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Kennett Square, PA -- 05/10/2006 --

Genesis HealthCare (GHC) (NASDAQ:GHCI) today announced that it signed an agreement to enter into lease and purchase option agreements with Sandy River Health System, a premier long term care provider that operates 11 facilities in the State of Maine.  The closing of the agreement is subject to pending regulatory and licensing approvals, and other customary conditions.  Genesis expects to close the transaction by calendar year-end, providing approximately three quarters of earnings accretion for Fiscal 2007.

Upon closing, GHC would lease 11 Sandy River nursing and residential care facilities for ten years, subject to two five year renewal options, for annual lease payments totaling approximately $5 million.  Additionally, GHC would pay approximately $16 million in cash in exchange for tangible operating assets and a fixed price purchase option totaling $53 million, exercisable in 2026.  The transaction would be recorded as a capital lease, with assets of $57.5 million and liabilities of $40.0 million. 

The Sandy River Health System operates 748 skilled nursing and 220 residential care beds and currently employs 1,525 full and part-time employees.  Sandy River’s annual revenue totaled approximately $65 million for the period ended December 31, 2005.  A small home care and related services business may be included in the transaction. 

“We are excited about adding the high-quality Sandy River facilities to the Genesis portfolio and expanding our footprint into a contiguous state,” states George V. Hager, Jr., Genesis Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We view this transaction as a natural extension to our already substantial presence in New England.”  

“Genesis HealthCare is an excellent fit for the Sandy River Health System,” states Sandy River President Michael Tyler.  “Genesis shares our commitment to clinical quality and customer satisfaction, and we are excited to join the Genesis team.”

About Genesis HealthCare Corporation
GHC is one of the nation's largest long-term care providers with over 200 skilled nursing centers and assisted living residences in 12 eastern states. GHC also supplies contract rehabilitation therapy to over 650 healthcare providers in 18 states and the District of Columbia. 

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