Nijmegen, Eindhoven, the Netherlands – The Sint Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced an innovative 10-year managed services agreement for the supply, installation, maintenance and upgrade of radiology imaging equipment within the hospital. This contract is the first of its kind in the Netherlands, because it will not involve the direct purchase of equipment. Instead, the Sint Maartenskliniek will have the latest medical imaging systems at its disposal for a fixed monthly cost throughout the duration of the multi-year agreement. As a result, the hospital will be able to further improve its patient care, while providing complete transparency regarding technology costs, both now and in the future.
“With this new agreement we are not only assured of having the latest imaging systems available to our patients, we will also be getting them on favorable terms,” says Prof. Marinus de Kleuver, head of the Orthopedic Center at the Sint Maartenskliniek. “It means that we can deliver the highest quality of care for our patients while getting important cost reductions and financial security.”
Philips will supply imaging equipment for the radiology department and the operating rooms at the Sint Maartenskliniek, which specializes in treating conditions related to posture and movement. Treating these conditions typically involves the use of MRI and CT scanners, mobile and fixed X ray systems and ultrasound equipment. The agreement includes frameworks for modifying the specifications of the systems in line with future developments as well as maintenance of the equipment. In addition, it covers the provision of training courses for the hospital’s technicians, which will contribute to improve the continuity of care during equipment use. The first of the new systems covered by the agreement will be installed in the spring of 2013.
“With the new scanners we will simply be able to see more inside the patient, which is very important for us as a specialist hospital,” explains Roel van Dijk, Medical Director Radiology at the Sint Maartenskliniek. “In addition, the new systems will increasingly enable us to take the patients’ wishes and experiences into account. Take the new MRI scanners, for instance. They will surround the patient less closely, because the bore in which the patient lies is more spacious.”
“This agreement shows the entrepreneurship and customization that Philips aims to offer hospitals,” says Hans Bossink, General Manager Philips Healthcare Benelux. “From the perspective of the Sint Maartenskliniek, all investments in imaging-related medical equipment for the future are now budgeted for. So the hospital knows how much it will be spending now, and in ten years’ time, on the technology needed to provide the best possible care to their patients.”