March, 2012 Franklin, MA JACO, Inc. a leading designer and manufacturing of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) healthcare devices, announces the roll out of its UltraLite 500 powered  hospital carts and lithium power systems upgrades with a longstanding valued customer, Virginia Mason Medical Center.  As a world renowned health system Virginia Mason continues to acquire the most advanced technologies available for its team of healthcare professional and the community it serves.  With the investment in JACO’s lithium powered mobile carts, nurses and physicians at Virginia Mason will start to realize full-shift runtimes and faster mobile cart battery recharges, putting more time and focus on patient care.

Lithium iron phosphate mobile cart power systems have numerous advantages over more antiquated battery chemistries.  Lithium batteries can have a much longer life expectancy due to its ability to handle more cycles of discharging, battery drains. Provided with a 3 year electrical warranty and 3 year Lithium battery cell warranty, when proper charging parameters are followed, JACO Lithium power systems helps eliminate costly downtime, IT service expenses, expensive battery cell replacement costs and service contracts.

Virginia Mason has received many accolades over the years and was recently named the 2012 recipient of America’s 100 Best Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Cardiac and GI Care. This means Virginia Mason ranked among the 100 best hospitals in the nation for these services based on HealthGrades® analysis of Medicare data from 2008 through 2010.

In addition to adding JACO’s new line of American-Made mobile carts, Virginia Mason upgraded some of their JACO legacy cart power systems by converting them from Sealed Lead Acid to Lithium Iron Phosphate. With factory certified JACO lithium power systems, Virginia Mason was able to extend the useful life of their original JACO cart investment.  Fabricated from aircraft-grade aluminum and steel, JACO UltraLite mobile carts are designed with a planned minimum ten years of deployment providing healthcare administrators with a tremedous return-on-investment.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and Chronic Care Management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

About HealthGrades Ratings
HealthGrades is an independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades online properties are the nation’s leading destination for physician search and empower more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed health care decisions.

More information about the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

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