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Siemens wins 132M euro imaging contract for Spain

by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor | August 12, 2010
Artist's rendering of
the Cartagena Hospital
in Spain.
(Image couresty Siemens
Siemens Healthcare won a 132 million euro contract to supply the Spanish region of Murcia with more than 100 medical imaging systems, the med tech giant announced Wednesday.

Erlangen, Germany-based Siemens will supply two public hospitals, currently under construction and expected to be built before the end of the year, with systems including CT scanners, ultrasound and mammography units, the company said.

According to the deal, financed in part by the OEM's in-house financial services company, Siemens Financial Services, the company will provide regular service and updates to the equipment, occasionally replacing old models with "the newest model of the respective product line," for the next 15 years.
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The deal will be similar to those handled under the company's Managed Equipment Services, which, in the United Kingdom, leases about 250 million pounds worth of assets, according to the Siemens website.

"With public-private partnership tenders, we aim at advancing the quality of our health services and simultaneously improve the relationship between costs and benefits," Murcia's health minister Maria Angeles Palacio said in a statement.

The two hospitals, Cartagena and Mar Menor, will comprise more than 1,000 beds, Siemens said.