VIENNA, Austria, September 23 /PRNewswire/ --

- Johnson & Johnson Medical to Participate as a Key Sponsor of the Event

More than 600 top hospital administrators from throughout Europe will convene in Graz, Austria on September 25 and 26 for the European Association of Hospital Managers Congress. The theme of this year's event is "New Leadership for New Challenges" and the sessions address the importance of personal and organizational leadership in generating a strong impact on the changing multi-stakeholder health care environment.

Johnson & Johnson Medical, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, will participate as a main sponsor of this year's Congress. The company, which has a broad portfolio of innovative medical devices and diagnostics for minimally-invasive and surgical procedures, is organizing a series of activities that will further highlight the importance of medical technology in treating patients effectively and creating greater economic value for the healthcare system.

A few of the products that will be showcased at the Johnson & Johnson Medical booth include market leading products for orthopedic surgery, cardiovascular disease treatment, advanced surgical devices for bariatric surgery and anti-bacterial sutures. The Johnson & Johnson franchises that will be present include Cordis, DePuy, Ethicon, Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Biosense Webster.

"We are focused on creating better solutions in healthcare for our customers and the patients throughout Europe who benefit from medical advancements," said Stefan Kaltenbacher, Managing Director, Austria, Johnson & Johnson Medical. "This event provides an excellent opportunity for increased awareness, collaboration and teamwork between industry and hospital management."

The European Association of Hospital Managers, which was founded in 1970, organizes this Congress every two years and the number of participants continues to grow. The next Congress is scheduled to take place in Davos, Switzerland on September 16-17, 2010 and then in 2012 in Athena, Greece.

"In the fast changing environment, leadership is more important than ever before: leadership with strict objectives and rules, leadership wi a sustainable strategy and leadership with ethical values as well," said Nikolaus Koller, president of BUKO Austria (federal association of hospital managers) and chairman of this year's congress organization committee.

"Health care needs leadership. We have high calibre speakers participating in this year's event, which will undoubtedly inspire the audience and spark new discussions and positive actions. The Congress is also an opportunity to forge new relationships and create links between industry and the hospital administrators."

During the Congress, the distinguished "Golden Helix" award will also be presented to a hospital team from private or public sector in Germany or Austria. The award is given to the team that effectively increased their quality standards while keeping costs low. Ethicon GmbH, ECCLESIA Assurance GmbH, and BfS, Bank für Sozialwirtschaft Berlin are the sponsors of the Helix Award.

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Media Contacts: Teresa M. Mueller, +33-1-5500-4433, Johnson & Johnson EMEA; Austria: Ulrike Domany, +43-664-83-504-83, Johnson & Johnson Medical Products GmbH