Company History

Building the foundation for advanced Health Care across Canada

When Robert G. West opened Medical Mart in 1978, he envisioned a company that could improve the delivery of care. Built on integrity, reliability, excellence and quality, Medical Mart was built on this foundation for the future – by creating a network of innovation, with a demand-driven distribution model, and customized solutions to meet the unique requests of our customers.

To this day, Medical Mart continues the tradition of provider-focused service. Continuously adapting to support all healthcare segments and staying committed to top quality – This has become the fabric of our business culture. It is with these characteristics that Medical Mart made the decision to take a step further, to anticipate the needs of our customer. In April 2016 Medical Mart merged with Medline, to better serve the Canadian Market.

Medline’s roots date back to 1910 when A.L. Mills founded a Chicago garment factory that made aprons for the stock yards. When A.L.’s son, Irving, took over the garment business in 1930, World War II created an unprecedented demand for medical supplies. He started distributing general medical supplies in addition to the garments, and the Mills Hospital Supply company was born.

As a fourth generation, family-owned company, Medline offers over 350,000 medical products and clinical solutions to healthcare facilities around the world. With 14,000 plus employees and more than $8 billion in sales, Medline is the fastest-growing and hardest working medical supply company today.

Together, Medline and Medical Mart are now able to aid in all aspects of the healthcare business. To provide quality medical products with superior values to providers and end users, improving patient care and enhancing the quality of peoples’ lives. We will continue to provide multiple quotations on similar and comparable products from various manufacturers.  We believe this product selection combined with our supply-chain expertise facilitates improved product standardization, cost reductions, enhanced risk management and high-quality patient safety.


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