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Medline Named E&I 2017 New Partner of the Year

E&I recognizes global medical supplies company for extraordinary service

By Medline Newsroom Staff | April 27, 2017

E&I Cooperative Services, whose membership is made up of more than 4,000 higher education institutions nationwide that specialize in medical schools, nursing schools, and research laboratories, has selected Medline as its 2017 New Partner of the Year.

As both a manufacturer and distributor of more than 350,000 products and clinical solutions, Medline delivers high-quality, cost-effective medical products, clinical solutions and operational efficiencies for E&I members. The award recognizes Medline for its extraordinary customer service, proactive approach to promoting the distribution contract within the education marketplace, and the company’s dedication to establishing a successful collaboration with E&I.

“We are honored to receive this recognition. Our partnership with E&I has created exciting opportunities to reach healthcare workers at the learning and research stages. We are focused on being a strategic supply chain partner to help streamline their purchasing decisions while providing high-quality customer service to ensure customer get their products where and when they need them,” says John Ahearn, senior vice president of research and education at Medline.

Through E&I’s distribution partnership with Medline, members receive significant savings on Medline’s portfolio of medical and surgical supplies, such as personal protective apparel, examination and surgical gloves, surgical instrumentation, sterilization products, as well as Medline’s full range of vaccines, OTC’s and pharmaceuticals, access to a flu vaccine pre-book program with marketing and clinical support, access to vaccines for employees and students, as well as Medline’s full line of OTC oral, topical and ophthalmic products.

“As a true standout among our business partners, Medline has consistently demonstrated many of the attributes so vital to serving our membership,” said Tom Fitzgerald, CEO, E&I Cooperative Services. “This award recognizes Medline’s extraordinary commitment to our contract and dedication to the education marketplace. We’re proud to enjoy a strong and growing partnership and look forward to many years of building upon this success.”

Learn more about the company’s supply chain logistics at

About Medline

Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information on Medline, go to or to connect with Medline on its social media channels.

About E&I

E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) is the member owned, not for profit sourcing cooperative delivering expertise, solutions, and services to education and related institutions. E&I provides members with access to a diverse portfolio of competitively awarded contracts, electronic procurement solutions and consulting services to help them source effectively. By leveraging the knowledge and expertise of more than 4,000 member institutions, E&I helps members reduce costs and optimize supply chain efficiencies. The Cooperative’s member driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as being in compliance with generally accepted public procurement standards.


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