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Saints Medical Center and ZOLL Medical Corporation Enter Collaborative Agreement
Date:1/6/2011

LOWELL, Mass., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Saints Medical Center, a leading non-profit healthcare facility in the Greater Lowell area, is pleased to announce it has entered into a multi-faceted agreement with ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq: ZOLL) of Chelmsford, Mass., a leader in comprehensive hospital and EMS resuscitation solutions. This agreement includes the Saints-based EMS service working with ZOLL to collaborate on and test new product concepts and technology concepts.

Recently Saints purchased ZOLL R Series® "Simple, Smart, Ready" defibrillators as a part the hospital's resuscitation solution to improve survival-to-discharge results. The R Series makes code-readiness possible for every hospital department with its advanced, cost-effective defibrillation capabilities. In addition, Saints also recently acquired ZOLL technology for its EMS service, which will allow for a more seamless delivery of care from the pre-hospital to the intra-hospital environment.

"ZOLL selected Saints Medical Center to be a partner because their operation embodies a commitment to healthcare excellence provided by a dedicated team of highly skilled paramedics and emergency providers who have proven their ability to effectively respond in critical care situations," said Jonathan A. Rennert, President of ZOLL.  "This partnership will be most beneficial in our continued effort to bring the most innovative, outcome-improving technology to the communities they serve."

"We are continually advancing our capabilities to provide Lowell and the surrounding communities with the most up-to-date and advanced life saving technology possible," said Stephen Guimond, CEO, Saints Medical Center.

The need for advanced cardiac resuscitation technology in the Greater Lowell area is huge.  Last year Saints' paramedic team received the largest number of calls per vehicle in the entire state. "We have been waiting for the technology offered in ZOLL's innovative products for twenty years," said Saints Emergency Department Medical Director, Dr. Gary DeLong. "We are now able to better respond to and care for the clinical needs of patients experiencing a cardiac emergency.  With ZOLL's advanced product capabilities, we anticipate improved outcomes. In addition, our very progressive EMS team looks forward to participating with ZOLL in new product and technology development.

Saints is the second largest hospital-based provider of 9-1-1 Advanced Life Support response in Massachusetts serving Lowell, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Westford.

Other new technology that Saints Medical Center has deployed in order to save lives includes therapeutic hypothermia, the RESQPOD™ threshold impedance device, and EZIO™ intraosseous vascular access devices. The utilization of these devices in the field has greatly improved cardiac patient neurological outcomes.  In the past few years Saints Medical Center has received recognition for its exemplary "door to balloon" process based on its ability to diagnose and treat acute cardiac situations.  

About ZOLL Medical CorporationZOLL Medical Corporation develops and markets medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data management, fluid resuscitation, and therapeutic temperature management, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies which help clinicians, EMS and fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resuscitation and critical care.

A NASDAQ Global Select company and a Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Company in 2007, 2008, and 2009, ZOLL develops and manufactures its products in the United States, in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. More than 400 direct sales and service representatives, 1,100 business partners, and 200 independent representatives serve our customers in over 140 countries around the globe. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.

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About Saints Medical CenterSaints Medical Center is a not-for-profit, full service, acute care community hospital serving greater-Lowell and the Merrimack Valley since 1839.  A 163-bed licensed medical center, Saints provides advance health services to 315,000 residents in 25 towns.  With nearly 400 physicians and 1,400 employees, Saints Medical Center is well known for outstanding medical care and patient-centered facilities including its Centers of Excellence in Cancer Care, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular Services and Women's Health.  Saints also offers community-based care at several ambulatory sites and is dedicated to promoting health and wellness in the community.  Saints has clinical affiliations with leading Boston academic medical centers and is proud to be one of the top-rated hospitals in Massachusetts according to the Joint Commission.

Copyright © 2010 ZOLL Medical Corporation. All rights reserved. 269 Mill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824-4105.  R Series and ZOLL are registered trademarks of ZOLL Medical Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.Contact:

Joe M. Grillo

Kevin CoughlinNicolazzo & Associates

Saints Medical Center617-951-0000

978-458-1411617-429-6933 (cell)

978-697-1487 (cell)jgrillo@nicolazzo.com

kcoughlin@saintsmed.org
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