GE Healthcare has signed a 14-year managed equipment service (MES) deal with Heritage Valley Health System, a medical network spanning Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The agreement, which marked GE’s first MES in the United States, involves the procurement of new MRI and CT scanners for Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley hospitals; new ultrasound equipment for Heritage Valley’s hospital and medical neighborhood locations; and upgrades to an existing CT scanner, as well as the addition of nuclear imaging cameras.

“We have to be two steps ahead of innovation at all times—in technology, in expertise, and in business,” says John Luellen, MD, vice president and chief operating/quality officer of Heritage Valley Health System. “The MES agreement is a fixed-capital expense that includes replacement and associated construction costs, as well as ongoing staff training and service.”

Lee Cooper, GE Healthcare’s president and CEO for the United States and Canada, similarly praised the deal, saying MES agreements help health systems strategically plan equipment and service purchases. “As part of its agreement with GE Healthcare, Heritage Valley will move from a model of fluctuating capital expenditures to one that is more predictable and consistent over the 14-year commitment,” he adds.

GE officials, such as Cooper, hope that this deal is the first of many MES agreements across the nation.

For more information about the equipment included in the MES agreement, visit GE Healthcare.