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 News Release - January 13, 2006

GE Healthcare Announces Preview of Latest Advanced All-Digital Heart Hospital

Pepin Heart Hospital & Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute is the Only One of its Kind in Southeast U.S.

TAMPA, Fla.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Jan. 13, 2006--GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE ), announced today the preview and the public announcement of the Capital Campaign of Pepin Heart Hospital & Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., the next generation all-digital, state-of-the-art facility developed around GE's cardiovascular and integrated information technologies (IT).

By combining clinical healthcare information solutions with cutting-edge diagnostics, cardiovascular and patient monitoring systems, the $50-million, 125,000 square-foot digital hospital will provide physicians with quick and comprehensive diagnostic tools to treat cardiovascular disease in a paper-light, filmless and wireless environment where information flows seamlessly from patient admission through discharge.

"With computers at every bedside, patient medical records available online, and technology to review cases, the physicians at Pepin are uniquely positioned within the healthcare industry," said Vishal Wanchoo, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Information Technologies. "Using GE's transformational medical technologies can help these physicians make faster and more informed decisions, streamline healthcare costs, reduce medical errors and enhance and improve the quality of patient care."

In addition, the new Pepin Heart Hospital & Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute will ultimately include a 52-bed pre/post cardiac unit, 16 cardiovascular critical care beds, a 20-bed cardiac surgery recovery unit, 48 progressive care beds, five surgical suites, ten cardiac catheterization/invasive procedure labs with additional diagnostic equipment, and a dedicated auditorium to be used for education and training presentations. GE will also supply its advanced Cardiac Cath Lab suite of technology, including the Innova® 2100 and Innova 4100 and Mac-Lab® hemodynamic monitoring technology.

"In the world of heart care, physicians rely heavily on information that is digitally or electronically captured in order to diagnose cardiovascular disease and plan appropriate treatments," said Laura King, global vice president of Interventional Cardiology and Surgery for GE Healthcare. "It's exciting to bring together the information technology component with advancements in cardiovascular care, providing physicians with faster, more convenient access to all relevant information about their patients."

GE is also working on studies with the Pepin Heart Hospital & Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute to focus on patient, nurse and physician satisfaction, as well as cost and quality metrics. "Collecting data around the efficiencies and safety benefits of information technologies continues to demonstrate and accelerate efforts for the implementation of electronic health records," said Wanchoo.

GE has already helped establish two of the world's most advanced all-digital heart hospitals - The Indiana Heart Hospital in Indianapolis and the Saint Francis Heart Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. GE's all-digital heart hospitals feature cutting-edge modalities, patient monitoring systems, electronic health record and imaging systems, providing physicians and nurses with diagnostic tools to treat heart disease and expeditiously track almost every facet of patient recovery. As a result, the hospitals have made specific, measurable improvements on both the treatment and administrative sides.

"We are very excited to combine GE's extensive experience in digitizing hospitals and clinics with our expertise in leading-edge cardiovascular services for physicians and patients," said Brigitte Shaw, chief executive officer for Pepin Heart Hospital & Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute. "Together we are providing our physicians with the best tools and technologies available, allowing them to spend less time completing and filing paperwork and more time with our patients, while reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety."

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies is helping clinicians around the world re-imagine new ways to predict, diagnose, inform and treat disease, so their patients can live their lives to the fullest.

GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enable a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis, pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $15 billion division of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE ). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 43,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.


Source: GE Healthcare

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