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HealthSouth Names Barb Jacobsmeyer As President, Central Region

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthSouth (NYSE:HLS) today announced the promotion of Barb Jacobsmeyer to president of the central region following the recent retirement of current Regional President Terry Maxhimer. Jacobsmeyer previously served as chief executive officer at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, a partnership of BJC Healthcare and HealthSouth and regional vice president for HealthSouth's central region.  The change will be effective September 1, 2012.  Maxhimer will assist in transition activities throughout the month of August.

"Terry has made tremendous contributions to HealthSouth over the past nineteen years," said HealthSouth Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tarr. "He has been an invaluable asset and played a large role in HealthSouth's repositioning and emergence as a strong, profitable, growth company."

"At the same time, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Barb Jacobsmeyer as president of the central region for HealthSouth," added Tarr. "Barb will have operational responsibility for 16 hospitals, 15 of which are located in Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. She will also have responsibility for the company's hospital in Bristol, Virginia. Barb has made significant contributions during her tenure as chief executive officer of The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis and I am confident she will continue to provide outstanding leadership in her new role."

Jacobsmeyer joined HealthSouth in 2007. She brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to the role of president of the central region for HealthSouth. Prior to joining HealthSouth, Barb served as chief operating officer for Des Peres Hospital which is part of the Tenet Health System. She received her bachelor's degree in physical therapy from St. Louis University and her master's degree in health services management from Webster University.

About HealthSouth

HealthSouth is the nation's largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of revenues, number of hospitals, and patients treated and discharged. Operating in 27 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics and home health agencies. HealthSouth's hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, and amputations. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at www.healthsouth.com.

Statements contained in this press release which are not historical facts, such as those relating to the effects of this development project, are forward-looking statements. In addition, HealthSouth may from time to time make forward-looking public statements concerning the matters described herein. All such estimates, projections, and forward-looking information speak only as of the date hereof, and HealthSouth undertakes no duty to publicly update or revise such forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates based upon current information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. HealthSouth's actual results or events may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors. While it is impossible to identify all such factors, factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated include, but are not limited to, any adverse outcome of various lawsuits, claims, and legal or regulatory proceedings that may be brought by or against the Company; changes in the regulation of the healthcare industry at either or both of the federal and state levels; competitive pressures in the healthcare industry and HealthSouth's response thereto; HealthSouth's ability to attract and retain nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals in a highly competitive environment with often severe staffing shortages and the impact on HealthSouth's labor expenses from potential union activity and staffing shortages; changes, delays in (including in connection with resolution of Medicare payment reviews or appeals), or suspension of reimbursement for HealthSouth's services by governmental or private payors; general conditions in the economy and capital markets; and other factors which may be identified from time to time in HealthSouth's SEC filings and other public announcements, including HealthSouth's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.  

Media Contact Casey Lassiter, 205-969-6176 casey.lassiter@healthsouth.com

Investor Relations Contact Mary Ann Arico, 205-969-6175 maryann.arico@healthsouth.com

SOURCE HealthSouth

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