Kindred Healthcare Appoints M. Suzanne Riedman as Chief Diversity Officer

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:KND) today announced the appointment of M. Suzanne Riedman, the Company’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, as Chief Diversity Officer.

In this new role, Ms. Riedman will take the lead in expanding opportunities for women and minorities as well as broadening the inclusive culture at Kindred Healthcare. As recent studies have shown that there is a positive correlation between diversity and corporate performance, she will help prepare all Kindred employees to successfully navigate the culturally diverse world in which we live and work. As Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Riedman’s objective is to promote and expand diversity at all levels within Kindred.

Ms. Riedman will continue to serve as General Counsel. Ms. Riedman has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel since August 1999. She served as the Company’s Vice President and Associate General Counsel from April 1998 to August 1999.

“Our goal is to ensure that all Kindred employees as well as every patient and resident we care for and their families feel welcome and included,” said Paul J. Diaz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “Our employees are a team of diverse individuals who come together with a common goal to provide the highest quality care for our patients and residents. Our ability to balance our similarities and differences increases the likelihood of our collective success. Appointing a Chief Diversity Officer will help us improve our ability to learn from – and respect – others with different backgrounds, experiences and skill sets. Given Suzanne’s background, she is uniquely qualified to lead this charge.”

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 $4.2 billion and approximately 54,700 employees in 40 states. At September 30, 2010, Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in 650 locations, including 83 long-term acute care hospitals, 226 nursing and rehabilitation centers and a contract rehabilitation services business, Peoplefirst rehabilitation services, which served 341 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


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