Manulife Financial makes $250,000 donation to Hôpital Laval to purchase equipment that will revolutionize cardiology and pneumology procedures in Canada



    QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - Healthcare in Quebec City received a huge
boost today with the announcement by Manulife Financial of a $250,000 gift to
Hôpital Laval to help them purchase a new state-of-the-art CT scanner, the
first of its kind in Eastern Canada.
    According to Dr. Santiago Miro, a radiologist in Hôpital Laval's medical
imaging department, "the Siemens Definition CT scanner purchased by Hôpital
Laval uses a brand new technology that differentiates itself from conventional
multi-detector CT technology. While other manufacturers are still opting to
increase the number of detectors, Siemens has opted instead for a quicker
acquisition by integrating two sources in the same apparatus. It is this
simultaneous use of the two sources that allows technicians to obtain an image
in half the time required by a conventional CT scanner. This is of major
importance when you want to achieve a cardiac image without having to slow the
heart.
    "The technology is revolutionary in that it allows tissues to be isolated
owing to their differing response to the two types of energy. These new
applications open yet-to-be-explored radiology horizons and will have
incredible benefits in terms of the quality of care offered to all our
patients," said Dr. Miro during the press briefing.
    According to Paul Rooney, President and CEO of Manulife Canada: "Manulife
supports many hospital projects across the country and the need for this
technology upgrade is in line with a definite trend we're seeing, as many
hospitals adopt new technologies to improve patient care."
    "Manulife is pleased to support the mission and values of Hôpital Laval
in its efforts to improve the human side and the quality of the care and
services offered to its patients," said Cyril Bendahan, Regional Vice
President, Group Benefits, Quebec Region, in attendance at the announcement of
the donation. Hôpital Laval's new CT scanner has been operational for several
days.

    About Hôpital Laval
    -------------------
    Founded in 1918, Hôpital Laval is a heart and lung institute affiliated
with Université Laval. Its mission is to provide the population of Central and
Eastern Quebec with specialized and superspecialized care and services in
cardiology, pneumology and obesity surgery, and the local population with
general and specialized care and services. The hospital's mission is also to
carry out teaching and research activities in addition to assessing health
technologies and methods of health intervention.

    About Manulife Financial
    ------------------------
    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$399 billion
(US$400.5 billion) as at September 30, 2007.
    Manulife Financial is one of only two publicly traded life insurance
companies with 'AAA'-rated insurance subsidiaries, the highest rating for
financial strength at Standard & Poor's Rating Services.
    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '0945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet
at www.manulife.com.




For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Joel Clément, M.A.
Communications, Hôpital Laval, institut universitaire de cardiologie et de
pneumologie, Communications and Public Relations Officer, Assistant to the
Director General, Phone: (418) 656-8711, ext. 4932, Fax: (418) 656-4866,
E-mail: joel.clement@ssss.gouv.qc.ca, Website: www.HopitalLaval.qc.ca; Tom
Nunn, Assistant Vice President, Media Relations, Manulife Financial, Phone:
(519) 594-8578, E-mail: tom_nunn@manulife.com, Website: www.manulife.com


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