SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

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November 18, 2010 11:12 ET

Summa Health Systems Signs New Prime Vendor Supply Agreement With Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline Brand Products and Reduced Distribution Fees Drive Cost Savings

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - November 18, 2010) - Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies, announced today the signing of a cost management prime vendor agreement with Akron, OH-based Summa Health System. Under the five-year agreement, Summa will receive a broad array of Medline brand medical and surgical products, including surgical procedure trays, patient care products, disposable protective gowns, exam gloves and bandages. 

Cost savings and customer service were two key factors in making Medline Summa's prime vendor throughout their seven facilities. Medline will drive cost savings to Summa by delivering Medline manufactured products direct to the healthcare facility from Medline's newly built 300,000 square foot, state-of-the-art distribution facility in Canton, OH. 

Medline will also deliver cost savings by reducing distribution fees on other national brand products and product standardization. In addition, Medline will provide enhanced reporting capabilities and offer comprehensive product utilization, education and practical solutions to help the facility control costs and improve patient care.

About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org.

About Medline Industries, Inc. 
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. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., Medline has more than 900 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 34 distribution centers around the country, as well as an expanding, dedicated transportation fleet with over 180 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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