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 News Release - February 22, 2007

VIASYS Healthcare Supplies the State of California with 2,400 Ventilators for Emergency Preparedness Initiative

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--VIASYS Healthcare Inc. (NYSE:VAS ) announced today that the company has sold 2,400 LTV1200 ventilators to the California Department of Health Services (CDHS). CDHS purchased the ventilators in concert with its initiative to strengthen the State's preparedness for natural and man-made disasters. The initiative is intended to provide hospitals and health care facilities in California with the necessary systems and equipment for addressing bioterrorism, pandemic influenza and other public health situations.

VIASYS' LTV Series ventilator is a portable, light-weight, high-acuity ventilator that is optimally designed for emergency and disaster situations. Among its numerous features, the LTV Series ventilator offers an intuitive, "in-the-field" user interface, individualized air pressure and volume controls settings and internal oxygen blending. In addition, it can be powered from a variety of sources, including an internal and external battery and an automobile auxiliary power outlet. In November 2006, VIASYS announced that it had been selected by the State of New York for a similar ventilator purchase.

Randy Thurman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, VIASYS Healthcare Inc., commented, "We have been working closely with the Federal government, state organizations, and various health agencies in support of efforts to upgrade the preparedness of the nation's healthcare system to respond to bioterrorism and other public health threats and emergencies. While access to breathing equipment, specifically ventilators, remains well below the level needed to adequately respond to most large-scale crises, there is a growing recognition that such equipment can play a significant role in saving thousands of lives. We are proud to have been selected by both New York and California as their preferred partner, and look forward to working with other states to help upgrade their emergency operations."

ABOUT VIASYS HEALTHCARE INC.

VIASYS Healthcare Inc. is a global, research-based medical technology company focused on respiratory, neurology, medical disposable and orthopedic products. VIASYS products are marketed under well-recognized trademarks, including, among others, AVEA®, BEAR®, BIRD®, CORFLO®, CORPAK®, CORTRAK®, EME®, GRASON-STADLER®, JAEGER(TM), LYRA®, MEDELEC®, MICROGAS®, NAVIGATOR®, NICOLET®, NicoletOne(TM), PULMONETIC(TM), SENSORMEDICS®, TECA®, TECOMET(TM), VELA® and VMAX®. VIASYS is headquartered in Conshohocken, PA, and its businesses are conducted through its Respiratory Care, NeuroCare, MedSystems and Orthopedics business units. More information can be found at http://www.viasyshealthcare.com.


Source: VIASYS Healthcare

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