Working Together to Enhance Cost Savings: Medline and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Launch Exclusive Distribution Partnership

Medical supplier chosen for ability to drive efficiencies through
quality supplies and unique web-based reporting tools

MUNDELEIN, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to the Association
for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management
, medical supplies
are expected to eclipse labor as the biggest expense for hospitals by
the year 2020. As a result, hospitals are seeking partners like Medline
who are dedicated to delivering quality products and solutions that
drive positive patient outcomes and improve operational efficiencies.

To help streamline supply chain operations and manage costs, Children’s
Hospital of Wisconsin
, the region’s only independent healthcare
system dedicated to the health and well-being of children, has inked a
three-year, $33 million exclusive distribution agreement with Medline.

“Hospitals are seeking vendors who can not only provide quality medical
supplies, but also help them create efficiencies and measure and track
results. Through Medline’s online reporting tool INSIGHT,
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will be able to easily monitor key
service metrics, contract compliance, real-time contract connectivity,
and price accuracy,” said Adam Swearingin, senior vice president of
acute care sales for Medline. “Medline is committed to providing quality
products, services and solutions to help the hospital meet their
financial goals while simultaneously helping healthcare workers deliver
quality patient care.”

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, which has two locations in Milwaukee
and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health
care centers in the United States. Children’s offers primary care,
specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services,
foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child
advocacy services and family resource centers.

“Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin believes that kids deserve the best.
It is my responsibility to not only make sure the doctors and staff have
the supplies they need to provide that care, but that we get those
supplies in an efficient and cost effective way. Medline has already
made suggestions on our process to help drive efficiencies and meet that
goal,” said Lisa Fohey, director of supply chain, Children’s Hospital of
Wisconsin. “The conversion process has been well managed and
well-received by our staff, both Supply Chain and clinical, and we’ve
had great success in clinical sign off of the Medline branded products
to date.”

The contract is effective through September 30, 2018.

Learn more about Medline’s prime vendor program at https://www.medline.com/supply-solutions/hospital-idn/prime-vendor-program-review/.

About Medline

Medline
is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry
with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve
both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill.,
the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through
more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of
contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information
on Medline, go to www.medline.com
or http://www.medline.com/social-media
to connect with Medline on its social media channels.

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health
care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children.
The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is
recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the
United States. It is ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World
Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides
primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community
health services, foster and adoption services, child and family
counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In
2014, Children’s invested more than $102 million in the community to
improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy,
education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its
mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and
foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network
Hospitals.

Contacts

Medline
Stacy Rubenstein, (847) 949-2286
srubenstein@medline.com