Richland Place Takes Top Honor

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- National HealthCare Corporation (NYSE Amex: NHC) (NYSE Amex: NHC.PRA), one of the nation’s oldest long-term health care companies, announced today that The Health Center at Richland Place in Nashville received NHC's highest honor by winning the Center of the Year award at this year's annual management conference.

NHC gives the award to the center that meets the highest standard in patient support, safety, rehabilitation and nursing care, employee turnover and financial performance. Tim Shelly, administrator, accepted the honor on behalf of his staff.

Shelly said his staff members were extremely proud when told they had achieved NHC's highest honor. "I feel that we have worked hard to hire and retain a very qualified group of health care professionals. They put their heart into the care and services we provide our customers. Our performance is only as good as each employee’s effort toward achieving a high level of customer satisfaction,” said Shelly.

In addition, Richland Place received NHC's Five Star Excellence Certification. The Five Star Excellence Certification is the premium category for operational performance. This award is achieved through outstanding services provided by the center's staff and it publicly recognizes the center and staff as one of NHC's best.

Richland Place is a 131 bed center which provides rehabilitation, skilled nursing services and assisted living complemented by an upscale environment that includes amenities such as spacious rooms, Wi-Fi and fine dining services.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. NHC cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made involve risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. The risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in reports filed by NHC with the S.E.C., including Forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K, and include, among others, the following: liabilities and other claims asserted against us and patient care liabilities, as well as the resolution of current litigation; availability of insurance and assets for indemnification; national and local economic conditions; including their effect on the availability and cost of labor, utilities and materials; the effect of government regulations and changes in regulations governing the healthcare industry, including our compliance with such regulations; changes in Medicare and Medicaid payment levels and methodologies and the application of such methodologies by the government and its fiscal intermediaries, the ability of third parties for whom we have guaranteed debt to refinance certain short term debt obligations; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the S.E.C. filings. The risks included here are not exhaustive. All forward-looking statements represent NHC’s best judgment as of the date of this release.

About NHC

NHC affiliates operate for themselves and third parties 76 long-term health care centers with 9,548 beds. NHC affiliates also operate 36 homecare programs, six independent living centers and 16 assisted living communities. NHC’s other services include Alzheimer’s units, long-term care pharmacies, hospice, a rehabilitation services company, and providing management and accounting services to third parties. Other information about the company can be found on our web site at www.nhccare.com.



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National HealthCare Corporation
Gerald Coggin, 615-890-2020
Senior VP of Corporate Relations

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