Monthly Archives: March 2014

LeadingAge California to Receive CCGG Business Award

On behalf of LeadingAge California, President and CEO Joanne Handy will accept the 2014 Award for Business Advancement of Gerontology from the California Council on Gerontology & Geriatrics (CCGG), presented at their April 4 Annual Meeting, “Building Communities for Older Adults in California: Partnerships and Stakeholders in Action” in Sacramento, Calif.

The award for Business Advancement of Gerontology was created by the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG) to recognize businesses that understand and respond to the unique needs of older adults through innovative business practices, including the use of gerontologists in planning and administration. “We are honored to be selected. Leaders with gerontology backgrounds are a critical force among our aging services provider members. The need for gerontologists in our settings will only grow as the future unfolds,” says Ms. Handy.

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Value First Partners with Medline to Provide Members Cost-Savings and Clinical and Quality Solutions

Members gain access to large product portfolio and exclusive clinical education and quality assurance programs


Value First, the group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge California, recently selected Medline Industries, Inc. as its newest healthcare product supplier and clinical education partner.

“Value First was built upon strong collaborations and Medline brings to this partnership greater access to more products, resources and industry expertise to help our members solve their biggest challenges,” said Jared Schei, president and CEO, Value First.

As the leading provider of healthcare supplies to the long-term care industry, Medline is providing its extensive portfolio of products to Value First members at significant savings.  The company also offers leading edge quality assurance programs and clinical education solutions to address pressure ulcer reduction, continence management, falls prevention and other critical areas.  Other programs members can access aimed at enhancing the quality of care and reducing readmissions include the abaqis quality management system and INTERACT eCurriculum training program.  In addition, through the company’s free, online education resource Medline University, Value First members can access Medline’s more than 250 continuing education courses.

“Medline is committed to providing quality products, services and solutions to help Value First members deliver the best quality of care to their residents and patients,”said Shawn Scott, vice president of corporate sales, post acute care division, Medline.  “We’re excited to not only offer high quality products but valuable clinical expertise in the areas of quality assurance and continuing education.”

Medline, with 40 distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States, can offer its broad assortment of Medline and national brand products directly to Value First members. Medline can also deliver cost savings and efficiencies by driving product standardization and utilization solutions, as well as providing enhanced reporting capabilities to help facilities better monitor and control costs.

For more information on how you can save money through Value First, email Courtney Weidmann or call 916-469-3392.