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 News Release - May 13, 2008

KCI's Therapeutic Support Systems Business Announces Agreement with The MED Group

SAN ANTONIO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE: KCI ), a global medical technology company with leadership positions in advanced wound care and therapeutic support systems, today announced that it has entered into a three-year agreement with The MED Group, a nationwide network of independently-owned home medical equipment (HME), respiratory and mobility companies. Under the terms of the agreement, The MED Group, which has more than 340 member companies and more than 1,000 operating locations nationwide, will be KCI’s preferred HME provider network manager and will provide KCI therapeutic support systems’ referral sources with an efficient and high-quality service to facilitate transfer of patients to the home while ensuring a quicker delivery, more efficient set-up and better patient outcomes.

“KCI is very pleased to partner with The MED Group’s network of independent home medical equipment dealers who have a great reputation for reliable service and high-quality patient care,” said Lynne Sly, Global President – Therapeutic Support Systems, KCI. “This agreement enhances KCI’s ability to transition patients to the home using an integrated, streamlined approach and maintains our commitment to patient care.”

Bill Elliott, President and CEO of The MED Group, added, “We recognize the clinical superiority of KCI’s products and are pleased to be able to offer MED Group Members referrals that will support consistent care as patients transition into the home care setting. We look forward to a long-term partnership with KCI.”

This agreement will provide seamless access to KCI’s therapeutic support systems products, including AtmosAir®, and First Step® TriCell®.

About KCI

KCI is a global medical technology company with leadership positions in advanced wound care and therapeutic support systems. We design, manufacture, market and service a wide range of proprietary products that can improve clinical outcomes and can help reduce the overall cost of patient care. Our advanced wound care systems incorporate our proprietary Vacuum Assisted Closure®, or V.A.C.® Therapy technology, which has been demonstrated clinically to promote wound healing through unique mechanisms of action and can help reduce the cost of treating patients with serious wounds. Our therapeutic support systems, including specialty hospital beds, mattress replacement systems and overlays, are designed to address pulmonary complications associated with immobility, to reduce skin breakdown and assist caregivers in the safe and dignified handling of obese patients. We have an infrastructure designed to meet the specific needs of medical professionals and patients across all healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, extended care organizations and patients' homes, in 19 countries in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit our web site at www.kci1.com.

About The MED Group

Based in Lubbock, Texas, The MED Group is a Group Purchasing and Business Services Solution Network that helps select HME Providers lower their costs, increase their revenues and sustain competitive advantage in their marketplaces.

Their Network of over 340 members in more than 1,000 locations is comprised of independently owned and hospital affiliated, market-leading HME Providers throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. These Providers rely on MED Group programs to consistently deliver cost saving advantages in purchasing, reimbursement, accreditation, education, certification and other areas.

For more information, go to www.medgroup.com.


Source: Kinetic Concepts

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