Ann Fahey-Widman, APR
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Mundelein, IL - Medline Industries, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies, announced today that Novation, the health care contracting services company for VHA, Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium(UHC) has awarded Medline a five-year national agreement to operate as an authorized distributor for medical and surgical products.
VHA and UHC are national health care alliances that represent more than 2,500 health care organizations. The agreement, effective September 1, 2006, will provide medical and surgical products and services to VHA and UHC's member hospitals nationwide. The contract further strengthens Medline's position as a leading supplier to the U.S. health care marketplace.
"We're very pleased to have been chosen as a primary distributor of medical supplies. Medline will help VHA and UHC hospitals realize significant savings and increased service through this agreement," said Kurt Krieghbaum Senior Vice President, Medline National Accounts.
Based in Irving, Texas, Novation is the leading health care contracting services company, delivering unmatched savings and value to nearly 2,500 members of VHA Inc. and the University Health System Consortium (UHC), two national health care alliances. Through its public competitive bid process, Novation develops and manages contracts with more than 700 suppliers, both large and small. By combining scale and agility with clinical knowledge and product expertise, Novation offers the most extensive range of innovative contracting services, including: contract development, contract and supplier management, custom contracting, enhanced savings programs, online contract management and analytical tools, order management and online supplier connectivity. VHA and UHC members used Novation's contracts to purchase more than $25 billion in supplies in 2005.
As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care and surgical products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care providers and agencies, and retailers. Recently named one of the nation’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and 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.