Mariner Health Care's Cornerstone Healthcare Group Opens Third Houston LTAC Hospital

Oct 06, 2004, 01:00 ET from Mariner Health Care, Inc.

    ATLANTA, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mariner Health Care, Inc.
 ("Mariner") (OTC Bulletin Board:   MHCA) today announced that its Cornerstone
 Healthcare Group ("Cornerstone") opened a 32-bed, long-term acute care
 ("LTAC") hospital in Houston, Texas.  This new Houston facility is located
 within the Bellaire Medical Center and will provide specialized services for
 medically complex patients typically requiring longer lengths of stay.
     "We are excited about expanding in the Houston market," said Cornerstone
 Healthcare Group President Michael Cress.  "We look forward to working with
 Bellaire Medical Center and the healthcare community to provide the most
 appropriate level of services for our patients. With the addition of
 Cornerstone - Bellaire, we now operate three Houston area LTACs with more than
 200 beds."
     Steve Seltzer, Chief Executive Officer of Bellaire Medical Center stated,
 "The addition of Cornerstone Healthcare Group's long term acute care hospital
 within Bellaire Medical Center will broaden our ability to better meet the
 needs of the communities we serve.  Our employees and Medical Staff join me in
 welcoming Cornerstone Healthcare Group to Bellaire Medical Center."
     About Cornerstone Healthcare Group
     Cornerstone, a division of Mariner Healthcare, through its subsidiaries
 and affiliates, is a growing operator of long-term acute care hospitals.
 Additional Cornerstone information is available
 at .
     About Mariner Health Care
     Mariner, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the largest long-
 term care operators in the United States.  Mariner, through its subsidiaries
 and affiliates, operate over 250 skilled nursing, assisted living and long-
 term acute care hospital facilities representing in excess of 31,000 beds
 across the country.  Additional company information is available
 at .
      Contact:  Mariner Health Care, Inc.
                Boyd Gentry
                Senior Vice President and Treasurer

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