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University of Rochester's New Prime Vendor Medical Supply Partnership with Medline to Create Jobs


The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), an integrated academic health center, recently selected Medline Industries, Inc. as its prime vendor distributor for medical and surgical supplies. To help service URMC, as well as other healthcare providers in western and upstate New York, Medline will open a new 260,000-square-foot distribution center in Brockport, N.Y., 19 miles west of Rochester. Based in Mundelein, Ill., Medline is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies in the United States.

The new distribution center is scheduled to open this September and create approximately 40 new jobs for the area. The facility will be located at 1989 Transit Way in Brockport.

“We're excited that Medline made this commitment to the Rochester metropolitan area that will not only provide our facilities vital medical supplies, but create good jobs for the area,” said Steven Goldstein, president and chief executive officer of Strong Memorial Hospital. “Medline's outstanding service and support will make our supply chain more efficient and contain costs while helping us provide quality patient care.”

The five-year agreement is expected to be worth approximately $250 million and provide URMC significant savings by driving distribution, product and supply chain efficiencies.

"As our company continues to grow, we're proud to work with and serve the University of Rochester Medical Center and the entire western and upstate New York area to help bring our products, clinical programs and supply chain services to even more healthcare providers," said Bill Abington, president of global operations, Medline.

When the new facility opens, Medline will have more than 40 distribution centers and 10 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States to service its healthcare customers around the country. 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 more than 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems.

About Medline

As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of quality medical supplies and services, Medline offers healthcare products and services that drive value through tailored solutions across the continuum of care. Named one of the country's "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” the company is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,200 dedicated sales representatives to support its broad product line and cost management services. For more information on Medline, go to or to connect with Medline on a variety of social media channels.

About the University of Rochester

The University of Rochester Medical Center is an integrated academic health center that comprises The School of Medicine and Dentistry, including its faculty practice (University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group); Strong Memorial Hospital; Highland Hospital; Golisano Children's Hospital; James P. Wilmot Cancer Center; School of Nursing; Eastman Dental Center; Visiting Nurse Service; Highlands at Pittsford; and Highlands at Brighton.

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