/R E P E A T -- Michener and GE Healthcare Canada Establish New Centre of
Excellence for Computed Tomography (CT) Training/

Strategic Alliance to benefit students and healthcare providers

TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and GE Healthcare Canada today announced the establishment of a new learning centre dedicated to training both the current and next generation of CT health care specialists.

The new GE Healthcare-Michener Advanced CT Imaging Centre of Excellence is a true collaboration between two organizations committed to improving the quality of health care services in Ontario and Canada. Both organizations believe the future of many Canadian allied health professionals begins with creative approaches to education and training, a belief realized in this new Centre.

"This significant investment by GE Healthcare represents a major contribution in support of Michener's highly-regarded interprofessional collaborative curriculum and simulated clinical workflow," explains Dr. Paul Gamble, President and CEO, The Michener Institute. "It's an ideal public-private partnership where both institutions have the opportunity to learn together and create innovative programs for the applied health science community that will ultimately benefit patients."

The establishment of this leading-edge CT Imaging Centre of Excellence combines the latest computed tomography imaging technology from GE Healthcare with interprofessional and simulation-based curriculum from Michener. The Centre is located on the modernized 11th floor at The Michener Institute in downtown Toronto, providing Radiologists, Radiological Technologists, and Michener Medical Radiation Sciences (MRS) students (includes Radiological Technology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy disciplines) with access to exceptional hands-on training.

"GE Healthcare is extremely proud to collaborate with The Michener Institute," says Peter Robertson, General Manager, GE Healthcare Canada. "The Centre of Excellence is integral to our overall strategy to provide our Canadian customers with a world-class learning experience and continually improve the quality of health care provided to Canadians."

The formation of the Centre of Excellence between GE Healthcare and The Michener Institute included the donation of a CT system, the purchase of modern workstations, and finally, the deployment of additional advanced software and electronic image library. The library contains a contemporary database holding over 450 anatomical scans depicting cases, from normal to a wide range of pathologies.

Through this collaboration, Michener MRS students will now have better working knowledge of, and practical experience in, CT scanning, imaging and diagnostic capabilities. These skills are now an important part of the core competencies needed by all MRS disciplines writing national exams. Michener graduates, particularly those in Radiological Technology (X-ray), will be well prepared to work with patients in the midst of treatments for various conditions or diseases.

    About The Michener Institute

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science education. Since 1958, Michener has educated applied health professionals who serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy, chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Michener's academic excellence is rooted in: interprofessional education, simulation education, readiness assessment, clinical education, and theoretical education to deliver the Best Experience, Best Education hallmark of learning to over 5,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students. The Michener Institute's academic programs are publicly funded by the Province of Ontario and further enriched through partnerships with universities, private sector companies and leading health care organizations. For more information, visit www.michener.ca.

    About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our "healthymagination" vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency around the world. 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 www.gehealthcare.com.

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For further information: For further information: interview requests, or media tours contact: The Michener Institute, Katie Schrank, Communications Associate, (416) 596-3101 x 3482, kschrank@michener.ca; GE Healthcare, Arvind Gopalratnam, Public Relations Manager, (262) 501-0777, Arvind.Gopalratnam@ge.com

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