HILLS has acquired integrated healthcare solutions provider Questek and plans to integrate the business with its healthcare group, including Merlon Health Communications and HTR (Hospital Television Rentals). 

Earlier this week, the company sold its UHS communications subsidiary in return for a distribution arrangement and bought networked security specialist, Open Platform Systems.

Questek‘s nurse call systems and general healthcare monitoring systems are installed in 600 aged care facilities throughout Australia and more than 50 hospitals. Across the group, Merlon has 225 sites and HTR has 80.

According to Questek’s website the company not only designs and manufactures nurse call systems, it also supplies and installs paging and communication technologies, security and access control systems, digital entertainment systems, radio pendant systems and care management software.

Hills management told staff the acquisition of Questek was “a further boost to Hills Health Solutions division. Questek is the national market leader in wireless nurse call solutions, has respected, long-term customer relationships, and a new solution in entertainment through a partnership with Stellar Entertainment.
 
“This is another great strategic fit for Hills and builds on our expanding health solutions division which includes the market-leading Merlon Health Communications and HTR (Hospital Television Rentals) businesses, both acquired late last year.
 
“We will be integrating the HTR, Merlon and Questek businesses under one operating model and structure within Hills Health Solutions. All three businesses will be integrated under one operating model and structure under Hills Health Solutions.”

Another recent win for Hills was a new agreement to supply FOXTEL with satellite dishes and electronic equipment across Australia. It now includes regional areas, except in WA.

“The new Foxtel agreement strengthens our longstanding relationship with one of our largest and most valued customers,” Hills managing director Ted Pretty said.