Ridgecrest Regional Medical Center and Medline Sign Major Supply Distribution Agreement


MUNDELEIN, Ill. -- Ridgecrest Regional Medical Center in Ridgecrest, Calif. and Medline Industries, Inc. have signed a multi-year supply distribution agreement in which Medline will act as the systems primary supplier for medical and surgical supplies. The five-year agreement is worth approximately $8.5 million in healthcare supplies and is expected to save Ridgecrest about $650,000 over the life of the agreement. 


The agreement will focus on driving savings at Ridgecrest on a multitude of medical and surgical products and services, including distribution of Medline and non-Medline brand products.


Additional highlights of the agreement include:

-- Savings by converting to Medline manufactured products delivered direct to Ridgecrest facilities.

-- Savings on distribution of non-Medline products through lower fees and more efficient processes. 

-- Savings and efficiencies through product standardization and utilization efforts in collaboration with Medlines product specialists and on-staff clinical team.

-- Offering Ridgecrest the option of utilizing Medlines ACCESS consignment program. The ACCESS program enables Ridgecrest to maintain the items on its storeroom shelves but not have to pay for them until they are used.

-- Medline will also offer comprehensive product utilization and education programs to help the facility control costs and achieve maximum efficiency. Medline has an extensive clinical team and educational programs in conjunction with its corporate programs.


Medline is ISO 13485 registered and FDA QSR compliant, the most stringent international standards for producing quality products.  As a leading supplier of quality products, Medline is asked to serve on major industry quality committees to develop guidelines and standards for medical product use.  Some of these organizations include the FDA Midwest Steering Committee, AAMI Sterilization and Packaging Committee and the various ASTM committees.  


Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is an 80 bed, acute-care healthcare system serving the Southeastern Sierra. It is a not-for-profit hospital with a comprehensive network of physicians.


Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., Medline is a privately held national manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies in the United States. Medline distributes over 100,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, hospital laundries, home care dealers and agencies and other alternate site markets from its 29 distribution centers in North America. 


Source: Medline


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