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For the eighth time, Kindred Healthcare has been named by Fortune as one of the World's Most Admired Healthcare Companies. Each year, Fortune partners with Korn Ferry Hay group, a global organizational advisory group.

Together they survey top industry minds and leaders, including executives, directors and securities analysts. These industry elites span 680 of the world's highest-revenue companies in 28 countries and across more than 51 industries. Additionally, each company's score must be in the top 50% of the industry survey in order to be listed. The most admired company overall was Apple Inc., followed by Amazon.com and Starbucks.

kindred nurses"Being named to Fortune's list of the Most Admired Companies is a tribute to the hard work of our employees," said Benjamin A. Breier, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "Ranking third for innovation is a reflection of our strategic vision to create post-acute care solutions and deliver effective care coordination across the entire patient episode. At Kindred, we are positioned to be a unique provider of coordinated post-acute care and a post-acute benefits management company now and into the future."

Kindred has been developing high-performance post-acute care networks through partnerships with health systems. The future will be driven by collaborative efforts to deliver coordinated post-acute care with other providers, enabled by technology and data-driven care management capabilities.

Kindred's Contact Center, staffed by clinical professionals 24 hours a day, is a critical component of the Company's approach to care management. This team provides direct patient guidance and education through the Company's 866-KINDRED toll-free number, as well as AfterCare support and post-acute care benefits coordination on behalf of the Company's hospital partners.

Kindred is honored to receive such an accolade for the eighth year. As the nation's largest diversified provider of post-acute care services, the award aligns with our mission: to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve.