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CHINDEX INTERNATIONAL INC (CHDX)

Chindex International, Inc. engages in the sale of healthcare equipment and products, and the provision of healthcare services in the Chinese marketplace. The company operates in three divisions: Medical Capital Equipment, Healthcare Products Distribution, and Healthcare Services. The Medical Capital Equipment division markets, sells, and facilitates the export of select capital healthcare equipment and instrumentation to China on the basis of both exclusive and non exclusive agreements with the manufacturers of these products. This division sells diagnostic color ultrasound imaging devices, chemistry analyzers, sterilizers, surgical equipment, computerized electrophysiology systems, bone densitometers, mammography and breast biopsy devices, lasers for cosmetic surgery, robotic surgery systems, and other products. The Healthcare Products Distribution division, through a network of wholly owned foreign subsidiaries in China, imports and distributes off-the-shelf healthcare instrumentation and health-related consumable products developed by third parties. Healthcare Services segment operates the company's private hospital and clinics. Chindex International was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.


HENRY SCHEIN INC (HSIC)

Henry Schein, Inc. distributes healthcare products and services primarily to office-based healthcare practitioners in the North American and European markets. It operates in two segments, Healthcare Distribution and Technology. The Healthcare Distribution segment distributes products, including consumable products, small equipment, laboratory products, large dental equipment, branded and generic pharmaceuticals, vaccines, surgical products, diagnostic tests, infection control products, and vitamins. The Technology segment provides software, technology, and other value-added services to healthcare providers primarily in the United States and Canada. Its value-added practice solutions include practice management software systems for dental and medical practices and veterinary clinics. Further, this segment offers financial services and continuing education services for practitioners. The company sells its products and services to dental practices and laboratories, physician practices, and veterinary clinics, as well as to government and other institutions. Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, New York.


OWENS & MINOR INC (OMI)

Owens & Minor, Inc. and its subsidiaries distribute national name-brand medical and surgical supplies in the United States. It primarily offers consumable goods, such as disposable gloves, dressings, endoscopic products, intravenous products, needles and syringes, sterile procedure trays, surgical products and gowns, urological products, and wound closure products. In addition, the company operates as a healthcare supply chain management company, distributing approximately 130,000 finished medical and surgical products to approximately 4,000 customers. Owens & Minor also offers its customers various complementary services, including inventory management solutions, such as PANDAC and SurgiTrack; information technology solutions, such as WISDOM, WISDOM2, and QSight; and medical supply chain management consulting, materials management outsourcing, and resource management through OMSolutions, as well as provides logistics services to manufacturers of medical and surgical products. Its primary customers include acute care hospitals; integrated healthcare networks; and federal government and alternate care providers, such as clinics, home healthcare organizations, nursing homes, physicians' offices, rehabilitation facilities, and surgery centers. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.


MWI VETERINARY SUPPLY INC (MWIV)

MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. distributes animal health products to veterinarians in the United States. It primarily offers pharmaceuticals, vaccines, diagnostics, capital equipment, supplies, veterinary pet food, and nutritional products. The company's pharmaceutical products include anesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics, ophthalmics, and hormones; vaccine products comprise small animal, equine, and production animal biologicals; and diagnostic products consist of in-clinic tests for detecting heartworm, lyme, feline leukemia, and parvovirus, as well as products for measuring blood chemistry, electrolyte balance, and cell counts. Its capital equipment includes anesthesia machines, surgical monitors, diagnostic equipment, dental machines, cages, lights, and x-ray machines; supplies comprise syringes, instruments, bandages, IV products, surgical consumables, grooming materials, and other small equipment items; veterinary pet food products primarily consist of foods for specialty diets and premium pet foods; and nutritional products include dietary supplements, vitamins, dental chews, and specialty treats. The company also offers parasiticides that are used in controlling fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, and internal parasites. In addition, it provides various other services, including online ordering, pharmacy fulfillment, inventory management, equipment procurement consultation, special order fulfillment, and pet cremation services. The company is headquartered in Meridian, Idaho.


