Cardinal Health

Nation's largest supplier of products and equipment for health care industry.

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7000 Cardinal Place
Dublin, OH 43017
Employees: 31,200
CEO: George Barrett
Stock Symbol: CAH


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Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory care sites focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and quality, and increasing profitability. As one of the largest health care companies in the world, Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 40,000 locations each day.

About 200 hospitals across the U.S. outsource the management of their inpatient pharmacy to Cardinal Health because of our proven expertise and track record of improving efficiency and safety within inpatient pharmacies.

The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease.

In fiscal 2010, Cardinal had revenues of $98.5 billion and net income of $642.2 million.


In 1971, Robert Walter founded Cardinal Foods, a food wholesaler. In 1979, the company would move into drug wholesaling with the purchase of Bailey Drug Company. The new company was called Cardinal Distribution. Cardinal would expand its drug distribution services through acquisitions and sold off its food services operations in 1988. The company would become Cardinal Health in 1994 and continued to acquire several more companies in the healthcare distribution field to become the giant it is today.

CareFusion Corp. was spun off from Cardinal Health in 2009 as a separately traded company. The global company serves the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve the safety and quality of health care. CareFusion develops market-leading technologies including Alaris IV pumps, Pyxis automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AVEA and Pulmonetic Systems ventilation and respiratory products, ChloraPrep for infection prevention and MedMined services for infection surveillance, neurological monitoring and diagnostic products, V. Mueller surgical instruments and an extensive line of products that support interventional medicine. CareFusion has 15,000 employees.


- Medical, dental and vision care coverage
- Paid-time-off plan
- 401(k) savings plan
- Employee stock purchase plan
- Flexible healthcare spending accounts
- Short- and long-term disability coverage
- Basic life insurance
- Business travel insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Adoption assistance
- Tuition reimbursement

Updated May 21, 2011