Hospitals, healthcare providers to benefit from new Premier agreements for refurbished operating room capital equipment

Metropolitan Medical Services awarded new agreement from Premier healthcare alliance for purchasing refurbished operating room capital equipment

Charlotte, NC.  The Premier healthcare alliance today announced new agreements for refurbished operating room capital equipment have been awarded to Future Health Concepts of Sanford, Fla; Heartland Medical Sales & Services LLC, a small business enterprise, of Louisville, Ky.; Metropolitan Medical Services of NC Inc., a woman-owned business, of Asheville, N.C.; STERIS Corporation of Mentor, Ohio; and World Medical Equipment of Marysville, Wash.

Effective October 1, 2012, the agreements are available to acute care and continuum of care members of Premier.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,700 U.S. hospitals and 90,000 other sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier operates a leading healthcare purchasing network with more than $4 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains the nation’s largest clinical, financial and outcomes database with information on 1 in 4 patient discharges. A world leader in delivering measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington.

Metropolitan Medical offering options to owners of discontinued GE® Datex-Ohmeda® Modulus SE / Excel 210 SE 7900 anesthesia machines using 1503-3855-000 flow transducers

Metropolitan Medical Services — a premier anesthesia sales and service supplier — in direct response to a currently unavailable GE part (1503-3855-000 flow sensor), is offering valuable trade-in discounts to customers who own the discontinued anesthesia machines.

Asheville, NC.Recently, GE discontinued sales of the 1503-3855-000 flow transducer for the 7900 ventilator, directly affecting owners of the GE Datex-Ohmeda Modulus SE and Excel 210 SE anesthesia machines with the 7900 ventilator. In response, Metropolitan Medical Services announced today a discount trade-in program specifically for customers in the market who currently own these machines. The GE Aestiva® anesthesia machines that utilize 7900 ventilation technology are not affected by the discontinuation.

The discount program will issue a trade-allowance, based on the model and condition of the anesthesia machine trade-in, towards the purchase of a new Spacelabs® BleaseSirius® anesthesia system or a current generation reconditioned anesthesia machine. Some of the more popular reconditioned anesthesia machines available from Metropolitan include the GE Aestiva, Aespire®, Avance®; the Drager® Apollo®, Fabius GS®, Fabius GS Premium, and the Fabius GS Tiro®.

“We are finding a significant number of customers that are unable to purchase the flow transducers that are critical to the operation of the machine. We can offer solutions to those customers, as well as anyone who may need machine support in the interim,” said Jeff Rhinehart, CEO, Metropolitan Medical Services.

Metropolitan also has thousands of anesthesia machine parts available and ready to ship for medical facilities who may need parts to prolong the life of their GE and Drager anesthesia machines.

Metropolitan Medical has been a leading supplier of new and refurbished anesthesia machines, anesthesia equipment and anesthesia service in the U.S for over 15 years. Metropolitan is dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction, and offers a complete portfolio of solutions for your anesthesia needs.

For more information about the trade-in discount program and Metropolitan Medical Services, please call us at 800-482-6537, or visit us online at https://www.metropolitanmed.com.

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Metropolitan Medical now offering iMDsoft’s MetaVision anesthesia management software to improve patient care and facility efficiency

Metropolitan Medical Services is partnering with iMDsoft® to offer the MetaVision® Anesthesia Information Management System (AIMS), designed to provide the best possible patient care while increasing efficiency and maximizing revenue capture for the medical facility.

Asheville, NC. September 27, 2011 Metropolitan Medical Services — a premiere anesthesia sales and service supplier —now offers iMDsoft’s MetaVision Suite, which electronically tracks the patient throughout the entire perioperative process, from pre-op, through intra-op and ICU, to recovery.

The MetaVision system fully supports the perioperative workflow, generating a complete, accurate, billable anesthesia patient record. The software helps increase the percentage of reimbursable procedures, while decreasing the amount of time spent on documentation. In addition, the system helps enhance patient care by reducing potential errors, streamlining and fully integrating the patient data, providing better decision-making and analysis tools, and increasing EMR and HIPAA compliance.

