Covidien (Mansfield, Massachusetts) reported the opening of four research and development (R&D) centers. The R&D facilities are located in: Boulder, Colorado; Hyderabad, India; Irvine, California; and Trevoux, France. "Our investments in these new R&D centers represent a strong commitment to delivering healthcare solutions that improve patient outcomes," said José Almeida, president/CEO. "To remain a market leader, we must broaden our innovation focus and create a competitive edge by continuing to expand our business globally."

Covidien says it now has 24 R&D centers throughout the world, focusing on new growth platforms in its endomechanical and energy devices, soft tissue repair, vascular therapies, respiratory, monitoring, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies product lines.

Tuba City partners with Karl Storz

Tuba City Regional Health Care (Tuba City, Arizona) reported a new phase in a strategic partnership with Karl Storz (Tuttlingen, Germany). Tuba has received a donation of Karl Storz's endoscopic instrumentation and related equipment for performing advanced gynecologic procedures as well as addressing other women's health issues. The relationship between the hospital and Karl Storz is focused on enabling the Arizona facility to acquire much-needed equipment to enhance the care provided to its patients across a range of medical specialties. This donation follows an initial gift of advanced life-saving equipment made to the hospital late in 2011.

The first equipment donation was a C-MAC Video Intubation system that has helped the hospital deal with difficult airway cases daily and address concerns with patient safety issues.

The laparoscopic gynecology equipment being provided to the Tuba City Regional Health Care includes small diameter operating hysteroscopes and instrumentation, and other specialized telescopes and instrument sets and equipment representing a range of innovative technologies for performing minimally invasive procedures.

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