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A Magnetic Gift: Sumter Regional Hospital Receives New MRI as Charitable Donation From Siemens

New System to Become Part of Massive Rebuilding Effort for Tornado-Torn

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MALVERN, Pa., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/-- In recognition of Sumter Regional Hospital's struggle to rebuild following a devastating 2007 tornado, Siemens has announced that, as part of its charitable efforts, it will be providing the Americus, Ga. facility with a new MAGNETOM ESSENZA, worth approximately $800,000.

Siemens took notice of Sumter's story in the company's 2007 Win an MRI Contest and will donate a MAGNETOM ESSENZA MRI to Sumter, to be delivered once the hospital gets back on its feet and has the facility to support it. The devastating effect of last spring's tornado on Sumter and the community it serves struck a chord with Siemens. In solidarity with those at Sumter, Siemens is looking forward to the day when the re-built facility is able to support healthcare equipment such as the Siemens MAGNETOM ESSENZA.

"From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank Siemens for generously contributing a MAGNETOM ESSENZA to our rebuilding efforts," said David Seagraves, president and CEO of Sumter Regional Hospital. "Piece by piece, we are rebuilding and, soon, we will have the ability to address the health care needs of our community even better than before."

"As a small, rural hospital, the terrible disaster that Sumter has endured has had a profound effect on the community that relies on it for both urgent and routine health care," said Jeffrey Bundy, vice president, Magnetic Resonance, Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. "Siemens stands in solidarity with Sumter and hopes that the donation of the MAGNETOM ESSENZA will play an important role in helping the facility start anew and offer the best care possible."


The MAGNETOM ESSENZA, which was introduced to the market in October 2007 and developed specifically for the small hospital market, is expected to help physicians deliver improved imaging services in neurology, orthopedics, body imaging, angiography, cardiology, breast imaging, oncology and pediatric imaging.

The lowest-cost new system available today, the MAGNETOM ESSENZA boasts 1.5-Tesla magnet strength. It generates high-resolution images that will help clinicians make a more precise diagnosis and could eliminate the need for expensive and time-consuming follow-up exams.

About Siemens Healthcare

Siemens Healthcare is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare will be the first fully integrated diagnostics company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum of care -- from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care. The company employs more than 49,000 people worldwide and operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2007 (Sept. 30), Siemens Healthcare reported sales of euro 9.85 billion, orders of euro 10.27 billion, and group profit of euro 1.32 billion. Further information can be found by visiting

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