Jeff Rhinehart, CEO of Metropolitan Medical Services, is enthusiastic. “Anesthesia and the peri-operative environment are the most technically challenging areas for EMR. Currently, data is manually recorded, increasing the risk of potential errors and possibly providing an incomplete patient data record. Perioperative areas have been a “black hole” of patient data. This new software fills that void, providing the missing link in the EMR chain.”

“iMDsoft is pleased to join forces with Metropolitan Medical Services to offer our proven anesthesia information management system,” said Phyllis Gotlib, CEO, iMDsoft. “We welcome the opportunity to leverage Metropolitan Medical’s experience in serving the healthcare community in the Southeast US. Together we will enable outpatient surgery centers, community hospitals and medical centers to benefit from our advanced functionality and our focus on both clinical and financial results.”

MetaVision imports the relevant patient data from the hospital information systems in the pre-op stage, including anesthetic history, allergies, current medications, and previous surgeries. The system facilitates documentation and assessment during the pre-op process, ensuring that data is captured correctly and that scheduled surgeries proceed as planned.

During the procedure, clinicians have quick and easy access to all the events, pre-op evaluations, medications, risk factors, and procedures documented in the anesthesia plan. In addition, the healthcare providers can monitor and capture actionable information automatically, allowing them to save valuable time and focus on the clinical process.

MetaVision allows anesthesiologists to highlight the details that are most important for each patient, helping provide the best possible care throughout the entire anesthesia process.

In post-op, the patient anesthesia record is readily available for easy follow-up and analysis. MetaVision supports nursing workflow, simplifying reviews and delivery of medications as assigned by the anesthesiologist. By aggregating all relevant data, the system helps facilitate the discharge process.

MetaVision was carefully designed to fully integrate with all typical existing hospital systems, such as ADT, labs, CPOE, PACS, scheduling and billing while complementing each facility’s specific overall IT strategy. The MetaVision library currently contains drivers for over 200 of the most prevalent medical devices in the current market, with new drivers being added regularly.

Metropolitan Medical has been a leading supplier of new and refurbished anesthesia equipment and service in the U.S for over 15 years. Metropolitan is dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction, and offers a complete portfolio of solutions for your anesthesia needs. For more information about MetaVision or Metropolitan Medical Services, please visit us at www.metropolitanmed.com.

iMDsoft is a leading provider of Clinical Information Systems (CIS) for perioperative, critical, and acute care. Major medical centers across the US, Europe, and Asia, including 4 of the top 10 hospitals in the US, use iMDsoft’s technology to improve care quality, promote patient safety, enhance financial performance, support research and compliance, and achieve sustainable market leadership. To learn more, visit www.imd-soft.com.

Metropolitan Medical partners with AGR to offer eco-friendly alternative to traditional anesthesia scavenging systems

Metropolitan Medical Services is partnering with Anesthetic Gas Reclamation(AGR) to offer the DGSS, an innovative new dynamic gas scavenging system designed to reduce energy and operating costs while helping reduce the anesthesia machine’s impact on the environment.

Asheville, NC.Metropolitan Medical Services — a premiere anesthesia sales and service supplier — is now partnered with AGR to offer an innovative new scavenging system to replace traditional active scavenger interface systems, designed to reduce energy usage and operating costs while significantly increasing the vacuum pump life.

The Dynamic Gas Scavenging System (DGSS®) is a waste anesthetic gas scavenger interface that is designed to quickly and easily attach to any anesthesia machine, including GE, Drager and Spacelabs models. The major benefits of the device include a reduction in scavenging energy and maintenance costs of up to 90%. In addition, the device is intended to greatly increase the efficiency of the anesthesia machine, significantly increasing the vacuum pump’s life while eliminating the need to disconnect the scavenging vacuum at the end of the day. Perhaps the most important benefit of the DGSS® is its critical role in reducing greenhouse emissions.

