Seventy-Six Swisslog Customers Among the Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals

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More than three out of four top 100 U.S. Hospitals in the 2009 Thompson Reuters list are Swisslog customers.

Swisslog, a leading provider of automated materials transport and pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals, today announced that 76 of its customers have been named to the Thompson Reuters list of the Top 100 U.S. Hospitals for 2009.

Published annually since 1993, the Thompson Reuters Top 100 Hospitals study evaluates the overall performance of U.S. hospitals in nine key areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction, and adherence to clinical standards of care.

Thompson Reuters researchers evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information to compile their results.

Based on the results of its study, Thompson Reuters concluded that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as patients treated in the winning hospitals:

1.    More than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year;
2.    Nearly 132,000 patient complications would be avoided annually;
3.    Expenses would decline by $5.9 billion a year; and
4.    The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

“All of us at Swisslog are very proud to be partners with so many of the prestigious hospitals in the Top 100 Hospitals list for 2009,” said Charlie Kegley, president of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions’ North American division. “Our materials transport and pharmacy automation systems are designed to aid our customers in delivering quality healthcare faster, safer and with greater efficiency. As such, we believe we contributed in helping them achieve high marks for operational excellence. We will continue to provide the very best products, service and support to all of our hospital customers, realizing that their success strengthens the communities in which we all live and work.”

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is the leading supplier of logistics automation solutions for healthcare facilities. Swisslog has installed automated materials transport and pharmacy automation systems in more than 3,000 hospitals around the world, including more than 2,000 in North America. Swisslog offers total systems design, manufacturing, installation and customer support providing a complete supply chain management approach to the logistics challenges of hospitals. The North American division of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is based in Denver, CO.

About Swisslog

Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. Its comprehensive services portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers to implementing Swisslog's own software to intra-company logistics solutions for hospitals.

Swisslog’s solutions optimize customers’ production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries rely on.

Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs over 2,000 staff in about 20 countries worldwide. The group’s parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG.S). For more information, visit http://www.swisslog.com.

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