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GE wins $30 million contract in Abbotsford, British Columbia

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – GE Healthcare will provide more than $30 million in equipment and services to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, scheduled to open for patients in summer 2008. According to the company, GE Healthcare was uniquely positioned to help identify the various needs of the hospital and meet them with equipment that is among the most innovative and technologically advanced on the market.

“The purchase of sophisticated imaging and monitoring systems for the new hospital and cancer centre demonstrates our commitment to provide patients and healthcare professionals very latest in medical equipment for this world-class facility,” said B.C. Health Minister George Abbott (pictured). “This investment technology gives healthcare professionals the most advanced tools possible, allowing for more diagnosis, treatment and care, with less inconvenience for the patient.”

More than 14,000 pieces of equipment will be installed before the hospital and cancer centre opens for patients in summer 2008. The $30-million agreement with GE Healthcare represents largest package of equipment awarded and includes advanced imaging and monitoring technology, such as:

• a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine – the first publicly owned and operated the eastern Fraser Valley;

• two 64-slice Computerized Tomography (CT) scanners;

• two CT scanners used in cancer treatment planning;

• two digital mammography units – a first for the Fraser Health Authority; and

• an anesthesia information management system – said to be the first of its kind in Canada.

GE Healthcare’s teams created a specialized package for Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre that included all needed products in one bundle, including transitional, educational and consulting services, helping the hospital to better streamline their operations, allowing staff to save time and bringing greater focus to frontline patient care.

The partnership was announced at a product exhibition where hospital staff were invited to view the new equipment. The joint announcement was made by the Honourable George Abbott, Minister of Health, British Columbia and Joe Sardi, Country General Manager, GE Healthcare, Canada. Both recognized the leadership and hard work of the Fraser Health Authority, Provincial Health Services Authority, the BC Cancer Agency, Access Health Abbotsford, the private sector partner on the project, Partnerships BC and the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District.

Equipment incorporated in the deal will aid Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre healthcare professionals in all facets of patient care – including physiological monitoring, surgical suites, cardiology devices, medical imaging and maternal and infant care.

Once completed, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre will be a 300-bed facility offering the most advanced and specialized care in the region. It is designed to serve the needs of the more than 150,000 people in the greater Abbotsford area, as well as the 330,000 people in the surrounding Fraser Valley region.

“Clinicians here will be able to leverage this expertise when the hospital opens next summer. GE will be in nearly every part of the facility, making Abbotsford one of the most innovative hospitals in British Columbia,” said Joe Sardi, Country General Manager, GE Healthcare, Canada. “The state of the art GE Healthcare technology spans all facets of patient care, from advanced diagnostics to detect illness earlier, to surgical and cardiology devices to treat and manage disease, to infant warmers and incubators to comfort newborns.”

Created as part of GE’s early health model, these products allow healthcare professionals to focus on early diagnosis, intervention and prevention of disease. The aim is to help people live longer, fuller lives while decreasing the occurrence of unnecessary surgeries.

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre will offer innovations including digital mammograms, CT, MR, mobile and digital X-ray units, complete physiological monitoring systems, telemetry systems and other wireless communication tools, gamma cameras, portable ultrasound units, one bone densitometer, anesthesia patient systems and portable vital signs monitors, among other technologies. GE Healthcare is also providing medical imaging management, physician information management and a full suite of surgery-related solutions for the new facility.

“GE Healthcare is excited to partner with Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre,” said Joseph Hogan, president and CEO, GE Healthcare. “This association will expand GE Healthcare’s presence in Canada while helping to better serve the people of British Columbia.”

About GE Healthcare
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