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Gentiva(R) Health Services Files Universal Shelf Registration Statement

MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIV), the nation's largest provider of comprehensive home health and related services, today announced that it has filed a universal shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the periodic offering and sale of up to $300 million of debt securities, preferred stock, common stock and warrants after the SEC declares the registration statement effective.

At the time of any such offering, Gentiva would establish the terms and describe in its filed prospectus or prospectus supplement how the proceeds from the sale of any securities would be used.

Until the registration statement becomes effective, the Company may not sell or accept any offers to buy such securities. This press release does not constitute such an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, and any offering may be made only through a prospectus and a related prospectus supplement. The securities cannot be sold in any state where an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or before qualification under the state's securities laws.

About Gentiva Health Services, Inc.

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. is the nation's largest provider of comprehensive home health and related services. The Company serves patients across the United States, through its direct service delivery units or through CareCentrix(R), which manages home health services for major managed care organizations. Gentiva is a single source for skilled nursing; physical, occupational, speech and neurorehabilitation services; hospice services; social work; nutrition; disease management education; help with daily living activities; respiratory therapy and home medical equipment; infusion therapy services; and other therapies and services. Gentiva's revenues are generated from federal and state government programs, commercial insurance and individual consumers. For more information, visit Gentiva's web site,, and its investor relations section at GTIV-G

Forward-Looking Statement

Certain statements contained in this news release, including, without limitation, statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "expects," "assumes," "trends" and similar expressions, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current plans, expectations and projections about future events. However, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others: the Company's ability to successfully execute its growth strategy; the impact of significant indebtedness on the Company's liquidity and its ability to meet the requirements of its creditors; general economic and business conditions; demographic changes; changes in, or failure to comply with, existing governmental regulations; legislative proposals for healthcare reform; changes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement levels; effects of competition in the markets in which the Company operates; liability and other claims asserted against the Company; ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; availability and terms of capital; loss of significant contracts or reduction in revenues associated with major payer sources; ability of customers to pay for services; business disruption due to implementation of new business systems, or due to natural disasters or terrorist acts; a material shift in utilization within capitated agreements; and changes in estimates and judgments associated with critical accounting policies and estimates. For a detailed discussion of certain of these and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in this news release, please refer to the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the "Risk Factors" section contained in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.

Financial and Investor Contact: John R. Potapchuk


Media Contact: David Fluhrer



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