Total 2017 Attendees:

Includes member, supplier, staff, speaker, media, and guest attendees.

2018 Prospectus and Attendee Profile

Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition gathers thousands of Premier suppliers, members and staff generating maximum exposure for our exhibitors to ALL the key players. This year, Breakthroughs is being held at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN, creating the ultimate opportunity for you to meet with buyers, purchasing influencers and end users from leading healthcare systems, top IDNs, highly regarded academic hospitals and decision-makers who need your products, solutions and support.

When and Where?

June 19-22, Nashville, TN
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center


Breakthroughs is the year’s most anticipated meeting for healthcare executives and hospital administrators to attend. Attendance continues to grow each year.

Total 2017 attendees: 4,505 (includes member, supplier, staff, speaker, media and guest attendees)


Premier’s Breakthroughs Conference provides unique networking opportunities with C-suite executives, supply chain leaders, compliance officers, quality and performance improvement directors, physicians, clinicians, risk managers and care management professionals along with service line leaders from nursing, cardiology, orthopedics, surgical, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, foodservice and human resources, to name a few.


attendees are director-level or higher


Premier members from all types of organizations (large IDNs to small stand-alone hospitals) attend Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference. 82% of attendees are final decision-makers on products and services or recommend products or services for purchase. These purchasing powerhouses are ready to meet you and hear about your offerings.

10% Academic

1% Ambulatory

42% Community

18% IDNs

5% Continnum of Care
including non-acute, non-healthcare, physician office, education and oncology

24% Other


Hundreds of Premier staff members attend each year, with every region fully represented by our field team’s presence. You’ll also have ample opportunities to engage with sourcing professionals, contract managers, contract support personnel and Premier’s executives on the exhibit floor and throughout the week.


Booth sales have remained on a steady climb, peaking with 545 companies exhibiting last year. Contracted suppliers send 1-20 representatives with varying objectives, from manning the booth and networking with members, to attending supplier-only, concurrent and plenary sessions. Sessions provide important insights from Premier leaders, share successes of today’s healthcare trailblazers and offer suppliers the opportunity to hear from highly respected speakers and members about important trends impacting healthcare.

“Unlike other GPO or Organizational meetings, Premier allows suppliers to learn alongside members and attend EVERY session. This access is invaluable!”

Kit Haefner
Sr. Director, National Accounts, Sage Product, now part of Stryker

“An outstanding opportunity to hear from industry leaders about the future direction in health care and how those changes will impact the provider and supplier community. Breakthroughs also provides an excellent forum to meet with current and prospective customers where we can showcase new and creative solutions that address a number of the issues that healthcare is encountering.”

Norman Frankel
EVP Sales, Standard Textile

“If you are new to Premier, Breakthroughs is a must to attend for further exposure and direct contact with members and employees of premier alike. Premier is not like other GPOs and they will do all they can to make sure you succeed.”

2017 Exhibiting Supplier

“This is the best GPO meeting in the industry. Premier knows how to deliver value to all attendees in a very professional and smoothly run meeting.”

RJ McNaughton
VP of Corporate National Accounts, Ricoh

When surveyed

of exhibitors assured us they would exhibition in 2018!

Why Exhibit?

With so many key purchasers in attendance and a tremendous focus on networking, this annual showcase provides an extremely cost-effective way to reach the nation’s top healthcare decision-makers in just a few days with one trip.

We provide the space, you provide the exhibit…then once the stage is set, you’ll receive an audience immersed in thoughts of innovation and transformation, making Breakthroughs an ideal environment to demonstrate your products and services. With over six hours dedicated to exhibiting, the trade show is the ideal place to pursue deals, nurture relationships or simply start the conversation.

The exhibition is only the beginning.

Suppliers are welcome to attend all educational sessions and networking events.

  • Shine at our opening day Innovation Celebration, where select suppliers demo their innovative products in a setting like none other.
  • Our Reverse Tradeshow is an industry favorite, allowing THREE hours for one-on-one interaction with Premier’s field resources, contracting-related staff and marquee Premier members and affiliates.
  • Connect with members at other key events, including the Sponsors of Affiliates showcase and our Thursday evening networking event.

There are so many opportunities to network with prospects at Breakthroughs, whether it’s over breakfast, in an educational session, at a networking event or on the trade show floor, prospects abound at Breakthroughs.


To exhibit at Premier’s Breakthroughs Conference, a current Premier group purchasing contract must be in place. Only products on contract with Premier may be showcased.



Start having conversations with your internal teams now so that you can register and pay immediately to get your perfect spot on the tradeshow floor. Then, plan your conference strategy and use our resources to make your conference experience a success.

Booth Fees:

$4,775 per 100 square feet (which includes one full conference badge registration per 100 square feet). Additional badges must be purchased separately for $525 each. Every exhibiting attendee must have a badge.

After June 16, 2018, $5,150 per 100 square feet (which includes one full conference badge registration per 100 square feet). Additional badges must be purchased separately for $650 each.

Corporate Support Opportunities

Take advantage of our larger support opportunities or complement your booth with print and digital advertising. Visit our website for pricing information.

For exhibiting information, contact:
Frank Sheridan
Breakthroughs exhibit hall manager
Or by phone (770) 518-9963

Save the date –June 19-22, 2018

Connect with Premier’s membership at our Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in June 2018!