News | December 08, 2008

Hospitals Bid on Siemens’ DR, Proceeds Go to Children’s Health Fund

December 8, 2008 – Siemens Healthcare is allowing hospitals throughout the U.S. to go online to bid on the Ysio, its digital radiography (DR) system with wireless detector from Siemens Healthcare.

The system has been donated to the Children’s Health Fund (CHF), a national organization dedicated to providing healthcare for homeless and medically disadvantaged children and advocating on behalf of all children, to be put up for auction. CHF will enable hospitals to bid online for the new DR system, thereby offering one lucky hospital and its community a DR solution for virtually all clinical demands. All proceeds from the event benefit CHF (www.childrenshealthfund.org).

In a time when healthcare and other economic issues weigh heavily on everyone’s minds, access to the most up-to-date medical imaging technology, as well as providing quality patient care to everyone, despite their financial situation, has been especially challenging for the under-served pediatric population and their families in both rural and urban settings.

CHF is committed to providing healthcare to the nation’s most medically under-served children and their families through the development and support of innovative medical programs, response to public health crises, and the promotion of guaranteed access to appropriate health care for all children. CHF partners with major academic medical centers to deliver healthcare to disadvantaged children and families, via state-of-the-art mobile medical units, in both rural and urban areas across the country.

The auction for the Ysio system enables authorized bidders from U.S. hospitals to submit bids anonymously online, with the highest bid displayed on the auction’s website, www.ysioauction.com, in real-time. When a higher bid is registered, the new amount will then be displayed on the auction’s home page. The final bid at the end of the auction will be the winning bid, once it has been verified and the winning hospital notified.

Auction bidding opened this morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and will continue until December 18 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Registrants bidding in the auction must be authorized purchasing officers for their organizations, and pre-qualified before placing a bid online. The starting bid for the Ysio is $99,999. (The system’s list price is $450,000.)

For more information: www.ysioauction.com and www.siemens.com/healthcare

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