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University HealthSystem Consortium Selects KONE to Provide Elevator Maintenance Services

OAK BROOK, Ill., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) today announced that it has awarded a 3-year agreement to KONE Inc., an elevator and escalator manufacturing, installation, maintenance, modernization, and repair services company based in Lisle, Ill. The agreement, which has 2 optional 1-year renewal periods, became effective on February 1, 2009.

KONE operates 800 service centers in 50 countries, delivering approximately 50,000 new elevators and escalators and servicing more than 750,000 elevators and escalators and 270,000 automatic building doors per year.

A key benefit of the partnership with KONE is the KONE Care(TM) service program, which provides comprehensive and flexible service solutions for equipment regardless of manufacturer. In addition, KONE improves the environmental efficiency of its solutions by incorporating energy-saving technologies that keep the total cost of ownership low while reducing the environmental footprint of buildings.

"We're pleased to offer our members these important services from a trustworthy leader in the field," says Cindy White, vice president of operations at UHC. "KONE adds value with innovative, safe, and reliable solutions."

"KONE is excited to be a strategic partner of University HealthSystem Consortium," says Vance Tang, KONE executive vice president and area director for the Americas. "We look forward to helping UHC develop and improve their clinical operations through eco-efficient and reliable service solutions."

About UHC

The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), formed in 1984, is an alliance of 103 academic medical centers and 210 of their affiliated hospitals, representing approximately 90% of the nation's nonprofit academic medical centers. UHC offers its members specific programs and services to improve clinical, operational, financial, and patient safety performance. The mission of UHC is to advance knowledge, foster collaboration, and promote change to help members succeed in their respective markets. For more information, visit

About KONE

KONE's objective is to offer the best people flow experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably, and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. KONE provides its customers with industry-leading elevators, escalators, and innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance, and is one of the global leaders in its industry. In 2007, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 4.1 billion and more than 32,500 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland. For more information, visit

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