HealthSouth Announces Plans to Build New Hospital in Arizona

Friday, October 10, 2008 General News
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 9 HealthSouth Corporation(NYSE: HLS) today announced it has broken ground on HealthSouth East ValleyRehabilitation Hospital. The new, 40-bed freestanding inpatient rehabilitationhospital will be located at 5652 E. Baseline Road next to A.T. StillUniversity in Mesa, Ariz.

"We have been privileged to serve patients in Arizona since 1995 and lookforward to offering HealthSouth's high-quality services closer to home forMesa residents," said Jerry Gray, president of HealthSouth's West Region. "Weare on track with the groundbreaking and expect to be fully operational bylate summer of 2009."

Once complete, HealthSouth East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital willprovide more patients in the greater Phoenix area with the latest inrehabilitative medicine. The state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital willoffer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient programs. Plans for the47,500-square-foot, single-story hospital include all private rooms, aspacious, on-site therapy gym and cutting-edge rehabilitation technologies.

Currently, HealthSouth operates five rehabilitation hospitals throughoutArizona located in Glendale, Scottsdale, Tucson and Yuma. Accredited by TheJoint Commission, HealthSouth's inpatient rehabilitation hospitals provide ahigher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from strokeand other neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injury, amputations,and orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions. HealthSouth East ValleyRehabilitation Hospital can be found on the Web .

About HealthSouth

HealthSouth is the nation's largest provider of inpatient rehabilitationservices. Operating in 26 states across the country and in Puerto Rico,HealthSouth serves more than 250,000 patients annually through its network ofinpatient rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, outpatientrehabilitation satellites, and home health agencies. HealthSouth strives to bethe health care company of choice for its patients, employees, physicians andshareholders and can be found on the Web at .

Statements contained in this press release which are not historical factsare forward-looking statements. In addition, HealthSouth, through its seniormanagement, may from time to time make forward-looking public statementsconcerning the matters described herein. All such estimates, projections, andforward-looking information speak only as of the date hereof, and HealthSouthundertakes no duty to publicly update or revise such forward-lookinginformation, whether as a result of new information, future events, orotherwise. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates basedupon current information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties.HealthSouth's actual results may differ materially from the resultsanticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety offactors. While it is impossible to identify all such factors, factors whichcould cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated byHealthSouth include, but are not limited to, any adverse outcome of variouslawsuits, claims, and legal or regulatory proceedings that may be broughtagainst us or any adverse outcome relating to the settlement of the federalsecurities class action previously disclosed by us; significant changes inHealthSouth's management team; HealthSouth's ability to continue to operate inthe ordinary course and manage its relationships with its creditors, includingits lenders, bondholders, vendors and suppliers, employees, and customers;changes, delays in, or suspension of reimbursement for HealthSouth's servicesby governmental or private payors; changes in the regulation of the healthcareindustry at either or both of the federal and state levels; competitivepressures in the healthcare industry and HealthSouth's response thereto;HealthSouth's ability to obtain and retain favorable arrangements withthird-party payors; HealthSouth's ability to attract and retain nurses,therapists, and other healthcare professionals in a highly competitiveenvironment with often severe staffing shortages; general conditions in theeconomy and capital markets; and other factors which may be identified fromtime to time in the Company's SEC filings and other public announcements,including HealthSouth's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.

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Richard Schulz, (480) 551-5415

SOURCE HealthSouth Corporation

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