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 News Release - May 30, 2012

Novation Awards Medline With National Medical-Surgical Products Distribution Agreement

Medline to Help Drive Cost Savings for VHA, UHC and Provista Members

MUNDELEIN, Ill., May 30, 2012 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Medline Industries, Inc. announced today that Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise and contracting company for the members of VHA Inc., UHC, and Provista LLC, awarded the leading health care supplier with a new national medical-surgical products distribution agreement.

In the five-year agreement, which is effective September 1, 2012, Medline will help Novation drive cost savings and efficiencies to the more than 65,000 members of VHA Inc. and UHC, two national health care alliances, and Provista, LLC, including hospitals, surgery centers, long-term care facilities, physician offices, clinics and other non-acute care facilities. Medline will distribute both national branded products as well as its broad array of Medline brand medical and surgical products, to the health care facilities from its 34 distribution centers throughout the country.

"We're pleased to receive this agreement and are committed to providing the members Novation serves with outstanding value and effective distribution services to help drive efficiencies in their supply chain," said Scott Simonson, vice president of national accounts for Medline.

About Novation, Winner of the Ethics Inside(R) Certification

Founded in 1998, Novation is the leading health care supply chain expertise and contracting company for the more than 65,000 members of VHA Inc. and UHC, two national health care alliances, and Provista, LLC. Novation provides alliance members with sourcing services, as well as information and data services. Based inIrving,Texas, Novation develops and manages competitive contracts with more than 600 suppliers. VHA, UHC, and Provista members used Novation contracts to purchase more than $40 billion in 2011. Novation recently earned the coveted Ethics Inside Certification from Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank dedicated to the research and promotion of best practices in corporate ethics and compliance. Novation was also named on Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies list, and is the only company in the health care industry to earn both distinctions.

About Medline

As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 125,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care dealers and retail outlets. Named one of the "100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare," Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill.and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives to support its broad product line and cost management services. For more information on Medline go to

Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest-growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in theU.S., serving as the primary distributor to more than 450 major hospitals and health care 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, enhanced reporting capabilities and on-staff clinicians.

Source: Medline

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