WARSAW, Ind., June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Zimmer Holdings, Inc.
(NYSE: ZMH; SWX: ZMH) announced today that it will partner with AmeriCares,
one of the world's leading non-governmental organizations providing in-kind
medical donations, to support emergency response and ongoing medical
assistance. Zimmer has initially committed product valued at $1 million to
three of AmeriCares' primary programs: Global Medical Assistance, Medical
Outreach and Emergency Response. AmeriCares will be responsible for
assessing and matching patient needs within their Global Medical Assistance
and Emergency Response programs with Zimmer's product lines, as well as
screening all international medical volunteer applications referred to
their Medical Outreach Program. Zimmer will not be involved in selecting
the recipients of the product it donates through AmeriCares.
"We are proud to be partnering with AmeriCares for the purpose of
providing the life-enhancing benefits of our products to those affected by
disasters, conflict and chronic poverty," said David Dvorak, Zimmer
Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are confident that
AmeriCares, with its worldwide reach and longstanding record of success in
medical relief work, can help us achieve our philanthropic goals in this
Zimmer products such as joint replacements, spinal systems, trauma
products, burn care and dental implants are frequently used to address
injuries or diseases that result from natural disasters or lack of advanced
"AmeriCares is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Zimmer.
Zimmer's product donations will be a valuable addition to our three primary
programs. For over twenty-five years, we have been able to match product
donations with the critical medical needs of our partners around the
world," said Curt Welling, AmeriCares President and CEO. "Collaborations
with companies such as Zimmer enable us to save lives and restore health to
people in crisis."
Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer is a
worldwide leader in designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing
orthopaedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants, and
related orthopaedic surgical products. Zimmer has operations in more than
25 countries around the world and sells products in more than 100
countries. Zimmer's 2007 sales were approximately $3.9 billion. The Company
is supported by the efforts of more than 7,500 employees worldwide.
For more information about Zimmer, visit www.zimmer.com
AmeriCares is a private, nonprofit international disaster relief and
humanitarian aid organization, which delivers medicines, medical supplies
and aid to people in crisis around the world. Since it was established in
1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $7.5 billion in humanitarian aid
to 137 countries. For more information, log onto www.americares.org.
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SOURCE Zimmer Holdings, Inc.