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Rural Health Alliance leverages collective purchasing power to get deals on products and supplies that individual organizations aren’t able to get on their own. We provide valuable “soft cost” savings by helping organizations standardize and streamline their purchasing practices. The savings customers achieve enable them to afford top-quality doctors, technologies, and supplies for their patients. We simplify your process!

Procurement faster, easier, and more cost-effective. Simplify by letting RHA:

  • Locate suppliers and researching products
  • Handle contract negotiations
  • Leverage market information and market trends
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable laws

Maximize your GPO: Simplify by letting RHA:

  • Identify standardization opportunities
  • Ensure price/tier connections with Suppliers/Distributors
  • Utilize local, custom, national contract strategy
  • Aggregate spend for deeper discounts
  • Participate in Group Buys
  • Provide Education and Webinars
  • Price transparency
  • Market trending strategic planning for the future

Non-Health Care Savings- Simplified:

Nearly half of the $40 billion in healthcare companies’ annual savings from GPOs actually came from non-medical product purchases like office equipment, janitorial supplies, and food.

  • RHA Provides savings up to 30% on shredding and destruction services
  • Up to 20%on office supplies and janitorial supplies
  • Up to 15%on food spend and equipment
  • Up to 10% on technology and capital expense

RHA Collaborative is giving members market leading prices on the supplies they want while offering Choice, Flexibility, and Aggressive Supply Chain Pricing. 

We focus on supply chain so members can focus on patient care! Simply the best!

Contact us for ways to simplify and reduce your healthcare expenditures:

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Savings Actualyzer

Vizient Savings Actualyzer

Savings Actualyzer fully integrates supply chain data to easily and immediately identify and prioritize savings opportunities, then track and measure results – all from one platform. This unrivaled capability creates a new category of supply chain analytics that will fundamentally change how health care providers achieve cost savings and supply chain performance improvement.

Vizient Savings Actualyzer supports cost reduction and performance improvement across many supply areas, including pharmacy, capital, purchased services and medical/surgical. It allows you to prioritize, track and measure all your supply chain initiatives in a single location. In addition, it allows you to benchmark your quotes against a repository of other member submissions.

Ask yourself … 

  1. How are your savings goals being set today? Are your supply chain pricing initiatives delivering the results you expect? 
  2. What if I told you that the time you’re currently investing to identify and prioritize pricing initiatives could drastically be reduced? 
  3. Are you satisfied with how you currently track the progress of ongoing pricing initiatives? Tell me how you measure pricing initiative results today?

Until now, there was no solution allowing you to routinely aggregate, manage and work identified opportunities. Most supply chain staff members develop spreadsheets and use different databases to track and analyze these opportunities, and very few of them are satisfied with the results.

Contact your Rural Health Alliance Client Manager to learn more about this game-changing solution that drives unique value by integrating different opportunity types into a single view and providing a flexible framework to track your initiatives.

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Purchase Services

Purchase Service Program

Purchase Services represent an untapped source of savings across the healthcare supply chain.

When a purchased service is correctly benchmarked, appropriately contracted and effectively managed, a facility can realize meaningful savings that can be passed on and used to improve patient care.

The typical savings potential on purchased services range from 10% - 35%, depending on the contract category.

Lower costs are achievable for facilities with limited volume when accessing the Rural Health Alliance Collaborative through local, regional, and national contracts.

Rural Health Alliance offers a free cost analysis to identify member cost saving opportunities. 

Click here to open the PDF:  Purchase Services

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Vanderbilt Supply Chain Collaborative

RHA partnered with Vanderbilt Supply Chain System Collaborative (VSCSC) in 2015 to provide deep contractual discounts to RHA members.  Members have access to Vanderbilt's contract portfolio on a contract by contract basis. 

VSCSC allows a focused and joint approach to lowering overall supply, pharmaceutical, and purchased service expense through contracting to promote lower health costs and high quality care within our communities.  Vanderbilt drives value by reducing costs through aggregation of volumes on physician preference items or commodity items where the local market can drive commitment.

What We Do:

Define and implement synergies between our organizations, allowing a focused and joint approach to lowering overall supply, pharmaceutical, and purchased service expense through contracting to promote lower health costs and high quality care within our communities.

Share best practice and maximize resource & technology utilization to create an efficient, cost effective program which will enhance the supply chains contribution to the overall success of their organizations.

