Prime Healthcare Hospitals to Install Cutting-Edge Varian Technology for Image-Guided Radiotherapy and Radiosurgery
Prime Healthcare hospitals to upgrade and standardize cancer treatment services
Ontario, Calif., June 23, 2014– Prime Healthcare Services announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Varian Medical Systems (NYSE:VAR) to enhance its hospitals’ radiotherapy and radiosurgery cancer treatment capabilities.
Under the agreement, estimated at $20 million over a seven-year period, Prime Healthcare is immediately acquiring four TrueBeam™ cancer treatment systems to be deployed at sites across its system. Prime Healthcare is also planning a system-wide installation of Varian’s Eclipse™ treatment planning and ARIA® information management software across a network that will be centrally managed using Varian’s FullScale™ cloud-based oncology IT data hosting solution.
“Prime Healthcare’s success has been guided by using proven clinical protocols and cutting-edge technology,” said Prem Reddy, M.D., FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO at Prime Healthcare. “By investing in a state-of-the-art system, we are confident that we can achieve high quality care and, more importantly, improve patient outcomes.”
Prime Healthcare has always stayed at the forefront of medical technology, investing millions each year to upgrade its equipment. Aside from the technology from Varian Medical Systems, Prime Healthcare has invested $7 million in the past two years on the da Vinci Surgical System and more than $50 million in the past few years on upgrading its radiology technology, with $22 million spent this year so far. “We’re very excited about the prospect of working with an innovative, visionary hospital management firm like Prime Healthcare,” said Dow Wilson, Varian CEO.
“We’re on the same page, in terms of our commitment to creating integrated healthcare delivery systems that use technology for the optimal benefit of patients.”
“Many of the radiotherapy departments now under Prime Healthcare management are modernizing their systems with TrueBeam accelerators and software for the cost-efficient delivery of state-of-the-art radiotherapy and radiosurgery, so this is a win for Prime and its patients,” said Chris Toth, vice president of global marketing for Varian's Oncology Systems business.