Using general anesthesia, carbon compounds such as Isoflurane, Sevoflurane, and Desflurane are inhaled to produce general anesthesia for surgery. These potent greenhouse gases are currently exhausted into the environment outside the hospital or surgical facility. While the atmospheric effects of these discarded halogenated anesthetics don’t include ozone depletion, they do contribute to the production of acid rain and greenhouse effects, potentially aggravating global warming.

In the U.S. alone, the total production of these emissions amount to an estimated 2,000 tons per year – the equivalent of almost 4,000,000 tons of excess CO2 release. The EPA (and other international environmental agencies) have systematically regulated or banned many HFCs and HFC-like compounds. State and federal legislation controlling the release of halogenated anesthetics is expected in the near future.

Anesthetic Gas Reclamation, manufacturer of the DGSS®, intends to reduce these impacts and save energy in the process. Its scavenging system is the first step of three components in its anesthetic gas recycling system. The next component (recapture) is expected to be available late this year, while the third (reuse) should receive FDA approval in the near future.

Dr. James Berry, CEO of Anesthetic Gas Reclamation, is optimistic, “It is a rare opportunity to both help protect the environment and reduce healthcare costs.”

For more information, please visit the DGSS product page.

Advanced electronic flow meter option for the BleaseSirius Anesthesia System now available from Metropolitan Medical

Metropolitan Medical, a distributor of Spacelabs anesthesia products, now offers Spacelab’s electronic flow meter
option 
that combines traditional flow control with digitally enhanced, EMR-friendly visualization for increased
accuracy and patient safety.

Asheville, NC.Metropolitan Medical Services, a premier anesthesia sales and service provider, began distributing today a better, more advanced option for monitoring a patient’s fresh gas flow. The new Spacelabs BleaseSirius anesthesia delivery system now offers an electronic flow meter (EFM) option to more quickly and easily identify key patient information.

Using an exact digital readout located below each 3D flow tube on the BleaseSirius machine, it allows the caregiver to instantly know the fresh gas flow to the patient. The design and look of the EFM is similar to traditional flow tubes, with enhanced precision and more accurate gas data that can be exported easily to comply with electronic medical record keeping systems.

Based on Blease’s reputable 60-year history of developing anesthesia solutions, the Spacelabs BleaseSirius Anesthesia System offers the latest innovation and technology, and can be designed to meet the unique needs of any medical facility. With unparalleled performance based on reliability, precision, and simplicity, Spacelabs anesthesia systems lead the industry in innovation, ventilation and vaporization.

Metropolitan Medical has been a leading supplier of new and refurbished anesthesia equipment and service in the U.S for over 15 years. Metropolitan is committed to achieving 100% customer satisfaction, and offers a complete portfolio of solutions for your anesthesia needs.

Metropolitan Medical introduces new electronic record-tracking system for anesthesia service customers

Metropolitan Medical Services — a premier anesthesia sales and service supplier — introduces new method for customers to track and backup anesthesia equipment service records and maintenance schedules.

Asheville, NC.Metropolitan Medical Services announced today a new tool for their customers to track and backup electronic service records for all the anesthesia equipment serviced by the company.

Using the company’s website, and a unique username and password, service customers log in to access the maintenance records for every machine in their facility that is currently being serviced by Metropolitan Medical. The innovative system allows the facility to easily and quickly track service records and maintenance schedules. In addition, it provides an off-site backup for the records, and provides a paper trail for every anesthesia machine for auditing purposes and regulatory inspections.

“By providing our customers with easy access to all of their electronic service records, we offer this additional service to help manage the service records for each machine,” said Jeff Rhinehart, CEO, Metropolitan Medical Services.

The new system is currently being offered as part of Metropolitan’s extended warranty service package, and as an upgradeable option with all other service maintenance agreements.

Metropolitan’s service maintenance packages are designed specifically to meet each hospital or surgery center’s needs. From basic preventative maintenance services and quality assurance inspections, to a complete rebuild of an anesthesia system, Metropolitan Medical Services offers a one-stop shop for all anesthesia and monitoring services and repairs.

Metropolitan Medical now offering options and discounts to customers affected by GE (Datex Ohmeda) and Drager (Draeger) discontinuations

Metropolitan Medical — a premier anesthesia sales and service supplier — offers many cost-effective alternatives to customers affected by GE (Datex Ohmeda) and Drager (Draeger) anesthesia machine discontinuations.

