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Girling Health Care Has Been Acquired by Austin-Based Harden Healthcare

Friday, November 30, 2007 General News J E 4
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AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 29 Girling Health Care and HardenHealthcare announced today that Harden Healthcare has acquired Girling HealthCare, effective Thursday, November 29, 2007. Because the two companies areprivately held and for competitive reasons, financial details have not beendisclosed.

Girling Health Care was founded in Austin in 1967 by Bob and BettieGirling and has home health operations in Florida, Illinois, New York,Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The company also offers hospice services inTexas. Harden Healthcare, also headquartered in Austin, was founded in 2001and consists of several companies that offer a post-acute continuum of care,primarily for seniors, including skilled nursing, assisted living,rehabilitation, hospice and home healthcare. With the baby boom generationaging, the market for home health services is expected to continue to berobust.

"Girling Health Care has enjoyed many years of success. As we look to thefuture, we are excited to join forces with Harden Healthcare, a company thathas become a major force in providing excellent healthcare in Texas,"Dr. Bettie Girling, president and CEO of Girling Health Care, said. "Our twocompanies share very similar values and we are confident that our clients willcontinue to receive the same high level of care that they have come to expectfrom Girling."

Dr. Girling continued, "Our family would like to thank the Austin medicalcommunity and the community at large for their support over these last fortyyears, and especially those who have let us come into their homes to providecare for them when they needed help. Leaving is hard, but we know our patientswill continue to receive excellent care from Harden Healthcare."

"Harden Healthcare is honored to partner with Girling Health Care. With 40years of providing excellent service to their customers and referral sources,Girling represents the finest in the home health field," Steve Hicks, chairmanof Harden Healthcare and Capstar Partners, said. "We are excited about thefuture of the combined companies."

Harden Healthcare acquired two home health companies, Auxi Health andAmerican HomeCare, earlier this year. With the addition of Girling, all homehealth operations will operate under the Girling Health Care name. Lew Little,CEO of Harden Healthcare, will also serve as CEO of Girling Health Care. "Thismerger creates a win-win for our patients who will receive the same greatpatient care they have come to expect from Girling Health Care, with broaderaccess to services through Harden Healthcare. Harden will focus its expansionin the central U.S. to provide a post-acute continuum of care for the elderlyand infirmed," Little said. "As a result, those patients will be able toutilize a range of services as their healthcare needs change."

Auxi Health provides similar services to those offered by Girling,including continuous and intermittent nursing care, as well as physicaltherapy and home health aide services. Auxi Health is headquartered in Austinand includes operations in four states: Texas, Iowa, Missouri and WestVirginia. American HomeCare is based in Missouri.

About Harden Healthcare

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Harden Healthcare was founded in December,2001, for the purpose of providing a complete continuum of care for seniorsand others needing short- and long-term healthcare. The company, which offersa holistic approach to care, is comprised of several complementarysubsidiaries including TRISUN Healthcare (skilled nursing and assisted livingfacilities), MBS Rehab, MBS Pharmacy (providing services to the long-term careindustry), Lighthouse Hospice and Auxi Health. For more information, visithttp://www.hardenhealthcare.com.

About Girling Health Care

Girling Health Care provides a variety of home health, personal care andhospice services for clients in Florida, Illinois, New York,
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