September's top stories: Indian group to invest $240m, Ohio's proton therapy

Manipal Hospitals, a group in Bangalore, India, plans to invest approximately $240m for expansion, while Ohio hospital breaks ground on a $30m proton therapy facility. wraps up the key headlines from September 2013.

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Indian hospital group to invest $240m for expansion

Manipal Hospitals, a group in Bangalore, India, is planning to invest approximately $240m to add another 5,000 beds within the next three years.

The hospital group currently has a network of ten hospitals with 1,600 beds and five medical colleges with a hospital bed strength of 3,300.

Manipal Health Enterprises CEO Dr Rajen Padukone was quoted by VCCircle as saying: "We plan to have total capacity of around 5,000 hospital beds, existing and potential, in India and abroad by 2015-16."

Philadelphia hospital to build speciality care centre in New Jersey

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) plans to build a 25,000ft² speciality care centre on the new campus of the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, located at the intersection of Route 1 and Plainsboro Road.

The new centre, which is expected to be completed in early 2015, will replace an existing one in nearby Princeton, which comprises of 16 medical and surgical specialities, such as ENT, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, neurology and gastroenterology.

The new space will provide an additional 15,000ft², plus the potential to expand up to a total of 100,000ft² if needed.

Atlanta and Nashville hospitals to deploy GHX's supply chain solution

Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, have selected Global Healthcare Exchange's (GHX) Case Xpert, an end-to-end supply chain solution for managing and tracking implantable medical devices, to automate their implantable device supply chains.

Case Xpert captures and shares data from case creation to product usage during procedures, creating usage capture capability while validating that the device is on contract for accurate billing, purchasing and inventory tracking.

It is reportedly the first end-to-end supply chain solution for managing and tracking implantable medical devices, including the physician preference items (PPI) used in operating rooms (OR).

Ohio hospital breaks ground on $30m proton therapy facility

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University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center has broken ground on a $30m proton therapy centre, an 11,000ft² facility on the UH Case Medical Center campus, to treat paediatric cancer patients, as well as those with certain brain and spine malignancies.

The facility, which is expected to open in 2015, will position UH as one of the few health systems in the country armed with the latest cancer-fighting technology.

Currently there are only 11 operational proton therapy facilities in the US, and the UH Seidman Cancer Center will be the first in Ohio.

New Liverpool hospital secures clearance from city council

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, an NHS Trust in Liverpool, has secured permission from Liverpool City Council for construction of a new £335m Royal Liverpool University Hospital, scheduled for completion in the next four years.

In May 2013, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust selected construction firm Carillion to deliver the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital under a public private partnership (PPP).

The new hospital will be equipped with 646 beds, including a 40-bed critical care unit, 18 theatres and the one of largest emergency departments in the north-west region.

Ontario hospital selects Carestream's medical image management system

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Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ontario, has selected Carestream's Vue PACS and zero-footprint Vue Motion mobile image viewer for streamlining its workflow by equipping its radiologists and clinicians with fully featured on-site and remote access of images and reports.

Carestream's Vue PACS is a web-enabled picture archiving communication system that provides flexible, cost-effective image review, management, distribution and archiving.

Vue PACS delivers integrated advanced visualisation, 3D post processing, lesion management, dictation, critical results notification and a mammography module, which eliminates the need for dedicated workstations, while the Vue Motion viewer provides easy access to imaging data and patient information by clinicians anytime, anywhere.

Boston hospital evaluates Medica's cell image analyser

Boston Children's Hospital, a 425-bed hospital in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston, Massachusetts, has successfully completed a clinical laboratory evaluation of Medica's EasyCell assistant cell image analyser for haematology laboratories in its Core Lab.

EasyCell assistant analyser automates and simplifies the cell differential process by locating and pre-classifying white blood cells.

The EasyCell assistant haematology system uses image-processing and pattern-recognition technologies and presents the results of the smear tests on an LCD display for review by a technologist.

Netherland's hospital signs long-term agreement for ultrasound with Philips

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Medical Center Leeuwarden (MCL), a non-university teaching hospital in the Netherlands, and Royal Philips have signed a ten-year managed services agreement for ultrasound to enhance cardiac care.

MCL will have continuous access to Philips' state-of-the-art ultrasound technology throughout its cardiology department for the next ten years, as part of the deal.

Under the agreement, Philips will install its ultrasound imaging solutions in many different parts of MCL's cardiology department.