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Rochester Medical Honored by Premier Healthcare Alliance for Exceeding Performance Expectations

STEWARTVILLE, Minn., June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rochester Medical Corporation (Nasdaq: ROCM) today announced that it is a winner of a Premier Performance Award, presented by the Premier healthcare alliance's Purchasing Partners unit.

Rochester Medical is one of 54 of more than 800 Premier contracted suppliers to receive the Performance Award, which recognizes the efforts of contracted suppliers to meet or exceed Premier members' service expectations.

Commenting on the award, Anthony J. Conway, CEO and President said, "We sincerely thank Premier for this recognition of our performance and commitment to Premier members. This award is certainly a tribute to our Sales Administration and Customer Service staff. They are dedicated to superior service and always strive to give timely and professional support to our customers and business associates."

Amy Timm, Rochester Medical Customer Service and Sales Administration Manager, accepted the award at the 2008 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference & Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. The award ceremony was held on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and featured a special presentation from country music legend Naomi Judd.

"Premier's Performance Award honors top performing suppliers that understand the importance of collaboration and striving for performance excellence," said Premier Purchasing Partners President Mike Alkire. "We're happy to recognize these companies as we work together to improve the healthcare of our communities."

In selecting recipients, satisfaction and performance data are collected and scored over four successive calendar quarters. Feedback is provided during regular supplier business line reviews. Organizations scoring 80 percent or higher earn the Performance Award.

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About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and 50,000 other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit

About Rochester Medical Corporation. Rochester Medical Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets disposable medical catheters and devices for urological and advanced continence care applications. In addition to its full line of silicone Male External Catheters, it sells its drug eluting Infection Control Foley Catheters and Antibacterial Intermittent Catheters in the Hospital and Extended Care Marketplace. The Company markets under its own Rochester Medical(R) brand and under existing private label arrangements.

For further information, please contact Anthony J. Conway, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rochester Medical Corporation at (507) 533-9600. More information about Rochester Medical is available on its website at

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