Kindred Healthcare Announces Date of Year-End Conference Call and Issues 2010 Quality and Social Responsibility Report

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:KND) announced today that it will provide an online, real-time webcast of its conference call covering fourth quarter and year-end 2010 operating results on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The Company will issue its fourth quarter and year-end 2010 earnings release before the market opens on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

The Company also announced that it has issued its 2010 Quality and Social Responsibility Report, which outlines the Company’s continued commitment to improving person-centered care coordination, the core of its “Continue the Care” strategy, and its progress in improving quality indicators, clinical outcomes and customer satisfaction in each of its service lines.

In 2010, the Company’s long-term acute care hospitals and nursing and rehabilitation centers continued to outperform national benchmarks in key quality indicators while caring for sicker patients and investing in additional clinical resources to meet their needs. This has resulted in decreased length of stay, fewer re-hospitalizations and more patients going home sooner at a lower cost to the healthcare system. Similarly, the physical, occupational and speech therapy services provided by the Company’s Peoplefirst division led to a 76.4% improvement in function for patients from what they were able to do on admission.

The report also features the Company’s innovative partnerships in integrated care coordination, as well as its continuing investment in its nearly 57,000 dedicated and compassionate employees and the communities it serves. The report is available at

Paul J. Diaz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented on the release of the Report noting, “The Company is proud to issue its fourth annual Quality and Social Responsibility Report to fulfill our commitment to be transparent about our quality results and our ongoing efforts to improve the care and services for our patients and residents.”

Mr. Diaz noted that the Report links the Company’s quality initiatives with its Continue the Care and Cluster Market strategies. “Both policymakers and the private markets are demanding that healthcare providers participate in coordinated care strategies to improve quality, reduce avoidable hospitalizations and reduce costs. Kindred’s cluster market strategy is designed to leverage Kindred’s national scale to build a continuum of post-acute services in local healthcare delivery markets to achieve these shared goals. Kindred is aggressively developing a post-acute continuum of service lines in local markets -- long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, subacute or transitional care, long-term care including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and home care and hospice services -- in order to partner with hospitals, health systems and payers to better manage episodes of care while at the same time improving quality and reducing costs.”

The live broadcast of the Company’s quarterly conference call will be available online at and at the Company’s website,, on February 8, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The online replay will be available on the websites and at approximately 11:30 a.m. and continue for 30 days.

About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-200 private employer in the United States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of over $4.3 billion and approximately 56,800 employees in 40 states. At December 31, 2010, Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in 696 locations, including 89 long-term acute care hospitals, 226 nursing and rehabilitation centers and a contract rehabilitation services business, Peoplefirst rehabilitation services, which served 381 non-affiliated facilities. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies in 2009 and 2010, 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


Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
Susan E. Moss, 502-596-7296
Vice President, Communications

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