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    Kindred Healthcare Announces 32 Recipients of National Quality Awards

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jul 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

    Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE:KND) today announced that 31 of its nursing and rehabilitation centers and one assisted living facility have been named recipients of a 2010 American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living ("AHCA/NCAL") Quality Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to quality improvement.

    The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is based on the core values and criteria of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program, the nation's premier recognition for quality achievement. AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards consist of an entry level Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award; a more rigorous Silver - Achievement in Quality Award; and the Gold - Excellence in Quality Award, which requires applicants to address the Baldrige Program's Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence in its entirety. Recipient facilities have made quality outcomes and customer satisfaction top priorities.

    Eight of the Company's nursing and rehabilitation centers and one assisted living facility are recipients of a Silver Award. All nine facilities have previously received a Bronze Award. They are:

    Parkway Pavilion Healthcare in Enfield, Connecticut,

    Windsor Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Windsor, Connecticut,

    Brentwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Yarmouth, Maine,

    Forestview Nursing Home of Wareham in Wareham, Massachusetts,

    Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Beverly, Massachusetts,

    Oakwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Webster, Massachusetts,

    The Village at Laurel Lake in Lee, Massachusetts,

    Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua, New Hampshire, and

    Loudon Healthcare Center in Loudon, Tennessee.

    In addition, 23 of the Company's nursing and rehabilitation centers are recipients of a Bronze Award. They are:

    Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama,

    Hacienda Rehabilitation and Care Center in Sierra Vista, Arizona,

    Bayberry Care Center in Concord, California,

    Fifth Avenue Health Care Center in San Rafael, California,

    Greenbrae Care Center in Greenbrae, California,

    Santa Cruz Healthcare Center in Santa Cruz, California,

    Smith Ranch Care Center in San Rafael, California,

    Aurora Care Center in Aurora, Colorado,

    Brighton Care Center in Brighton, Colorado,

    Lafayette Nursing and Rehab Center in Fayetteville, Georgia,

    Weiser Rehabilitation and Care Center in Weiser, Idaho,

    Indian Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corydon, Indiana,

    Den-Mar Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Rockport, Massachusetts,

    Goddard Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stoughton, Massachusetts,

    Walden Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Concord, Massachusetts,

    Las Vegas Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Las Vegas, Nevada,

    Pickerington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pickerington, Ohio,

    The LakeMed Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Painesville, Ohio,

    Sunnyside Care Center in Salem, Oregon,

    Crosslands Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Sandy, Utah,

    Federal Heights Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Salt Lake City, Utah,

    Vancouver Health and Rehabilitation Center in Vancouver, Washington, and

    Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

    "These awards reflect our continued emphasis on investing in our people and quality improvement at all levels of our organization," said Paul J. Diaz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "One of the keys to our success is a commitment to quality and improving clinical outcomes, which are the key drivers of our business strategy."

    "Since 2003, 196 of our 222 nursing and rehabilitation centers and three of our six assisted living facilities, or over 85% of our portfolio, have received a Bronze Award," said Lane M. Bowen, Executive Vice President and President of the Company's Health Services Division. "In addition, 18 of our facilities have gone on to receive a Silver Award, which reflects their continued dedication to quality improvement."

    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 53,800 employees in 40 states. At March 31, 2010, Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in 619 locations, including 83 long-term acute care hospitals, 222 nursing and rehabilitation centers and a contract rehabilitation services business, Peoplefirst rehabilitation services, which served 314 non-affiliated facilities. Ranked 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 www.kindredhealthcare.com.

    SOURCE: Kindred Healthcare, Inc.

    Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
    Susan E. Moss, 502-596-7296
    Vice President, Communications