Spacelabs Healthcare develops, manufactures, sells, and services medical equipment. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of OSI Systems (NASDAQ/OSIS) of Hawthorne, California (www.osi-systems.com).
The company offers products and services from three divisions: patient monitoring and connectivity, anesthesia delivery and diagnostic cardiology. Headquartered in Snoqualmie, WA, it employs more than 1,100 people around the world. Spacelabs has sales and service subsidiaries in eleven countries and is represented in over 120 countries.
Founded in 1958 by two scientists, Ben Ettelson and James A Reeves, the company developed cardiac monitoring and telemetry systems for NASA. These were used to monitor astronauts’ vital signs in the early Gemini and the following Apollo space missions.
During the 1960s, Spacelabs continued its relationship with NASA culminating in Neil Armstrong wearing Spacelabs medical telemetry for the first moon landing in 1969. You can read about Spacelabs’ involvement with NASA here: Download
The company went on to develop sophisticated medical monitoring systems and earned a reputation for innovation with some significant ‘firsts’ becoming one of the top US medical device manufacturers in the 1980’s.
Subsequently the company made several acquisitions to expand its portfolio adding both the diagnostic cardiology company Delmar Reynolds and the anesthesia company Blease thus forming ‘Spacelabs Healthcare’ in 2005. As a result, our history of innovation and our heritage dates back more than sixty years.
Our heritage – key dates:
Ben Ettelson and James A Reeves founded Spacelabs to collaborate with NASA working to develop systems to monitor astronauts’ vital signs.
Astronauts James McDivitt and Edward White wear Spacelabs’ telemetry systems to monitor their temperature, respiration and heart rate during the Gemini IV space mission.
Spacelabs introduces the first ICU and CCU monitoring systems.
Neil Armstrong steps on the moon wearing Spacelabs wireless vital signs monitoring.
Spacelabs launches the first monitoring system to incorporate microprocessor technology.
The name Spacelabs Medical is adopted.
The company acquires Burdick and Advanced Medical Systems.
Spacelabs launches the Ultraview care network.
Spacelabs sells its headquarters building in Redmond, Washington and moves to Issaquah, WA
OSI Systems Inc acquires Spacelabs Medical
OSI acquires Blease, the British anesthesia equipment manufacturer.
Spacelabs Medical and Blease Medical are merged in to one new company, Spacelabs Healthcare.
OSI acquires Delmar Reynolds, the British diagnostic cardiology company and adds it to the healthcare organization.
Spacelabs Healthcare relocates to new larger headquarters in Snoqualmie Washington State.