LYMAN, S.C., Sept. 4 Southern Home MedicalEquipment, Inc. (OTC: SHOM) ("Southern Home") announced today that its EncoreMedical Staffing, Inc. division ("Encore Medical"), an innovative provider ofhealth care services, plans to offer financing to highly qualified andpre-screened candidates seeking to open a franchise in the United States.
"As more Americans grow older and live longer in the face of chronicdisease, like cancer and diabetes, our health care institutions areexperiencing a profound shortage of professional nursing staff, home healthaides, and other specialists," said Greg Tucker, President and CEO of SouthernHome. "About 75% of all hospitals are now turning to outsourced staffing tofill registered nurse positions, lower costs and improve the quality ofpatient care."
"By providing internal financing, we hope to remove any financial roadblocks that may be preventing highly qualified and specialized health careprofessionals from starting up an Encore Medical franchise. Our goal is tokeep building a thriving, multi-national market presence that helps fill thelarge market void for professional staff in the health care industry. Webelieve our unique franchise/corporate model offers tremendous growthpotential for our company, franchisees and shareholders," concluded Mr.Tucker.
Year to date, several Encore Medical Staffing locations have posted tripledigit revenue growth month-over-month. Encore Medical has locations inCharleston, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina; in addition to Kentucky,Florida, and Maryland. Encore Medical supplies quality healthcareprofessionals on a per diem, temporary and contract basis to hospitals, rehabcenters, nursing homes and other medical facilities and institutions. EncoreMedical is aggressively recruiting motivated nursing professionals interestedin franchising opportunities.
About Southern Home Medical Equipment, Inc.
Southern Home Medical is a holding company with a focus on nurse staffingoperations. Formed in January 2005, with its principal place of business inLyman, S.C., Southern Home Medical is expanding its operations through thestart up and support of Encore Medical Staffing businesses on a nationallevel. The majority of the staffing professionals consist of RegisteredNurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants. Visitwww.encoremedicalstaffing.com for more information.
Safe Harbor: This release includes forward-looking statements within themeaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 27E of theSecurities Act of 1934. Statements contained in this release that are nothistorical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Investors arecautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actualperformance and results may differ materially from that projected or suggestedherein due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation,ability to obtain financing and regulatory and shareholder approval foranticipated actions.Contact: Greg Tucker President & CEO Southern Home Medical [email protected]
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SOURCE Southern Home Medical Equipment, Inc.