 Driving value:

 Reduce hospital-owned contract costs

  • By researching which items physicians prefer and aggregating orders, we can lower purchasing costs across the collaborative for med/surg items, pharmacy distribution and purchased services.

 Reduce GPO purchasing costs

  • Vanderbilt has access to best tier pricing in many categories due to size and spend. Pricing is being extended to Rural Health Alliance members who move under the Vanderbilt master agreement irrespective of spend in a given category.

 Reduce capital expenditure costs

  • Common tools allow long-range planning for capital needs and bulk purchases.

Participation Requirement:

Members must be able to adhere to negotiated terms/conditions of each contract category accessed and must meet compliance level requirements ongoing through contract term.

Contact Us today to learn more. 

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Group Buy Program

Capital purchases represent approximately 25 percent of a hospital’s budget. This makes make capital planning and purchasing one of the most complex procurement challenges for health care organizations.

To date, our capital equipment group buys have saved members more than $421 million on major equipment purchases. Group buys are available in more than 45 major categories, including:

• Biomedical engineering
• Imaging
• Business office
• Intensive care
• Cardiology
• Laboratory
• Central supply
• Medical records
• Emergency room
• Nursing
• Environmental services
• Patient room
• Extended care services
• Pharmacy
• Facilities/construction
• Surgery


2017 Group Buy Event:  Q2

Effective Dates: April 1,2017 - June 30, 2017

Each calendar quarter, Vizient/Rural Health Alliance presents National Group Buys that members exclusive, limited-time value from participating suppliers on select product categories. If you have any questions regarding these offerings, please Contact Us.


• Cardiovascular Suites
• General Radiographic & Fluoroscopy
• Hemodynamic & Electrophysiology Monitors
• Mobile C-Arms
• MRI System
• PACS & Imaging Informatics
• Patient Monitoring
• Ultrasound Systems
• Infant Care & Phototherapy
• Invivo MRI Monitoring
• Non-Invasive Cardiology Equipment
• Radiation Treatment Planning Software

 Capital Equipment Offerings

Mindray – Anesthesia Equipment
Skytron – OR Lights Columns & Booms
Skytron – OR Tables

Imaging OfferingsGE Healthcare – Nuclear Medicine
Laboratory OfferingsNatus – Neuro & Sleep Lab Equipment & Supplies
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics – Blood Gas Instrument
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics – Chemistry & Immunochemistry

Medical OfferingsCardinal Health – Durable Medical Equipment – Wheel Chairs



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Universal Hospital Services (UHS)

>Universal Hospital Services (UHS) is a clinical equipment services company that helps health care organizations increase operating efficiencies by optimizing the equipment life-cycle. We help facilities access, manage and maintain medical equipment so that the clinical staff is better equipped to care ™ for patients.

  • Manage 700,000+ pieces of medical equipment
  • Works with 7,000+ Acute Care Hospitals & Alternate Site Providers
  • Has 80+ District Service Centers throughout the U.S.
  • Spent the last 75+ years proudly serving the healthcare industry

Medical Equipment Rental

Get 24/7 access to the medical and surgical equipment you need, when you need it.

  • The right rental program allows you to quickly access needed equipment serviced to the highest industry quality standards, generate on-demand reporting, and control costs.
  • Quality & Safety
    • Providing access to patient ready medical rental equipment, maintained to ISO 13485 quality standards.
  • Trusted Local Service
    • Count on UHS to provide the medical and surgical equipment you need, exactly when you need it, 24/7.
  • Operational Regulatory Support
    • Manage your medical rental equipment online and get easy access to on-demand reporting for regulatory compliance through MyUHS.

Medical Equipment Services

Optimize equipment readiness, caregiver productivity and patient safety with equipment management and maintenance solutions

  • Certified technicians for full-or part-time on-site support

Clinical Engineering:  Preventive maintenance and broken equipment create backlogs, reduce equipment availability and drive unnecessary capital purchases. Increase equipment uptime and ensure it is held to the highest quality standards.

