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Ascom acquires assets of GE Healthcare’s Nurse Call Business

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Gothenburg/Sweden, 19 June 2012 -

Ascom acquires assets of GE Healthcare’s Nurse Call business headquartered in Bradenton, Florida as of 18 June, 2012.  This acquisition accelerates the growth trajectory of Ascom Wireless Solutions in the healthcare communication market. GE Healthcare’s Nurse Call systems (
www.gehealthcare.com) are a leading nurse call system used by hospitals throughout North America.  GE Healthcare’s Nurse Call business has established itself as a leader with its Telligence and Telergy nurse call solutions.  In 2006, GE introduced Telligence a network based VoIP nurse call system which improved clinical workflow within the acute care market.  GE and Ascom have a long standing relationship where they jointly developed the Mobile Monitoring Gateway for sending alerts and alarms from GE Healthcare Patient Monitors to mobile devices.  This acquisition further strengthens the partnership between both companies.

Ascom has acquired the assets of GE Healthcare’s Nurse Call business and will keep it as a separate Ascom business unit based in Bradenton, FL. This acquisition is complementary to the existing Ascom Nurse Call business outside the US and allows Ascom the ability to provide its customers with the best features and functionality from the combined offerings. Patrick Van Ryzin, who has led the GE Healthcare Nurse Call business for the past three years, will continue to lead the business as a separate business unit for Ascom, reporting directly to Claes Ödman, General Manager of the Ascom Wireless Solution division based in Sweden. Claes states: “This will be a completely seamless transition for all of the current GE Healthcare Nurse Call distributors and resellers. It will be business as usual for all of the partners. Ascom is committed to providing the excellent service and customer care that GE Healthcare has provided for years. We look forward to working with these new partners.”

Fritz Mumenthaler, CEO of Ascom, says: “Ascom is very pleased to have acquired these assets, which help Ascom move closer to our mission of becoming the international market leader in mission-critical communication in healthcare. This acquisition, and our recent acquisition of Miratel in Finland, combined with our own teleCARE Nurse Call allows Ascom to provide superior nurse call solutions all around the world."

For more information contact:
Anne Thingvall
Manager Marketing Communications
Ascom Wireless Solutions

Tel: +46 (0) 31 – 55 93 87
Mobile: +46 (0) 705 – 55 93 87
Email: anne.thingvall@ascom.se

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Ascom is a global solutions provider focused on healthcare ICT and mobile workflow solutions. The vision of Ascom is to close digital information gaps allowing for the best possible decisions – anytime and anywhere. Ascom’s mission is to provide mission-critical, real-time solutions for highly mobile, ad hoc, and time-sensitive environments. Ascom uses its unique product and solutions portfolio and software architecture capabilities to devise integration and mobilization solutions that provide truly smooth, complete and efficient workflows for healthcare as well as for industry, security and retail sectors.

Ascom is headquartered in Baar (Switzerland), has subsidiaries in 15 countries and employs around 1,300 people worldwide. Ascom registered shares (ASCN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich.