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Abbott Diabetes Care Named One Of The Best Places To Work In San Francisco Bay Area



4/7/2006 11:12:14 AM

ALAMEDA, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- With a variety of offerings for employees from on-site convenience services to a comprehensive benefits plan, Abbott Diabetes Care was named one of the best places to work in the San Francisco area by three Bay Area business news publications in their annual ranking of leading local companies. Abbott Diabetes Care, based in Alameda, Calif., is a global leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing glucose monitoring systems and services designed to help patients better manage their diabetes.

The entire list will be published April 7, 2006 in a "Best Places to Work" special edition, which will appear in the San Francisco Business Times, East Bay Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. The ranking recognizes Abbott Diabetes Care for its outstanding work environment. The ranking is based on a comprehensive online employee survey and is a reflection of employee's attitudes towards and ratings of a variety of different criteria such as people practices, manager effectiveness, goals alignment, feeling valued, coworker trust and work engagement.

A global leader in the diabetes marketplace, Abbott Diabetes Care has a number of unique benefits to contribute to the well-being and success of its employees including: tuition reimbursement, 401(k) match, pension plan, performance bonuses, maternity and paternity leave, flexible health and childcare spending accounts, adoption assistance, domestic partner benefits and convenience services such as a company store.

"We're very proud to be recognized as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier employers," said Ed Fiorentino, president, Abbott Diabetes Care. "We strive to attract and retain the area's top talent and be known as an employer of choice -- this is one of the primary reasons Abbott is such a terrific place to work."

Abbott has earned recognition as one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine in 2005 and was named by Science magazine as one of the best places to work. In addition, DiversityInc magazine named Abbott as one of the best companies in the country in for its diversity practices and initiatives. FORTUNE also has named Abbott as one of "America's Most Admired Companies" every year since the list's inception in 1983.

Abbott has operations in several locations in Northern California including Abbott Diabetes Care in Alameda, Abbott Vascular in Redwood City, Abbott Diagnostics in Santa Clara and Abbott's Ross Products Division in Fairfield.

About Abbott Diabetes Care

Abbott Diabetes Care, based in Alameda, Calif., is a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing glucose monitoring systems designed to help patients better manage their diabetes. Abbott Diabetes Care is committed to developing products to reduce the discomfort and inconvenience of blood glucose monitoring and introducing systems that are easier to use, require smaller blood samples and provide faster results.

Abbott Diabetes Care manufactures and markets several leading-edge glucose monitoring systems and test strips in the United States for use in both home and hospital settings; leading brands include FreeStyle(R), FreeStyle Flash(TM) and Precision Xtra(TM). Additional information about Abbott Diabetes Care may be found at http://www.abbottdiabetescare.com .

About Abbott

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs 60,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's Web site at http://www.abbott.com .

Abbott

CONTACT: Media, Tama Antonia Donaldson of Abbott, +1-510-749-5449


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