Children's Hospital of Orange County Chooses RIVA System For Safe and Efficient IV Preparation

    WINNIPEG, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC),
one of only eight children's hospitals in the United States to be named to the
Leapfrog "Top Hospitals 2007" list, has signed a contract to lease a RIVA
(Robotic Intravenous Automation) system - a self-contained unit for filling
IV syringes and bags - from Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems). Founded
in 1964, CHOC provides inpatient, outpatient and emergency care to more than
200,000 children annually in its state-of-the-art medical facilities.
    Kevin McGarry, Chief Executive Officer of IH Systems, welcomes the
opportunity to work with a leading health care innovator like CHOC. "We are
gratified that a world-class facility like CHOC has recognized the role RIVA
can play in helping them meet their goals for the safe and efficacious
dispensing of medications," he says.
    For Rita Jew, CHOC's Director of Pharmacy Services, the decision to
choose RIVA was based on enhancing patient safety through improved sterility,
reduced compounding risk and increased dose accuracy. "At CHOC, we are engaged
in a passionate pursuit to provide the safest, most advanced care for our
patients. From prevention programs for healthy children to the most advanced
medical care for those suffering from serious illness, we are continually
investing in innovative, effective solutions like RIVA," she says.
    RIVA's suitability for use in adult and pediatric facilities, coupled
with its ability to safely process chemotherapy drugs, continues to drive
interest in the system, according to Jane Arnot, Vice President of Corporate
Strategy and Business Development for RIVA. "CHOC joins an increasing number
of health care facilities across the United States who have recognized the
role RIVA plays in meeting their goals for patient safety in the preparation
of IV syringes and bags," she says.
    RIVA (Robotic IV Automation System) - a self-contained unit for filling
IV syringes and bags - is the first product developed by Winnipeg-based
medical device company Intelligent Hospital Systems. For more information,
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For further information:

For further information: Jane Arnot, RIVA, (204) 925-5343; Denise
Almazan, Children's Hospital of Orange County, (714) 532-8680

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