SOURCE: Southern Home Medical Equipment, Inc.

February 21, 2008 09:19 ET

Southern Home Medical Announces Encore Medical Staffing to Open Another Location in Upstate South Carolina

LYMAN, SC--(Marketwire - February 21, 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 the Upstate of South Carolina. The market will be developed by Effective Staffing Solutions, LLC. Greg Tucker, President and CEO of parent company Southern Home Medical, stated, "We could not be more excited to have the group from Effective Staffing Solutions joining the Encore team. Based on demographics, the Upstate market should prove to be strong in terms of revenue growth. Success in this market should also lead to further interest in additional markets in the area."

Stormy Smith, President of Effective Staffing Solutions, LLC, stated, "We are excited to be joining Encore Medical Staffing, Inc. With their infrastructure and solid foundation, they will over time become a dominant player in the medical staffing industry and we are pleased to be part of the team. It will be our mission to provide healthcare facilities in the upstate with the absolute best nursing support available. Our management team is diverse and our strengths complement one another. We have the accounting and business support necessary to operate a growing successful business, but more importantly, our team has over 26 years of combined nursing experience. Our management team has nursing home, med surge, cardiac care, emergency room, home health and hospice experience. Whether you are a nurse looking to fill shifts as a part of our team, a director of nursing looking for staffing support, or a hospital staffing coordinator, you will be able to count on our company to help you meet your needs."

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 nurse staffing operations. Formed in January 2005, with its principal place of business in Lyman, S.C., Southern Home Medical will be expanding its operations through the start up and support of Encore Medical Staffing businesses on a national level. Encore Medical Staffing, Inc. supplies quality healthcare professionals on a per diem and temporary contract basis to hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes and other medical facilities. The majority of the staffing professionals consist of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants. Encore Medical Staffing, Inc. is aggressively recruiting motivated business professionals interested in franchising opportunities.

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