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June 25, 2015

ASRT Foundation and Toshiba Launch the Safety FiRsT Grant Program

Provides Funding to Improve or Expand Technologist Safety

TUSTIN, Calif., June 25, 2015 To help improve technologist safety in radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Foundation and Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. have partnered to launch the Safety FiRsT™ grant program. The Safety FiRsT program is a new component of Toshiba’s focus on putting its customers first by providing 360 degrees of coverage, guidance and expertise, enabling ASRT member institutions to fund creative programs aimed at improving safety for radiological technologists.

The ASRT Foundation and Toshiba’s Safety FiRsT program will award two ASRT members a grant of up to $7,000 each for the implementation of a radiologic technology safety program or creative idea aimed at improving technologist safety. These facilities will then implement the program and share best practices.

“The Safety FiRsT program grants will help facilities to ensure the safety of their technologists and meet their business needs simultaneously,” said ASRT Foundation Chairman of the Board Steve J. Hardy, M.S., R.T.(R)(T)(CT). “Assistance that helps purchase new equipment for technologists, create new training programs or implement other inventive ideas to improve safety allows the facilities to focus on providing the highest quality care.”

“Safety goes beyond lowering radiation dose; it is an encompassing concept that requires constant refinement, guidance and expertise,” said Satrajit Misra, vice president, Marketing, Toshiba. “Developing this new grant program allows hospitals to further their pursuit of establishing programs that meet the goals of the Triple Aim by improving individual and population-wide care.”

All eligible facilities are encouraged to apply by completing an application at or at The deadline to apply is September 1, 2015, and the winners, selected by the ASRT Foundation, will be announced in October.

The ASRT Foundation & Toshiba Safety FiRsT grants are funded by an educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

About the ASRT Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of the ASRT, the Foundation plays a vital role in shaping the future for radiologic technologists by providing scholarships to students and R.T.s who are beginning or continuing their education and by sponsoring research that impacts the R.T. profession. The Foundation also provides community outreach programs to help improve healthcare around the world. These initiatives, which ultimately impact patient care, are funded by individual and corporate donors.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit Toshiba’s website at

About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation’s website at

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical products and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation” and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in a safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion). To find out more about Toshiba, visit