Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country, has extended and expanded its partnership with Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading healthcare improvement company. The five-year agreement extends Banner's use of Premier's group purchasing organization (GPO) and expands the partnership to integrate supply chain and practice management insights across its organization, as well as engages Banner's Colorado market in Premier's population health management collaborative.

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner owns and operates 29 hospitals and various other providers across seven states, as well as insurance services in its Arizona market. The health system has worked with Premier for more than 15 years, leveraging its supply chain and performance services to align cost management with quality improvement. In doing so, Banner has documented a savings of $120 million since June 2013 coupled with improvements in care delivery.

"Banner works strategically with Premier to accelerate the transformation of healthcare," said Dennis Dahlen, Banner's chief financial officer. "By continuing and expanding our partnership, we will have the outcomes-based data management capabilities necessary for full visibility into clinical and supply chain practices across our network. We're also working with Premier to further build value-based care and alternative payment model capabilities. Premier is a valuable partner with years of experience, and they continue to help us develop, implement and design processes for our providers to succeed in improving health across our communities."

Powered by the cloud-based PremierConnect® performance improvement platform, Premier's supply and physician practice management analytics will be deployed across Banner's newly-acquired southern Arizona facilities to analyze spend and identify operational opportunities through the continuum of care. These analytics complement access to Premier's GPO, as well as existing PremierConnect clinical and operational analytics. Integrating this information unifies system-wide purchasing activities and care delivery practices to drive efficiencies, eliminate variation and improve outcomes. PremierConnect houses clinical data on 40 percent of the patients discharged from U.S. hospitals and $48 billion in annual purchasing information. Providers use this information to compare cost and quality outcomes with peers for evidence-based decisions.

Additionally, the Banner Health Network, Banner's accountable care organization, has expanded its participation in Premier's population health management collaborative. While its Phoenix market has been a participant since 2011, Banner's Colorado market now joins the collaborative to leverage nationally recognized insights that support the implementation of population health management capabilities. This includes developing clinically integrated networks and alternative payment models, such as risk-based shared savings and bundled payment.

"Healthcare's transitioning landscape demands a new focus on total cost management and a single source of truth that breaks down the silos," said Susan DeVore, president and CEO of Premier. "Banner has been essential in developing integrated solutions that are proven to improve outcomes and costs, and is creating mature payment models to improve the health status of its communities. We look forward to continuing our work with Banner as we scale solutions across our alliance to further improve patient care and build a healthier society."

The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Premier management briefly noted the expanded agreement with Banner during its fiscal fourth-quarter conference call with investors on August 22, 2016.

About Banner Health

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 29 acute-care hospitals including 3 academic medical centers, a large medical group and an academic faculty practice plan, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans, two accountable care organizations, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services, including family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health has operations in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit

About Premier Inc.

Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and 130,000 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; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier's blog for more information about the company.

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Matters discussed in this release that are not statements of historical or current facts, such as Banner's anticipated use of Premier's supply chain and performance services at expected levels, as discussed herein, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Premier to be materially different from historical results or from any future results or projections expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward looking statements. In addition to statements that explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements in the conditional or future tenses or that include terms such as "believes," "belief," "expects," "estimates," "intends," "anticipates" or "plans" to be uncertain and forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may include comments as to Premier's beliefs and expectations as to future events and trends affecting its business and are necessarily subject to uncertainties, many of which are outside Premier's control. More information on potential factors that could affect Premier's financial results is included from time to time in the "Forward Looking Statements," "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of Premier's periodic and current filings with the SEC and available on Premier's website at Forward looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Premier undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise that occur after that date.

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