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Susquehanna Health and Siemens Announce Plans to Improve Hospital Facilities Through Technology Investment

10-Year Contract to Include Solutions for Medical Equipment/Healthcare IT, Facility Design Consulting, Building Automation, Power Technology and More

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., and NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Susquehanna Health has awarded Siemens a contract to provide a wide range of technology and service solutions for a master facility reinvigoration project at its affiliated hospitals - Muncy Valley Hospital, Divine Providence Hospital, Hepburn Plaza and The Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center. The majority of the project work is expected to be completed by 2012.

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"This project - the 2012 alliance - is an extension of the long standing relationship we at Siemens have with Susquehanna Health, and an opportunity for these hospitals to provide outstanding patient care to the people of central Pennsylvania," said George Nolen, CEO and president of Siemens Corporation. "Patients and doctors alike will ultimately benefit from the advanced technologies we're providing in this new healthcare environment."

The relationship between Siemens and Susquehanna Health extends back to the development and implementation of Soarian(R), Siemens' healthcare information system. Susquehanna Health was the first facility in the world to go live on both Soarian Clinicals and Financials in order to aid in delivering on its strategic goals of quality enhancement and process improvement. For years, the health system has been at the forefront of the power and promise that advanced healthcare information technology (IT) holds. The 2012 alliance further underscores Susquehanna Health's commitment to this new project and will include medical equipment, healthcare IT, unified communications and collaborative solutions, building automation technologies, electrical distribution and control, energy efficiency consulting, lighting, and power technology solutions. Additionally, Siemens will assist Susquehanna Health with the development of optimized, process-based facility design recommendations focused on the highest quality of patient care, efficient workflow and utilization of resources, and a positive experience for patients and staff.

Among the leading-edge medical equipment provided to Susquehanna Health is the SOMATOM(R) Definition - the world's first and only dual-source computed tomography (CT) system. The SOMATOM Definition acquires CT images using two X- ray sources and two detectors, which enables physicians to examine patients with elevated or irregular heart rates without having to administer medication to reduce the heart rate before the exam. The dual-source capabilities of SOMATOM Definition allow physicians to scan patients at two different X-ray energy levels simultaneously, which may enable physicians to better differentiate and isolate bone and soft tissue, as well as further characterize and distinguish plaque, an early indicator of heart disease, and tumors.

"Information technology and automation have the potential to transform hospitals and healthcare delivery in the 21st century much as electronic banking did in the financial industry in the past century," said Steve Johnson, president and CEO of Susquehanna Health. "By integrating communications, IT, medical systems and building technologies, Susquehanna Health and Siemens plan to create a facility solution that will lower costs, improve patient care and safety, enhance workflow, reduce medical errors, decrease patient processing time and create a seamless system."

About Siemens

Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $107.4 billion in fiscal 2006. Founded 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $21.4 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Ten of Siemens' worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 480,000 people in 190 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States:

About Susquehanna Health

Susquehanna Health is a regional center for north central Pennsylvania and has long been recognized as an industry leader in the application of advanced information technology for patient care. For eight years in a row, Susquehanna Health has been named one of the Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Healthcare Systems by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. Formed in 1994 as an alliance of three hospitals, Susquehanna Health is today the largest employer in the region with 3,000 employees including 100 employed physicians and another 200 on the medical staff in specialties ranging from C\cancer, neuroscience and orthopedics to heart and vascular services and rehabilitative care. The hospitals have 273 licensed beds, 138 long-term care beds and 22 newborn bassinets. Since its inception, Susquehanna Health has also been nationally recognized for its quality of patient care and has consistently ranked highly in patient satisfaction.

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