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Banner Health Expands Premier Healthcare Alliance Relationship to Include Web-Based Labor Benchmarking Solution


All 22 Banner Hospitals Will Use Operations Advisor, Part of Premier's Labor Connect Program, to Better Manage Labor Costs, Improve Quality

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Banner Health is expanding its relationship with the Premier healthcare alliance to include Premier's Operations Advisor (OA) Web-based labor benchmarking solution. All 22 hospitals in the Phoenix-based healthcare system will utilize OA, part of Premier's Labor ConnectTM program, to better manage labor costs while improving quality and safety.

"To achieve operational success, organizations need to strategically identify key areas of performance improvement, prioritize resulting projects, create effective standards and validate budget decisions. Benchmarking data is key as it allows hospitals to create effective labor standards, validate budget decisions and prioritize process improvement projects."

Banner has benefited from using the OA Supply Focus module over the last six years and has made the decision to add the labor benchmarking component to their performance improvement road map.

"We were looking for a solution to help us better manage our hospital labor performance as well as our corporate overhead areas," said Dennis Dahlen, Banner Health's chief financial officer. "Premier's Operations Advisor, used in concert with their other tools to monitor infection control and quality, provides us the ability to compare against our peers and national benchmarks to ensure that we're targeting best practices in terms of both efficiency and quality."

Continued Dahlen, "Premier also convinced us that their peer group provides a rich database for benchmarking the growing list of centralized 'overhead' functions such as IT, revenue cycle, human resources, etc. We know Premier well from our decade of ownership and are confident that this solution will help us reduce our labor costs while allowing our clinical staff to more effectively serve our patients."

The not-for-profit healthcare system has been an owner of the Premier Purchasing Partners group purchasing network since 2000 and recently confirmed ownership in Premier. Banner Health also uses Premier performance and cost improvement solutions such as Safety Surveillor to help prevent healthcare-associated infections, Quality Manager to enhance efficiency and quality care measures, and Supply Focus to benchmark supply costs. The healthcare system serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

Said Premier Senior Vice President of Healthcare Informatics Keith J. Figlioli, "To achieve operational success, organizations need to strategically identify key areas of performance improvement, prioritize resulting projects, create effective standards and validate budget decisions. Benchmarking data is key as it allows hospitals to create effective labor standards, validate budget decisions and prioritize process improvement projects."

With more than 500 subscribing facilities using OA, hospitals compare performance to benchmarks and peer facility performance, as well as understand and adopt best practices used by peer hospital organizations.

Banner Health hospitals have access to the Premier Performance Improvement Portal, a library of industry best practices, as well as a networking community for knowledge sharing and interaction with industry specialists, hospital and health system peers and Premier's knowledge experts.

Premier's Labor Connect program is a comprehensive, integrated product and service offering that combines productivity, benchmarking, management engineering and executive consulting. The program is aimed at addressing the pressing labor challenges facing hospitals and healthcare organizations today.

About Banner Health
Based in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, not-for-profit healthcare systems in the country. Banner Health has 22 facilities that offer an array of services including hospital care, home care, hospice care, nursing registries, surgery centers, laboratories and rehabilitation services. These facilities are located in seven states - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. In addition to emergency and medical services, Banner Health medical centers house a variety of specialized services, including heart care, cancer treatment, delivery of high-order multiple births, organ transplants, bone marrow transplants, rehabilitation services and behavioral health services. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and 64,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Premier has offices in San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. Follow Premier on Twitter.

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