DUBLIN, Ohio, April 15, 2013 — The Premier healthcare alliance awarded Cardinal Health two contracts in its freight management category.
Cardinal Health OptiFreight® Logistics, the company’s freight management business, secured a sole source freight management contract with Premier’s ASCEND program, which aims for 80 percent of its approximately 320 hospitals to use ASCEND contracts. The company also secured a national multi-source freight management contract. Both contracts are for three-year terms and are effective on June 1.
“We all know that health care providers are facing increasing pressure to reduce costs, while also asking for greater control and visibility into their spend,” said Steve Inacker, president, Hospital Sales and Services. “We are pleased that Premier ASCEND members are seeing OptiFreight® Logistics as one solution to help reduce their overall cost, and we look forward to working closely with them to help demonstrate the value we can provide.”
About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $108 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, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. 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 #21 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.