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ZOLL Medical Honored by Premier Healthcare Alliance for Exceptional Supplier Performance
June 30, 2008—CHELMSFORD, Mass.—ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, announced today that it is a winner of the third annual Pinnacle Award, presented by the Premier Healthcare Alliance’s Purchasing Partners unit.
ZOLL is one of only 15 companies from a field of more than 800 Premier suppliers selected to receive the award, which recognizes suppliers whose performance meets or exceeds the expectations of Premier and its members as they carry out their missions of meeting the healthcare needs of communities they serve.
“Since we take extraordinary efforts to ensure that all of our products meet the highest standards in delivering quality healthcare, ZOLL and all of our employees are extremely honored to be cited with this award,” said Richard A. Packer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZOLL. “We help clinicians improve patient outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest, the leading cause of death worldwide.”
A ZOLL representative accepted the award at the 2008 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. The award ceremony was held on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and featured a special presentation from country music legend Naomi Judd.
Based on performance data collected during the year and shared with contracted suppliers through Premier’s supplier quality and business line review process, the annual awards are designed to align contracted supplier performance to meet or exceed Premier’s and its members’ expectations on a consistent basis.
“Premier’s Pinnacle Award honors top performing suppliers that understand the importance of collaboration and striving for performance excellence,” said Premier Purchasing Partners President Mike Alkire. “We’re happy to honor these companies as we work together to improve healthcare in our communities.”
Pinnacle Award objectives are to support and enhance relationships with contracted suppliers; improve communication; support attainment of mutual goals; drive contract utilization; improve both members’ and suppliers’ financial performance; and provide unsurpassed clinical and financial value for members.
For more information, please visit: http://www.premierinc.com/about/news/june08/premier-honors-contract-suppliers061608.jsp.
The Pinnacle Award is one of several honors ZOLL has received this year. Recent accolades include being named “One of the Most Trustworthy Companies in America” by Forbes for the second consecutive year; ranking number 42 on the Boston Globe’s Top 100 Companies in Massachusetts list, and being named to the Omega NorthFace Scoreboard for the seventh consecutive year.
About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and 50,000 other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.
About ZOLL Medical Corporation
ZOLL Medical Corporation is committed to developing technologies that help advance the practice of resuscitation. With products for pacing, defibrillation, circulation, ventilation, and fluid resuscitation, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies, including Real CPR Help® and See Thru CPR™, that help clinicians, EMS professionals, and lay rescuers resuscitate sudden cardiac arrest or trauma victims. ZOLL also designs and markets software that automates the documentation and management of both clinical and non-clinical information.
ZOLL markets and sells its products in more than 140 countries. The Company has direct operations, distributor networks, and business partners throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia, and Australia. 2008 marks the 25th anniversary of ZOLL’s resuscitation product development. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.
Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements regarding the future business of the Company, and other statements contained herein regarding matters that are not historical facts, are "forward-looking" statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on May 9, 2008. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this press release, and the Company disavows any obligation to update or supplement those statements in the event of any changes in the facts, circumstances, or expectations that underlie those statements.
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