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September 15, 2010

Sentara Healthcare Selects Omnicell's Medication Management Systems for Improving Patient Safety and Product Reliability

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Omnicell, Inc., (Nasdaq: OMCL) a leading provider of system solutions to acute healthcare facilities, today announced that Sentara Healthcare has selected Omnicell OmniRx(R) automated medication dispensing systems and Omnicell's SecureVault(TM) to monitor and streamline medication management throughout its facilities. Sentara serves a patient population of more than two million, and chose to replace its current vendor with Omnicell for its solution reliability and customer service.

Sentara Healthcare is comprised of a network of eight acute care hospitals that have received recognition by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Hospitals" numerous times and also ranked first in Modern Healthcare's 2010 list of top integrated healthcare networks.

"Omnicell's best-in-class products are regularly updated, maintained and easily expanded to match the goals of our growing healthcare system," said Tim Jennings, vice president of pharmacy at Sentara Healthcare. "Our physicians, nurses and pharmacists find Omnicell solutions easy-to-use and highly intuitive, to help ensure their patients receive the right medications without error."

Sentara chose the award-winning OmniRx automated dispensing systems to automate patient medication management for improving patient safety and efficiency of the drug administration process. In addition, Omnicell's SecureVault technology is designed to protect patients with the combination of cabinet security with medication surveillance software to monitor controlled substances to track and identify drug diversion.

"Sentara Healthcare is a valuable community resource for millions of residents in Virginia and North Carolina," said J. Christopher Drew, Omnicell senior vice president, field operations. "Any patient that enters a Sentara facility will have confidence that their medication has been monitored, secured and dispensed from the most advanced and proven medication management systems available in the industry."

About Sentara Healthcare

Sentara Healthcare, based in Norfolk, Virginia, is a leading not-for-profit system in Virginia and North Carolina and one of the most highly-integrated healthcare companies in the nation. Sentara offers an award-winning safety culture and a commitment to customer satisfaction and community service through the Sentara Health Foundation. Sentara operates more than 100 sites of care, including eight hospitals, a Level I trauma center and the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance, six outpatient campuses, seven nursing centers and three assisted living villages, senior day programs and Virginia's first PACE site. Sentara also offers Home Care and hospice services, Medical Transport ambulances, the Sentara Rehabilitation Network, a Network Cancer Program accredited by the American College of Surgeons, the 380-member Sentara Medical Group and Optima Health, an award-winning health plan with 428,000 members. Sentara is also an industry leader in deploying the Sentara eCare(R) Health Network, a comprehensive electronic medical record.

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About Omnicell

Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL) is a leading provider of systems to enable healthcare facilities to increase operational efficiency, enhance patient safety and allow clinicians to spend more time with their patients.

Founded in 1992, Omnicell's medication-use solutions include complete automation systems for the central pharmacy, anesthesia workstations for the operating room, dispensing cabinet systems for nursing units, and safe, secure medication transportation and verification systems to the patient bedside. From a medication's arrival at the receiving dock to its dosing to the patient, Omnicell systems store it, package it, bar code it, order it, issue it, and provide information and controls on its use and reorder.

Omnicell supply product lines provide a healthcare institution with comprehensive supply chain solutions that result in fast, effective control of costs, capture of charges for payer reimbursement, and timely reorder of supplies. Products range from high-security closed-cabinet systems and software to open-shelf and combination solutions in the nursing unit, cath lab and operating room.

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