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July 27, 2015

Mercy Hospital Joplin Acquires Eight Toshiba Ultrasounds After Tornado Disaster

Aplio 300 Platinum Helps Mercy Hospital Joplin Deliver Confident Diagnoses with Industry-Leading Depth and Detail

Mercy Hospital Joplin acquired eight Aplio 300 Platinum ultrasound systems for its new facility after a tornado decimated hospital four years ago.

Mercy Hospital Joplin acquired eight Aplio 300 Platinum ultrasound systems for its new facility after a tornado decimated hospital four years ago.

TUSTIN, Calif., July 27, 2015 – After a tornado decimated the hospital only four years ago, Mercy Hospital Joplin in Joplin, Mo., reopened its doors in March with a new, 900,000-square-foot facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Mercy Hospital Joplin, formerly St. John’s Regional Medical Center, acquired eight AplioTM 300 Platinum ultrasound systems from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. to provide the latest in imaging technology for general, cardiology and vascular ultrasound studies.

“Toshiba is unlike any other diagnostic imaging company and has been committed to getting us back on our feet with the right technology for our needs,” said Nora Cannon, administrative director, Cardiovascular Services/Imaging, Mercy Hospital Joplin. “Even while we continued to grow and meet our pre-disaster patient volumes, Toshiba was always there to train our new staff. We were also amazed at the image quality of the Aplio 300 Platinum for any studies and its ability to image larger patients.”

The Aplio 300 Platinum offers exceptional image quality in a small, versatile platform and features a high-resolution 19-inch monitor. The iStyleTM Productivity Suite, an adaptable user interface, delivers workflow automation tools for faster exams. The Aplio 300 Platinum also includes advanced imaging features, such as Advanced Dynamic FlowTM (ADF), Differential Tissue Harmonics (D-THI), Precision Imaging and ApliPureTM+. In addition, BEAM needle visualization allows for better procedural accuracy and minimal invasiveness, leading to a better overall customer experience.

“Mercy Hospital Joplin demonstrates Toshiba’s commitment to putting customers first by giving their staff a worry-free experience so they can focus on what matters most—rebuilding their hospital from the ground up and delivering the best patient care,” said Maria Piazza, director, Ultrasound Business Unit, Toshiba. “Mercy opened its doors to not only a brand-new facility, but one with the industry’s latest ultrasound technology, which provides safer, less invasive and more cost-effective care to its patients.”

About Mercy Joplin Hospital

Mercy is the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 46 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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