Online medical supplies marketplace MedCenterDirect has received $5 million in venture capital to help the company reach its goal of being profitable by fall.

Atlanta-based MedCenterDirect, founded in 1999, says it continues to grow and attract new customers interested in MedCenterDirect’s online catalog of medical supplies ranging from surgical gloves to bedpans and operating tables. Hospitals and administrators can order in bulk to reduce costs and compare prices of similar products by different manufacturers.

The latest $5 million round was led by previous investors HealthSouth Corp. of Birmingham, AL, and UBS Warburg LLC, bringing the company’s lifetime funding to $40 million. Warburg Pincus also participated in this latest round.

HealthSouth signed a 10-year exclusive deal with MedCenterDirect two years ago to have most of its 2,000 rehabilitation hospitals and medical centers nationwide do their buying through MedCenterDirect.

More than 1,700 clients now use SmartOrder, MedCenterDirect’s online shopping engine, and the company recently signed a St. Louis-based group of surgery centers to do its buying online with MedCenterDirect.

In a statement made last October, Rob White, chief executive officer and chairman of MedCenterDirect, said: “It’s been an amazing year. We’ve watched the rise and fall of competitors while our team has been quietly building the only fully operational platform serving healthcare professionals on-line today. I am extremely proud of our accomplishments to date, but we have only just begun.”

MedCenterDirect: www.medcenterdirect.com