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Arcadia Services, Inc. Purchases Merit Staffing Resources, Inc.

Arcadia Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Critical Home Care, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: CCLH.OB) , has purchased significant assets of Merit Staffing Resources, Inc.

Merit Staffing Resources, with offices in Danvers, Dedham, Lakeville, Sandwich and Weymouth, Massachusetts, provides temporary personnel for healthcare facilities and other businesses. It reported 2003 sales of $4.7 million.

Cathy Sparling, chief operating officer of Arcadia Services, Inc., said the acquisition is part of the company's planned growth strategy.

"By acquiring smaller staffing firms that meet Arcadia's quality and financial standards, we expect to grow substantially while increasing shareholder value. We plan to operate all five Merit locations under the Arcadia brand, giving Arcadia a strong foothold in the Massachusetts marketplace," Sparling said.

Arcadia Services, Inc., currently provides staffing services through an affiliate, Marjorie Hess, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Hess will assume responsibility for the five new locations. "I am very excited about the opportunity to expand our service market," said Hess. "As an affiliate, I am thrilled with the supportive relationship I have with Arcadia, which allows us to focus on growing this business by drawing on Arcadia's vast expertise and resources."

This is the second acquisition for Arcadia Services in the past month; the company on July 30 purchased significant assets of The Staffing Source of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Arcadia Services, Inc. is a national provider of staffing, home care and pharmacy services, and durable medical equipment. Arcadia Services, Inc., with 2003 revenues of more than $75 million, operates 73 offices in 22 states. For additional information, please visit the company's Web site at .


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CONTACT: David E. Bassett of Marx Layne & Co., +1-248-855-6777, ext. 132, for Arcadia Services, Inc.

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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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