Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre opens with advanced GE Healthcare Technologies

    GE Healthcare provides advanced capabilities to state-of-the-art hospital
    in British Columbia

    ABBOTSFORD, BC, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - GE Healthcare today announced at the
grand opening of the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
(ARHCC) that the ARHCC has been installed with a wide variety of
state-of-the-art healthcare technologies to help its physicians diagnose a
wide range of diseases. Residents of Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley will now
have greater access to some of the most innovative and technologically
advanced diagnostic and treatment services in British Columbia.
    "We are incredibly proud to be a part of this flagship project - the
first public-private partnership hospital for BC and the first new regional
hospital to be built here in almost 30 years," said Peter Robertson, General
Manager, GE Healthcare, Canada. "GE's partnership with Access Health
Abbotsford, the BC Cancer Agency and Fraser Health Authority means that area
residents have access to improved health care services and facilities, both
complimenting and enhancing ARHCC's focus on delivering exceptional patient
    "We are thrilled to partner with GE Healthcare to provide residents of
Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley with some of the most advanced diagnostic and
treatment technology in the country, making this facility truly
state-of-the-art," said Jeri Lynch, Project Manager, Equipment and Technical
Operations for the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre.
    As part of this historic partnership, GE Healthcare delivered a complete
solution for the hospital that linked technology to patient needs across a
range of clinical care areas, including the first MRI machine for a hospital
in the Fraser Valley, a new neonatal intensive care unit focused on high risk
newborns, real time monitoring of the Emergency Room beds, wireless, bedside
nurse call stations to enhance patient focus, and expanded surgical suites
with a focus on cardiac care.
    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.
    ARHCC will offer innovations including digital mammograms, CT, 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 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. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at

For further information:

For further information: GE Healthcare, Brian McKaig, T: (414) 721-2407,
M: (414) 477-6522,; GE Healthcare, Terri Lohnes, M. (416)

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