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May 12, 2011 (Cleveland)

CHAMPS Group Purchasing Announces New Medical Supplies Distribution Agreement with Reidy Medical Supply, Inc.

CHAMPS Group Purchasing announced today a custom contract with Reidy Medical Supply, Inc. The three-year contract agreement, effective May 1, 2011, will give CHAMPS Group Purchasing members access to medical supplies, such as wound care, ostomy, urological, incontinence, patient safety and other disposable products.

CHAMPS Group Purchasing staff negotiates and offers custom contracts, like Reidy Medical, to its 4,000 members nationwide. CHAMPS currently offers more than 50 custom group purchasing contracts, including suppliers such as Dairymens/Oberlin Farms Dairy; Gulf South; Alfred Nickles; Sherwin-Williams, and more.

Jan Elder, CHAMPS contracting director, said, "CHAMPS remains focused on establishing contracts with high-quality regional vendors. Today, we are very pleased to announce a new contract with Reidy, another Ohio-based vendor. Before joining the CHAMPS contract portfolio, Reidy had already distinguished themselves with their high levels of service to the CHAMPS membership. CHAMPS considers Reidy Medical to be an excellent addition to our portfolio."

Reidy Medical President Ted Stitzel, said, “We are very excited at Reidy Medical to enter into a distribution contract with CHAMPS Group Purchasing.  This will enable Reidy Medical to leverage two relationships that CHAMPS has created, while bringing the expertise and service that Reidy offers, ultimately benefitting the CHAMPS membership.”
About CHAMPS Group Purchasing
As healthcare group purchasing experts, CHAMPS helps the healthcare industry save money and lightens the contracting burden for purchasing managers. For nearly 19 years, CHAMPS Group Purchasing has been an affiliate of Premier, Inc., one of the largest buying groups in the country, with over $36 billion in volume and over 1,700 contracts.

With more than 4,000 clients nationwide, CHAMPS is one of Premier’s largest healthcare group purchasing affiliate programs and has been working in the healthcare arena since 1916. Choosing to partner with CHAMPS enables healthcare facilities access to Premier agreements, while benefiting from CHAMPS’ personal and expert service, aggregated contract portfolio and custom contract offerings – making utilization of the program as seamless as possible.
About Reidy Medical Supply, Inc.
Reidy Medical Supply, Inc. provides medical supply solutions with a personalized approach. To support patients, Reidy delivers the right supplies, in the right quantities, at the right time. When healthcare facilities partner with Reidy, they will experience simple and convenient ordering procedures, a dedicated customer service person, new product knowledge and expertise, and manufacturer technical support.