GE wins $30 million contract in
Abbotsford, British Columbia
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
• 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
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and
services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our expertise in
medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics,
patient monitoring systems, performance improvement, drug discovery and
biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies is helping clinicians
around the word re-imagine new ways to predict, diagnose, inform, treat
and monitor disease, so patients can live their lives to the fullest.
GE Healthcare’s broad range of products and services enable
healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease,
neurological diseases and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the
future is to enable a new “early health” model of care focused on
earlier diagnosis, pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease
prevention. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17
billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE
Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people committed to serving
healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries.
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