Sonosite Awarded Portable Ultrasound Contract with HealthTrust Purchasing Group

November 21, 2008

BOTHELL, WA - November 21, 2008 - Sonosite, Inc. (Nasdaq:SONO), the world leader and specialist in hand-carried ultrasound at the point-of-care, today announced that HealthTrust Purchasing Group has awarded Sonosite a contract for portable ultrasound. The contract covers Sonosite's M-Turbo®, S Series™ and MicroMaxx® product lines. "We are very pleased to contract with one of the nation's most respected health purchasing groups," said Kevin M. Goodwin, Sonosite President and CEO. "Sonosite's products provide medical professionals with the power of ultrasound visualization and the benefits of hand-carried portability in an easy-to-use, rugged design that comes with the industry's only standard 5-year warranty." Sonosite's portable ultrasound products provide point-of-care imaging across multiple clinical applications. Using Sonosite hand-carried ultrasound, the HealthTrust membership will have access at the point-of-care to ultrasound diagnostic imaging and real-time visual guidance for interventional procedures.

About HealthTrust Purchasing Group
HealthTrust Purchasing Group, headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., is a group purchasing organization that supports nearly 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites. With an annual purchasing volume by its members of more than $15 billion, HealthTrust is committed to obtaining the best price for clinically-recommended products, ensuring their timely delivery and continuously evaluating and improving its services to the patients, physicians and clinicians it serves. HealthTrust is located at 155 Franklin Road, Suite 400, Brentwood, TN 37027. The Web site is

About Sonosite
Sonosite, Inc. ( is the innovator and world leader in hand-carried ultrasound. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by ten subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. Sonosite's small, lightweight systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. The company employs over 600 people worldwide.