Kimberly-Clark Health Care President Joanne Bauer Named to List of Top 25 Women in Healthcare By Modern Healthcare Magazine



    DALLAS and ATLANTA, April 18 /CNW/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:  
KMB) announced today that Health Care sector President, Joanne Bauer has been
named to Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare, an elite group of
professionals that includes renowned physicians, administrators, business
executives and policy makers.
    Modern Healthcare selected the top 25 women based on the following five
criteria:

    
     -- Successful service as a leader in an organization or company;
     -- Ability to effect change in the healthcare industry;
     -- Willingness to share expertise with others in the field;
     -- Service as a role model to other female healthcare executives;
     -- Leadership position in the industry.
    

    "Health Care is one of Kimberly-Clark's fastest growing businesses and
this honor speaks to the success of the sector and Joanne's leadership," said
Tom Falk, Kimberly-Clark Chairman and CEO.  "Her contributions are
significant, not only to Kimberly-Clark, but to the healthcare industry as a
whole."
    During her tenure, Ms. Bauer has been instrumental in growing the Health
Care business by developing and leading strong teams to achieve the following:

    
     -- Successfully integrating the acquisitions of well-known companies
        including Ballard medical products, Tecnol, Inc., a producer of face
        masks and Safeskin Corporation, a glove manufacturer;
     -- Doubling sales outside of North America and overseeing rapid
        international expansion;
     -- Redesigning the manufacturing supply chain to produce an annual cost
        savings of $50 million;
     -- Implementing and executing business continuity plans to prepare for
        pandemics such as SARS and avian flu;
     -- Leading a re-positioning of Kimberly-Clark Health Care's go-to-market
        strategy from a provider of personal protective equipment to higher
        order medical devices to help reduce healthcare-associated infections
        (HAIs).
    

    In 2006, Ms. Bauer focused the business' resources on developing and
acquiring innovative technologies and devices that would aid in the prevention
of HAIs, a cause of 90,000 deaths each year.  Under her leadership, Kimberly-
Clark has sharpened its focus on bringing solutions to market that reduce the
leading causes of surgical site infections and ventilator-associated
pneumonia, two dangerous and costly HAIs.  In addition, the company has
sponsored the national Surgical Care Improvement Program (SCIP) as well as The
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Human Factors project,
two initiatives that are designed to arm caregivers with the tools they need
to improve patient outcomes either through clinical measures or teamwork and
effective communications.
    "I applaud Modern Healthcare's recognition of female professionals who
are making a difference in healthcare and am honored to be in the company of
such remarkable women," said Ms. Bauer. "The success of our health care
business and the fact that I would even be considered for this honor is a
direct result of all of our people working to deliver top-quality products and
to support the healing mission of caregivers. I am honored to lead that team."
    The Top 25 Women in Healthcare will be honored at an awards banquet on
May 21st in Dallas. For more information, please visit
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/top25women .

    
    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 and educational resources that
they can depend on to prevent, diagnose and manage a wide variety of
healthcare-associated infections.  This over $1 billion global enterprise of
Kimberly-Clark Corporation holds the No. 1 and No. 2 market share positions in
several categories, including infection control solutions, surgical solutions,
pain management and digestive health.  And throughout the care continuum,
patients and staff alike trust Kimberly-Clark medical supplies and devices,
Kleenex tissues, Kimberly-Clark Professional skin care products, and Scott
towels for day-to-day needs.  For more information, please visit
http://www.kchealthcare.com .





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For further information: media, Dave Dickson, +1-972-281-1481, or 
ddickson@kcc.com , or investors, Mike Masseth, +1-972-281-1478, or 
mmasseth@kcc.com , both of Kimberly-Clark Corporation; or Christine Foster of 
three PR, +1-404-835-4524, or cfoster@3atlanta.com , for Kimberly-Clark 
Corporation Web Site: http://www.kimberly-clark.com                 
http://www.kchealthcare.com                 
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