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Cirrus Health and Siemens Announce Technology Alliance to Deliver the Physician-Driven Hospital of the Future
Date:11/5/2008

Five-Year Contract to Include Solutions for Medical Equipment, Facility Design, Building Infrastructure and Automation, Power Technology and More

DALLAS and NEW YORK, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cirrus Health forged a five-year alliance with Siemens Corporation to provide a wide range of technology and service solutions for the next generation of physician-owned healthcare environments.

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The Cirrus Health-Siemens alliance underscores the commitment of Cirrus Health to create surgery centers and hospitals in which physicians have the greatest opportunity to deliver unparalleled patient care. The agreement includes integration of Siemens medical equipment, communications systems, building infrastructure and automation technologies, fire and life safety, physical security systems, energy efficiency consulting, lighting, and power technology solutions. Additionally, Siemens will work closely with Cirrus Health physician partners to develop optimized, process-based facility design recommendations focused on the highest quality of patient care, efficient workflow and utilization of resources, to deliver a positive experience for patients and staff.

"Cirrus Health has an innovative approach to partnering with physicians to create healthcare facilities, and this gives Siemens a unique opportunity to leverage our expertise in medical equipment and building infrastructure," said Ken Cornelius, President and CEO of Siemens One, the solutions business of Siemens Corporation. "Entire communities will benefit from the advanced technologies we're providing in these new environments."

One of the first initiatives for the new alliance will be the development and design of Central Heart and Surgical Hospital in Conway, Arkansas. The facility, when complete, will total 130,000 square feet with 55 beds and 8 operating rooms and include a full imaging suite and space for three cardiac catheterization laboratories. Siemens, working with the project design and engineering team of Cirrus Health, will provide design services and building automation equipment, systems integration, fire alarm and suppression, and security and access control systems. Nearly $10.5 million of Siemens equipment is included in the capital budget for this project with the opening projected for summer of 2010.

"Siemens One provides holistic management of these complex projects -- including medical equipment, building systems information technology and financing solutions -- and that means a more cost effective and time-efficient proposition for our facilities," stated John T. Thomas, President and Chief Development Officer for Cirrus Health. "No one else offers such a competitive, comprehensive and effective coordination of products and services."

About Siemens

Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, and operates in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. For more than 160 years, Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation and the quality of its products, services and solutions. With nearly 400,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide sales of $96.6 billion in fiscal 2007. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA reported sales of $19.8 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more information on Siemens in the United States, visit http://www.usa.siemens.com.

About Cirrus Health

Cirrus Health is a health services organization, specializing in the development and acquisition of ambulatory surgery centers, short-stay and community hospitals. Cirrus Health is designed to serve local communities by partnering with physicians and other high-quality healthcare providers to deliver excellence in patient care in effective, caring environments. For more information on Cirrus Health, visit http://www.cirrushealth.com.


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