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Jan 4, 2010 9:13 AM by Rob Kirkpatrick

Lafayette-based LHC Group Acquires Branson, Missouri Facility

LAFAYETTE, La., Jan. 4, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LHC Group, Inc.
(Nasdaq:LHCG), one of the largest providers of home health services in
the United States, announced today that it has acquired 100% of the
assets of Access Hospice Care located in Branson, Missouri.

The service area of this acquisition spans 13 counties in southwest
Missouri. The primary service area has an estimated total population of
782,000, with almost 15% over the age of 65. Net revenue for the
Branson, Missouri, hospice agency during the most recent 12 months was
approximately $1.0 million. This acquisition, which was effective
January 1, 2010, is not expected to add materially to LHC Group's
earnings in 2010.

Keith G. Myers, President and Chief Executive Officer for LHC Group,
said, "It is with great pleasure that I welcome the employees from
Access Hospice Care into our growing LHC Group family. In 2008, we
acquired the home health segment from Access, so this acquisition is a
natural fit for LHC Group and allows us to increase our services to
patients and families in southwest Missouri."

LHC Group also announced today that it has entered into a home health
joint venture with Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, West
Virginia.

The primary service area of this joint venture spans five counties in
West Virginia, a Certificate of Need (CON) state. The estimated
population of the service area is 154,000, with almost 13% over the age
of 65. Net revenue for the Kingwood, West Virginia, home health agency
during the most recent 12 months was approximately $640,000. This
acquisition, which was effective January 1, 2010, is not expected to
add materially to LHC Group's earnings in 2010.

Preston Memorial Hospital is a state licensed, 25-bed critical access,
acute care facility, located in Kingwood, West Virginia. Preston
Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit community hospital that has been a
leader in rural healthcare for over half a century.

In commenting on the joint venture, Melissa Lockwood, Chief Executive
Officer of Preston Memorial Hospital, said, "Preston Memorial Hospital
is excited about the opportunity to partner with LHC Group in
fulfilling its mission of providing high quality healthcare services to
patients in northern West Virginia. LHC Group has significant
experience in providing home health services, and we are confident that
this partnership will help to enhance the availability of home health
services. We expect the transition to be seamless with no interruption
of services to our patients."

Keith G. Myers, President and Chief Executive Officer for LHC Group,
said, "We are proud to be partnering with an organization with such an
outstanding reputation and tradition of excellence as Preston Memorial
Hospital. We enter this new relationship knowing we have a strong
partner that shares our commitment to quality care and efficiency.
Together, our organizations will provide the residents of Kingwood,
West Virginia, and the surrounding area with the highest quality of
home health services."

About LHC Group, Inc.

LHC Group, Inc. (www.LHCGroup.com) is one of the largest providers of
home health services in the United States, providing quality,
cost-effective healthcare services to patients within the comfort and
privacy of their home or place of residence. LHC Group provides a
comprehensive array of post-acute healthcare services through home
health and hospice locations in its home-based division and long-term
acute care hospitals in its facility-based division.

Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute
forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements about the Company's
future financial performance and the strength of the Company's
operations. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by words
such as "continue," "expect," and similar expressions. Forward-looking
statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause
actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by
such forward-looking statements, including changes in reimbursement,
changes in government regulations, changes in LHC Group's relationships
with referral sources, increased competition for LHC Group's services,
increased competition for joint venture and acquisition candidates,
changes in the interpretation of government regulations, and other
risks set forth in Item 1A. Risk Factors in LHC Group's Annual Report
on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. LHC Group undertakes no obligation
to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result
of new information, future events or otherwise.

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