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For Immediate Release

HealthTrust Awards Medline Endoscopic Packs and Accessories Agreement

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Medline Industries, Inc., today announced that HealthTrust has awarded Medline an agreement to provide its full line of endoscopic procedure packs, care supplies and accessories to HealthTrust members. The agreement is expected to drive significant savings and efficiencies for HealthTrust's member facilities.

The agreement includes Medline's ScoProtect™, a self contained system to help keep endoscopic equipment clean and protected during a procedure and transport. ScoProtect is a tote with an absorbent, polyethylene pad on which scopes are placed to minimize exposure to fluids and protect the scopes during transport to the cleaning and reprocessing area. Because ScoProtect is a covered, self-contained pack, it eliminates the need to clean transport bins.

About HealthTrust
HealthTrust is committed to strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership model and the delivery of total cost management solutions, including supply chain solutions and a contract and service portfolio unparalleled in quality, scope and value. Members include 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities and 10,600 ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and alternate care sites. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., HealthTrust is closely integrated with the provider-proven capabilities of Parallon Business Solutions which include workforce management solutions, revenue cycle and business process expertise and technology solutions.

About Medline

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.

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