HPS History

Today, the “HPS” stands just for “HPS.”


HPS was founded in 1949 by the Southwestern Michigan District Hospital Council, with the assistance of a grant from the Kellogg Foundation. At that time, HPS was a surgical supplier to its Member hospitals, and the “HPS” stood for “Hospital Purchasing Service.”

In 1971, the company’s emphasis broadened to include more than just surgical supplies. From this point, the company continued to expand its offerings to what it has today, which includes essentially everything an organization needs to operate. 

Since 1997, HPS has partnered with a national GPO for the benefit of an expanded contract portfolio and national contracting tiers and pricing for our Members, specifically in the pharmacy, medical-surgical and laboratory categories. Beginning in 2017, our national partner is ROi.