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OfficeMax Named the 2009 Recipient of The UHC Service Excellence Supplier Award

-OfficeMax Honored As Supplier of the Year by UHC and Novation for Outstanding Service-

NAPERVILLE, Ill., April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and Novation, the healthcare industry's leading contracting services company, announced today that OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX), a leader in office products and services, is the 2009 recipient of UHC Service Excellence Supplier Award most notably as Supplier of the Year. The UHC Service Excellence Supplier Award recognizes outstanding contributions from suppliers.

UHC and Novation present the award to a supplier that provides exceptional support and commitment toward helping members achieve their supply chain goals. Candidates for the award are recommended and selected by UHC members and Novation's senior leadership team based on support of UHC and Novation, responsiveness to staff and members, and contract administration compliance criteria.

"We are absolutely thrilled and honored to be recognized for this award," said Jim Durkin, EVP of North American Sales for OfficeMax. "This award is a direct result of our ongoing, unwavering focus to finding innovative solutions that help us go above and beyond what's expected by our customers. My team is always looking to move the bar and I'm happy to share this award with them."

Roberta G. Graham, UHC's executive vice president, stated, "We're delighted to honor OfficeMax with an award that signifies its important contribution in helping our members reduce costs and improve supply chain efficiencies. OfficeMax provides great service and exceptional value."

To determine the finalists, UHC members are surveyed and asked to recommend suppliers and distributors that represent the highest standards in service, responsiveness, and meeting member needs. Once the member evaluations were received, UHC and Novation senior management selected OfficeMax as Supplier of the Year based on the aforementioned criteria.

About OfficeMax

OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in both business-to-business office products solutions and retail office equipment. The OfficeMax mission is simple. We help our customers do their best work. The company provides office supplies and paper, in-store print and document services through OfficeMax ImPress(R), technology products and solutions, and office furniture to consumers and to large, medium, and small businesses. OfficeMax customers are served by more than 30,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, e-commerce, and more than 1,000 retail stores. For more information, visit

About Novation

Founded in 1998, Irving, Texas-based Novation is the leading health care contracting services company, delivering unmatched savings and value to nearly 2,500 members of the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), and VHA Inc., two national health care alliances, and nearly 12,000 members of Provista, LLC. Through its competitive contracting process, Novation develops and manages contracts with more than 500 suppliers. Novation offers the most extensive range of advanced contracting services, including contract development, contract and supplier management, custom contracting, enhanced savings programs, online contract management and analytical tools, order management, and online supplier connectivity. UHC, Provista, and VHA members used Novation contracts to purchase more than $33.1 billion in 2007.

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