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SUNRISE MEDICAL ACQUIRES NORSK REHAB, LEADING NORWEGIAN WHEELCHAIR DISTRIBUTOR

 TORRANCE, Calif., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunrise Medical Inc. (NYSE: SMD) today announced it has acquired selected operating assets of Norsk Rehab of Oslo, Norway, exclusive Norwegian distributor for Sunrise Medical's Quickie(R) and Powertec(R) wheelchairs. Norsk is a sales, distribution and service company which sells rehabilitation products to clinics and health facilities throughout Norway with its own 15-person salesforce. As part of the transaction, Sunrise has leased the existing Norsk facility, acquired inventory and equipment, and hired 28 Norsk employees. The purchase price of the transaction was not disclosed.
 Norsk Rehab was established in 1975 to distribute in the Norwegian market rehabilitation equipment for the physically disabled. It has grown to become the leading Norwegian distributor of custom wheelchairs and related products. The company has represented products manufactured by Quickie Designs since 1984, while adding other Sunrise lines more recently. Calendar year 1992 sales were $5.5 million for the portion of the business acquired by Sunrise Medical.
 Norsk will operate as a free-standing distribution company, similar to Sunrise subsidiaries in Canada, France and the Netherlands. Arne Mathisen, Norsk Rehab managing director, will remain with the company in that position, reporting to Barrie Payne, managing director of Sunrise Medical Ltd. (U.K.). The company will continue to use the name Norsk Rehab, which is known and respected by healthcare professionals throughout Norway.
 Richard H. Chandler, Sunrise Medical chairman and president, commented on the acquisition saying, "In acquiring Norsk, we are bringing into Sunrise an outstanding team of skilled professionals who can now represent the full Sunrise product line in this important rehab market. This is another significant step in our European expansion strategy. With this acquisition, we now provide our own direct sales and distribution coverage in 10 European countries."
 Sunrise Medical designs, manufactures and markets internationally medical products used in the rehabilitation and recovery phases of patient care. Products include custom manual and electric wheelchairs, ambulatory and bath safety aids, patient-room beds and furnishings and therapeutic mattresses for the management of pressure sores. Sunrise products are designed to meet the special needs of four groups of people: the elderly, the disabled, the recovering patient and the health-conscious consumer.
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 /CONTACT: Ted N. Tarbet (financial) or Gretchen Booma (media) of Sunrise Medical, 310-328-8018; or Susan Noonan of Noonan/Russo Communications, 212-979-9180, for Sunrise Medical/
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