Capital Health creates alliance with
EDMONTON – Philips Electronics Ltd. has signed a $70 million agreement
with Capital Health, Canada’s largest academic health region. The
agreement will provide increased access to diagnostic equipment for more
than 1.6 million people across central and northern Alberta.
Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Philips will provide Capital
Health with advanced medical technology to diagnose, treat and prevent
disease, and will also support the regional health authority’s strategic
development by devoting Philips resources to assist in training,
education and medical research.
“This innovative agreement is clearly a breakthrough, and demonstrates
how the Canadian healthcare sector and medical industry leaders can work
together strategically to improve people’s lives by offering the latest
cutting-edge diagnostic and monitoring technology,” said Capital Health
president and chief executive officer Sheila Weatherill. “This enhances
the patient experience, and further improves our ability to offer the
very best front-line care in a timely manner.”
left: Iain Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Canada; Jouko
Karvinen, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Medical Systems; Sheila
Weatherill, President & Chief Executive Officer, Capital Health.)
Capital Health selected Philips after a three-month review of
competitive proposals submitted by several leading global medical
“We appreciate the breadth, innovation, and quality of the Philips
medical technology, and Philips demonstrated ability to provide
exceptional service over the lifetime of the contract,” added Weatherill.
“When Capital Health first shared their vision with us, we were
immediately struck by the linkages and similarities in our respective
philosophies,” said Iain Burns, chief executive officer of Philips
Electronics Ltd. (Philips Canada). “I am proud to say that this
agreement represents Philips and Capital Health’s shared vision and
dedication to first class healthcare.”
For Capital Health, the agreement introduces a strategic approach to
equipment acquisition within the region, replacing the traditional
approach that has been used in the past. Among the many benefits it will
deliver include making some types of diagnostic and monitoring equipment
standard within the region, reducing the acquisition times for purchases
and providing leading-edge technologies to support patient care.
The agreement will help Capital Health make the management of healthcare
efficient and effective. Specific areas covered in the purchase
agreement include Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Patient Monitoring,
X-Ray/Angiography and Fluoroscopy. Included in the agreement is the
Philips Gemini GXL PET CT scanner, which combines PET and CT
capabilities to help clinicians to accurately diagnose abnormalities
early in the progression of disease.
The three-year deal – which also has provisions for two one-year options
– introduces a new approach to equipment purchase in the region,
eliminating the piece-by-piece approach that has been used in the past.
It will also standardize some types of diagnostic equipment in the
region, reducing the amount of time required to train staff who work at
more than one facility or move from one facility to another.
“Anything we can do to get diagnostic equipment and leading-edge
technology on the front line of patient care faster is obviously good
news for patients, families, physicians and staff,” said Dr. Bill
Anderson, regional clinical director for imaging services. “This
agreement supports improved patient outcomes by giving us better access
to the tools and technology we need to provide better diagnosis,
assessment and medical care.”
As part of the agreement, Philips will contribute to Capital Health’s
educational and research programs. In addition, Capital Health may also
become a test site for key Philips products and technology.
One of nine health regions in Alberta, Capital Health’s mandate includes
providing health services to more than 1.6 million residents within
central and northern Alberta and Canada’s northwest, ensuring
reasonable, responsive access to quality health services for all
individuals and communities.
About Capital Health
Capital Health in Edmonton is Canada’s largest academic health region,
providing complete health services to one million residents in the
cities of Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Spruce Grove and St.
Albert, and the counties of Leduc, Parkland, Strathcona and Sturgeon
(and communities within their geographical areas), as well as the Town
of Devon and communities in the eastern part of Yellowhead County.
Capital Health serves a total of 1.6 million people across
central and northern Alberta, providing specialized services such as
trauma and burn treatment, organ transplants and high-risk obstetrics.
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