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Agility Delivers the Healthcare Industry's Largest RFID-Enabled Mobile Asset Management Program That Reduces Total Cost of Equipment Ownership.

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RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 21, 2004

Agility Healthcare Solutions is delivering the largest radio frequency identification-enabled (RFID-enabled) mobile asset management program in the U.S. healthcare industry, and the first designed to significantly reduce the total cost of equipment ownership, to Bon Secours Richmond Health System in Richmond, Virginia.

Agility is providing tracking and management services for critical mobile medical equipment for three Bon Secours Richmond hospitals under a five-year service fee arrangement. AgileTrac, Agility's comprehensive mobile medical equipment management program, will be fully operational this spring, said Fran Dirksmeier, Agility chief executive officer. Bon Secours Richmond, which has a fourth hospital under construction that will feature AgileTrac, provides a variety of healthcare services and is one of Richmond's largest employers.

"We're working closely with Bon Secours to evaluate all business processes and operating costs associated with their significant investment in mobile equipment. We fully anticipate that our AgileTrac program will provide them with an attractive return on investment within the first full year of operations," said Dirksmeier. "But that's just a start. We can track and manage other resources so that clients like Bon Secours can take full advantage of the robust RFID platform we've put into place."

Jerrold Maki, Bon Secours Richmond's chief administrative officer, said, "Agility has been able to quantify our total mobile equipment costs and streamline our equipment management processes. Not only are we expecting the Agility solution to reduce costs and improve staff productivity, but also to improve patient care and assist with our compassionate quality healthcare mission."

Agility is a subsidiary of mobile asset management company TrenStar Inc. that serves clients including Scottish Courage Breweries, Carlsberg UK, Kraft, Goodyear, Burberry and Prada Stores. Agility provides the first mobile asset management solution designed specifically for the healthcare industry featuring dedicated operational support services to optimize business processes, monitor and measure cost reductions, and identify equipment utilization improvement opportunities, said Dirksmeier. Mobile assets in the healthcare industry include medical and transport equipment and surgical instruments.

About Agility

Agility offers healthcare providers the first RFID-enabled resource and workflow management solutions designed to optimize asset utilization, reduce operating costs and improve care quality. Agility tracks, measures and improves utilization of a client's resources including mobile medical equipment, surgical instruments, supplies and pharmaceuticals, while improving patient flow, staff workflow and facility productivity.

Agility is a TrenStar Inc. subsidiary headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. On the Net: www.agilityhealthcare.com

About Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond Health System includes three award-winning hospitals, numerous outpatient and diagnostic facilities, physician groups and a school of nursing. A fourth hospital, the 130-bed St. Francis Medical Center, is under construction in Chesterfield County and scheduled to open in June 2005.

Recognized for a fifth consecutive year by Working Mother magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers," Bon Secours Richmond Health System offers excellent childcare benefits, flexible working hours, work/life benefits and career advancement opportunities. In 2003, Bon Secours Richmond was named one of America's Healthiest Companies by the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA).

Bon Secours Richmond is a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., a national Catholic health care system with a healing ministry that serves 15 communities in nine states throughout the eastern United States. More information on Bon Secours Richmond is available on the Internet at www.bonsecours.com.
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