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Owens & Minor (Richmond, Virginia) reported the renewal of its multi-year, prime vendor contract for medical and surgical supply distribution services to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Owens & Minor will serve the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, federal civilian agencies, Coast Guard, and other non-DoD agencies. The award is effective until April 30, 2009.

"We are pleased that Owens & Minor continues its excellent relationship with the Department of Defense," said Craig Smith, president/CEO. "While this award represents a continuation of existing agreements, we are always seeking ways to expand our relations with the U.S. military."

Owens & Minor considers itself the leading distributor of national name-brand medical and surgical supplies and a healthcare supply chain management company. The company serves hospitals, integrated healthcare systems, alternate care locations, group purchasing organizations, the federal government and consumers.

In other contract news: Environmental Tectonics ' (ETC; Southampton, Pennsylvania) biomedical systems division said it has been awarded a contract by a hospital in South Carolina for two Bara-Med XD Monoplace Hyperbaric Chambers. The contract includes an option for an additional unit. In obtaining this contract, ETC said it worked closely with the hospital to help ensure that the hyperbaric chamber installation met requirements for operational efficiency, patient comfort, and the latest safety standards for healthcare facilities.

The Bara-Med XD is the industry's most technically advanced chamber, featuring Windows-based computer control software, automatic treatment printout and Smooth-Ride compression/decompression protocol, according to the company.

ETC develops aircrew training systems, public entertainment systems, process simulation systems (sterilization and environmental), clinical hyperbaric systems, environmental testing and simulation systems, and related products for domestic and international customers.

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