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GE Healthcare (Chalfont St. Giles, UK) said it will provide more than $30 million to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (Abbotsford, British Columbia), scheduled to open for patients in summer 2008.

GE Healthcare said it was 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 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 reported this week at a product exhibition where hospital staff was invited to view the new equipment. Equipment incorporated in the deal will aid Abbotsford Regional professionals in all facets of patient care, including physiological monitoring, surgical suites, cardiology devices, medical imaging and maternal and infant care, it said.

Abbotsford Regional will be a 300-bed facility offering specialized care to serve 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 for GE Healthcare, Canada.

Created as part of GE's early health model, these products allow healthcare professionals to focus on early diagnosis, intervention and prevention of disease, it said.

Abbotsford Regional will offer 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, it said. GE Healthcare is also providing medical imaging management, physician information management and a full suite of surgery-related solutions for the new facility.