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FIVE MEDICAL CENTERS ORDER WINFIELD'S CONDOR WASTE TREATMENT SYSTEM; ORDERING INFECTION CONTROL SYSTEM BECOMES CONTAGIOUS

 SAN DIEGO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospitals from around the country and Saudi Arabia have placed orders for the Condor Medical Waste Treatment System which renders medical infectious wastes safe and unrecognizable. The Condor System, from Winfield Industries, gives hospitals on-site control of infectious waste treatment at very favorable costs, according to Harold Callicoat, Winfield executive vice president.
 Hospitals ordering the Condor include: Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y., a 1,168-bed facility; the Hospital Corporation of America's 814-bed Centennial Medical Center in Nashville; Sun Medical Technologies of Campbell, Calif., currently serving about 1,200 beds; and King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital and Armed Forces Hospital, Southern Region, both of Saudi Arabia.
 "This Condor System provides substantial advantages over incineration," says Wayne Buck, associate administrator, HCA's Centennial Medical Center. "Because it produces no toxins, smoke, odors, or ash and meets environmental and regulatory standards, it greatly reduces liability exposure associated with waste treatment," Buck said.
 The Condor System, which derives its name from one of nature's most efficient waste managers, the scavenging Condor bird that thoroughly and naturally "cleans up" bio-materials, combines the use of an Environmental Protection Agency-registered chemical with mechanical shredding and granulation to turn medical infectious wastes into a harmless mulch ready for local landfills. Waste volume is reduced by up to 80 percent during treatment.
 An automatically injected unit dose of oxidizing agent "washes" the shredded wastes in a continuous flow of treatment solution during system operation.
 Before processing, collection bags are electronically scanned to detect inadvertently discarded metal and detectable radioactive isotopes. The Condor System processes approximately 600 pounds of regulated medical wastes per hour. Depending on waste volume and financing options, the operating cost of the Condor process ranges from 10 cents to 30 cents per pound of treated waste.
 Winfield Industries is a supplier of high-quality infection control products to the health care industry. It is the only company known to be solely dedicated to safety and infection control in medical environments. The company pioneered the medical waste containment business and since 1983 has supplied the health care industry with more than 1 billion waste containment devices.
 John J. Chahine, president of La Jolla Technology Group, La Jolla, Calif., a leading export company of American technologies which is handling the condor sales to Saudi Arabia, says that country's medical professionals "seek out and apply the finest technology available in their hospitals." Chahine adds, "I expect to place more Condor units in the Middle East in the coming months."
 Worldwide, the medical care industry's increased emphasis on controlling infection and containing costs indicates that the Condor may be the right solution at the right time. According to trade journal Hospitals, the commercial market for medical waste treatment in the United States alone is expected to expand from about $300 million in 1990 to more than $1 billion by 1995.
 Having the right product is an attribute of Richard A. Cramer, Winfield's chairman and principal investor. Cramer founded IVAC Corp. in 1967, a supplier of intravenous medical devices, and sold the company to Eli Lilly in 1977. Then Cramer started IMED Corp., selling it to Warner-Lambert in 1982.
 "We have always believed a successful medical product must accomplish two things: reduce costs and do a better job," says Cramer. "The Condor System does both of these."
 Winfield President Jerry F. Englert was associated with both IVAC and IMED and was appointed president of Winfield in 1987. Sales for Winfield in 1992 were $21 million and are projected to exceed $33 million in 1993.
 The Condor purchased by Sun Medical Technologies is a mobile version of the system which will service medical center clients in diverse locations. Robert Reilly, president of Sun Medical Technologies, says, "After 12 months of evaluating waste treatment systems, we went with the Condor System. When we looked at the people behind it, the engineers and the management, the choice was evident," says Reilly.
 For more information on the Condor Medical Waste Treatment System, call Harold Callicoat, Winfield executive vice president, at 619-271-4861 or 800-456-7701.
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 /CONTACT: Ken Alfrey of Alfrey & Associates Inc., 619-450-9200, for Winfield Industries/


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