Carolinas Roundup

Carolinas HealthCare System joins Premier purchasing group

Carolinas HealthCare System has joined the Premier health-care alliance, one of the country's largest group-purchasing organizations.

Premier collects, analyzes and shares information and best practices with its members to enhance decision-making, improve quality and save money. It is owned by 2,000 not-for-profit hospitals, including 100 in the Carolinas.

Through Premier's quality improvement and purchasing projects, Carolinas hospitals have saved more than $191 million since 2000, Premier spokesman Alven Weil said.

That translates to “a healthier community through shorter stays in the hospital, fewer hospital re-admissions and investments in state-of-the-art technologies and products,” Weil said.

Carolinas HealthCare system is Charlotte's largest employer, with more than 25,000 full-time and part-time employees working in greater Charlotte. It is the third-largest public hospital system in the country, and it owns or manages 23 hospitals in the Carolinas.

Premier employs more than 700 of its more than 1,000 workers in Charlotte. It operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks with headquarters in San Diego and offices in Charlotte, Philadelphia and Washington. Details:

Karen Garloch