MUNDELEIN — The American Association of Tissue Banks, a professional and scientific nonprofit organization that has accredited more than 125 tissue banks worldwide, has selected Medline Industries for its Medical Supply Purchasing Program.
The affiliation makes Medline a preferred medical and surgical products provider for AATB. The three-year partnership, AATB’s first supply agreement, is expected to save AATB-accredited tissue banks a minimum of $6 million in medical and surgical supply costs by driving distribution efficiencies over the term of the agreement.
“AATB selected Medline because of their proven track record for delivering high quality products and services,” said Frank Wilton, CEO of the American Association of Tissue Banks. “Medline’s manufacturer-direct approach and supply chain management expertise are critical to tissue banking professionals, who are dedicated to improving and saving lives.”
Medline, with 37 distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States, will provide its broad assortment of Medline and national brand products directly to AATB’s national network of accredited tissue banks. Medline will also deliver cost savings and efficiencies by driving product standardization and utilization solutions, as well as providing enhanced reporting capabilities to help facilities better monitor and control costs.
“We are committed to meeting the needs of this unique and growing market,” said Tom Powers, senior vice president, specialty markets and OEM sales for Medline. “Through our extensive distribution capabilities and utilization expertise, we can help AATB’s accredited tissue banks reduce costs and at the same time improve productivity, which are essential when the health of patients is at stake.”