Another five year of Kodak imaging for the Sisters of Mercy Health System-St. Louis

Rochester 08 January 2001Sisters of Mercy Health System of St. Louis has signed a five-year contract extension with Eastman Kodak Company. The agreement, which includes all medical imaging products and services, applies to most of the health care facilities which are served by the Sisters of Mercy. The Health System consists of 19 acute care hospitals, a psychiatric hospital, outpatient care facilities, physician practices, skilled nursing and long-term residential care facilities, clinics, a managed care organisation as well as other health-related services.

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Kay Donze, director of corporate contracting, stated that Sisters of Mercy is pleased with this contract extension. "We appreciate the quality of Kodak products as well as the outstanding service and support the company has always provided to our constituents. Therefore, this contract allows us to better serve our membership."

Established in 1986, Sisters of Mercy Health System is one of the largest health care systems in the United States, sponsoring hospitals, physician practices, health plans, and related health and human service operations in an eight-state area.

"Kodak's long-standing relationship with the Sisters of Mercy is very important to us, and we are happy that through this extension we are able to serve more of their membership", commented Ronald Armstrong, vice president of national accounts, Kodak's Health Imaging Division. All Kodak Health Imaging products are covered by the agreement, including medical imaging films, medical hardware and software, and support services.

The Sisters of Mercy Health System of St. Louis (SMHS) was established in 1986 to serve as the parent corporation of a variety of health care facilities and services sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the St. Louis Regional Community. SMHS operates facilities and services in an eight-state area encompassing Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Health System services are provided by approximately 25.000 employees and 4000 physicians.

The Kodak Health Imaging Division develops, manufactures and markets products for the capture, processing, presentation, distribution and printing of health-related images. Kodak's Health Imaging Division is a leading single-source provider for Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), radiology information systems, computed radiography, digital radiography, tele-radiology, laser imagers, distributed medical imagers, and traditional x-ray films and equipment.

The Health Imaging Division is the second-largest business segment within the Eastman Kodak Company and has annual revenues of over $2 billion. This division has been serving the needs of the health care industry for more than 100 years. In 2000, Kodak's Health Imaging Division took significant business development steps to capitalise on the convergence of imaging and information, the key driver for integrated diagnostic care both in radiology departments and in the broader health care environment.


Leslie Versweyveld

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