New equipment for Trios to be delayed

By Sara Schilling, Tri-City HeraldApril 4, 2014 

Trios Health Southridge campus exterior

November 24, 2013 - Exterior work on the Trios Southridge Hospital campus in Kennewick is nearing completion as finishing work inside continues. The hospital is due to open in the spring.

PAUL T. ERICKSON — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

Two CT scanners ordered for the new Trios Southridge Hospital in Kennewick have been delayed by a production suspension and aren't expected to arrive in time for the hospital's opening in early June.

But an interim solution is being worked out, and the hospital will have CT coverage when it makes its debut, said Lisa Teske, Trios spokeswoman.

A nuclear medicine camera ordered for the new hospital also was affected by the production suspension at Philips Healthcare's Ohio facility. The company has secured a new camera as a replacement and it will be installed before opening day, Teske said.

The health system ordered 16 new imaging systems from Philips for the 168,000-square-foot hospital that's nearing completion near Southridge High School. Most already have been delivered.

The total cost of the imaging equipment is about $10 million; Philips is providing financing.

Philips Healthcare, part of the international Royal Philips company, has a production facility in Cleveland. The production suspension there began in January.

It came after a federal Food and Drug Administration inspection found some issues in the "general area of manufacturing process controls," a Philips statement said. The company didn't provide more specifics.

The FDA didn't order or require the production suspension -- Philips took the action voluntarily to address the issues, the company said.

An FDA spokeswoman said the agency can't confirm any action or provide information on an inspection unless there's an immediate public health risk.

Philips expects to begin shipping equipment from the Cleveland facility again later this year. The company said there are no indications of product safety issues and customers can remain confident in its products.

Teske said Trios doesn't have safety concerns; Philips has been forthright and the issues weren't related to patient safety, she said.

The new Trios hospital will have 74 private patient rooms, including 14 in intensive care, plus another 27 emergency and trauma services rooms and six operating rooms. Other features range from a multi-faith chapel to a restaurant.

A medical office building and ambulatory care center is under construction next to the new hospital; the two facilities will connect.

-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529;; Twitter: @saraTCHerald

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