Augustine Medical, Inc. Announces the Addition of Two New Board Members

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Augustine Medical, Inc.

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Augustine Medical announces
 the addition of K. James Ehlen, MD, chief, clinical leadership, Humana, Inc.,
 and Ronald A. Matricaria, chairman of the board, St. Jude Medical, Inc., to
 their Board of Directors.  The addition of Dr. Ehlen and Mr. Matricaria will
 expand Augustine Medical's board from seven to nine members (two internal,
 seven external).
     James Ehlen, MD, was the co-founder and co-CEO of Allina Health System
 from 1994-1999.  In that position he gained a deep understanding of managed
 care and an appreciation for the challenges of the current market, including
 the factors which affect the development and deployment of new medical
 technologies.  In addition, Dr. Ehlen was a practicing physician for fourteen
 years.
     Dr. Ehlen most recently worked with Augustine Medical as a consultant for
 corporate strategy to the wound care division.  He will bring the insights
 gained from his close association with the company to his position on the
 board.
     Currently, Dr. Ehlen serves as the chief of clinical leadership for
 Humana, one of the nation's largest publicly-traded managed health care
 companies.  In this position Dr. Ehlen is working on the transformation of a
 large managed-care business model to one that focuses around the individual
 consumer.  This transition requires addressing the challenges of getting
 information directly to the consumers and providers to allow them to make
 better decisions in their health care.
     Mr. Matricaria has been Chairman of the Board of St. Jude Medical, Inc.
 since January 1995.  From April 1993 until May 1999, he also served as
 president and CEO of St. Jude Medical.
     Prior to joining St. Jude Medical, a global leader in medical technology,
 Mr. Matricaria spent 23 years with Eli Lilly and Company, most recently as
 executive vice president of the pharmaceutical division and president of North
 American operations.  He also served as president of Eli Lilly International
 Corporation.
     Mr. Matricaria will bring the experience of involvement in over 20
 healthcare-related companies and equity funds to Augustine Medical's board.
 Mr. Matricaria has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts College
 of Pharmacy and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree in pharmacy
 in recognition of his contributions to the practice of pharmacy.
     Augustine Medical, Inc., a privately-held medical device company, develops
 products that provide innovative, practical solutions to common medical
 problems.  Founded in 1987, the company pioneered the concept of perioperative
 temperature management using forced air warming with its Total Temperature
 Management(R) system, which includes the Bair Hugger(R) forced-air warming
 system and the Ranger(R) blood/fluid warming system. Today, Bair Hugger
 therapy is the most commonly-used perioperative patient warming therapy in the
 world.  Augustine Medical also markets Warm-Up(R) wound therapy, the only
 non-contact thermal wound care system available today.  Augustine Medical is
 located in Eden Prairie, Minn.  For more information on Augustine Medical, see
 http://www.augustinemedical.com
 
     Bair Hugger, Total Temperature Management, Ranger, and Warm-Up are
 registered trademarks of Augustine Medical, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Augustine Medical, Inc.
    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Augustine Medical announces
 the addition of K. James Ehlen, MD, chief, clinical leadership, Humana, Inc.,
 and Ronald A. Matricaria, chairman of the board, St. Jude Medical, Inc., to
 their Board of Directors.  The addition of Dr. Ehlen and Mr. Matricaria will
 expand Augustine Medical's board from seven to nine members (two internal,
 seven external).
     James Ehlen, MD, was the co-founder and co-CEO of Allina Health System
 from 1994-1999.  In that position he gained a deep understanding of managed
 care and an appreciation for the challenges of the current market, including
 the factors which affect the development and deployment of new medical
 technologies.  In addition, Dr. Ehlen was a practicing physician for fourteen
 years.
     Dr. Ehlen most recently worked with Augustine Medical as a consultant for
 corporate strategy to the wound care division.  He will bring the insights
 gained from his close association with the company to his position on the
 board.
     Currently, Dr. Ehlen serves as the chief of clinical leadership for
 Humana, one of the nation's largest publicly-traded managed health care
 companies.  In this position Dr. Ehlen is working on the transformation of a
 large managed-care business model to one that focuses around the individual
 consumer.  This transition requires addressing the challenges of getting
 information directly to the consumers and providers to allow them to make
 better decisions in their health care.
     Mr. Matricaria has been Chairman of the Board of St. Jude Medical, Inc.
 since January 1995.  From April 1993 until May 1999, he also served as
 president and CEO of St. Jude Medical.
     Prior to joining St. Jude Medical, a global leader in medical technology,
 Mr. Matricaria spent 23 years with Eli Lilly and Company, most recently as
 executive vice president of the pharmaceutical division and president of North
 American operations.  He also served as president of Eli Lilly International
 Corporation.
     Mr. Matricaria will bring the experience of involvement in over 20
 healthcare-related companies and equity funds to Augustine Medical's board.
 Mr. Matricaria has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts College
 of Pharmacy and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree in pharmacy
 in recognition of his contributions to the practice of pharmacy.
     Augustine Medical, Inc., a privately-held medical device company, develops
 products that provide innovative, practical solutions to common medical
 problems.  Founded in 1987, the company pioneered the concept of perioperative
 temperature management using forced air warming with its Total Temperature
 Management(R) system, which includes the Bair Hugger(R) forced-air warming
 system and the Ranger(R) blood/fluid warming system. Today, Bair Hugger
 therapy is the most commonly-used perioperative patient warming therapy in the
 world.  Augustine Medical also markets Warm-Up(R) wound therapy, the only
 non-contact thermal wound care system available today.  Augustine Medical is
 located in Eden Prairie, Minn.  For more information on Augustine Medical, see
 http://www.augustinemedical.com
 
     Bair Hugger, Total Temperature Management, Ranger, and Warm-Up are
 registered trademarks of Augustine Medical, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Augustine Medical, Inc.