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Vizient Partners with the Huggies Brand to Raise Member Awareness for Diaper Need at the 2017 Clinical Connections Summit


During its annual Clinical Connections Summit, being held Sept. 13-14 at
the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Vizient,
is partnering with the Huggies
No Baby Unhugged
initiative to donate 10,000 diapers to The
Bottom Line diaper bank in Denver.

According to a 2010 study commissioned by Huggies, one in three U.S.
families struggle to provide fresh, clean diapers for their babies. As
part of this year's member volunteer activity at the Vizient Clinical
Connection Summit, attendees can package the diapers for delivery, and
for each person who volunteers Huggies will donate an additional day's
supply of diapers to The Bottom Line diaper bank.

"This community service project is a great fit for our event. It serves
to raise awareness for diaper need nationally among our members and
enables Vizient and event attendees to make a positive impact in the
Denver community," said Pete Allen, executive vice president, sourcing
operations at Vizient. "Kimberly-Clark, parent company of Huggies, is a
Vizient awarded supplier and participates in our Preferred Pediatric
Program. We are grateful to Huggies for their diaper donation and
support for our event."

The effects of diaper need lead to increased stress for parents and
families on many levels. Diapers and baby wipes are not covered under
the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food
stamps or the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) special supplemental
nutrition program, which means parents often have to choose between
paying for food or purchasing diapers. Additionally, without diapers,
babies cannot participate in early childhood education programs or
daycare leading parents to miss work to care for them.

"At Huggies we know how critically important diapers are to a family's
well-being, and that is why we are committed to working with the
National Diaper Bank Network and partners like Vizient to raise
awareness for this issue," said Giusy Buonfantino, president of
Kimberly-Clark Baby and Child Care North America. "Over the last six
years Huggies has donated more than 200 million diapers and wipes to
families in need, and we thank the Vizient team for helping us continue
to support these families."

Huggies is the founding sponsor of the National Diaper Bank Network
(NDBN), a nonprofit organization that works with more than 300
community-based diaper banks around the country and serves nearly
280,000 children each month.

More information about the 2017 Vizient Clinical Connections Summit can
be found here.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance
improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven
solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to
improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient's diverse membership
base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community
hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care
providers and represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing
volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA
Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in
2015, as well as MedAssets' Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM)
segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2017, Vizient
again received a World's Most Ethical Company designation from the
Ethisphere Institute. Vizient's headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with
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About the Huggies Brand

Huggies believes deeply in the Power of Hugs. That's why every Huggies
diaper and wipe is inspired by parents' hugs. For nearly 40 years,
Huggies has been helping parents provide love, care and reassurance to
help babies thrive. No
Baby Unhugged
 is Huggies promise to ensure babies get the care
they need to thrive – from innovative everyday products, growing
hospital hugger programs and specially-designed products for the tiniest
of babies, to diapers and wipes donations. Huggies is the fastest
growing diaper brand in hospitals and partners with NICU nurses to
develop diapers and wipes that meet the specific needs of pre-term
infants. For more information on the Huggies No Baby Unhugged program
visit the "Why Huggies?" page at

About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) and its well-known global brands are an
indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every
day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust Kimberly-Clark
brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene
and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups,
Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share
positions in 80 countries. To keep up with the latest news and to learn
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