GE donates CT scanner as legacy gift in honour of Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games



    FIRST TIME CT SCAN TECHNOLOGY WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SEA TO SKY REGION

    WHISTLER, BC, July 9 /CNW/ - GE (NYSE:  GE), a worldwide partner of the
Olympic Games, today announced that it is donating a new 64-slice CT (computed
tomography) scanner as a legacy gift to the Sea to Sky Region, British
Columbia. GE's Lightspeed VCT, a state-of-the-art medical imaging device, will
be located in the Whistler Health Care Centre in advance of the Vancouver 2010
Olympic Winter Games, and will remain within the community following the
Games. This is the first CT scanner to be located in Whistler, providing
residents of the Sea to Sky region with improved access to health care
services closer to home.
    Computed tomography (CT) is a medical imaging method capable of
generating three-dimensional images, inside the body, non-invasively.
    GE's advanced imaging equipment, notably MRI and ultrasound, will be used
to help doctors diagnose and treat athletes during the 2010 Olympic Games. GE
is also conducting ongoing cardiac and musculoskeletal research with some or
several National Olympic Teams in order to improve technology in sports
medicine.
    "We are delighted that Whistler, a world-class destination, now has this
essential equipment for residents and visitors," notes Peter Foss, President,
Olympic Sponsorship, GE. "Residents will no longer have to travel long
distances for CT scans. It's gratifying to know that one of GE's innovative
healthcare products will deliver substantial benefit within the Sea to Sky
region."
    "We are extremely pleased with the tremendous support from GE for the
Legacy CT Scan," notes Dr. Jack Taunton, VANOC Chief Medical Officer. "This
legacy gift will help ensure that British Columbians seeking health care
services at their local hospitals and clinics in Sea to Sky communities
receive a high standard of care before, during, and after the 2010 Games."
    The Whistler Health Care Centre is part of Vancouver Coastal Health
(VCH), which will provide operating funding for the CT scanner, expected to be
in use by the end of 2008. "Physicians and clinicians are increasingly turning
to diagnostic technology to better address the health needs of their patients
and the community," said Ida Goodreau, President and CEO of VCH. "This CT
scanner will be an important legacy from the 2010 Winter Games, and
demonstrates the strength of different organizations and foundations working
in partnership to meet the needs of the people we serve."
    The Sea to Sky Regional Hospital District is providing approximately
$1.21 million towards the $2.3 million construction and installation project.
The remaining $1.1 million has been raised by the Whistler Health Care
Foundation, the Squamish Hospital Foundation, and the Pemberton Health Care
Foundation. "I am delighted to acknowledge the generosity of our community and
the many donors who have contributed to this significant milestone," notes
Marnie Simon, Chairperson Whistler Health Care Foundation.
    "We are so grateful that GE has been generous enough to help our
community improve its health care system," notes Joan McIntyre, MLA for West
Vancouver-Garibaldi. "The CT Scanner will be appreciated immensely by the
local community as well as visitors to the region."
    GE is the exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products and
services that are integral to staging a successful Olympic Games. GE works
closely with host countries, cities and organizing committees to provide
infrastructure solutions for Olympic venues including power, lighting, water
treatment, transportation and security, and to supply hospitals with
ultrasound and MRI equipment to help doctors treat athletes. For more
information, visit www.ge.com/olympicgames.

    GE (NYSE:   GE) is Imagination at Work -- a diversified technology, media
and financial services company focused on solving some of the world's toughest
problems. With products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power
generation, water processing and security technology to medical imaging,
business and consumer financing, and media content, GE serves customers in
more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For
more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.

    VCH is responsible for the delivery of $2.8 billion in community,
hospital and residential care services to over one million people in
communities from Richmond through Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast,
Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Kim Warburton, Communications/PR, GE Canada,
(905) 858-5678, cell (416) 561-8316, kim.warburton@ge.com

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