Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (the Company) (NYSE:KND) today announced that Paul J. Diaz, the Company™s President and Chief Executive Officer, has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Modern Healthcare is a national trade publication that covers the healthcare industry. The August 25 issue features a list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. Mr. Diaz was listed at No. 19.

Mr. Diaz has served as Kindred™s Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2004, and as President since January 2002. Mr. Diaz served as the Company™s Chief Operating Officer from January 2002 to December 31, 2003.

About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. is a healthcare services company, based in Louisville, Kentucky, with annual revenues of over $4 billion and approximately 54,000 employees in 40 states. At June 30, 2008, Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in 656 locations, including 83 long-term acute care hospitals, 228 skilled nursing centers and a contract rehabilitation services business, Peoplefirst rehabilitation services, which served 345 non-affiliated facilities. 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

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