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CHRISTUS Health Announces the Outsourcing of Clinical Engineering to CREST Services

by Joan Trombetti, Writer | May 11, 2009
CHRISTUS Health
will outsource Clinical Engineering
to CREST Services
CREST Services, a national leader in medical equipment maintenance, asset management and parts procurement, and CHRISTUS Health, announced the signing of a 10-year outsourcing agreement effective July 1, 2009. Included in this agreement is the transition of all Clinical Engineering services, employees, and assets.

"While CHRISTUS Clinical Engineering (CE) performs at a level of efficiency equal to or greater than some other in-house service organizations, significant time and reflection has gone into the process of evaluating future service options," said Thomas C. Royer, MD, President and CEO. "Therefore, after much deliberation we have validated that CE services can be provided at a significantly lower cost by outsourcing them to an organization exclusively devoted to medical equipment services."

"We are excited about the opportunity to work with CREST and believe that we have set both the right strategic and tactical directions as we move CHRISTUS Health to being the lowest cost and highest quality healthcare service provider," said George Conklin, CHRISTUS Health Senior Vice President and CIO.

"As employees of CREST, each person will realize significant opportunities for career development and advancement into technical service specialty areas and management responsibilities," explained Brian Montgomery, CREST President/CEO. "In addition, opportunities will be provided for relocation to other markets serviced by CREST."

Montgomery further stated, "This agreement represents the extreme pride, professionalism and contribution of each CREST team member. This is the foundation of our company."

For additional information about CREST Services, visit www.crestservices.com.

About CHRISTUS Health

Headquartered in Dallas, CHRISTUS Health is a Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio. The system is comprised of more than 50 hospitals, inpatient and long-term care facilities as well as dozens of clinics, physician offices and health care services in more than 60 cities in Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Georgia, New Mexico, Missouri, and Mexico. To provide care and support for patients, the system employs approximately 28,000 associates, with 9,000 physicians on facility medical staffs. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten Catholic health systems in the U.S.

About CREST Services

CREST Services (CREST), a privately held Independent Service Organization (ISO), began business in 1999 as a regional clinical equipment service provider in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Today, as a national leader in the biomedical equipment maintenance and asset management field, CREST provides a wide array of services to client facilities throughout most of the U.S. Modern Healthcare magazine survey of the nation's clinical/diagnostic equipment maintenance contractors, listed CREST Services as the 3th largest ISO (Independent Service Organization) in the nation.

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