Tempur-Pedic Expands Support Of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®)

Mattress manufacturer extends the benefit of restorative rest to Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in hospitals

Apr 04, 2013, 11:53 ET from Tempur-Pedic International Inc.

LEXINGTON, Ky., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tempur-Pedic International Inc. (NYSE: TPX), the world's largest bedding provider, announced today that the company is also donating beds to every participating Ronald McDonald Family Room® located in hospitals across the country. This new commitment is the latest in a long-standing relationship between Tempur-Pedic and the non-profit, whose mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Additionally, by the end of 2013, Tempur-Pedic will fulfill its goal of donating mattresses to every participating Ronald McDonald House® in the United States.

Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, most of which are located just steps away from a pediatric or intensive care unit, offer family members a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital, close to their sick child. Tempur-Pedic will celebrate its expanded bed donation commitment today with the opening of a new Ronald McDonald Family Room at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., which is among the first in the nation to receive donated Tempur-Pedic beds.

"Our mission at Tempur-Pedic is to help people get their best possible night's sleep. We're proud that we will reach our 2013 milestone of providing mattresses to the families who are served by RMHC," said Rick Anderson, president of Tempur-Pedic North America. "And we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue our support by making a new pledge to donate more mattresses to Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in hospitals, so we can help provide comfort to families in their time of need."

Providing a better night's sleep for thousands of RMHC® families Tempur-Pedic began outfitting Ronald McDonald Houses with beds in 2009 with an initial donation to four Ronald McDonald Houses. Since then, the company has provided more than 5,000 beds and more than 1 million nights of rest and rejuvenation to families served by Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the country. By the end of 2013, many families facing the illness of a child will have benefitted from the donation.                

"The impact of Tempur-Pedic's gift is immeasurable — we know that children cope better and heal faster when their families can be close by and Ronald McDonald Houses provide all the comforts of home, keeping families together while their child receives critical care at a nearby hospital. The additional mattress donations to Ronald McDonald Family Rooms will have an even broader impact, allowing families to stay together right in the hospital," said J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, president and CEO, RMHC. "We are very grateful for Tempur-Pedic's generosity and ongoing support."

The Presbyterian Hospital staff was excited to learn about the continued efforts and bed donations. "This wonderful donation to the Ronald McDonald Family Room located in Presbyterian Hospital will give parents of critically ill children the ability to rest while staying at their child's bedside, enabling them to support their child through treatment and better communicate with the hospital's medical team," said Jennifer Landman, RN, interim administrator and nursing director, Children's Center, Presbyterian Hospital.   

About Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Pedic International Inc. (NYSE: TPX) manufactures and distributes mattresses and pillows made from its proprietary TEMPUR® pressure-relieving material. It is the worldwide leader in premium and specialty sleep. The Company is focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced sleep surfaces that help improve the quality of life for people around the world. The Company's products are currently sold in over 80 countries under the TEMPUR® and Tempur-Pedic® brand names. World headquarters for Tempur-Pedic International is in Lexington, KY. For more information, visit tempurpedic.com or call 800-805-3635.

About RMHC Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 57 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information about RMHC, visit www.rmhc.org, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC), or like RMHC on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).

Media Contact: Danielle Schumann Carmichael Lynch Spong on behalf of Tempur-Pedic (612) 375-8523 Danielle.Schumann@clynch.com

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