Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (“Kindred”) (NYSE:KND) today announced the opening of a new hospital in Seattle, Washington, and the relocation of an existing hospital in the Las Vegas, Nevada, market. These projects expand Kindred’s capacity to provide a continuum of post-acute care in two key cluster markets.

In downtown Seattle, Kindred has opened Kindred Hospital Seattle-First Hill, a 50-bed freestanding long-term acute care (“LTAC”) hospital with six intensive care unit beds in all private, state of the art rooms. Kindred will be opening a 30-bed co-located hospital-based sub-acute unit offering transitional care services by the end of the year. This is Kindred’s second LTAC hospital in Seattle. Kindred Hospital Seattle-Northgate is a 30-bed hospital with a 30-bed co-located hospital-based sub-acute unit. In addition, Kindred operates two nursing and rehabilitation centers in the Seattle market.

Kindred also recently opened Kindred Hospital-Las Vegas at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Rose de Lima Campus in Henderson, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas. The LTAC hospital replaces a hospital that was located in Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas. The new hospital has 28 LTAC beds and six private rooms dedicated to intensive care. The hospital serves a new portion of the Las Vegas metro area and compliments Kindred’s two existing hospitals in Las Vegas. In addition to the hospitals, Kindred currently operates one co-located hospital based sub-acute unit, two nursing and rehabilitation centers, two home health locations and two hospice locations in the Las Vegas market.

“We are committed to continuing to develop high quality, cost-effective healthcare services in markets that we believe can benefit from the continuum of services Kindred provides and the opportunity for us to 'Continue the Care' for our patients through an entire episode of treatment and recovery,” said Paul J. Diaz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kindred. “Seattle and Las Vegas are examples of cluster markets where we are continuing to look for opportunities to expand our continuum of services that benefits our patients and their families.”

“In Seattle, our LTAC hospitals and sub-acute units, along with the nursing and rehabilitation centers, expand our ability to provide post-acute care,” said Jeffrey P. Winter, Executive Vice President and President of Kindred’s Hospital Division. “In the Las Vegas market, our new hospital will serve an underserved area and provide specialized care to medically complex patients who require prolonged treatment plans and extended recovery time.”

About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-150 private employer in the United States, is a healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of $6 billion and approximately 76,900 employees in 46 states. At September 30, 2011, Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in over 2,250 locations, including 120 long-term acute care hospitals, five inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 224 nursing and rehabilitation centers, 23 sub-acute units, 47 hospice and home care locations, 102 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and a contract rehabilitation services business, RehabCare, which served approximately 1,740 non-affiliated facilities. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies for three years in a row, Kindred’s mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve. For more information, go to www.kindredhealthcare.com.

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