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AARC Launches Corporate Sponsor Program

Cardinal Health is First Supporter

For Immediate Release

DALLAS (July 29, 2003) – In a move to strengthen relations between the respiratory care industry and its members, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) announced today it is launching a corporate sponsorship program. Cardinal Health, (NYSE:CAH), a leading provider of health care products and services, is the first in the industry to support he AARC’s new program.

The AARC corporate sponsor program will be comprised of best-in-class organizations interested in supporting the goals and work of the AARC. The program aims to give respiratory care providers information, insights and innovative approaches to improve performance and advance the health of their patients.

Cardinal Health’s initial involvement in the program is the sponsorship of an AARC webcast, “Asthma Management that Hits Home.” In addition to webcasts, which provide information about respiratory care trends and technologies, the AARC offers its members a variety of services and information sources.

“It’s a great pleasure to have Cardinal Health as our first corporate sponsor,” said Kevin Shrake, MA, RRT, FAARC, AARC’s COO. “We have a terrific relationship with the respiratory care community. Respiratory therapists rely on companies like Cardinal Health for leading-edge technology for their patients, and in turn, these companies turn to the respiratory professionals to help with research and development of new products.”

Cardinal Health is the leading provider of respiratory products to health care providers in the United States. Cardinal Health businesses develop, manufacture, package and market products for patient care; develop drug-delivery technologies; distribute pharmaceuticals, medical-surgical and laboratory supplies; and offer consulting and other services that improve quality and efficiency in health care. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health employs approximately 50,000 people on five continents and produces annual revenues of more than $47 billion. Cardinal Health is ranked number 19 on the current Fortune 500 list and was named one of ‘The World’s Best’ companies by Forbes magazine in 2002.

The American Association for Respiratory Care, the only professional membership association for respiratory therapists, focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. Its goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals and to benefit respiratory health care providers. The Association continues to advocate, on behalf of pulmonary patients, for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals.

The AARC, through its Corporate Sponsorship Program, will continue to give respiratory care providers access to information, insights, and innovative approaches to improve and advance the health of respiratory patients. For more information on the AARC Corporate Sponsorship Program, contact Beth Binkley at binkley@aarc.org .

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Contact:
Sherry Milligan
Communications Manager
972-406-4656, Milligan@aarc.org


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