SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline Industries, Inc.

December 04, 2013 09:36 ET

United Surgical Partners International Selects Medline as Preferred Distributor to Reduce Cost and Enhance Quality of Patient Care

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwired - December 04, 2013) - United Surgical Partners International (USPI), a provider of first-class surgical services for the local community and leader in the nation's ambulatory surgery center and short-stay hospital industry, has selected Medline Industries, Inc. as its preferred distribution partner for medical and surgical supplies. The five-year partnership, the second agreement between USPI and Medline, will deliver an estimated savings of $7 million by driving distribution efficiencies across more than 200 surgical facilities nationwide over the term of the agreement.

"We've come to know Medline for their proven track record of delivering high quality products and services and we feel confident in growing that relationship," said Stephanie Phillips, vice president of procurement, USPI. "Their manufacturer-direct approach and supply chain management expertise are critical in driving down cost while enhancing the quality of care."

Medline, with 37 distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States, will provide its broad assortment of Medline and national brand products directly to USPI's 200-plus ambulatory surgery centers around the country. Medline will also deliver cost savings and efficiencies by driving product standardization and utilization solutions, as well as providing enhanced reporting capabilities to help facilities better monitor and control costs. Over the course of the deal, the agreement is expected to be worth approximately $275 million.

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, home care agencies and providers, and retailers. 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.comClick here to find out how to connect with Medline on a variety of social media channels for all the latest news on initiatives, innovations and products.

About USPI

USPI, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, currently has ownership interests in or operates 214 surgical facilities, of which 149 are jointly owned with not-for-profit healthcare systems.

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