Congressman Gene Green Receives MITA’s 2012 “Access to Innovation” Award


Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) today received the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance’s (MITA) 2012 “Access to Innovation” Award for his efforts to promote patient access to medical imaging and radiation therapy and advance innovation within the imaging industry. SonoSite, Inc. presented Congressman Green with the award at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System’s corporate office in Houston, Texas.

“Congressman Green’s efforts in Congress help promote uses of imaging such as the program at Memorial Hermann, where they integrated the use of ultrasound guidance for central venous line placement and were able to attain zero pneumothorax complications in multiple hospitals for a full year.,” said Gail Rodriguez, Executive Director of MITA. “We are thrilled to recognize Congressman Green’s excellent work to protect patient access to the right scan at the right time by presenting him with this well-deserved award.”

The 2012 “Access to Innovation” Awards recognize Members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding, ongoing efforts to promote innovation and support jobs within the imaging industry and safeguard patient access to medical imaging technologies.

“We applaud Congressman Green on being recognized for embracing innovative medical imagining technology that promotes high-level care, quality and safety for patients,” said Dan Wolterman, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. “Employing the right technology is integral to eliminating hospital acquired infections and essential to this System’s journey to become a High Reliability organization.”

Congressman Green represents Texas’ 29th Congressional District in the United States Congress and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.


The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of the NEMA, is the collective voice of medical imaging equipment, radiation therapy and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, innovators and product developers. It represents companies whose sales comprise more than 90 percent of the global market for medical imaging technology. For more information, visit