  • Supplemental Repair and Maintenance
    • Get customized biomedical equipment services that support positive outcomes for both your patients and your business. Our solutions can scale from the repair and service needs of a single department up to an entire facility.
  • Comprehensive Clinical Engineering Services
    • Customized and comprehensive clinical engineering services for all hospital medical equipment maintenance and repair needs to drive effective, coordinated service across your entire facility. We do this by leveraging our vendor relationships and maintaining your equipment to the highest regulatory standards with ISO 13485.
  • Compliance Support and Reporting
    • Preventive maintenance and broken equipment create backlogs, reduce equipment availability and drive unnecessary capital purchases. Increase equipment uptime and ensure it is held to the highest quality standards.

On-Site Management:Reduce therapy delays and improve staff time spent in direct patient care with on-site programs and technicians.

  • Medical Equipment Management Program
    • Nurses spend approximately 20 minutes per shift searching for medical equipment. Not only is this valuable time spent away from patient care, but the inability to access the right equipment, when needed, can increase patient risk
  • Medical Equipment Maintenance
    • Managing the biomedical maintenance and repair of hospital medical equipment is challenging. In fact, many facilities spend over 8% of the total cost of equipment on service. What’s more, uncoordinated service management impacts hospital equipment availability and staff productivity.
  • Surgical Equipment Management
    • Unreliable, unclean surgical equipment can disrupt the efficiency and profitability of an OR. Even a short case delay can increase costs to a hospital by 39%. Not to mention the impact on staff productivity and the increased risk to patient safety.

Surgical Services: Worry-free access to cutting-edge surgical and laser technology. Expert technical support that keeps it all working.

  • Surgical Lasers & Equipment
    • Get access to over 7,000 state-of-the-art lasers and other surgical equipment for almost any procedure. All backed by highly skilled and certified technicians, when you need it, case-by-case, 24/7.
  • Surgical Equipment by Specialty
    • Find the right surgical equipment for virtually every specialty, from aesthetic surgery to vascular.
  • Medical Laser Safety Officer Education and Training
    • MyUHS Surgical Services offers the education and training your OR team needs to operate surgical lasers safely and effectively. Partnering with the Laser Institute of America, our mission is to provide Medical Laser Safety Officers with the industry-leading content they need to perform their jobs to the highest standard.


    Click to open PDF:  UHS Summary


    UHS can provide, manage and maintain medical equipment throughout your facility, ensuring you always have the right tools at the right time, with more time to give your patients the attention and care they deserve.  


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Rural Health Alliance believes in the power of collaboration to realize greater savings for members while maintaining quality and patient satisfaction; to do collectively what cannot be accomplished individually.  As a member owned supply chain organization, we focus on delivering industry leading value for providers and the patients they serve through unique sourcing strategies that proactively aligns clinical input and sound business principles to deliver sustainable cost reductions.


To provide a vehicle for ongoing communication, coordination, cooperation, integration, and unity of purpose for member health care entities. Improve patient care while containing health care costs, promoting access to and expanding health care resources in member systems. To do collectively what cannot be accomplished individually.

Supply Chain Solutions

Rural Health Alliance proudly offers choice and flexibility with access to the largest National GPO portfolio pricing to ensure members realize greater savings and in increased bottom line.  We are able to help healthcare organizations optimize contract compliance by implementing National, Regional, and Local contracts with consistent terms and conditions.  Our collaborative approach cultivates alignment among the members medical, clinical, and administrative personnel. 

Rural Health Alliance GPO Services

  • No annual free
  • Medical supplies and Equipment
  • Pharmaceuticals and NOVAPLUS Program
  • Laboratory, Dietary, and Radiology products
  • Office and business equipment and supplies
  • Retail discount for members’ staff & families (Employee Discount Program)
  • Construction & Capital Program with a dedicated resource and Benchmarking
  • Rental/Refurbished Equipment
  • Purchase Services

Proven Savings

  • 6% - 14% overall price advantage over other GPOs
  • Up to 10% savings on Telecommunications
  • 10% - 15% savings on Purchase Services
  • Up to 10% discounts on Employee Programs

Value Added Benefits

Service: Dedicated Client Service Directors focus on providing value, reducing supply costs and improving performance. We pride ourselves with a 24-48-hour turnaround time for our members.  Customer satisfaction is our priority.

Aggressive Supply Chain Pricing: Rural Health Alliance has some of the industry’s largest discounts in place today through National, Regional, and Local Contracts.

Voice & Networking with Peers: We strive to provide Flexibility and Choice working with population health across the continuum of care. 

Trusted Partners: Providing superior patient care and improving patient satisfaction through trusted manufacture and distributor contracted partnerships.


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