updated 10/21/2010 11:46:35 AM ET 2010-10-21T15:46:35

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SRI/Surgical Express, Inc. (SRI) (Nasdaq:STRC), a leading provider of reusable surgical products and reprocessing services supporting the healthcare industry, today announced it was awarded an agreement for reusable surgical linens and linen reprocessing from Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., the group purchasing unit of the Premier healthcare alliance. This is the second consecutive contract in this product category between SRI Surgical and Premier, a leading healthcare network.

Gerald Woodard, CEO of SRI Surgical, commented, "As a supplier and reprocessor of reusable surgical products, we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with the Premier hospital membership.   This Agreement provides the member hospitals with environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) options that speak directly to one of Premier's EPP program values of purchasing products that can be recycled, reprocessed or reused."

Premier serves more than 2,400 U.S. hospitals and 70,000 other healthcare sites.  The three-year Agreement begins January 1, 2011.

SRI Surgical is a founding member of Practice Greenhealth, and a founding sponsor of Practice Greenhealth's initiative, "Greening the OR".  Since 1991, SRI has been providing reusable surgical products and reprocessing services to hospitals and surgery centers throughout the United States.

About SRI Surgical

SRI Surgical ( www.srisurgical.com ) provides central processing and supply chain management services to hospitals and surgery centers across the United States. SRI Surgical serves hospitals and surgery centers in 25 states from 10 reprocessing facilities and four distribution centers located throughout the United States.

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