Statement on Presidential Executive Order Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19
By Michael J. Alkire, President, Premier Inc.
The President’s Executive Order appropriately places the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on par with our national defense. Hospitals and non-acute providers are in dire need of personal protective equipment (PPE). Even our largest health systems that previously had 12 months of PPE stockpiled are now down to less than four weeks of supply with increased utilization. Today’s Department of Defense announcement making 5 million additional masks available will serve as an interim solution, but the reality is that we do not believe there is more than four weeks of inventory available on US soil at this time to sustain the current utilization in hospitals.
Accordingly, we applaud the President for expanding on actions taken by the White House last week to bolster the supply of respirators. Today’s Executive Order takes critical steps to ensure our health system’s readiness by placing equal urgency on all medical supplies, resources and services. Premier looks forward to continuing to work with the Administration in implementing today’s Executive Order.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 175,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.