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05/25/2010 CARESOUTH IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOUSTON HEALTHCARE RECEIVES MEDICARE CERTIFICATION FOR BRANCH

CARESOUTH TO OPEN HOME HEALTH CARE BRANCH OFFICE
CareSouth, in partnership with Houston Healthcare, receives Medicare certification, Branch ID

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - CareSouth, in partnership with Houston Healthcare, today announced that they have been granted Medicare certification for a home health care branch office in Warner Robins by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The office will be located across the street from Houston Medical Center at 1532 Watson Boulevard and will open in early July. The announcement was made today by CareSouth President and Chief Executive Officer, Rick Griffin.

"This branch opening marks the beginning of what we know will be an essential and beneficial partnership for the Houston County community," says Griffin. "Providing appropriate in-home care after recovering from serious illness or injury reduces the frequency of hospital readmissions and offers a valuable service to our aging and chronically ill population."

The partnership between CareSouth and Houston Healthcare, which began in May for the Houston Medical Center campus, was formed to provide improved access to care and coordination of care for Houston Healthcare patients and their families.

"Home Care was one of the areas we saw as a need and potential option when we reorganized from a Hospital Authority to a private not-for-profit system last year," said Sonny Watson, Chairman, Houston Healthcare System Board of Directors, in Houston Healthcare's initial press release of April 28. "I am pleased Houston Healthcare will now have the ability to offer home care services to our patients and their families through our partnership with CareSouth."

CareSouth is the largest privately held home health care company in Georgia and a leading provider of home health care in the country. Headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, the company provides home health care services in seven states throughout the country, offering various programs and specialized services including fall prevention, total hip and knee orthopedic rehabilitation, wound care management, pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease management.  CareSouth is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc.  For more information, visit www.caresouth.com.

Houston Healthcare serves the medical needs of residents in Warner Robins, Centerville, Perry, and Houston County, Georgia, as the county's largest healthcare provider for 50 years. The system includes Houston Medical Center, a 237-bed facility in Warner Robins; Perry Hospital, a 45-bed facility; Houston Heart Institute; The Surgery Center; Houston Health Pavilion; urgent care centers and outpatient services. For more information, visit www.hhc.org.

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