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Medline Partners with Blackmaple Group to Provide Members Cost-Savings and Clinical and Quality Solutions

Physician Group Members benefit from acute-care levels of savings and business rigor

MUNDELEIN, Ill. & FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Blackmaple Group, LLC (BMG), has selected Medline Industries, Inc., as its primary healthcare product supplier for its buying group. Founded in 2007, BMG is a full service healthcare consulting and group purchasing organization that serves providers who seek expanded choice, intelligent solutions and C-suite business rigor in their management practices. Medline’s comprehensive healthcare solutions offering is now available to Blackmaple Group Purchasing Solutions members across the country.

“Our goal is to be transparent in our relationships with our clients on pricing, product alternatives and more efficient ways to purchase supplies. Leveraging BMG’s business expertise, we are driving the relationship forward with providers across the country. We are extremely excited to grow with this unique industry partner.”

“Blackmaple Group was built on the notion that provider organizations need to rigorously manage their business operations to thrive in an ever-changing environment,” said Jeff Gold, founder and managing partner, Blackmaple Group. “Medline is our ideal partner, bringing BMG’s clients greater access to more products, a dedicated field team and deep industry expertise to help our members solve their biggest challenges.”

As the country’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributer of supplies to the healthcare industry, Medline is providing its extensive portfolio of products to Blackmaple Group members at significant savings. Medline also offers leading-edge quality assurance programs and clinical education solutions to address pressure ulcer reduction, continence management, falls prevention and other critical areas. In addition, through the company’s free, online education resource Medline University, Blackmaple Group members can access Medline’s more than 250 continuing education courses.

“Medline is committed to providing quality products, services and solutions to help Blackmaple Group members deliver the best quality of care to their patients and significant value to their bottom line,” said John Kenny, vice president of corporate sales, Physician Office division, Medline. “Our goal is to be transparent in our relationships with our clients on pricing, product alternatives and more efficient ways to purchase supplies. Leveraging BMG’s business expertise, we are driving the relationship forward with providers across the country. We are extremely excited to grow with this unique industry partner.”

Medline, with 40 distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States, can offer its broad assortment of Medline and national brand products directly to Blackmaple Group members. Medline can 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.

Marc Cooper, Partner with the Blackmaple Group, added: “Our clients want an honest and straightforward relationship with a supplier that will provide them with a range of alternatives and clear reporting. Providers looking for clear pricing, great data and the significant savings that come with a buying group can benefit tremendously from this program. It puts decision-making firmly in the hands of the practice -- where it belongs -- and allows for significant savings and direct-to-manufacturer pricing.”

About Medline

As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care agencies and providers, and retailers. Named one of the country’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” Medline 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 www.medline.com or http://mkt.medline.com/clinical-blog/category/channels/social-channels/ to connect with Medline on a variety of social media channels.

About Blackmaple Group

Blackmaple Group is a full service, healthcare consulting and group purchasing organization designed for providers who seek expanded choice, intelligent solutions and significant savings. For more information, visit www.blackmaplegroup.com.

Contacts

Medline Industries, Inc.
John Marks, (847) 643-3309
jmarks@medline.com