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July 26, 2010

Over 600 Welch Allyn Employees Participate in


Company's "A Show of Hands" Volunteer Campaign
Company's 95th anniversary celebration is transformed into an afternoon of
giving back

Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, sent
over 400 employee volunteers to over 20 non-profit organizations across central New York today
as part of its new "A Show of Hands" corporate social responsibility (CSR) campaign. Another
200 employees were stationed at the company's headquarters assembling international aid, school
supply and homeless shelter care kits. The initiative is part of the company's annual Beacon of
Quality event, a designated date when local facilities are closed for the day to honor employees.
The morning session included business updates and an award ceremony which recognized
exceptional employees with the President's Beacon of Quality award—the highest Welch Allyn
quality recognition award bestowed on employees.

Traditionally, this summertime event also consisted of an afternoon of music, food, games, and
team building activities. However, in recognition of the company's 95th anniversary, Welch
Allyn chose to forego its traditional employee recognition festivities in favor of giving back to
the surrounding communities. The afternoon session became an opportunity for the company to
help its neighbors in Onondaga and Cayuga counties as Welch Allyn employees from its
Skaneateles Falls facilities took the day off to help paint, landscape, build, clean and assemble
care packages for a variety of local nonprofit organizations in need of a helping hand.

"This is the first time we've had to manage this kind of a response from employees," said David
Allyn, director of corporate social responsibility at Welch Allyn. "Some of our folks traveled to
the Samaritan Center in Syracuse where they helped serve lunch to those in need. Some played
kickball and led arts and crafts activities with the kids at ARC's Camp Columbus in Auburn. And
some stayed at our Skaneateles headquarters to assemble care kits with items donated by our
distribution partners—just to name a few of the ways we gave back today."

Although "A Show of Hands" launched this year, Welch Allyn is not a stranger to volunteering
in the local community. In the fall of 2009, the inaugural Welch Allyn Make a Difference
Volunteer program brought over 230 employees to food pantries in Onondaga and Cayuga
counties. This sparked numerous employee requests for more opportunities to volunteer, which
ultimately helped generate the "A Show of Hands" campaign.

"The Make a Difference program really got the ball rolling with employee volunteering," added
Allyn. "After such a successful turnout in 2009, we had a lot of employees asking for another
chance to give back. These are our neighbors we're reaching out to, so this level of involvement
is really an investment in the communities where our over 1,200 local employees work, live and
play."
About Welch Allyn
Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY (USA), Welch
Allyn is a leading global manufacturer of medical diagnostic equipment and a
complete range of digital and connected solutions. With 2,500 employees
working in 26 different countries, Welch Allyn specializes in helping doctors,
nurses, and other frontline practitioners across the globe provide the best
patient care by developing innovative products, breakthrough technologies,
and cutting-edge solutions that help them see more patients, detect more
conditions, and improve more lives. More information about Welch Allyn and
its complete line of connected products and solutions may be found at
http://www.welchallyn.com/