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St. Michael’s upgrades pneumatic tube systems

TORONTO - St. Michael’s Hospital announced it will expand and upgrade its pneumatic tube system using technology and services from Baltimore-based Pevco, a leading provider of pneumatic tube delivery systems to hospitals.

Under the agreement, Pevco will expand St. Michael’s system from 32 to 36 delivery stations; it will also supply technology enhancements including Pevco Smart Path, Carrier Management System and V-Panel.

Pneumatic tube delivery systems transport pharmaceuticals, lab specimens, blood products and small supplies throughout laboratories, pharmacies, ERs, ORs, and patient care areas. Cost analyses show that the 24/7 computer-controlled systems are not only safe, fast and easy to use, said Pevco, but cost less over time than employee couriers and can save a hospital over a million dollars per year.

“St. Michael’s Hospital is respected for their compassion, teaching quality and commitment to provide the best patient care. Pevco is equally dedicated to providing the best material delivery systems,” said Fred Valerino, Jr., President of Pevco. “We look forward to providing St. Michael’s with systems and support to help them deliver the world-class patient care they are known for.”

In addition to four new delivery stations and Pevco’s system management software, Pevco is upgrading St. Michael’s system with Pevco Smart Path routing technology that increases transaction throughput by intelligently distributing traffic throughout the system.

Pharmacy, laboratory and nursing professionals will benefit from newly installed Pevco V-Panel station controls and their 20 shortcut address keys, as well as advanced user features. Pevco is also integrating their Carrier Management System that enables the storage of empty carriers in holding bays within the system so they can be automatically sent to hospital staff when needed.

“The Canadian healthcare system is among the best in the world,” said Bill Powder, Pevco’s Sales Manager. “Pevco is looking forward to helping St. Michael’s, as well as other hospitals throughout Canada improve how they deliver pharmaceuticals, specimens and blood products.”

Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, Pevco is dedicated to providing pneumatic tube systems designed specifically for the 24/7 demands of hospitals. Pevco is now leveraging its more than 30 years of experience and highly skilled workforce to expand into the Canadian healthcare market so that all hospitals in North America can benefit from their advanced systems, products and support.

About St. Michael’s
St. Michael’s Hospital is a large and vibrant teaching hospital in the heart of Toronto. The physicians and staff of St. Michael’s Hospital provide compassionate care to all who walk through its doors and outstanding medical education to future health-care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care and care of the homeless and vulnerable populations in the inner city are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research at St. Michael’s Hospital is recognized, respected and put into practice around the world. Founded in 1892, the Hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

About Pevco
Pevco designs, manufactures, installs and supports hospital pneumatic tube delivery systems that enable healthcare professionals to quickly, safely and reliably transport patient-critical materials between labs, pharmacies, blood banks, ORs, ERs and nurses’ stations. Used by more than 600 leading healthcare facilities, Pevco’s flexible systems feature Smart Path technology for increased performance and efficiency. To learn more about Pevco’s healthcare materials delivery solutions, visit our web site at www.pevco.com.

Posted Jan. 28, 2010

 

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