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ProCure and INTEGRIS Choose Elekta for Proton Therapy and Cancer Centers
Date:8/12/2009

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc., and INTEGRIS Health will use Elekta's MOSAIQ(R) Oncology Information System and XiO(R) treatment planning solutions to manage and optimize its clinical and administrative workflows at the newly opened ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City, and the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of Oklahoma (ICIO), a comprehensive cancer care center that will open this fall.

The ProCure Proton Therapy Center, only the sixth proton center in the United States, opened July 8. It shares a campus with the ICIO, which will provide a continuum of care for proton therapy patients who need the extra services.

ProCure collaborates with leading radiation oncologists and hospitals to develop proton centers. The Oklahoma facility will serve 1,500 patients a year and is the first in a network of ProCure centers to open. A center in suburban Chicago is under construction, scheduled to open in early 2011, and will also use Elekta products. ProCure has centers in development in south Florida and Detroit, Mich.

Proton therapy is an alternative to standard X-ray radiation that causes less damage to healthy tissue and fewer side effects. It is indicated for the treatment of certain solid tumors, particularly those that are located near critical organs or structures, such as the brain or heart, and for treating tumors in pediatric patients.

"Protons give a much lower dose to the surrounding tissues which, in turn, allows for a higher dose to the tumor than with X-ray radiation," said Niek Schreuder, senior vice president of medical physics and technology for ProCure. "This will potentially improve outcomes while reducing side effects."

Philip S. Lance, president of the ICIO said INTEGRIS sought a single oncology information system that would maximize open communications and efficiency across its oncology services.

"Today, many cancer related treatments require a multi-modality approach, which drives the need for integration," said Lance. "MOSAIQ will provide the right foundation so that we can continue to offer personalized medicine to our patients."

The two centers will use MOSAIQ for all aspects of their conventional radiation oncology, medical oncology, hematology, palliative care and proton therapy workflow, as well as XiO for proton treatment planning.

"We have a unique situation in that the entire oncology workflow is based on one integrated MOSAIQ solution," said Ben Harris, ProCure's director of training and development. "This is a first in a proton treatment center. Combining multiple oncology modalities through a central electronic medical record ensures that our medical and administrative teams control the information they need so we can provide the best possible care to our patients."

About Elekta

Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy and radiosurgery, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care.

Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both healthcare providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives, making the future possible today.

Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 5,000 hospitals globally, and every day more than 100,000 patients receive diagnosis, treatment or follow-up with the help of a solution from the Elekta Group.

Elekta employs around 2,500 employees globally. The corporate headquarter is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. For more information about Elekta, please visit www.elekta.com.

About ProCure Treatment Centers

Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. was founded in 2005 by Dr. John Cameron, a nuclear physicist and particle therapy physics pioneer who was pivotal in the development of the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute, the third proton center to open in the U.S. ProCure provides management support and a model for the complete design, construction, operation and maintenance of world-class proton therapy centers. Through affiliations with leading radiation oncologists and hospitals, ProCure's business model reduces the time, effort and cost involved in creating a facility, which allows physicians more time to focus on patient care. ProCure plans to increase the number of centers across the country to make proton therapy affordable and accessible to patients who would benefit from the treatment.

About INTEGRIS Health

INTEGRIS Health is the state's largest Oklahoma-owned not-for-profit healthcare corporation, with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, fitness centers, independent living centers and home health agencies throughout much of the state. Through its affiliates, INTEGRIS Health operates 13 hospitals, led in the Oklahoma City area by INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center. The organization has affiliated mental health providers in 50 Oklahoma towns and cities, and offers hospice services through Hospice of Oklahoma County.


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