March 6, 2001

Hill-Rom, Inc. Announces New Generation of Birthing Bed Affinity® Three Bed Complements Today''s Most Advanced Obstetrics Caregiving Environments

(Batesville, Ind., March 6, 2001) Hill-Rom, Inc., a Hillenbrand Industries (NYSE:HB) company, announces a new generation of birthing bed that enhances efficiency, safety and comfort. The Affinity® Three Birthing Bed builds upon Hill-Rom's long-standing success of its premier Affinity® birthing bed line and improves hospital flexibility, efficiency, positioning and delivery from a single product.
 
"Hill-Rom’s acute understanding of caregivers’ needs in today’s most demanding labor and delivery environment is reflected in the quality and innovative design of the Affinity® Three Bed. Patients should experience greater safety and comfort; and the bed’s features will enhance care in the labor and delivery room to the highest quality," said Ernest Waaser, Hill-Rom president and CEO. "The Affinity® Three Bed is Hill-Rom’s latest improvement to effective solutions in obstetrics and demonstrates our continued commitment to provide complete solutions for caregivers."
The Affinity® Three Bed offers significant improvements over Hill-Rom’s Affinity® II Bed and others in the marketplace. Special features include: battery back up; EasyGlide™ calf supports; lightweight bed and foot sections; Point-of-Care® siderail controls; and, OneStep™ activation for foot supports, siderail release, foot section removal and trend-like positioning.

Hill-Rom offers numerous products for the care of mother, baby and their caregivers including infant incubators, warmers and transport systems; procedural lights; headwall systems; stretchers; perinatal furniture; nurse communications systems; an obstetrical data management system and medical gas management systems. Also, clinical services include material for the design and planning of a LDR (labor, delivery recovery) or LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum) units, continuing education programs for nursing and video presentations for expectant parents, childbirth educators, nurses and midwives on positioning for labor and birth.

Interested customers in the United States are encouraged to call Hill-Rom at (800) 445.3730 [International +1.812.934.8173 or toll-free in Canada (800) 267-2337] to find out more, or schedule an appointment with their dedicated Hill-Rom sales specialist. Customers may also explore Hill-Rom’s wide range of products and services at www.hill-rom.com.

About Hill-Rom

Hill-Rom, headquartered in Batesville, Ind., USA is a leader in the worldwide health care community providing sales, rentals, service and support for products including beds, therapy surfaces, stretchers, infant warmers, incubators, furniture, communication systems, surgical columns, medical gas management systems, modular headwalls and lighting systems. Hill-Rom employs approximately 6,300 people worldwide.

Hillenbrand Industries Inc., also headquartered in Batesville, is a publicly traded company for three major wholly owned businesses serving the funeral services and health care industries. Hillenbrand (www.hillenbrand.com) and its operating companies employ approximately 10,800 people worldwide.

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