SOURCE: About Medline Industries, Inc.

About Medline Industries, Inc.

June 12, 2009 14:59 ET

Wendy Mesley Speaks to More Than 600 Nurses at Medline's Breast Cancer Awareness Forum

Breakfast Held During ORNAC Conference Helps Spread Awareness and Offers Education to Those Who Have Dedicated Their Lives to Caring for Others

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - "Live life to the fullest" was the advice Wendy Mesley, one of Canada's most esteemed broadcast journalists, gave to 600 perioperative nurses at Medline's keynote breakfast forum Wednesday in St. John's, Newfoundland. Attendees of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) 21st National Conference gathered to hear the host of CBC television's acclaimed consumer program "Marketplace" speak about her breast cancer experience.

Mesley inspired the crowd with her candid talk about how she came to terms with her breast cancer diagnosis as a veteran investigative journalist. She said she approached the news like she would any other lead that crossed her desk -- she started asking questions. Her quest to find answers led her to produce a documentary titled, "Chasing the Cancer Answer."

A four-year breast cancer survivor, Mesley told the audience that cancer did not change her. She is still the same person; she just has a new perspective on life.

"Wendy's presentation was outstanding, motivational and eye opening. One thing she said will remain with me for a lifetime: 'We are born with a blueprint and adversity should not change who we are,'" said Elio Rotondo, a nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

The forum was held in conjunction with the ORNAC National Conference at Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Center. Raising breast cancer awareness among nurses is a key goal of Medline's campaign, as it is the leading cause of death for women age 40-55 and the average age of a nurse is 46.

"Venues such as the ORNAC conference give us an exceptional opportunity to spread awareness and offer education as well as give back to men and women who have dedicated their lives to caring for others. We hope this forum will not only help them, but by extension, their patients and those they know and love," Zach Pocklington, executive vice president, Medline Canada.

Over the past four years, Medline has donated more than $400,000 as part of its campaign to promote early detection and awareness of breast cancer. Early detection (mammography is among the best forms of screening for breast cancer) can increase the five-year survival rate by more than 95 percent.

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 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.

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.

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