Contracting News June 2010

Georgia-Pacific Professional honors Owens & Minor with President’s award
Georgia-Pacific Professional recognized Richmond, Va.-based Owens & Minor, as a 2009 President’s Club Award winner. The annual award acknowledges outstanding overall growth and new business creation. “We have a great partnership. Owens & Minor is a market leader in acute care distribution, while Georgia-Pacific Professional occupies a similar stature in disposable paper products,” said William Sleeper, president of Georgia-Pacific Professional. “We are thrilled to acknowledge and honor Owens & Minor. They are a wonderful company and a loyal business partner.” Owens & Minor was presented the President’s Club Award at a ceremony on April 22, 2010 in Atlanta, Ga.

Amerinet reschedules 2010 member conference
St. Louis, Mo.-based Amerinet Inc. announced that its 2010 member conference, originally scheduled for May 17-20 in Nashville, Tenn., has been rescheduled for Sept. 14-17, 2010, at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The meeting had been postponed due to the recent flood emergency in the Nashville area.

MedAssets appoints new president, performance analytics
Alpharetta, Ga.-based MedAssets named Stephanie Alexander as president, performance analytics. She will lead MedAssets performance analytics initiatives in clinical and operational performance and benchmarking. Alexander comes to MedAssets with over 25 years of experience in healthcare performance improvement and informatics, and she most recently held the position of SVP and general manager of Premier Inc’s (Charlotte, N.C.) healthcare informatics business.

Cleveland Clinic promotes two execs in response to health reform
Cleveland Clinic promoted David Bronson M.D., from chairman of the Medicine Institute to president of the Clinic’s nine regional hospitals in northeast Ohio. He will lead operations and standardize quality and safety measures. Bronson replaces Fred DeGrandis, who was named chairman of Community Physician Partnership and Quality Alliance. DeGrandis will focus on strengthening collaboration between independent doctors and Clinic-employed physicians. The changes were announced as responses to the 2010 national healthcare reform legislation.

JHC available on Facebook, Twitter
The Journal of Healthcare Contracting announced that its blog is available on its Facebook page and Twitter account (@ContractingNews). The Facebook pages will be regularly updated with industry and healthcare news, articles, and sneak peeks of upcoming content from the printed issues.

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