Practice Greenhealth Champion for Change Award Recognizes Environmental Stewardship and Protecting Public Health

MUNDELEIN,Ill., April 30, 2013 — Practice Greenhealth awarded Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care and surgical supplies, the 2012 Practice Greenhealth Champion for Change Award for outstanding contributions to environmentally responsible health care.

“We are delighted to receive this award for the second consecutive year,” said Francesca Olivier, corporate sustainability manager for Medline. “Medline understands the effect our environment has on human health, and through our greensmart® program, we are committed to being an industry leader that provides products that are eco-friendly and cost effective while conserving valuable resources.”

Practice Greenhealth's Champion for Change Award recognizes businesses and organizations that demonstrate successful accomplishments in 'greening' their own organization, as well as helping their health care customers improve their environmental performance. Medline was honored by Practice Greenhealth at the Environmental Excellence Awards held last week in Boston in conjunction with CleanMed, a global conference on environmentally sustainable health care. Medline is a member of Practice Greenhealth and has an active role in its “Greening the OR” initiative.

 “This award establishes Medline’s leadership in prioritizing environmental performance and demonstrates Medline’s commitment to a higher standard of excellence in sustainability,” said Laura Wenger, RN, executive director, Practice Greenhealth.  “Medline is truly committed to their customers and community to protect human health and the environment.”

About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the health care community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, health care systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of health care to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. Practice Greenhealth is a source of environmental solutions for the health care sector. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, visit

About Medline and its Commitment to Sustainability

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 and home care agencies and providers. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., Medline began a company-wide sustainability initiative nearly a decade ago by working to conserve energy and dramatically lower greenhouse emissions. Since then, the company has worked passionately to green its entire operation from sourcing, manufacturing and packaging through distribution, use and disposal.

Through its greensmart® program, Medline is committed to providing much needed environmentally-friendly products and services that target the unique sustainability needs of each customer. Medline partners with customers to reduce waste and increase efficiency throughout the patient care process. By considering the entire lifecycle from manufacturing to disposal, real solutions are achieved to help health care facilities reduce their impact on the environment and thus protect human health. For more information on Medline and greensmart, go to

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