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 News Release - June 25, 2008

Toshiba America Medical Systems Enters into Strategic Business Agreement with Healthcare Leader PinnacleHealth

Strategic Business Agreement Offers Large Healthcare Providers Unparalleled Value, Leading Technology and Exceptional Customer Service

TUSTIN, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Enhancing its flexibility in providing medical imaging solutions for large hospitals and healthcare networks across the country, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. announced a strategic business agreement with PinnacleHealth, a non-profit hospital and healthcare system in Central Pennsylvania.

For the next five years, 85 percent of PinnacleHealth’s newly acquired medical imaging systems will come from Toshiba’s full product portfolio including CT, Interventional Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound and MRI.

“Toshiba’s strategic business agreement offers PinnacleHealth the most advanced technology available,” stated Phil Guarneschelli, chief operating officer, PinnacleHealth. “By partnering with Toshiba, PinnacleHealth is creating commonality of equipment within all our facilities, which helps increase patient care by streamlining workflow and training for technologists and physicians.”

PinnacleHealth, located in Harrisburg, PA, offers services from prenatal to geriatrics throughout its multiple locations. The first phase of purchases for PinnacleHealth include $14.5 million in Toshiba medical imaging equipment, including five MR systems, five CT systems, 11 Ultrasound systems and eight X-ray systems. One of the CT systems to be acquired by PinnacleHealth is the revolutionary Toshiba Aquilion ONETM, the world’s first dynamic volume CT system with 320 detector rows of coverage. It is the only CT system that can image up to 16 cm of anatomical coverage in one rotation.

“Adding the capability of strategic business partnerships allows Toshiba to increasingly meet the needs of large hospitals and healthcare networks,” said Jeff Howorth, vice president, Strategic Business Group, Toshiba. “This agreement with PinnacleHealth is a testament to Toshiba’s strong product portfolio, creative financing with Toshiba’s captive finance division, and unparalleled customer service, which provides customers with industry leading technology and support across the modalities we serve.”

Through these exclusive business agreements, Toshiba also provides value added services such as consulting engagements, productivity and efficiency solutions, and marketing services for the hospital.

About PinnacleHealth

PinnacleHealth is a non-profit healthcare system serving Central Pennsylvania. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, Cumberland, Harrisburg and Polyclinic), FamilyCare physician practices, home health and hospice services, FirstPlace urgent care center, outpatient surgery and imaging centers, inpatient and outpatient care and an array of other healthcare services. For a complete list of services, visit our website at www.pinnaclehealth.org.

About Toshiba

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath & EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba has approximately 191,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $67 billion. For more information, visit www.medical.toshiba.com.


Source: Toshiba America Medical Systems

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