SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline Industries, Inc.

May 19, 2011 12:06 ET

Hennepin County Medical Center Signs 5-Year Prime Distribution Agreement With Medline Industries, Inc.

Planned Local Distribution Center Will Help Drive Cost Savings

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - May 19, 2011) - Medline Industries, Inc. announced today the signing of a cost management prime vendor agreement with Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis, Minn. Medline has been HCMC's prime distributor of medical supplies since 2006. Under the agreement, which takes effect June 1, 2011, Medline will provide its broad array of Medline brand medical and surgical products, including patient care products, disposable protective gowns, exam gloves and bandages.

Medline will drive cost savings to HCMC by delivering Medline manufactured products direct to the healthcare facility through a new local Twin Cities distribution center that is expected to be completed in early 2012. Medline will also deliver cost savings by reducing distribution fees on other national brand products and product standardization.

Medline will be working with HCMC to improve its supply chain and distribution model through enhanced reporting capabilities and comprehensive product utilization, education and practical solutions to help the facility control costs. In addition, Medline will be providing Two-Bin System inventory deployment support and project oversight.

Targeted clinical education will be available to HCMC clinicians through Medline's Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program, which provides tools that have been identified by leading experts to help reduce the incidence of facility-acquired pressure ulcers, and through Medline University, which offers more than 200 free CEU course covering a broad healthcare curriculum such as infection control, incontinence, respiratory care and the legal aspects of nursing and safety.

About Hennepin County Medical Center
Hennepin County Medical Center is a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and public teaching hospital repeatedly recognized as one of America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The centerpiece of Hennepin County's clinical health services, Hennepin County Medical Center offers a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services, including its Transplant Center, which recently celebrated 45 years of providing transplant services to patients and their families.

About Medline Industries, Inc.
Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 125,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices and home care dealers. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., Medline has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

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 450 major hospitals and healthcare 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.

Medline has a growing network of 50 manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide, as well as an expanding, dedicated transportation fleet with over 200 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.

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