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RehabCare Group Honors Chairman's Bell Award Winners; Names Business Development Professionals of the Year.

ST. LOUIS -- RehabCare Group, Inc. (NYSE NYSE

See: New York Stock Exchange
:RHB) has announced it will honor recipients of its first annual Chairman's Bell Award at an awards ceremony in St. Louis on December 14. The Chairman's Bell recognizes both individuals and teams that throughout the year most contribute to RehabCare goals and best represent the Company's core values of excellence, integrity, teamwork and fun.

Nominations for the Bell Award were reviewed by a committee of RehabCare executive management and recommendations were made to the Chairman of the Board, H. Edwin Trusheim, who selected the winners.

"For years, a bell has hung in the lobby of our corporate offices," says Trusheim. "We have rung it to herald good news, such as new contract signings and record stock prices, and it has become a symbol of the success we have enjoyed in our 22 years. It is only fitting that our top people are honored with a Bell Award."

Five RehabCare clinical teams have been chosen from a network of more than 800 rehabilitation programs the Company manages in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities across the country. They include the Acute Rehab Team at Brotman Medical Center Brotman Medical Center (BMC) is a hospital in Culver City, California, USA. History
The hospital was founded in 1924.[1]. On September 1, 2005, Brotman Medical Center changed owners. The new owners are a group led by Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc.
 in Culver City, CA; the Rehab Staff of CaroMont Rehab and Sports Medicine sports medicine, branch of medicine concerned with physical fitness and with the treatment and prevention of injuries and other disorders related to sports. Knee, leg, back, and shoulder injuries; stiffness and pain in joints; tendinitis; "tennis elbow"; and  at Gaston Memorial Hospital Gaston Memorial Hospital (GMH) is a public, not for profit hospital located in Gastonia, North Carolina. The hospital was organized in 1946 as memorial to all local soldiers who died in World War II. The present Court Drive facility opened in 1973.  in Gastonia, NC; the Rehab Team at the Rehabilitation Center of Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, KS; the Therapy Staff at Park Manor of Southbelt in Houston, TX; and the VitalCare Team at the Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center in Tarzana, CA.

One project team, the Web Design Task Force, is being recognized for its work on the redesign and launch of the Company's public website.

Individual awards will be presented to Karen Barry, Clinical Coordinator and Speech Therapist speech therapist Speech pathologist, speech/language therapist A health professional trained to evaluate and treat voice, speech, language, or swallowing disorders–eg, hearing impairment, that affect communication. See Speech pathology.  for The Physical Rehabilitation physical rehabilitation See Physical therapy.  Unit at the Medical Center of Arlington (Arlington, TX); Shelley Daigle, Area Manager; David Daub, Regional Director of Operations; Marilyn Forinash, Program Director for the Rehabilitation Centers at Central Kansas Medical Center (Great Bend, KS); Bill Hawley, Assistant Vice President of Finance; Marlene Kuntz, Physical Therapist at the Outpatient Rehab Program of Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center (Norfolk, VA); Cherie Sauers, Program Coordinator for the Rehabilitation Program at Salina Salina (səlī`nə), city (1990 pop. 42,303), seat of Saline co., central Kans., on the Smoky Hill River; founded 1858 by settlers opposed to slavery, inc. 1870.  Presbyterian Manor (Salina, KS); and Kathy Stover, Director of Product Development.

Three business development professionals also will be awarded for their outstanding performance and record sales in 2004, including Keith Petti pet·ti  
n. pl. pet·tis
1. A woman's petticoat.

2. A pettislip.
, Senior Vice President, Business Development; Leanne Rowland, Vice President, Business Development; and Steve Templemeyer, Senior Director, Business Development.

John H. Short, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer comments, "These individuals and teams represent our best of the best at RehabCare, in terms of their innovativeness, sincere passion for their work and their unwavering commitment to excellence. They truly define the spirit of RehabCare."

RehabCare Group, Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, MO, is a leading provider of program management services for hospital inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing units, outpatient therapy programs and contract therapy services in conjunction with more than 800 hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in 39 states, the District of Columbia District of Columbia, federal district (2000 pop. 572,059, a 5.7% decrease in population since the 1990 census), 69 sq mi (179 sq km), on the east bank of the Potomac River, coextensive with the city of Washington, D.C. (the capital of the United States).  and Puerto Rico. RehabCare is pleased to be included in the Russell 2000 and Standard and Poor's Noun 1. Standard and Poor's - a broadly based stock market index
Standard and Poor's Index
 Small Cap 600 indices.

NOTE: More information on RehabCare can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.rehabcare.com.
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