Medline to bring supply chain expertise and savings to Blood Centers of America

Jan. 30, 2015

Blood Centers of America (BCA), the nation’s largest blood supply network, has selected Medline Industries, Inc., as its exclusive supply partner of phlebotomy and donor screening kits.

The three year agreement will strengthen BCA’s ability to make phlebotomy and donor screening kits accessible to more than 50 member centers, as well as its suppliers and clients, all of which serve hospitals and patients across the country. BCA provides more than 40 percent of the U.S. blood supply.

“The safety of the U.S. blood supply hinges on a rigorous donor screening process along with industry regulated tests,” says Sam Keith, vice president, supply chain and national accounts, Blood Centers of America. “Medline has the industry knowledge, network and resources we need in a kitting supply partner. We are excited to work with Medline on growing the accessibility of kits to all of our BCA centers, and we strongly believe this agreement provides the necessary incentives and resources required to help make it easier for centers to adopt as their standard.”

Medline’s vast logistics network of more than 40 strategically located distribution centers across the country will provide BCA with kits whenever and wherever needed, especially in critical emergencies. The medical supplier, distributor and manufacturer, with extensive supply chain expertise, is built on serving the healthcare industry at a moment’s notice, for crises like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, or Ebola preparedness, as well as every day needs across the continuum of care. BCA chose Medline over four other suppliers for its impeccable quality control, supply chain efficiencies and online monitoring capabilities, all of which bring cost savings to the network of blood centers.

Learn more on the Medline website