SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline Industries, Inc.

April 23, 2013 10:46 ET

Premier Awards Medline Patient Cleansing Products Agreement

Medline Also Receives Sole Source Award for Premier ASCEND Program

MUNDELEIN,IL--(Marketwired - April 23, 2013) - Medline Industries, Inc., announced today that it has been awarded a three-year group purchasing contract with Premier, a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,800 U.S. hospitals and 93,000 other health care sites, for its ReadyBath® patient body bathing products and incontinence skin protectant wipes. The agreement begins June 1, 2013.

Additionally, Medline was also awarded a sole source agreement for Premier's ASCEND (Accelerated Supply Chain Endeavor) program for the same product category. ASCEND assists Premier alliance member hospitals in ongoing efforts to control and reduce costs through simplified purchasing processes and specially negotiated contract benefits.

The contract provides Premier members with access to Medline's ReadyBath patient body bathing cloths, as well as an array of Medline's personal cleansing wipes, including: AloeTouch® Wet Wipes, ReadyFlush® Dispersible Wipes, and AloeTouch® PROTECT Skin Protectant Wipes with 3.2% dimethicone. The inclusion of dimethicone, as a skin barrier helps clinicians avoid skin breakdown, which is a primary focus of providers. The ReadyBath system includes single-use pre-moistened cloths with a rinse-free formula that cleans, moisturizes and conditions the skin. ReadyBath cloths are ready to use and disposable, which eliminates the need for basins, soaps, linens and lotions. By implementing a cost effective, single-use bath-in-a-bag concept, clinicians are able to minimize the risk of cross-contamination while improving patient satisfaction.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is the nation's largest performance improvement alliance of more than 2,800 U.S. hospitals and 93,000 other sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by healthcare providers, Premier operates a leading purchasing network with more than $5 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains clinical, financial and outcomes databases based on 1 in every 4 patient discharges. A world leader in measurably improving patient care, Premier has the largest performance improvement collaboratives in America, including one in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Medline

As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices and home care agencies and providers. Named one of the country's "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For," Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives to support its broad product line and cost management services. For more information on Medline, go to www.medline.com.

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