August 11, 2008

Innovative Hill-Rom Respiratory System Named 2008 Therapy Times Most Valuable Product in Respiratory Therapy

BATESVILLE, Ind., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hill-Rom today announced it has received a 2008 Therapy Times Most Valuable Products award in Respiratory Therapy for the Wrap SPU Vest and The Vest(R) System.

The Wrap SPU Vest is a single patient use disposable product designed to minimize the risk of cross contamination and to ease product placement and removal for patients in acute and long-term care settings. It is used in conjunction with The Vest(R) Airway Clearance System, Model 205, winner of a 2007 Medical Design Excellence Award. The Vest System is intended to help patients with respiratory conditions clear airway secretions.

"Hill-Rom's commitment to enhancing outcomes for patients and their caregivers is exemplified in products like The Vest System and the Wrap SPU Vest," said Kim Dennis, group vice president, Post Acute Care at Hill-Rom. "Hill-Rom is proud to receive the 2008 Therapy Times Most Valuable Products award for Respiratory Therapy."

Chad Boerst, vice president, Respiratory Care, Post Acute Care at Hill-Rom, added, "We are particularly excited that the award is based upon the nomination and responses of therapists in the field."

In its second year, the 2008 Therapy Times award recognizes "products that-through their innovation, practicality and usefulness in the field-have had the greatest influence on today's therapy profession." Therapy Times is the only multidisciplinary online resource for therapeutic professionals in the healthcare industry with a reach of nearly 300,000 specialists on a weekly basis.

"The Wrap SPU Vest provides respiratory therapists with a disposable option that is easy to fit, quick to place, and cost-effective," said Rollie Kitchens, manager, Global Strategic Marketing, Hill-Rom Respiratory Care. "It is an integral component of The Vest(R) Airway Clearance System. Together, the system reinforces a respiratory care department's ability to provide effective airway clearance therapy while maximizing patient acceptance and reducing potential treatment time for therapists."


Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, including patient support systems, non-invasive therapeutic products for a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, medical equipment rentals, and information technology solutions. Hill-Rom's comprehensive product and service offerings are used by health care providers across the health care continuum in hospitals, extended care facilities and home care settings to enhance the safety and quality of patient care.

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