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GRACE'S NMC HOMECARE ACQUIRES PERSONAL CARE HEALTH SERVICES

 BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) today announced the acquisition by its National Medical Care subsidiary of Personal Care Health Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vivra Incorporated (NYSE: V). Personal Care Health Services, with annual revenues of $17 million, provides home nursing support services through 10 branch locations in California. The company will operate as part of Grace's NMC Homecare unit, which provides home intravenous infusion and respiratory therapy services from one hundred locations nationwide. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
 According to NMC Homecare President Peter Spears, "The acquisition of Personal Care makes NMC Homecare the first major home infusion company to directly manage home nursing services and represents the first step of a strategy to develop a national network of home nursing capability. The integration of home nursing with infusion and respiratory services should allow NMC Homecare to effectively address the increased demands of the health care system to achieve more efficient management of quality homecare services."
 Personal Care's 10 California locations will continue to be managed separately from NMC Homecare's 12 California locations but will be integrated from a marketing and care coordination perspective.
 Grace is the world's largest specialty chemicals company with a leadership position in specialized health care.
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 /CONTACT: Chuck Suits of W. R. Grace, 407-362-2600 or 800-GRACE99/
 (GRA V)


CO: W. R. Grace & Co.; National Medical Care; Personal Health Services;
 Vivra Incorporated ST: Florida, California IN: HEA SU: TNM


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