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Cardinal Health Honored by Premier Healthcare Alliance for Exceptional Performance

DUBLIN, Ohio, June 15, 2010 — Cardinal Health today announced that it is a recipient of the Premier healthcare alliance™ Pinnacle Award for outstanding contract management and the  Polaris Award for customer service.

The Pinnacle Award recognizes Premier supplier partners for their outstanding management of agreements and drive toward a mutual goal of providing clinical and financial value to the alliance’s hospital members. Only 38 of Premier’s 800 suppliers received the award.

“The Pinnacle Award honors Premier valued suppliers that strive for collaboration and performance excellence to benefit the alliance, and we are honored to recognize these top performers,” said Premier Purchasing Partners President Mike Alkire.
The Polaris Award recognizes those supply chain partners who have excelled at the qualitative aspects of service to Premier’s members, including high relationship value and customer service. Members selected Cardinal Health as the Polaris Award recipient by ranking the top five Premier Pinnacle Award winners.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Premier’s hospital members for our efforts to drive efficiency through the health care system,” said Therese Grossi, group vice president of Health Systems at Cardinal Health. “We’re focused on the business of health care so that clinicians can focus on providing care to their patients.”

Cardinal Health also received an Honorable Mention in the Diversity Award category for supply chain partners. The annual award recognizes one Premier member hospital and one supply chain partner for efforts to purchase goods and services from Premier contracted diverse suppliers, as well as their efforts to develop procurement strategies aligned with the communities they serve.

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $96 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and quality, and increasing profitability. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #17 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at

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