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Kimberly-Clark Awarded First Novation NOVAPLUS® Contract for Hand Hygiene Products

Five-year Contract Makes Kleenex Brand Hand Hygiene Products Available to 100,000 Members and Affiliates served by Novation

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01/21/14

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ROSWELL, Ga. & IRVING, Texas
"Kleenex brand products are a trusted resource in the fight against infections, offering members exceptional value while supporting better patient outcomes. It’s a perfect fit."

Kimberly-Clark and Novation today announced that for the first time in the history of the Kleenex® brand, Kimberly-Clark is offering its complete line of hand-hygiene products via an exclusive contract through NOVAPLUS, the leading private-label brand for hospitals.

The new five-year agreement represents the first NOVAPLUS contract for hand-hygiene products. Through the agreement, Kleenex and Scott® antimicrobial hand soap and washes, instant hand sanitizers, dispensers, and hand lotion will be sold and supported through the program. This provides savings of up to 20 percent to the more than 100,000 hospitals and affiliates that Novation serves, including members of VHA, UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista. The effort is designed to help health care organizations — as well as educational institutions — lower costs and increase the quality of care and experience in the critical areas of hygiene compliance and infection prevention.

“Kimberly-Clark is continually impressed by Novation’s commitment to delivering unsurpassed value to members while helping them improve hand hygiene compliance and patient outcomes,” said Keith Kuchta, Vice President, Global Accounts and Strategic Partners, Kimberly-Clark. “We are honored to have the opportunity to offer additional value to the health care providers that Novation serves by deepening our long-standing relationship and continuing our commitment to provide best-in-class quality.”

Through the agreement, effective Jan. 1, 2014, Kleenex hand hygiene products will be sold and marketed using the recognition and support of the highly recognized NOVAPLUS private-label program, which delivers the best financial value on the products and services that hospitals use most frequently.

“Hand hygiene is one of the most fundamental and important ways to prevent the spread of disease and we’re thrilled to help the members we serve by offering Kimberly-Clark products, clinical education, and community support,” said Brent Gee, senior director, Novation. “Kleenex brand products are a trusted resource in the fight against infections, offering members exceptional value while supporting better patient outcomes. It’s a perfect fit.”

About Novation

Novation is the nation’s leading health care services company, focused on revolutionizing operational performance for more than 100,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC, Children's Hospital Association and Provista LLC. Novation’s progressive approach to cost performance, data and intelligence, and integrated advisory solutions helps health care providers envision and advance new models of cost-effective, high-quality care. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Novation is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and twice has been honored with the Ethisphere Institute’s coveted Ethics Inside® Certification, and has been named four years consecutively to Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list.

About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB) and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies®, Pull-Ups®, Kotex® and Depend®, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the Company's 142-year history of innovation, visit kimberly-clark.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Kimberly-Clark in the Healthcare Environment

Around the world, medical professionals turn to Kimberly-Clark for a wide portfolio of solutions that improve the health, hygiene and well-being of their patients and staff. As part of their healing mission, caregivers rely on Kimberly-Clark to deliver clinical solutions, hygiene & cleaning offerings, and educational resources that they can depend on to prevent, diagnose and manage a wide variety of healthcare-associated infections. A global enterprise of more than $1 billion, Kimberly-Clark Health Care holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share position in several categories, including infection control solutions, surgical solutions, pain management, hygiene solutions, digestive health and respiratory health. And throughout the care continuum, patients and staff alike trust Kimberly-Clark medical supplies and devices, KLEENEX tissues, KLEENEX & SCOTT skin care products and SCOTT towels for day-to-day needs. For more information, visit kchealthcare.com and kcprofessional.com.

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