Ann Fahey-Widman, APR
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Deaconess Health System Inc, based in Evansville, Ind., has selected Medline Industries, Inc. as its preferred prime vendor distribution partner for medical and surgical supplies, Medline announced today. The three-year agreement for distribution services is expected to save the facility more than $1 million over the term of the agreement.
In the agreement, which is expected to be worth approximately $42 million over the term of the deal, Medline will provide its broad array of Medline brand medical and surgical products, including surgical procedure trays, patient care products, disposable protective gowns, exam gloves and bandages. Medline will distribute products directly to the health system’s six hospitals and ancillary facilities from its distribution facility in Louisville, Ky., one of 33 distribution centers the company maintains throughout the country.
“We selected Medline as our distribution partner because of their ability to provide distribution and valuable cost management services across our health system,” said Julie Klaner, director of materials management. “Through their self-manufactured products and distribution efficiencies, Medline is helping to drive down costs and improve our services, which will ultimately enhance our quality of care.”
About Deaconess Health System
Deaconess Health System is a premier provider of health care services in the Tri-State area. The system includes six hospitals in southern Indiana: Deaconess Hospital, Deaconess Gateway Hospital, The Women’s Hospital, Deaconess Cross Pointe, HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital and The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway. Also included in the system are several ancillary facilities and partnerships with many other community health care providers. For more information on Deaconess, go to www.deaconess.com/body.cfm?id=34.
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.