"CNECT embodies our history of service excellence while better describing the undeniable link and connection that exist between us and our members," says Henry Tuttle, president and board chair of CNECT. "We believe organizations can better focus on their customers if they are connected to a group purchasing organization that offloads the heavy lifting, helping them improve operational efficiencies, while reducing costs through contracts, collaboration and supply chain strategies." CNECT's national GPO footprint serves more than 6,500 members in healthcare, veterinary, social service, education and a variety of other business and industry sectors. In the past three years, CNECT's membership has more than doubled in size, with growth attributed to continued superior service, extensive contract expertise and a dedicated sales and service team that consults with each member on supply chain strategies tailored to meet their specific needs. CNECT continues to be an affiliate of Premier, a leading healthcare improvement company that operates one of the nation's largest group purchasing organizations.