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July 17, 2008

United Way Announces 2008 Campaign Chair

July 17, 2008

Media Contact: Michelle Wade
United Way of Greater New Haven
Work: 203.691.4202
Cell: 860.834.0128

Media Contact: Joel Weinberg
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Cell: 203.812.9398

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President of Covidien Surgical Devices Named
2008 United Way Campaign Chair

New Haven--July 17, 2008--Jack Healy, president and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven, announced today that Scott Flora, president of the Surgical Devices Global Business Unit of Covidien in North Haven, has been named Chair of United Way’s 2008 Campaign.

“We are honored to have such a valuable and dedicated partner leading the United Way campaign,” said Healy. “As campaign chair, Scott is committed to engaging corporate leaders and promoting local fundraising efforts to reach our campaign goal of $6 million.”

Prior to joining Covidien (formerly Tyco Healthcare) in November 2006, Flora had 27 years of healthcare experience in surgical devices and pharmaceuticals management including 18 years of senior leadership positions at Smith and Nephew.

“It is truly an honor to accept the chairmanship for the 2008-2009 campaign,” said Flora. “United Way, through its many community programs and commitments from donors and dedicated volunteers, exemplifies two of Covidien’s core values compassion and collaboration. Like United Way, we at Covidien are committed to improving the health and well-being of people in our communities. We look forward to partnering with United Way to ensure that employees at businesses throughout the New Haven area are aware of the benefits that support of this campaign will bring to all of us,” added Flora.

North Haven, Connecticut is the global headquarters of Covidien’s Surgical Devices business unit. The location is home to a growing research and development function and large manufacturing facility where surgical staplers, sutures and numerous other products are made. Covidien is one of Connecticut’s largest employers with over 2,900 people employed in North Haven and over 3,400 statewide. Covidien’s success as a global healthcare leader provides it with a unique ability and opportunity to give back to the communities where it operates and where its employees live. Covidien encourages employees to volunteer their time to local organizations throughout the year and is active in United Way’s annual Days of Caring volunteer activities. During this year’s Days of Caring, Covidien will focus its efforts around activities that encourage good health in youth in Greater New Haven.

About United Way:

United Way brings together the caring power of people to create change in our region and to improve lives. We strive to be a catalyst for identifying community needs and opportunities for change; to focus on specific community priority areas and initiatives through which we have the best opportunities to improve lives and change conditions; and to engage donors, organizations and community leaders to improve the social and civic health of our region.

More information about United Way’s work to improve lives and communities can be found at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

About Covidien:
Covidien is a leading global healthcare products company that creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence. Covidien manufactures, distributes and services a diverse range of industry-leading product lines in four segments: Medical Devices, Imaging Solutions, Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Supplies. With 2007 revenue of nearly $9 billion, Covidien has more than 42,000 employees worldwide in 57 countries, and its products are sold in over 130 countries. Please visit www.covidien.com to learn more about our business.

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