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Stephen Marcus of Vibra Healthcare and Alan Sauber of RehabCare Join the ALTHA Board of Directors.

WASHINGTON -- ALTHA, the Washington-based trade association for Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospitals, announced today that two hospital executives have recently been appointed to the ALTHA Board of Directors: Mr. Stephen Marcus, chief operating officer of Vibra Healthcare and Mr. Alan Sauber, senior vice president, government programs and chief compliance officer of RehabCare Group, Inc.

Stephen Marcus is responsible for providing day-to-day leadership and management for Vibra Healthcare which owns/operates almost two dozen distinct healthcare facilities. Vibra Healthcare, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, operates 11 LTAC hospitals, five IRFs, two outpatient facilities and one acute care hospital. Mr. Marcus was previously senior vice president of business development with RehabCare Group. In addition, he was president of SelectRehab, a rehabilitation management service company, and a senior vice president with Continental Medical Systems Inc., where he developed 13 rehabilitation hospitals.

Alan Sauber joined RehabCare in 2000 as senior vice president of business development, expanding the company's partnerships with skilled nursing facilities. He also has served as senior vice president of Strategic Markets, helping to refine the company's strategy for integrated post-acute care. Currently, Mr. Sauber oversees RehabCare's compliance and government relations programs, serving as the principal liaison to CMS and legislators on Capitol Hill. Prior to RehabCare, Mr. Sauber was chief operating officer of a rehabilitation subsidiary of Centennial Healthcare and senior vice president for Continental Medical Systems. He is a licensed physical therapist and holds an MBA from Northeastern University. The RehabCare Group (NYSE:RHB), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, recently acquired Triumph Healthcare and now operates 28 LTAC hospitals.

According to ALTHA's chief executive officer William Walters, "Steve Marcus and Alan Sauber and the companies they represent have significant experience as providers of not only LTAC hospital care but also other post-acute care services. As Congress wrestles with health reform in general and post-acute bundling in particular, having leaders like Steve and Alan on the ALTHA Board will provide us with the ability to think about LTAC hospital care in a broader post-acute perspective. Their insights will add significant value to the ALTHA Board."

For more information, please visit or call Jennifer Connors at 703-518-9900.


Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospitals serve a valuable role in the continuum of American healthcare by caring for patients who need longer than usual hospital stays, on average twenty-five days. LTAC hospital patients are severely-ill, medically-complex patients with multiple comorbidities. Congress created LTAC hospitals to care for the small population of extremely ill patients for whom the cost of care is beyond the scope of most general hospitals.

LTAC hospitals are often considered part of the "post-acute" continuum of care which also includes rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home healthcare. ALTHA strongly supports the principle that each healthcare provider in the post-acute sector plays a critical and distinct role in meeting the needs of the patient population. ALTHA supports the principle that patients should be cared for in the most appropriate setting.


ALTHA is the Washington-based trade association of Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospitals, representing three-quarters of this healthcare provider community. ALTHA's primary mission is to protect patient access to the unique care our hospitals provide. ALTHA also serves as an educational resource for clinicians and executives who serve in our member facilities. ALTHA works to continuously improve the quality of care by sharing and improving best practices among its hospital members.

ALTHA hospital members include Kindred Healthcare (NYSE:KND), Select Medical Corporation (NYSE: SEM), LifeCare Hospitals, HealthSouth (NYSE:HLS), Promise Healthcare, RehabCare Group (NYSE:RHB), Regency Hospital Company, LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG), Vibra Healthcare and many others. For more information, please visit .
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