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AKRON'S MEDISCUS ACCEPTS OFFER FROM KCI

 AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- After weighing proposals from several potential buyers, The Mediscus Group, Inc., headquartered here, has filed a proposed Disclosure Statement and Plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Akron seeking creditor approval of the sale of the company to Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI), one of the largest rental organizations for medical and therapeutic products.
 Mediscus, which manufactures, sells and rents specialty therapeutic beds, mattresses and related products to hospitals and nursing homes through a national service and distribution network, is currently reorganizing under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
 Barring complications, the plan could reach creditors for a vote by late March or early April. The sale is also subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions described in the filing. Until there is final approval, the two companies will continue to operate independently as separate entities.
 Terms of the proposed sale and other details regarding the transaction were not disclosed pending their review and consideration by the Court.
 "We reviewed all of the proposals presented to us over the last several months, and have decided to proceed with the offer made by KCI," commented Richard G. Bear, Mediscus president and chief executive officer. KCI's offer was one of five, Bear said.
 In connection with the proposed sale, Bear and Loran VanNoy, vice president and general manager of KCI Therapeutic Services, will jointly head up a transition team that will review the two companies' operating locations throughout the country and identify opportunities for enhanced performance and service.
 "We are hopeful that we can attain the same degree of success integrating Mediscus' domestic business that we achieved with Mediscus' international business nearly two years ago," said KCI President and Chief Executive Officer James R. Leininger, M.D.
 KCI acquired Mediscus International, Ltd., the international portion of The Mediscus Group's business, in the second quarter of 1991.
 Added Leininger: "We anticipate a positive contribution to earnings from this acquisition in the second half of 1993."
 Leininger pointed out that Mediscus' strong financial and operational performance since it filed for Chapter 11 protection in February 1992 made it an especially attractive acquisition opportunity.
 KCI, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is traded over the counter (NASDAQ: KNCI) and had revenues of more than $275 million.
 KCI is composed of two principal divisions: KCI Therapeutic Services supplies therapeutic specialty beds and patient surfaces, and KCI Medical Services provides more than 400 lines of medical life support equipment, including ventilators, monitors and infusion pumps. KCI also has other operating groups that focus on the international market, the long-term care market, new technologies, and financial services.
 Through a network of 25 offices in 13 states, Mediscus leases therapeutic low air loss beds, mattress replacement products and related equipment for acutely ill patients. These products help prevent and treat decubitus ulcers by supporting patients on vapor-permeable, temperature-controlled air sacs to reduce pressure on the skin.
 It filed for Chapter 11 protection a year ago because of financial problems stemming from the 1987 acquisition by Mediscus' previous management of National Medical Specialties, a distributor of respiratory and other critical care products. The acquisition added to Mediscus' debt but failed to generate anticipated sales objectives or operating revenues.
 Bear was named president and CEO in July 1991 to help cope with the firm's growing financial problems. Despite implementing successful programs in operating cost reduction and revenue enhancement, the company was unable to reach agreement with its creditors, and filed voluntarily for Chapter 11 protection on Feb. 25, 1992.
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 /CONTACT: Andrew M. Juniewicz of William Silverman and Company, 216-696-7750, or 216-521-4617, after hours, for The Mediscus Group, Inc./
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CO: The Mediscus Group, Inc.; Kinetic Concepts, Inc. ST: Ohio, Texas IN: MTC SU: TNM

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