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Hill-Rom Acquires Liko France and Switzerland

BATESVILLE, Ind., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: HRC) today announced the approximately $20 million acquisition of Liko France, SAS, Item SA and Liko Care AG, the distribution companies for Hill-Rom's Liko patient mobility products in France and Switzerland.  Hill-Rom, the global leader in patient support solutions, expanded its patient mobility product offering with the 2008 acquisition of Liko, A.B., a leading provider of patient lift systems.  Last year, Hill-Rom reorganized its regional operations to more directly serve its patients' and customers' needs.  Today's acquisition is another step in Hill-Rom's strategy for international expansion, leveraging and increasing its direct channel presence, especially in key European markets.

"We are focused on global expansion and are firmly committed to delivering outstanding patient mobility solutions," said Alejandro Infante, Senior Vice President and President, International for Hill-Rom.  "This acquisition furthers those goals, while growing our key channel presence in Europe."  Hill-Rom expects the acquisition to add approximately $15 million of annual revenue.


Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, including patient support systems, safe mobility and handling solutions, 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 and around the world in hospitals, extended care facilities and home care settings to enhance the safety and quality of patient care.

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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 group purchasing organizations, whether the Company's new products are successful in the marketplace, impacts of healthcare reform, compliance with federal healthcare programs, collections of accounts receivable, compliance with FDA regulations, antitrust and other litigation, potential exposure to product liability or other claims, failure of the Company's announced or future strategic initiatives and restructuring and realignment activities to achieve expected growth, efficiencies or cost reductions, adverse consequences resulting from the spin-off of the funeral services business, 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, increased costs or unavailability of raw materials, adverse changes in global economic conditions or disruptions of credit markets, 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 previously filed most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.  The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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