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$250,000 Grant Awarded to National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization from Technology Grant Program

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization announced today that it has received a cash grant of $250,000 from a court-approved fund benefiting non-profit organizations in health care, the arts, education and underserved populations.

NHPCO will apply this unrestricted grant to increase online and web-based educational opportunities for hospice professionals, support research and policy about quality hospice and palliative care provision, and help expand public understanding of the benefits of quality end-of-life care.

This new grant comes the very week NHPCO is launching its new, expanded online educational portal for professionals. This new Internet-based resource -- unlike existing training opportunities in the field -- will provide online courses offering continuing education credits to a range of professionals. Online learning modules will include clinical topics, management and leadership offerings, and sessions designed to increase capacity of the hospice interdisciplinary team.

Additional support will also be available to ongoing research initiatives, NHPCO's Quality Partners program that is helping providers build organizational excellence and improve patient outcomes, and Caring Connections, NHPCO's consumer focused initiative that provides information on hospice, advance care planning, family caregiving and more.

"This funding and earlier grants of Fujitsu technology are essential as we support initiatives to educate and train professionals, expand research about care at the end of life, and increase awareness of quality hospice and palliative care and work to ensure that all people who can benefit from the services hospices provide will have access," said J. Donald Schumacher. "Our deep appreciation goes out to Fujitsu."

This generous award reflects the ongoing interest and support that Fujitsu has had for hospice and palliative care provision in the United States. In December 2006, Fujitsu announced a grant of more than $12 million in Fujitsu products and services to the U.S. hospice community. These grants of technology to 15 hospice providers and NHPCO were part of a $30 million independently managed and court-supervised technology grant program. The grants of technology made to the hospice industry enhanced the quality of end- of-life care, medical record security, and efficient IT services. With this in mind, NHPCO was chosen again to be the recipient of remaining grant funds.

"I am especially pleased with the fine match between Fujitsu's state-of- the-art technologies and the innovations underway in the hospice industry. It is rewarding to see how well the equipment fit with the needs of each organization and what a significant difference it made for patients and families around the US," remarked Yoshi Masuda, president & CEO, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "Through the many lessons learned from previous grant recipients along with this current grant to NHPCO, we are proud to help NHPCO build capacity and spur innovation throughout the field."

NHPCO, the oldest and largest leadership organization representing hospice and palliative care providers and professionals, reports that more than 1.3 million people received care from hospices in the U.S. last year. With the country experiencing the aging of the baby-boomers, the need for care at the end of life is increasing. The industry has been experiencing consistent growth for many years and providers are required to face new challenges as they serve greater numbers of patients, respond to a wider range of life- limiting diagnoses, and face new professional development and training needs within the field.

"Hospice has the heart and the passion, and we are pleased that the integration of Fujitsu technologies is making a difference for patients and families across the nation," Masuda added.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. See for further information.

About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in Sunnyvale, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. currently offers products and services including hard disk drives, scanners and scanner maintenance, broadcast video products, palm vein recognition technology and 10Gb Ethernet switches. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. is located at 1255 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-746-7000. For more information, please see:

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. Fujitsu and the Fujitsu logo are registered trademarks and The Possibilities are Infinite is a trademark of Fujitsu Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Statements herein are based on normal operating conditions and are not intended to create any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. reserves the right to modify at any time without notice these statements, our services, products, and their warranty and performance specifications.

NHPCO is the oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. NHPCO's mission is to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life,


Jon Radulovic

NHPCO Vice President of Communications

Ph: 703-837-3139

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