Asheville, NC.  Metropolitan Medical announced today a new discount trade-in program for customers affected by the GE and Drager anesthesia machine discontinuations. The discount program will issue a trade-allowance, based on the model and condition of the trade-in, towards the purchase of a new Spacelabs BleaseSirius anesthesia system or a current generation reconditioned anesthesia machine.

Factory support is no longer being offered for many popular GE and Drager machines. Some of the GE machines include the Ohmeda Modulus II & II Plus Excel 110, Excel 210, Excel 210SE, and Modulus SE. Drager has recently released letters regarding the discontinued service support for the Narkomed 2B, 2C and Narkomed 4.

“We are finding in the market a number of customers that are being affected by the discontinuation of service support on their machines. We are offering solutions to those customers, as well as anyone who may need machine support,” said Jeff Rhinehart, CEO, Metropolitan Medical Services.

In order to extend the value and usable life of your discontinued equipment, Metropolitan also offers significant service discounts to new clients that own the discontinued machines in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Metropolitan also has thousands of anesthesia machine parts available and ready to ship for medical facilities who may need parts to prolong the life of their GE and Drager anesthesia machines.

Metropolitan Medical partners with Spacelabs Healthcare to offer Spacelabs’ BleaseSirius Anesthesia System

Metropolitan Medical — a premiere anesthesia sales and service supplier — now offers a new anesthesia delivery and ventilation system from Spacelabs Healthcare.

Asheville, NC.  Metropolitan Medical and Spacelabs Healthcare announced today a distributorship that provides customers in six states the opportunity to purchase new, high-quality anesthesia delivery and ventilation systems, manufactured in the U.S. The partnership allows MMS to sell the BleaseSirius anesthesia delivery system in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and to certain accounts near Asheville, North Carolina.

Spacelabs Healthcare, Inc., is a manufacturer of medical equipment for the global healthcare market, offering over 50 years of trusted clinical partnership. Their legacy began with a contract to work on the Gemini space program in 1958 with NASA. In 2006, Spacelabs Healthcare purchased Blease Medical, a UK-based company that had been manufacturing anesthesia delivery machines and ventilators for over 60 years. Spacelabs’ anesthesia delivery systems are manufactured in Issaquah, Washington.

“Spacelabs Anesthesia Systems, including the new BleaseSirius, incorporate the latest technology offering clinicians unparalleled performance in ventilation and vaporization,” said Joe Davin, Group President, Spacelabs Healthcare. “Focusing on the patient and clinician to machine relationship has allowed us to offer clinicians integrated technology, reduced cost of ownership and clinical ease of use.”

Metropolitan Medical has been a leading supplier of new and refurbished anesthesia equipment and service in the U.S for over 15 years. Metropolitan is dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction, and offers a complete portfolio of solutions for your anesthesia needs.

“With this relationship, we’re now providing our customers with the option to purchase new anesthesia machines, with state-of-the-art ventilation technology at a value price point,” said Jeff Rhinehart, CEO, Metropolitan Medical Services.

Metropolitan Medical Services of NC. Inc Receives 2009 Best of Business Award

SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2009, Metropolitan Medical Services of NC. Inc has been selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the Healthcare category by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)

The Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is pleased to announce that Metropolitan Medical Services of NC. Inc has been selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the Healthcare category.

The SBCA 2009 Award Program recognizes the top 5% of small businesses throughout the country. Using statistical research and consumer feedback, the SBCA identifies companies that we believe have demonstrated what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy. The selection committee chooses the award winners from nominees based off statistical research and also information taken from monthly surveys administered by the SBCA, a review of consumer rankings, and other consumer reports. Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.

About Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)

Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is a San Francisco based organization. The SBCA is a private sector entity that aims to provide tactical guidance with many day to day issues that small business owners face. In addition to our main goal of providing a central repository of small business operational advice; we use consumer feedback to identify companies that exemplify what makes small business a vital part of the American economy.

SOURCE: Small Business Commerce Association