Germany’s Curagita and Swiss-Based Mesa Form Joint Venture to Create the Largest Independent Service Provider in Germany for Multi-Vendor Diagnostic Imaging Service, Equipment and Parts

June 2, 2014

LUGANO, Switzerland and HEIDELBERG, Germany, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

Medical Equipment Solutions and Applications (MESA), Europe’s leader in multi-vendor
service for Diagnostic Imaging systems, equipment and parts, and Heidelberg-based
radiology management company Curagita are joining forces to bring new and broader
solutions for a full range of Diagnostic Imaging services to the German healthcare market.

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Curagita is the leading independent provider of radiology services in Germany managing
a co-operative radiology network consisting of 100 large private imaging centres. Having
organised their own co-operative diagnostic imaging service organisation on behalf of
their 360 member radiologists, Curagita and their radiologists recognise the benefits of a
quality-controlled, independent multi-vendor service with the size and experience of MESA.
On account of their ISO 13485 certification for quality practices specific to the medical
device industry, MESA are able to provide a number of advantages that put their service at
or above the level of the original manufacturer. Among those advantages are fast response
times, centralised management of diverse OEM systems and modalities, and uptime guarantees
that keep MESA’s clients’ pan-European installed base operational with less than 1%
downtime. Not only are there benefits in terms of quality of service provided to
Curagita’s network of radiologists, but MESA’s multi-vendor service and European supply
chain network also give additional savings to the composite cost structures that
Curagita’s radiologist members already enjoy over OEM service costs. With this venture,
Curagita’s diagnostic imaging service to its radiologists will be expanded with MESA
support and the strength of MESA’s entire European network.

Dr. Norbert Reekers, Curagita’s Equipment and IT Executive states, “With MESA, we are
partnering with the largest and best European independent service provider in order to
both increase the high-level of quality service we are able to provide while allowing
Curagita to work with a single, centralised asset management partner across all OEMs and
modalities in a much more cost-effective way. In this way, we take advantage of working
with the OEMs for the best technology and clinical equipment manufacturing while working
with MESA for the best service offerings and flexibility of alternative solutions given
that Service is MESA’s 100% focus.”

The new joint venture, MESA Deutschland GmbH, is beginning service immediately in
Germany, leveraging MESA’s direct presence and local network of infrastructure and
engineering partners in Germany where MESA has been increasing local investment the last
6-12 months. The new service company will provide both a local team of technicians and
warehouse locations that will be supported by an additional 140 specialised field
engineers and the centralised logistics and customer infrastructure that already operates
MESA’s pan-European service. Even those who are not yet members of Curagita’s radiology
network and hospitals will have the opportunity to try a new multi-vendor equipment

Says Oliviero Zasa, MESA’s Regional Manager for Germany-Austria-Switzerland, “Our goal
is to benefit clinical service delivery to patients and the healthcare providers who treat
them by promoting a centralised, multi-vendor service delivery model that increases both
the quality of care and the reliability of imaging services while providing more cost
effective and efficient solution options for customers. We are very pleased to partner
with Curagita, as together we share the passion to deliver our services under the highest
quality standards, service innovation, better efficiency and a greater variety of options
to the German healthcare market.”

The German radiology market consists of over 1,000 imaging centers and 750 radiology
hospital departments with more than 6,800 radiologists. As a first-mover in Germany,
Curagita is determined to support local radiologists by leveraging their “franchise,”
expanding their radiology groups and rolling-up the private imaging centre market through
mergers and acquisitions. MESA and Curagita are certain to make an impact with the
beginning of this new venture.

Medical Equipment Solutions and Applications (MESA) is the first pan-European
independent service provider for clinical and diagnostic imaging field engineering
services, capital spare parts, and refurbished equipment solutions for all MRI, CT,
PET-CT, Angio/Cardiac and other general X-Ray systems from vendors such as GE, Philips,
Siemens, and Toshiba.

Headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland, MESA brings to Europe more than 40 years of
experience developing the independent diagnostic imaging service and parts market from its
US heritage. Committed to customer service and quality, MESA is accredited with both ISO
13485 and ISO 9001 certifications. Visithttp://www.mesa-medical.com or contact MESA at

The CuragitaHolding AG is a service provider for radiologists and practitioners of
nuclear medicine. The company operates Curagita AG since 1999 and is Germany’s leading
cooperative network with 360 physicians in 100 practices and 70 hospital departments. With
over 100 employees, the Curagita radiology network members support the motto, “cura et
agita” in the areas of IT, medical equipment, purchasing, parts, marketing, quality
management, training, fee management, supply chain and business consulting. The company,
headquartered in Heidelberg, generated a turnover of over EUR30M in 2013 and is owned by
the management. For more information, visithttp://www.curagita.com.


In German
[http://www.curagita.net/aktuelles/05-14-curagita-und-mesa-buendeln-kraefte-fuer-geraeteservice.html ]

English PDF [http://media.wix.com/ugd/537177_2abcac8a38eb47f2968abce535295333.pdf ]

        Media Contact:
        Benjamin Peltier, Director of Marketing and Communications
        Medical Equipment Solutions and Applications





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