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The Atlanta Cardiology Group (ACG; Atlanta) said it has signed an agreement formalizing an affiliation with Piedmont Healthcare (also Atlanta) as part of the Piedmont Heart Institute, effective November 15.

The 25-member cardiovascular physician practice will become a new group practice under the Piedmont Heart Institute and open a new main office on the Piedmont Hospital campus in December, while maintaining offices across Georgia. With the addition of ACG, more than 80 cardiovascular physicians will be available at Piedmont.

"Our affiliation with ACG will enable us to more effectively provide our quality services to patients in the many communities we serve," said Michele Molden, CEO of the Piedmont Heart Institute. "ACG will complement the existing cardiovascular expertise at Piedmont, a tradition that started over 50 years ago."

William Knapp, MD, managing partner of ACG, said, "This is an excellent affiliation for us. Since ACG's beginning 40 years ago, we have added physicians and expanded to new communities to deliver the best quality care. The relationship with Piedmont continues this legacy." ACG has 15 offices in the Atlanta area and surrounding communities.

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  • Premier Purchasing Partners (Charlotte, North Carolina) reported a new deal has been signed for support services outsourcing of clinical technology services (CTS) with Aramark of Philadelphia. The agreement offers discounted pricing for acute and continuum of care members of the Premier alliance. Premier also reported that Hologic (Bedford, Massachusetts) has been awarded new agreements for mammography and bone densitometry products and point of sale service agreements. The contracts with Hologic, effective Nov. 1, are available to acute and continuum of care members of the Premier healthcare alliance. Premier, a healthcare purchasing network, serves 1,700 hospitals and more than 49,000 other healthcare sites.