HPSI traces its beginnings to 1964 when Blaine G. Lindahl presented a plan to 4 Southern California hospitals, whereby they could reduce their paper and medical supply costs by combining their purchasing volumes. The strategy was an immediate success saving the hospitals thousands of dollars each year.
From there, HPSI extended the strategy to other product areas and other user groups. HPSI’s membership grew to include thousands of healthcare providers, educational institutions and hospitality businesses throughout the United States. By combining the purchasing power of this vast membership base, HPSI created an expansive network of local and national contracts providing substantial volume discounts and low prices on a wide range of quality name brand products, services and equipment.
Along the way, HPSI spearheaded significant innovations to its group purchasing strategy including the development of sophisticated computer technology and the implementation of a comprehensive portfolio of discounted manufacturer agreements. In 1985, HPSI began to develop proprietary menus for its healthcare members. In 2003, the menus were incorporated into a revolutionary web-based food service management program called Menu2UPlus.com.
Today, HPSI has become an industry leader. Not forgotten, however, is the personal attention that Mr. Lindahl gave to those four initial hospitals. That is the legacy of HPSI and the foundational principal that continues to guide all of us at HPSI today.