GNYHA Ventures, the for-profit subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association, has enlisted former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to oversee its process for selecting a group purchasing partner. Giuliani Partners-a consulting firm headed by the former mayor that is composed of a number of senior executives from his eight-year tenure-has signed a one-year contract for an undisclosed fee. "To help select the best partner, we wanted to work with an independent consulting firm whose name is synonymous with integrity," said Lee Perlman, president of GNYHA Ventures. The GNYHA, which now markets and promotes the Premier portfolio of supply contracts, is working under a seven-year contract that will expire in June 2004. Some 95 New York hospitals purchase approximately $2.3 billion in pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supplies through Premier contracts, representing as much as 15% of Premier's total purchasing volume. Steven Oesterle, managing director of Giuliani Partners and a former vice chairman at Ernst & Young, will oversee the evaluation process directly. Giuliani Partners will bring "another set of eyes" to the complex process, Oesterle said. -- by Cinda Becker
Giuliani to help GNYHA choose GPO
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