Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading healthcare improvement company, has named Kelly Rakowski senior vice president of Premier Performance Partners, the organization's advisory services business. Effective Nov. 1, Rakowski will assume the responsibilities of resigning leader Wes Champion, who will remain in his current role through Oct. 31.

"Kelly's proven expertise and demonstrated ability to drive results in today's payment reform environment make her the natural choice to lead this growing business into the future," said Susan DeVore, president and chief executive officer, Premier. "As a leader implementing large-scale performance improvements in healthcare organizations, we are confident that Kelly can continue to build this business to provide the next-generation services that our members demand."

Rakowski has more than 20 years of experience crafting solutions that span the care continuum for integrated delivery systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals and health plans. She has worked with hundreds of healthcare organizations and leaders on strategy, operational improvement, cultural transformation, post-merger integration, financial and business management, and performance improvement.

Prior to joining Premier in July 2016 as vice president of advisory services, Rakowski served in lead healthcare divisional roles at Xerox Services, Accenture, GE Healthcare, Ernst & Young and Capgemini.

About Premier Inc.

Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,600 U.S. hospitals and 120,000 other providers. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, 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.

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