UMI to Serve as a Distributor for SonoSite Products into Private Medical Offices
BOTHELL, WA - June 22 - SonoSite, Inc. (Nasdaq:SONO), the world leader and specialist in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound and United Medical Instruments (UMI), a worldwide provider of new and pre-owned ultrasound systems, today announced a new agreement for UMI to distribute SonoSite's products into certain small office markets. Under this relationship, UMI will act as an additional distributor of SonoSite's flagship M-Turbo® and MicroMaxx® ultrasound systems and will serve as a re-seller of SonoSite's used products from its older lines. This collaboration strongly positions SonoSite to continue to expand its presence in the office markets, while offering physicians greater access and customer support.
SonoSite's point-of-care ultrasound systems are designed to provide healthcare professionals with the ability to view anatomy in a greater variety of clinical settings. With the implementation of real-time visualization, physicians in office settings are able to confidently assess, diagnose and perform interventional procedures directly in the patient's examination room.
"UMI's sales team has more than 30 years of experience in the diagnostic instrument industry and will be a valuable partner to complement our existing sales force," said Kevin M. Goodwin, SonoSite's President and CEO. "This strategic distribution channel will be key in providing value to our customers and their patients, while enabling us to better access small office markets and reach a broader base of physicians in the expanding point-of-care ultrasound office segment."
"UMI is delighted to join forces with SonoSite," said Mansoor Ghanavati, United Medical Instruments' President and CEO. "The Company has a strong reputation for creating point-of-care ultrasound products that are cutting edge and reliable and its products will fit well within our existing portfolio of high quality ultrasound solutions. We look forward to bringing more value to our customer base and we expect tremendous success in the physician offices."
SonoSite, Inc. (www.sonosite.com) is the innovator and world leader in hand-carried ultrasound and industry leader in impedance cardiography equipment. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by ten subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. SonoSite's small, lightweight ultrasound systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high performance ultrasound to the point of patient care.
About United Medical Instruments (UMI)
United Medical Instruments (www.umiultrasound.com) is a worldwide provider of new and high quality pre-owned ultrasound systems, parts, and probes at affordable prices. UMI offers products from a diverse variety of manufacturers, addressing applications including radiology, cardiology, OB/GYN, urology, vascular and breast imaging.