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“We are restoring people by the millions to full life.
That helps people feel positive about their efforts.”

– Earl Bakken

Committed to our government customers and their families

We provide products and services to improve patient outcomes while reducing the cost of care. Written in 1960, our Mission dictates that our first and foremost priority is to contribute to human welfare. It is our guiding light in everything we do to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. Our government sales leaders’ efforts are not only consistent with that mission, but they are here to serve you and advance your important work.

Committed to family

Working with – and for – our veterans


We consider hiring and supporting veterans a significant priority at Medtronic.”

-Patrick Joyce, Vice President of Global IT and Chief Security Officer at Medtronic

Medtronic wins Freedom Award

Ruben Hidalgo, and three other fellow veterans, nominated Medtronic for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the U.S. government’s highest recognition for employers supporting their Guard and Reserve employees. Hear his story.

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View a photo of the Medtronic executive team accepting an award for supporting military veterans.

A long history of supporting veterans

Medtronic supports veterans during every step of the hiring and development processes, including recruitment, training, outreach, and leadership — and people are noticing. Read about the Beyond Yellow Ribbon Award, and what it means to our organization.

Our collaboration spans decades.

For years, Medtronic has collaborated with the U.S. government for important clinical studies and use of breakthrough technologies.

1960 Medtronic signs licensing for pacemaker IP by Dr. Greatbatch and Dr. Chardack.3
1972 VA Hospital of Buffalo New York was granted by the Atomic Energy Commission the ability to implant nuclear-powered pacemaker.4
1998 Medtronic signs ventilator stockpile contract for Puritan Bennett brand portable ventilator.
2010 Seven VA hospitals participated in a study for pallidal vs. subthalamic deep-brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease which was a study published in NEJM.5
2011 The VA in Atlanta Georgia participated in the study Implantation Success and Infection in Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device Procedures Utilizing an Antibacterial Envelope published in PACE.6
2013-2017 Medtronic participates in three DARPA research projects focused on advancing knowledge in restoring neurologic function by developing technology to support study activities.
2017 Medtronic awarded U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs national contracts for home telehealth technologies with three other vendors.7
2019 Medtronic named a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company.
2021 Medtronic awarded the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

Streamlined processes for doing business

Medtronic offers various purchasing options for our products to simplify and shorten the federal government procurement process. We offer the following national contracting options:

  • Federal Supply Schedules (FSS)
  • Electronic Catalog (ECAT)
  • Distribution and Pricing Agreement (DAPA) VA Medical / Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV), 2.0 BPAs
  • Non-Expendable (NX) VA Medical Equipment Program
  • High Tech Medical Equipment (HTME) Program
  • Top 20 Prosthetics VA National Contracts, Surgical Implants
  • Set aside options with Small Business Partners including Veteran Owned Businesses

Medtronic operations in the United States

Medtronic supports U.S. workers and produces numerous products in the United States.

34 manufacturing sites

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Prioritizing supplier diversity

Working with diverse businesses stimulates long-term economic impact; creates jobs and opportunities for communities; and builds more innovative, resilient, and agile supply chains for businesses. That’s why Medtronic is committed to supplier diversity and supporting veteran-owned businesses.

A wide range of innovative technologies for our government partners 

We’re putting the full power of our technologies, resources, and people to work with new partners, in new ways, to create a new era of healthcare. Explore some of the innovation options available through national contracts.

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Looking to the future

Focus on virtual care

We’re committed to pushing forward with innovation. With new virtual care options, we’re helping healthcare teams expand patient access during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

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Engineering the extraordinary

Inspiring hope with groundbreaking healthcare technology solutions for the most complex and challenging conditions facing our world. 

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Boersma P, Cohen RA, Zelaya CE, Moy EM. Multiple chronic conditions among veterans and nonveterans: United States, 2015–2018. Natl Health Stats Reports. 2021;153:1-12.


Absolute and relative morbidity burdens attributable to various illnesses and injuries, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2018. MSMR. 2019;26(5).


Pawlowski J. WNY’s all time greatest invention: implantable cardiac pacemaker. Buffalo Spree. Sep 18, 2012. Updated Nov 30, 2020.


Medtronic Fact Sheet. May 24, 1973.


Follett KA, Weaver FM, Stern M, Hur K, Harris CL, et al. Pallidal versus subthalamic deep-brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease. N Engl J Med. 2010;362(22):2077-2091.


Bloom HL, Constantin L, Dan D, De Lurgio DB, El-Chami M, et al. Implantation success and infection in cardiovascular implantable electronic device procedures utilizing an antibacterial envelope. PACE. 2011;34(2):133-42.


Medtronic Press Release. February 6, 2017.