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Sysmex America, Inc. Honored by the Premier Healthcare Alliance for Operational Excellence


6/16/2011 6:10:11 AM

MUNDELEIN, Ill., June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sysmex America, Inc. 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 Sysmex America 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.

"Sysmex America's employees and board of directors are honored to receive our fifth Pinnacle Award from the Premier healthcare alliance. It has been a privilege to work with Premier members over the years. It is particularly gratifying to know we are meeting their expectations for performance and customer service. We trust that we will continue to be a valuable partner to the Premier healthcare alliance as they lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care," saidJohn Kershaw, President and CEO, Sysmex America, Inc. Since the award program's inception in 2006, Sysmex America, the only Premier-contracted hematology vendor to ever win the Pinnacle Award, has won a total of five Pinnacle Awards and one Premier Performance Award, added Kershaw.

Bonnie Streeter, MSA, MT (ASCP) SH, DLM, National Accounts Manager, Sysmex America, accepts the award at the 2011 Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. The award ceremony is 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 Sysmex America 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. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Sysmex America, Inc.

Sysmex America, Inc., the U.S. headquarters of Sysmex Corporation (Kobe, Japan), is a world leader in clinical laboratory systemization and solutions, including clinical diagnostics, automation and information systems. Serving customers for over 40 years, Sysmex focuses on extending the boundaries of diagnostic science while providing the management information tools that make a real difference in clinical and operational results for people worldwide. For more information about Sysmex, please visit www.sysmex.com/usa.

SOURCE Sysmex America



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