Loma Linda University Medical Center, of Loma Linda, Calif., has signed a new affiliate agreement to strategically partner with national health care group purchasing organization Amerinet Inc, based in St. Louis.

As part of the deal, LLUMC has agreed to utilize exclusively Amerinet’s national portfolio of product and service contracts and Total Spend Management business intelligence solutions to assist in managing the facility’s combined annual spend of $150 million.

Also, Amerinet will jointly fund a full-time facility contract manager to ensure optimization of contracting services on the $1.5 billion in new construction and renovations LLUMC has planned for the next decade.

Focusing on total spend management solutions, the new partnership aims to provide savings opportunities on consumable supplies and purchased services, as well as implement cost-reduction initiatives through contract evaluation and utilization.