Industry round-up: Eastman Kodak, Initia-RT, Fusion Sales Partners, McKesson, Toshiba

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Uri Amir has been named general manager of InitiaRT, part of Initia Medical Technologies. Before this appointment, Amir served as vice president R &D and general manager of Galil Medical’s Israeli site. In his role, Amir is administering all research and development efforts and is responsible for worldwide commercial activities. Additionally, he is also responsible for integrating Initia-RT’s technologies in various joint efforts with research and commercial entities. 

Fusion Sales Partners has won the Stevie Award for the Best Run Sales Organization in Medical Product Sales. Fusion is an outsourced extension of GE Healthcare’s direct sales force, and sold nearly one half billion dollars in products for GE during 2005, according to Michael Persiano, vice president of Marketing. The Stevie Awards recognize performance excellence in the business world.

Eastman Kodak Company, a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, has donated its digital x-ray and information systems to assist medical professionals in providing on-site care for athletes living and training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The combined value of the equipment, installation, training and services provided by Kodak is valued at over  $1.1 million.

McKesson named Sunny Sanyal as chief operating officer of McKesson Provider Technologies (MPT), a unit of McKesson Corp. Sanyal, previously group president for Clinical Solutions, now provides leadership for all of MPT's North American operations under a new organizational structure based on high-growth market segments.  These segments include health systems, physician offices and other ambulatory settings, medical imaging, automation, and consumer technologies.  The new structure is designed to leverage McKesson's leadership position as an innovator in healthcare technology and workflow automation and accelerate the introduction of new products into strategic market segments, according to the company.

Toshiba America Medical Systems announced that the University of Florida’s Veterinary Medical Center (UFVMC) has installed nearly $2 million of medical imaging equipment that is being used to diagnose large and companion-animals, including horses, dogs and cats among others. The new Vantage magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system and Aquilion 8 computed tomography (CT) scanner will improve the center’s imaging capabilities, enabling them to quickly and painlessly identify problems and proceed with the best treatment possible.