Cascades Antibacterial Paper Towels Earn Innovative Technology Designation From Novation

Feb 3, 2014 7:35 PM ET

WATERFORD, N.Y., Feb. 3, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Cascades Tissue Group announced today that its Cascades® Antibacterial™ paper towel has been designated an “Innovative Technology” by Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company for members and affiliates of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium, Children’s Hospital Association, and Provista.

Only provided to a small portion of products on existing contract through Novation, this designation identifies the Cascades Antibacterial paper towel as instrumental to improving patient care. As part of the recent Novation Innovative Technology Expo, the Cascades Antibacterial paper towel was thoroughly evaluated and reviewed by hospital member-led councils and was found to have an incremental benefit over other products that improve patient care or reduce the risk of harm to patients and care givers.


“Novation has been a great partner for Cascades,” said Suzanne Blanchet, CEO of Cascades Tissue Group. “We are honored that Cascades Antibacterial paper towel’s value to improve patient care and infection control is being recognized.”


Cascades Antibacterial paper towel provides a simple and effective way to further reduce bacterial contamination and transmission. Unlike ordinary paper towels, when the Cascades Antibacterial paper towel comes into contact with the water on your hands as you dry them, it releases an active ingredient that kills over 99.99% of harmful bacteria, based on 3rd party laboratory testing. This innovative towel can fit anywhere and doesn’t require additional steps or change in habits. Since its launch in 2012, it won numerous renowned accolades, including a Gold medal from the Edison Awards for its innovative nature.

“We are pleased to recognize products already on contract that meet the strenuous hospital member-based requirements to be considered through the Innovative Technology program,” said Debbie Archer, director, procurement and innovative technology, Novation. 


About Novation, Winner of the Ethics Inside® Certification

Founded in 1998, Novation is the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company for the more than 100,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc. and UHC, two national health care alliances, Children’s Hospital Association, an alliance of the nation’s leading pediatric facilities, and Provista, LLC. Novation provides alliance members with sourcing services, as well as information and data services. Based in Irving, Texas, Novation develops and manages competitive contracts with more than 600 suppliers. VHA, UHC, and Provista members used Novation contracts to purchase approximately $43 billion in 2012. Novation has earned the coveted Ethics Inside® Certification from Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank dedicated to the research and promotion of best practices in corporate ethics and compliance. Novation also was named on Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list, and is the only company in the health care industry to earn both distinctions for two consecutive years. To learn more about Novation, please visit and follow @NovationNews.

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Cascades Tissue Group, a division of Cascades, ULC, is the fourth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. 

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fiber. The company employs more than 12,000 men and women, who work in more than 100 units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to serve its clients with innovative products. Cascades' shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol CAS. 


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