospital
  • Geisinger Community Medical Center
  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
  • Grimes St. Joseph Health Center
  • Herrin Hospital
  • Hilo Medical Center
  • Jersey Shore Hospital
  • Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children
  • Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital
  • Kona Community Hospital
  • Kuakini Medical Center
  • Lakeside The Woodlands-TX
  • Madison St. Joseph Health Center
  • Maui Memorial Medical Center
  • Maury Regional Hospital dba Maury Regional Medical Center
  • McLeod Health Cheraw
  • McLeod Health Clarendon
  • McLeod Loris Hospital
  • McLeod Medical Center - Dillon
  • McLeod Regional Medical Center
  • Mease Countryside Hospital
  • Mease Dunedin Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital of Carbondale
  • Memorial Medical Center Livingston-TX
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Montefiore Medical Center - Jack D. Weiler Hospital (Einstein Campus)
  • Montefiore Medical Center - Montefiore Hospital (Moses Campus)
  • Montefiore Medical Center - Montefiore Wakefield Hospital (Wakefield Campus)
  • Montefiore Mount Vernon
  • Montefiore New Rochelle
  • Morton Plant Hospital
  • North Bay Medical Center
  • North Hawaii Community Hospital
  • North Mississippi Medical Center – Eupora
  • North Mississippi Medical Center - Gilmore-Amory
  • North Mississippi Medical Center – Hamilton
  • North Mississippi Medical Center – Iuka
  • North Mississippi Medical Center – Pontotoc
  • North Mississippi Medical Center - Tupelo
  • North Mississippi Medical Center – West Point
  • Nyack Hospital
  • OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center
  • OSF Holy Family Medical Center
  • OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center
  • OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
  • OSF Saint Anthonys Health Center
  • OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center
  • OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
  • OSF Saint James - John W Albrecht Medical Center
  • OSF Saint Luke Medical Center
  • OSF Saint Paul Medical Center
  • OSF St Francis Hospital & Medical Group
  • OSF St Joseph Medical Center
  • OSF St Mary Medical Center
  • OU Health Edmond Medical Center
  • OU Health The Children's Hospital at OU Medicine
  • OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center
  • Pali Momi Medical Center
  • Patients Medical Center Pasadena-TX
  • PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend
  • PeaceHealth Saint John Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth Saint Joseph Hospital
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth United General Medical Center
  • Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center
  • Samaritan Medical Center
  • South Florida Baptist Hospital
  • St Lukes Des Peres Hospital
  • St. Anthony's Hospital
  • St. Joseph Memorial Hospital
  • St. Joseph Regional Health Center
  • St. Joseph's Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital-North
  • St. Joseph's Hospital-South
  • St. Joseph's Women's Hospital
  • St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital - Newburgh Campus
  • St. Luke's Episcopal-Presbyterian Hospitals
  • St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus
  • St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus
  • St. Luke's Hospital - Bethlehem Campus
  • St. Luke's Hospital - Lehighton Campus
  • St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus
  • St. Luke's Hospital - Monroe Campus
  • St. Luke's Hospital - Sacred Heart Campus
  • St. Luke's Hospital - Upper Bucks Campus
  • St. Luke's Hospital - Warren Hospital
  • St. Mary's Medical Center
  • Straub Clinic and Hospital
  • Sugar Land Hospital Sugar Land-TX
  • The Medical Center at Bowling Green
  • The Queen's Medical Center
  • The Queen's Medical Center - West Oahu
  • The Vintage Hospital Houston-TX
  • The Woodlands Hospital The Woodlands-TX
  • White Plains Hospital
  • Wilcox Memorial Hospital
  • Winter Haven Hospital Inc.

About the QUEST Awards:

Premier Inc. and our nation’s leading hospitals created the QUEST collaborative. QUEST hospitals monitor and measure performance to ensure delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care. QUEST hospitals have prevented more than 200K deaths and reduced healthcare spending by more than $18 billion. QUEST hospitals volunteer to transparently share data and define a common framework with consistent measures – something that previously did not exist in healthcare.


2021 FOODSERVICE MEMBER AND SUPPLIER AWARDS:

Illuminating Excellence Award Winners:

  • Bobbi Schneider, Food and Nutrition Services Director, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  • Charles Mackin, Executive Chef, Wooddale Village Retirement Community
  • Melinda Bonner, Clinical Nutrition Director, Hoover City Schools
  • Tennielle Yates, System Clinical Nutrition Director, Advent Health Orlando
  • Abbey Duke, Owner and Operator, Sugarsnap Catering


Passion for Excellence Award Winner:

  • David Poe, US Foods


Spirit Award Winner:

  • Craig Mombert, Davidson College


Culinary Top Chef Award Winner:

  • Ron DeSantis, Hungry Planet


Creative Marketing Award Winner:

  • Hungry Planet Foods


Zenith Award Winner:

  • Campbell Foodservice Company


Culinary Creation Finalists:

  • Jorge Noriega, Executive Chef, University of Georgia
  • Kellie Stark, Culinary Manager, Avera Specialty Hospital
  • Jacques Wilson, Executive Chef, El Camino Health


Culinary Creation Winner and People’s Choice Winner


Culinary Creations Award Winner

  • Jorge Noriega, Executive Chef, University of Georgia


Culinary Creations People's Choice Award

  • Kellie Stark, Culinary Manager, Avera Specialty Hospital
  • Jacques Wilson, Executive Chef, El Camino Health


About the Foodservice awards:

Foodservice operations are foundational in every healthcare setting. This year's Foodservice awards recognize individuals and organizations for distinction in foodservice operations, management, marketing and culinary innovation. Suppliers that create value and members that strive for excellence are showcased in the PremierConnect Awards Community as winners of these 2021 Foodservice Awards. Premier celebrates all of them for their steadfast commitment to top performance.






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