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OWENS & MINOR, INC., ANNOUNCES MAJOR MEDICAL/SURGICAL SUPPLY AGREEMENT

 RICHMOND, Va., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI), the nation's second largest hospital supply distributor, announced today that it has been selected by The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) as its prime distributor for medical/surgical products. The Detroit Medical Center, headquartered in Detroit, is comprised of seven hospitals with 2,500 total licensed beds and is affiliated with the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
 The DMC accounts for approximately 17 percent of the total in- patient days in the metropolitan Detroit area. The main campus is located near downtown Detroit and consists of the following five hospitals: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, Harper Hospital, Hutzel Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. In addition, the DMC has two outlying community hospitals: Grace Hospital, located in northwest Detroit, and Huron Valley Hospital, located in western Oakland County. The Detroit Medical Center and its subsidiaries have a number of outpatient/clinic facilities throughout southeastern Michigan.
 The agreement is for a five-year period. Purchases of medical/surgical products under this agreement are estimated to be in excess of $25 million for the first 12 months and up to $225 million over the life of the contract. Owens & Minor currently has a distribution center on the outskirts of the Detroit metropolitan area and a smaller distribution center in downtown Detroit. Plans are underway to consolidate these operations into a single facility located within the city limits of Detroit.
 According to G. Gilmer Minor III, president and CEO:
 "The Detroit Medical Center Hospitals represent some of the finest medical institutions in the country. This new partnership is designed to lower the cost of delivered products to the patient without sacrificing the quality of care. Methods such as inventory management systems, electronic data interchange, automated management information and a total quality management process will facilitate the accomplishment of common goals established by both partners. One particular goal is to implement a JIT/stockless inventory management system which will lower cost, improve productivity and reduce redundancies in the handling of material.
 "This partnership enhances greatly our recent entry into the Detroit market."
 Owens & Minor, Inc., is a wholesale distributor of medical and surgical supplies, pharmaceuticals and other related products to hospitals and alternate medical care facilities. The company has 33 distribution centers serving 40 states and the District of Columbia. It plans to open its 34th distribution center in Boston in August of this year.
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 /CONTACT: Craig R. Smith, senior vice president-distribution, 804-965-2993, or Glenn J. Dozier, senior vice president-finance and information systems, 804-965-2945, both of Owens & Minor/
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