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Gore Medical Receives National Honor for Operational Excellence

W. L. Gore & Associates named as a winner of the eighth annual Pinnacle Award

Flagstaff, Ariz. (June 20, 2013) — W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced that the Gore Medical Division has received the Pinnacle Award, an elite honor recognizing operational excellence in the healthcare industry. Gore has provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for 35 years, with an extensive family of products that includes vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, and surgical meshes.

Premier, a provider-owned performance improvement alliance of 2,800 hospitals and nearly 100,000 other care sites, contracts with more than 1,000 suppliers. With the Pinnacle Award, Premier recognizes the outstanding work of suppliers who exceed exectations, based on performance data over four successive calendar quarters. Gore is one of just 15 suppliers to receive the Pinnacle Award in 2013.

Winners are recognized for their outstanding management of Premier agreements and their drive toward the mutual goal of providing clinical and financial value to care sites.

"Gore is proud to receive the Pinnacle Award for supplier quality," said Cress Whitfield, Sales Leader, Surgical Vascular, Gore Medical. "As a trusted partner to Premier, we share a goal of providing great customer service and value to not-for-profit hospitals, from both the clinical and financial standpoint.”

Gore accepted the award at Premier’s 2013 annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

“As providers continue efforts to drive toward value-based care, Gore has been supporting Premier alliance members with high-quality, cost-effective products and services,” said Durral R. Gilbert, president of supply chain services, Premier. “We’re proud to recognize them as a top performing organization.”


The Gore Medical Products Division has provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for more than 35 years. During that time, more than 35 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide. The extensive Gore Medical family of products includes vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical meshes for hernia repair, soft tissue reconstruction, staple line reinforcement and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac, and general surgery. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984.