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Kaiser Installs Olympus High-Volume Analyzers For General Chemistry Testing

General Chemistry Systems Streamline Workflow and Processing for Kaiser's Labs

Melville, NY, January 18, 2005 - Kaiser Permanente, America's largest HMO, recently installed four Olympus AU5431 systems in its new 50,000 square foot Richmond, CA, facility. The new equipment will perform more than 12 million chemistry tests during the first year of operation.

Kaiser, a Broadlane member, handles three-quarters of all routine chemistry testing for affiliated hospitals in northern California, including at least 19 major medical centers and 50 clinics throughout the region. Kaiser's Regional Laboratory is the largest privately held lab, outside of corporate-owned laboratories, in the United States, and its automated chemistry department is where the highest volume of testing is performed.

"We're proud to have been chosen as a high-quality, cost-effective solution for Kaiser Permanente," said Stephen Wasserman, Group Vice President, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group. "Kaiser can now standardize workflow and processing using the most advanced chemistry systems on the market, and will be able to achieve its objectives cost-effectively with Olympus."

The Olympus analyzers were selected because of their speed, accuracy, reliability, cost effectiveness, user-friendly operation and the support services offered. "Selection and implementation of the Olympus analyzers has helped us attain our goals of increased productivity and efficiency, effective cost management, increased flexibility (open channels), and sufficient capacity to support our organizational growth," said Carolyn Hoke, PhD, CLS, Regional Laboratory Manager for Kaiser's Chemistry Department, "while achieving our quality objectives. Most important, our staff is very happy with the new instruments."

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group
Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group provides innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks, reference labs, blood banks and pharmaceutical labs. Olympus offers the broadest standardized line of random access chemistry-immuno analyzers, along with lab automation systems, comprehensive patient safety systems, blood bank analyzers and reagents. Olympus solutions save laboratories time, enhance patient safety, maximize productivity, and deliver fast, reliable results.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents; and
  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

    About Kaiser Permanente
    Kaiser Permanente, founded in 1945, is a non-profit integrated health care organization, with physicians, nurses and staff working in collaboration to provide high quality care to patients and address the health care needs of communities served by the organization. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region serves almost 3.2 million members. For more information, visit www.kp.org.