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KI Awarded Supplier Contract by Premier Healthcare Alliance

October 18, 2011

GREEN BAY, WIS.  - KI has been awarded a three-year contract with the Premier healthcare alliance - comprising more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 77,000 other healthcare sites-to supply the company's entire portfolio of furniture. KI's contract begins Jan. 1, 2012.  

"As a leading supplier of healthcare furniture solutions to the healthcare market, we're honored to continue our partnership with Premier and provide value to their members," said Debbie Breunig, R.N., BSN, MBA, vice president of healthcare, KI. "Our goal is to provide healthcare furniture that meets the needs of their patients, families and staff, and we look forward to strengthening our successful partnership together."  

KI was awarded a three-year contract with Premier in 2008. This new contract was awarded following an extensive review process against a wide range of criteria. Companies were evaluated on experience and expertise in the healthcare market, as well as the breadth and depth of product offerings. Consideration was also given to companies that demonstrated an innovative approach to developing custom products, an emphasis on ergonomic solutions, and a series of financial and nonfinancial value-added services.  

KI's robust portfolio of healthcare furniture solutions includes patient seating, recliners and gliders, bariatric seating, sleepover seating, guest/side seating, lounge seating, multiple/lobby seating and occasional tables.  

Premier is a performance improvement alliance that uses the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, 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 has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington.  

KI manufactures innovative furniture and wall system solutions for education, healthcare, government and corporate markets. The employee-owned company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., and operates sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. KI tailors products and service solutions to the specific needs of each customer through its unique design and manufacturing philosophy. For more information, visit


Danielle Gerhart  
Eric Mower and Associates  

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