Smith & Nephew Endoscopy Awarded Contract From Healthtrust Purchasing Group

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ANDOVER, Mass., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Smith & Nephew’s ( SNN); (LSE: SN) Endoscopy Division today announced that the company has been awarded a three-year contract (effective February 15, 2010) from HealthTrust Purchasing Group as a supplier of arthroscopic shaver blades to its membership nationwide. Smith & Nephew DYONICS™ shaver blades are used in hundreds of thousands of minimally invasive procedures each year to surgically treat injuries to the joint, such as an ACL tear in the knee or a frayed rotator cuff in the shoulder.

“DYONICS is a well known and highly regarded brand among orthopaedic surgeons,” Todd Usen, senior vice president, U.S. Business, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy commented.  “We’re proud to be contracting with HealthTrust Purchasing Group to offer its membership a comprehensive solution for their surgical needs.”

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About HealthTrust Purchasing Group, LP

HealthTrust Purchasing Group, headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., is a group purchasing organization that supports nearly 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites. With an annual purchasing volume by its members of more than $17 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, TN 37027. The Web site is www.healthtrustpg.com.

About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specializing in Orthopaedics, including Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies; Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management.  Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopaedics companies.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people’s lives.  The Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers.  The Company operates in 32 countries around the world.  Annual sales in 2008 were nearly $3.8 billion.

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All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Smith & Nephew as of the date hereof. All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to Smith & Nephew or any person acting on behalf of Smith & Nephew are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing. Smith & Nephew does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Smith & Nephew’s expectation with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Contact: Joe Metzger
SVP, Corporate Communications
Smith & Nephew Endoscopy
(978) 749-1330
joe.metzger@smith-nephew.com

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