Group Purchasing

Health Enterprises Cooperative (HEc) is a regional group purchasing organization and a shareholder in Premier, the nation’s leading healthcare improvement alliance.  Our primary focus is supply chain.  We offer our members and affiliates access to Premier’s group purchasing program and are committed to helping them maximize the value it offers.  We serve both acute and non-acute care providers as well as other healthcare related organizations. We also provide targeted local contracts for our members and affiliates.  

Our Services

HEc staff members all have hospital backgrounds and years of experience in healthcare.  We offer our members and affiliates the support they need individually and as a group to successfully manage contracts and supplier relationships for the acquisition of products, equipment and services.  

We are a member-driven organization, and facilitate educational and networking opportunities through a series of peer roundtables.  We meet regularly with hospital leaders in materials, clinical laboratory, pharmacy, imaging, foodservice, operating room, environmental services, facilities, information technology, and business offices to review contracts and discuss opportunities for individual or group action.   Staff members are also experts in data collection and analysis and support members and affiliates with training on how to access and use the Premier web-based tools.

Our Structure

HEc is incorporated as a cooperative under Iowa law.  We are owned and governed by our members.  Our mission is to deliver value to our members.

How to Access Our Program

We offer two ways to access our group purchasing program:  membership and affiliation.  

Membership is by invitation of our board of members.  Along with governance and patronage, it brings with it the value of Premier membership and the chance to share in the value of HEc’s ownership in Premier.

Our affiliates also have access to the full range of Premier and HEc contracts and services, and the support of HEc staff in maximizing the value they offer.  It is open to any class of trade eligible for Premier’s purchasing program.

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Contact Us

Jeanie Brown
Vice President
(319) 368-3621

Nancy Baumhover
Sr. Member Services Coordinator
(319) 368-3629

Kaye Moeller
Sr. Member Services Coordinator
(319) 368-3638

Chris Fonck
Member Services Coordinator
(319) 368-3608

Jen Ellmers
GPO Administrative Specialist
(319) 368-3612