Medical Supply Chain in an Ebola Context: Helping Hospitals Prepare

Medline Taking Aggressive Steps to Manage Inventory and Help Hospital Leaders

MUNDELEIN, Ill.--()--As hospitals across the U.S. plan for Ebola, medical supplier Medline Industries, Inc. is readying its personal protection inventory and strategies to guide, assess and enable a rapid response to any domestic cases.

As a leading medical supplier for more than 100 years, Medline has provided the healthcare industry with products and clinical solutions needed to prepare for a wide range of concerns, including MERS, SARS, H1N1 and Avian flu.

The manufacturer and distributor is stocked with all personal protection equipment recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including gloves, fluid-resistant gowns, face masks, goggles and face shields, as well as shoe or leg covers, hand hygiene, linen, privacy curtains, disposable dishes and environmental cleaning products.

“We understand how important it is to ensure hospitals are prepared and well-stocked. Our teams think and plan ahead so essential materials needed are not an issue. We also have the infrastructure needed to get hospitals and providers the right products at the right locations quickly,” said Amanda Laabs, preventive care president, Medline.

Medline distribution centers are located in every major metropolitan area across the U.S. with 45 facilities and its own fleet of nearly 300 trucks, one of the largest and most advanced distribution networks in the industry.

On top of its seasonal forecasting, Medline is increasing its safety stock on pandemic-susceptible products in response to Ebola. Other key initiatives underway include daily Ebola news reports, a disaster response plan, an inventory rebalance system and customer allocation capabilities.

“In the last few weeks, teams have fielded hundreds of calls daily about personal protection products and inventory,” said Stephanie Pasko, preventive care vice president, Medline. “Hospitals are already equipped with these types of products but as they reassess their protocols and plans, many are asking about other barriers of protection and products that comply with CDC recommendations.”

According to the CDC, healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at most risk of becoming ill from the virus.

Practicing good hand hygiene—washing hands with soap and water—is a main defense to preventing the spread of germs.

To learn more about personal protective equipment available from Medline, go to

About Medline Industries, Inc.

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.


Vivika Panagiotakakos, 847-643-3311

Release Summary

As hospitals across the U.S. plan for Ebola, medical supplier Medline Industries, Inc. is taking aggressive steps to manage inventory and help hospitals prepare.


Vivika Panagiotakakos, 847-643-3311