PATTERSON COMPANIES INC (PDCO)

Patterson Companies, Inc. distributes dental, companion-pet veterinary, and rehabilitation supplies. The company operates in three segments: Dental supply, Veterinary supply, and Rehabilitation supply. The Dental Supply segment offers consumable dental supplies, such as x-ray film and solutions, impression materials, restorative materials, hand instruments, sterilization products, anesthetics, infection control products, toothbrushes, and dental accessories, as well as paper, cotton, and other disposable products. This segment also offers custom printed products, insurance and billing forms, stationery, envelopes and business cards, labels, file folders, appointment books, and other stock office supply products to office-based healthcare providers, including dental and medical offices. It provides dental equipment products, such as x-ray machines, high-and low-speed handpieces, dental chairs, dental handpiece control units, diagnostic equipment, sterilizers, dental lights, and compressors. Additionally, this segment develops and markets practice management and clinical software for dental professionals. It also provides custom hardware and networking solutions; patient education services; software services; equipment installation, repair, and maintenance; dental office layout and design services; and equipment financing. The Veterinary Supply segment offers consumable supplies, equipment, diagnostic supplies, biologicals, and pharmaceuticals for veterinary clinics in the eastern United States. The Rehabilitation Supply segment offers rehabilitation supplies and nonwheelchair assistive patient products to the physical and occupational therapy markets. The company was founded in 1877. It was formerly known as Patterson Dental Company and changed its name to Patterson Companies, Inc. in June 2004. Patterson is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.


PSS WORLD MEDICAL INC (PSSI)

PSS World Medical, Inc. engages in the marketing and distribution of medical products, equipment, and pharmaceutical-related products to alternate-site healthcare providers in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Physician and Elder Care. The Physician segment distributes medical supplies, pharmaceutical, diagnostic equipment, and nondiagnostic equipment related products to primary care office-based physicians. As of July 1, 2005, this segment operated 29 full-service distribution centers, 26 break-freight locations, and 1 redistribution facility. The Elder Care segment offers medical supplies, incontinent supplies and personal care items, enteral feeding supplies, home medical equipment, medical instruments, oxygen supplies, tracheotomy, housekeeping supplies, medical instruments, respiratory and ostomy supplies, and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. As of the above date, this segment operated 12 full-service distribution centers, 5 break-freight locations, and 2 ancillary billing service centers serving regional and national nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and home care providers. PSS World Medical was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.


NYER MEDICAL GROUP INC (NYER)

Nyer Medical Group, Inc., a holding company, engages in the operation of pharmacies, and wholesale and retail of medical equipment. The company, through its subsidiary, D.A.W., Inc., operates a chain of drug stores located in the suburban Boston, Massachusetts. Nyer Medical, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, ADCO Surgical Supply, Inc. and ADCO South Medical Supplies, Inc., also involves in the wholesale and retail of surgical and medical equipment supplies in New England Florida, as well as internationally through the Internet. The company sells its healthcare products through independent sales representatives and Internet to physician offices, clinics, health centers, nursing homes, visiting nurse associations, and individual healthcare consumers, as well as specialty equipment to hospitals. It also supplies medical supplies and equipment through an interactive Web site, medicalmailorder.com. Nyer Medical Group operates 14 pharmacies in the greater Boston area. The company was founded in 1988 and is based in Bangor, Maine. Nyer Medical Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of Nyle International Corp.


STAAR SURGICAL COMPANY (STAA)

STAAR Surgical Company engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of medical devices for use in cataract, refractive, and glaucoma surgeries. The company's cataract surgery products include foldable silicone and Collamer intraocular lenses (IOLs) used after minimally invasive small incision cataract extraction; the Preloaded Injector, a three-piece silicone IOL preloaded into a single-use disposable injector; STAARVISC II, a viscoelastic material; the STAAR SonicWAVE Phacoemulsification System; Cruise Control, a disposable filter that allows for phacoemulsification procedure; and Silicone Toric IOLs, used in cataract surgery to treat astigmatic vision abnormalities. STAAR Surgical offers VISIAN ICL and VISIAN TICL to treat refractive disorders, such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism in the area of refractive surgery. The company's AquaFlow Collagen Glaucoma Drainage device is an alternative method of treating open angle glaucoma. STAAR Surgical also sells other instruments, devices, and equipment that it manufactures or that are manufactured by others in the ophthalmic industry. It markets its products through direct sales force, distributors, and a network of independent manufacturers' representatives to various health care providers, including surgical centers, hospitals, managed care providers, health maintenance organizations, group purchasing organizations, and government facilities. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Monrovia, California.