News | April 15, 2007

Companies Join Forces to Offer New Line of Bed Surfaces

April 16, 2007 - Physicians and other caregivers have long recognized the relationship between restful sleep and healing. Yet, often it seems the last place to find a good night's sleep is in the hospital. Now, that may all change for the better as two companies join forces, seeking to improve the sleep of patients across the country.

Hill-Rom, the health care operating company of Hillenbrand Industries and the Medical Division of Tempur-Pedic North America Inc., a subsidiary of Tempur-Pedic International Inc. announced that they plan to offer a new line of bed surfaces for acute care institutions in North America. The new line will be showcased for the first time during the April 2007 American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Annual Meeting and Exposition held in Washington D.C. (April 13 - 16).

The two companies plan to debut a jointly branded line of non-powered medical mattresses to the Hill-Rom acute care customer base. Hill-Rom would be named as the exclusive third-party distributor in North America of Tempur-Pedic medical mattresses to this acute care arena. The co-branded Hill- Rom Tempur-Pedic line would feature sleeping surfaces made specifically for Hill-Rom's market leading products such as the VersaCare, TotalCare and Affinity 4 beds, as well as CareAssist stretchers and mattress replacement systems. All products would include deep top layers made of the proprietary TEMPUR material.

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