Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Orangeburg, United States – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and the Regional Medical Center (RMC), today announced a strategic 5-year partnership agreement worth USD 16 million to deliver innovative diagnostic imaging solutions for the residents of rural Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg and Barnwell counties in South Carolina, United States. The partnership will also support the expansion of the region’s only stand-alone community hospital, help RMC to standardize its imaging platforms and better integrate workflows and information, allowing for a better view of the patient. As a result, RMC will be better equipped to deliver on the Quadruple Aim: better outcomes, increased efficiency and improved patient and staff experience.
An hour outside of Charleston and 45 minutes from Columbia, RMC is the only acute care provider in the area, serving patients across a roughly 2,400-square-mile region of South Carolina. The healthcare system includes a 286-bed acute care hospital (designated as a Level III Trauma Center), and 24 primary and specialty care practices in Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg and Barnwell counties. Regional Medical Center recently completed construction of a new USD 8.6 million emergency care facility in the city of Denmark in South Carolina. The 20,500-square-foot RMC Bamberg/Barnwell Emergency Medical Center provides round-the-clock emergency care, including diagnostic imaging, laboratory, observation and emergency transport services.
Long-term strategic partnerships (LSPs) are a growing trend used within hospitals and health systems to better manage the cost and complexity of their technology investments over a defined period of time, while expanding quality access to advanced medical care in order to improve patient outcomes. Philips is a leader in LSPs and the partnership will provide RMC with access to the latest diagnostic imaging solutions, such as the helium-free Ingenia Ambition X system, which can help improve first-time- right diagnosis and perform faster exams. Moreover, RMC will have access to industry-leading minimally invasive solutions such as the Philips Azurion image-guided therapy platform. Azurion offers a unique operating system that optimizes integration and an intuitive user interface that puts controls at the clinician’s fingertips.