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Hill-Rom Introduces Fashionable, Affordable Bed for Home and Post-Acute Care Patients

The Hill-Rom(R) 100 Low Bed Will Offer Style, Safety and Simplicity

BATESVILLE, Ind., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hillenbrand Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HB) today announced its Hill-Rom subsidiary has introduced the Hill-Rom(R) 100 Low Bed for post-acute care use. The new bed brings together function and style in an affordable model that offers many key technologies of Hill-Rom's market-leading hospital beds in a bed designed for patients' homes or extended care facilities.

"Hill-Rom is committed to extending its deep knowledge of care processes for bed-ridden patients from the hospital into post-hospital care settings," said Peter Soderberg, president and CEO of Hillenbrand Industries and Hill- Rom. "This bed is based on a revolutionary new design that allows us to offer some of the key features found in our hospital beds that protect and comfort patients, and make life easier for their caregivers, while delivering these features in a beautiful and affordable way."

The Hill-Rom(R) 100 Low Bed is the first modular bed to be developed by Hill-Rom. It represents a new level of versatility and style as it can be adapted into a variety of settings including home care, nursing homes and other assisted living settings. In addition, it can be purchased directly by consumers.

"The Hill-Rom(R) 100 Low Bed will change the way caregivers and patients think about post acute care beds," said Soderberg. "Now patients and their families, as well as those in long-term care facilities, can achieve nearly hospital-like performance in an attractive bed that can be customized to fit any decor. And, the bed provides key safety and assistance features - important elements for families as their loved ones return home to recover from illness or move into long-term care and assisted living situations."

He added that the bed also offers an element of simplicity in its streamlined, easy-to-use design and controls that are intuitive for patients, their families and caregivers.

"The Hill-Rom(R) 100 Low Bed provides important safety features for patients and their caregivers, and the features are easy to use," said Melissa Fitzpatrick, RN, MSN, FAAN, vice president and chief clinical officer for Hill-Rom. "One of the key elements this bed offers is the Auto Contour(TM) feature with Shearless Pivot(R) mechanism-a feature that protects patients' skin by reducing shear, and protects their dignity because they don't have to rely on a caregiver to reposition them. Also important, this feature reduces caregiver back strain because it requires less lifting of patients to reposition them."

"This bed's intuitive design makes it easy for caregivers and patients to use, even those with arthritis or poor vision," added Fitzpatrick. "As more patients choose to remain at home or transition from the hospital to a long- term care setting, they can have a bed that looks and feels more like home, while at the same time, enhances their care."

The Hill-Rom(R) 100 Low Bed includes numerous style and safety features that make it a great value for both home and extended care use:

- The Hill-Rom(R) 100 Low Bed offers two color choices (traditional or

contemporary), two headboard/footboard styles, and seven laminate finish

colors for a total of 28 design options, allowing the bed to fit well

into any decor.

- The modular design of the 100 Low Bed makes it quick and easy to set up

at home or in any care setting. Its open architecture style has no


or mechanisms underneath, making it attractive and easier to clean.

- Three resident assist rail choices are available that promote safety and

assist mobility.

- Auto Contour(TM) feature with Shearless Pivot(R) mechanism reduces

patient skin injuries and helps assure proper positioning.

- The bed's innovative vertical lift system minimizes its footprint and

also protects against wall damage. The height adjusts from 8.5 to 26.5

inches and the bed can be moved at any height.

- Other safety features include locking casters, lock-out controls,

mattress stops, and a removable headboard and footboard for easy access

to patients.

- Versatility is enhanced because this bed is constructed with a flat deck

that can utilize any standard Hill-Rom surface including the unique

Hill-Rom(R) Tempur-Pedic(R) surfaces.


Hillenbrand Industries is organized into two operating companies serving the health care and funeral services industries.

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 workflow 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.

Hill-Rom ... enhancing outcomes for patients and their caregivers.

Batesville Casket Company is a leader in the North American death care industry through the sale of funeral services products, including burial caskets, cremation caskets, containers and urns, selection room display fixturing and other personalization and memorialization products. Batesville Casket Company ... helping families honor the lives of those they love.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release contain forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding the Company's future plans, objectives, beliefs, expectations, representations and projections. The Company has tried, wherever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements using words such as "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "encourage," "expect," "may," "goal," "become," "pursue," "estimate," "strategy," "will," "projection," "forecast," "continue," "accelerate," "promise," "increase," "higher," "lower," "reduce," "improve," "expand," "progress," "potential" or the negative of those terms or other variations of them or by comparable terminology. The absence of such terms, however, does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. It is important to note that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and the Company's actual results could differ materially from those set forth in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from forward-looking statements include but are not limited to: the Company's dependence on its relationships with several large national providers and group purchasing organizations, changes in death rates, whether the Company's new products are successful in the marketplace, changes in customers' Medicare reimbursements, collections of accounts receivable, compliance with FDA regulations, antitrust litigation, potential exposure to product liability or other claims, failure of the Company's announced strategic initiatives and restructuring and realignment activities to achieve expected growth, efficiencies or cost reductions, disruptions in the Company's business or other adverse consequences resulting from the planned separation of the Company's two operating companies, failure of the Company to execute its acquisition and business alliance strategy through the consummation and successful integration of acquisitions or entry into joint ventures or other business alliances, competition from nontraditional sources in the funeral services business, volatility of the Company's investment portfolio, increased costs or unavailability of raw materials, labor disruptions, the ability to retain executive officers and other key personnel, and certain tax-related matters. For a more in depth discussion of these and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in forward-looking statements, see the discussions under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended September 30, 2007 and in Amendment 1 to the Batesville Holdings, Inc., Form 10. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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