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Premier Health Alliance Honors Airgas

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), has received the 2010 Premier Supplier Award presented by the Premier health alliance. Based in Charlotte, NC, Premier is a healthcare performance improvement alliance that operates a leading healthcare purchasing network and serves more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and 66,000 other healthcare sites.

Premier contracts with more than 800 suppliers and Airgas is one of 65 contracted suppliers that received the Performance Award. Award recipients are recognized for outstanding management of Premier agreements and working with Premier to provide clinical and financial value to the not-for-profit hospital members of the Premier alliance.

“We are very honored to be recognized by Premier for this prestigious award,” said Airgas Senior Vice President Kelly Justice. “We accept this on behalf of all Airgas associates who every day deliver on our promise to provide Premier members with bulk and cylinder gases, help streamline their supply chain, and improve cost efficiencies.”

Airgas accepted the Performance Award during the 2010 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition held in Washington, D.C.

Airgas serves Premier members through the Airgas market-focused Strategic Accounts program, which was established to provide sole-source supply and supply chain management services for customers with multiple locations nationwide. Airgas account managers and teams within 12 Airgas regional organizations and more than 850 branch locations nationwide provide Premier members with the right solutions.



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