SOURCE: Medline

December 12, 2008 10:00 ET

HealthTrust Purchasing Group Names Medline Authorized Distributor to Group Members

Multi-Year Deal Allows Medline to Become Full Distributor to Members

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - December 12, 2008) - Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, announced today that it has received an award from HealthTrust Purchasing Group, LP for medical and surgical supplies distribution. The multi-year distribution agreement began November 1, 2008 and includes HPG's acute care and alternate site locations.

By being awarded a contract for medical/surgical distribution status, Medline is now officially approved to become a full line distributor of medical and surgical products for any of HPG's acute care and alternate site facilities, which enables Medline to distribute both Medline and non-Medline brand products.

HPG, headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, is a group purchasing organization that supports not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites.

"We are excited to be named an authorized distributor for HPG," said Tim Jacobson, senior vice president of corporate sales for Medline. "As a long-standing partner with HPG, we now can provide further value to its members by offering our distribution capabilities and supply chain management programs."

In addition to this new agreement, Medline has national product contracts with HPG covering a number of medical products, including wound care supplies, exam and surgeons gloves, textiles (bed sheets, scrubs and gowns) and wheelchairs, to name a few.

About Medline Industries, Inc.

Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 250 major hospitals and health care systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities, and on-staff clinicians.

With a growing network of 34 distribution centers around the country, Medline is able to deliver products to customers where and when they need them. To help deliver its 100,000-plus products, Medline has an expanding, dedicated transportation fleet with over 160 vehicles in a variety of sizes to fit customers' specific delivery needs. The fleet is equipped with the latest navigation devices for enhanced order tracking and communication.

Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies and other markets. Headquartered in Mundelein, IL, Medline has more than 800 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

Meeting the highest level of national and international quality standards, Medline is FDA QSR compliant and ISO 13485 registered. Medline serves on major industry quality committees to develop guidelines and standards for medical product use, including the FDA Midwest Steering Committee, AAMI Sterilization and Packaging Committee and various ASTM committees. For more information on Medline, visit our Web site, www.medline.com.

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