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Devices Cardiology Group Purchasing

 News Release - January 22, 2008

St. Jude Medical Announces the Renewal of Complete Line of Cardiovascular Purchase Agreements with HealthTrust Purchasing Group

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ ) today announced that it has renewed its complete line of product agreements with HealthTrust Purchasing Group, LP (HealthTrust). The renewal will extend through December 2010 all existing purchasing agreements between the parties, which cover St. Jude Medical’s complete line of Cardiac Rhythm Management, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology products.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with HealthTrust Purchasing Group and their many equity owners,” said George Fazio, president of St. Jude Medical’s U.S. Division. “We are pleased to support both the physicians and patients who provide and receive care within all HealthTrust member hospitals during the term of this agreement.”

About HealthTrust Purchasing Group

HealthTrust Purchasing Group, headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., is a group purchasing organization that supports over 3,800 not-for-profit and for-profit facilities including acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites. With an annual purchasing volume by its members of more than $13 billion, HealthTrust is committed to obtaining the best price for clinically-recommended products, ensuring their timely delivery and continuously evaluating and improving its services to the patients, physicians and clinicians it serves. HealthTrust is located at 155 Franklin Road, Suite 400, Brentwood, Tenn. 37027 Website: www.healthtrustpg.com.

About St. Jude Medical

St. Jude Medical is dedicated to making life better for cardiac, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide through excellence in medical device technology and services. The Company has five major focus areas that include: cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, cardiology and neuromodulation. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical employs approximately 12,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit www.sjm.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include the expectations, plans and prospects for the Company, including potential clinical successes, anticipated regulatory approvals and future product launches, and projected revenues, margins, earnings, and market shares. The statements made by the Company are based upon management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include market conditions and other factors beyond the Company’s control and the risk factors and other cautionary statements described in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including those described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 28, 2007 (see pages 13-20) and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed on August 9, 2007 (see pages 28-29) and November 2, 2007 (see pages 23-24). The Company does not intend to update these statements and undertakes no duty to any person to provide any such update under any circumstance.


Source: St. Jude Medical

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