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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: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 in Culver City, CA; the Rehab Staff of CaroMont Rehab and Sports Medicine at Gaston Memorial Hospital 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 for The Physical Rehabilitation 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 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, 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 and Puerto Rico. RehabCare is pleased to be included in the Russell 2000 and Standard and Poor's 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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