HealthTrust Purchasing Group Contracts with Energy Automation Systems, Inc. (EASI) to Offer EASI's Energy Saving Technologies to Group Members

(December 2, 2010: NASHVILLE, TN) -- HealthTrust Purchasing Group, with more than 4,000 members and $17 billion in annual purchasing volume, has contracted with Energy Automation Systems, Inc. (EASI) to offer HealthTrust members EASI technologies that provide energy savings of up to 30 percent.

HealthTrust members include hospital chains; medical office buildings; medical equipment manufacturers; pharmaceutical companies; and suppliers to the health care industry. Among HealthTrust's members are 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities.

Headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., HealthTrust, founded in 1999, has 200 employees and has experienced a 22 percent compound annual growth rate. HealthTrust has more than 300,000 products in its portfolio.

CoreTrust Purchasing Group, a division of HealthTrust, will also offer EASI technologies to its members. CoreTrust serves non-health care corporations and private equity investors through its contract portfolio of general indirect procurement; information technology; human resources and benefits; and energy, as well as other service offerings.

HealthTrust's purchasing system is designed to make supply chains more effective through its broad contract portfolio and a one-price-for-all model that delivers equivalent value to all member organizations, regardless of size.

"Saving energy saves money for health care providers and businesses, without adversely affecting the quality of health care," said Joe Merlo, EASI founder and chief executive officer. "HealthTrust and CoreTrust saw that EASI provides its members with technologies to keep their costs down. That benefits patients, customers -- everyone."

EASI President Dr. Paul Bleiweis said the company's technologies reduce heat and eliminate waste in electrical systems, the dual keys to cost savings.

"Heat and waste are common to every electrical system," said Bleiweis, who earned his doctorate in nuclear engineering from UCLA. "Our technologies substantially reduce heat and waste. Power quality is improved while power usage declines. We're able to do this without interfering with a customer's operations because our technologies don't require large-scale construction work."

In its 33 years in business, EASI has performed thousands of its technology installations in the U.S. and in more than 70 other countries either directly or through a network of authorized affiliates.

EASI is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. Its website is www.energyautomation.com.

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