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An Interview with the Mike Alkire of Premier Purchasing Partners

Written by  David A. Shimberg, CBCP July 8, 2010

As president of Premier Purchasing Partners, Mike Alkire has responsibility for an organization that offers comprehensive supply chain services to 2,300 hospitals of the Premier healthcare alliance. Using Premier’s contracts, alliance members purchase more than $33 billion of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and other supplies and services annually at market-leading prices. Premier also provides support for member supply chain improvement efforts with collaborative projects and expertise in such areas as pharmacy, OR, ER, and non-labor expense reduction. Shimberg: How does Premier ensure its ability to provide services if a disaster strikes Premier’s offices? Alkire: Premier’s Board of Directors recognized business continuity (BC) as a requirement for Premier a number of years ago. The company established a BC and disaster recovery (DR) steering committee to oversee the BC program (BCP) and a certified business continuity manager was hired in 2003. Premier’s program includes a remote DR “hot site” to which critical applications can be

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