Premier chooses Elekta for three-year oncology agreement

Premier Purchasing Partners, L.L.P., the group purchasing division of

Premier, Inc., has entered into a three-year contract with Elekta for

radiation oncology solutions for its member hospital and clinic groups.

The contract with Elekta goes into effect September 1, 2004.

One of the nation's largest group purchasing organizations, Premier is a

healthcare alliance enterprise collectively owned by more than 200

independent hospitals and health systems in the U.S., which operate or

are affiliated with approximately 1,500 local hospitals and hundreds of

other healthcare sites.

"With the pressure on hospitals to provide leading-edge technology that

is also cost-effective over time, we felt that Elekta would solve both

of those needs," said Jack Cox, M.D., chief medical officer and group

vice president, product planning for Premier Purchasing Partners.

"Elekta clearly demonstrated a desire to address our complete needs;

clinical, technical and business. We believe the Elekta radiation

oncology solutions will help us to achieve greater operational and

clinical effectiveness."

"Premier has very strict selection guidelines for technical and supplier

contracts, requiring extensive evaluation by committees and clinicians,"

explained Jan Kenoyer, Director, National & Strategic Alliances for

Elekta North America. "What it came down to was Elekta's technology

leadership as well as a demonstrated desire to understand and address

the clinical, technical and financial needs across the entire Premier


The contract for Elekta's oncology product lines encompasses the

company's complete product line of linear accelerators with IMRT,

advanced X-ray Volume Imaging systems and exclusive Elekta accessories

and options. Elekta's most recently announced products for Image-Guided

Radiation Therapy (IGRT) are a major part of the agreement and the

contract covers Elekta's ground breaking IGRT platform, Elekta Synergy®,

the first radiation treatment machine with an integrated imaging system.

In addition, Premier members will have access to Elekta Synergy® S

(currently a works in progress), the extracranial stereotactic version

of Elekta Synergy®.

"This three-year contract is very important and is a confirmation that

Elekta is not only a leader in radiation oncology, but also a business

partner who understands what is important to our healthcare provider

partners," said Peter J. Gaccione, Vice President, Oncology at Elekta

North America.