SOURCE: Southern Home Medical Equipment, Inc.

January 15, 2008 08:50 ET

Southern Home Medical Initiates Significant Shift in Business Strategy

LYMAN, SC--(Marketwire - January 15, 2008) - Southern Home Medical Equipment, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SHMM) announced today an immediate shift in the long-term growth strategy of the company. Greg Tucker, President and CEO of the company stated, "We began trading on December 13, 2006 and spent a lot of time and effort explaining to the investment community our intentions to grow through acquisitions, a strong medical equipment operation. Over the course of the last year, significant shifts in the medical equipment industry have caused us to rethink that strategy. As the medical equipment industry has tightened up, the demand for quality healthcare professionals in the nursing industry has only increased. The shift in both industries points our team toward an obvious change in strategy versus our original intent."

Mr. Tucker went on to state, "We believe there is the potential for well over 300 locations nationwide for the growth and development of the Encore Medical Staffing, Inc. brand. The Columbia, S.C. location is now aggressively filling shifts. The Lebanon, Kentucky branch is moving forward nicely. The Charleston, S.C. market is ramping up. We just began operations in Palm Beach, Florida. In addition, we have twelve non-disclosures signed indicating interest in twelve additional markets, all of this without any advertising at all. We feel that once we begin advertising our brand, our growth will be explosive. We will continue to aggressively grow the medical equipment brands that we have in house that are viable and profitable. However, from this point forward, a significant portion of our resources will be channeled toward the successful growth and development of the Encore Medical Staffing brand."


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