SOURCE: Southern Home Medical Equipment, Inc.

May 08, 2008 11:32 ET

Southern Home Medical Announces Letter of Intent for Encore Medical Staffing Operation in Miami, Florida

LYMAN, SC--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Southern Home Medical Equipment, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SHMM) is pleased to announce a Letter of Intent for the development of the Miami, Florida market. This represents the seventh Encore Medical Staffing market to be developed. Other markets are being discussed. Greg Tucker, President and CEO of parent company Southern Home Medical stated, "We've had extensive discussions with the team from Miami. We feel that they have the ability to develop this market effectively and we're excited for them to become a part of our team."

Southern Home Medical currently has Encore Medical Staffing locations in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina. They also have locations in Lebanon, Kentucky, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In addition, Baltimore, Maryland is also a market which should close soon. Temporary nurse staffing has become a critical issue in hundreds of markets nationwide and the Encore Medical Staffing business model addresses the need in a very unique way. Encore Medical Staffing supplies quality healthcare professionals on a per diem and temporary contract basis to hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes and other medical facilities.

Mr. Tucker went on to state, "We are focusing the majority of our time and effort on the growth and development of Encore Medical Staffing, Inc. We are the national franchisor of this business. Our business model is sound, and every major city is a potential market. Every state can be developed over time. We're less than one year into the process, but feel that there is potential for well over 300 locations nationwide."

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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