The sign outside the Medline facility in Hartland, Wisconsin says “Medline Employees – Working to Save Lives.” And during the pandemic, they did just that – for front line health care workers, patients and their local community.
The 130 Hartland employees, deemed essential from the start, manufactured much-needed infection control products, including pre-surgical, post-surgical, personal care and sterile flush syringes, and beginning in April 2020 to meet overwhelming national demand, hand sanitizer. At the same time, employees donated products and raised money for local community organizations.
For their exemplary contributions during 2020, the Medline facility recently received the Hartland Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year Award.
On the front lines in Hartland
“The pandemic changed how we are able to impact the community, but it did not change our ability to impact the community,” said Nicole Hink, human resources manager at Medline.
Medline donated $3,500 in products, including hand sanitizer to the Hartland Police and Fire departments, as well as body wipes and shampoo to a local women’s shelter and Lake County Caring, a Hartland social service organization. Employees also donated food and more than $200 raised during an on-site Valentine’s Day flower sale.
“Medline was truly out on the frontlines making a difference,” said Lynn Minturn, president of the Hartland Chamber of Commerce. “The hand sanitizer was a big thing for our first responders who could not secure these products early on during the pandemic.”
Minturn said the Chamber “Kudos” awards recognize community leaders that value innovation and service to the community. For 2020, the criteria was expanded to highlight contributions specific to the pandemic.
Continuing to give back
While COVID-19 cases are declining, Hartland employees continue to give back to their community with donations this spring to local homeless and women’s shelters.
“Since starting our operations here back in 2014, giving back to the communities where our employees live and work is intrinsic in our values,” said Hink. “Our teams are passionate about the products they help manufacture and we are proud to do our part in helping healthcare run better. “
Learn more about how Medline is making a difference in our communities.