SOURCE: Southern Home Medical Equipment, Inc.

January 08, 2008 08:00 ET

Encore Medical Staffing, Inc. Completes Agreement for the Development of the Palm Beach Market

SPARTANBURG, SC--(Marketwire - January 8, 2008) - Southern Home Medical Equipment, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SHMM) is pleased to announce that the Company has sold the franchise rights for the development of Encore Medical Staffing, Inc. in Palm Beach, Florida. The market will be developed by Arce & Co., LLC.

Greg Tucker, President and CEO of parent company Southern Home Medical, stated, "We could not be more excited to have the group from Arce & Co., LLC joining the Encore team. Based on demographics, the Palm Beach market should prove to be strong in terms of revenue growth. Success in Palm Beach should also lead to further interest in additional markets in the state of Florida."

Southern Home Medical owns and operates Encore Medical Staffing, Inc. Encore Medical Staffing, Inc. supplies quality healthcare professionals on a per diem, temporary, and travel contract basis to hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes and other medical facilities. The majority of the staffing professionals are Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants.

Robin Arce, of Arce & Co., LLC, stated, "We are excited to be joining Encore Medical Staffing, Inc. Their mission is to become a dominant player in the medical staffing industry and we are pleased to be part of the team."

Mr. Tucker went on to state, "Our plan is to open multiple corporate locations of Encore and we are also aggressively pursuing the development of franchise locations on a national level. Also, master franchising agreements are being considered by state. Anyone interested in franchising opportunities can visit our website at"

About Southern Home Medical Equipment, Inc.:

Southern Home Medical is a holding company with a focus on medical equipment and nurse staffing operations. Formed in January 2005, with its principal place of business in Spartanburg, S.C., Southern Home Medical will be expanding its operations through acquisitions and through the start up and support of Encore Medical Staffing businesses on a national level. Through its Health & Wellness Division, Southern Home is also poised to move into additional health, wellness, and fitness related businesses.


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