GE Healthcare and Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre Sign $30 Million Agreement

    GE Healthcare to provide advanced capabilities to state-of-the-art
hospital in British Columbia through integrated solutions offering

    ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 20 /CNW/ - 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. 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. 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 today at a product exhibition where
hospital staff was 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."


    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

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