The execution of this agreement is another step in HealthSouth’s plan, announced in August 2006, to deleverage the company and reposition it for growth as a “pure play” post-acute care provider with a focus on inpatient rehabilitation. Proceeds from this transaction will be used to pay down a portion of the company’s long-term debt. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
“We have always believed there was a lot of value in this property,” said HealthSouth President and CEO Jay Grinney, who announced plans to sell the property shortly after joining HealthSouth in 2004. “But, we also knew this building was too big for a company of our size and required more resources than a healthcare company should be spending on its corporate headquarters.”
Under the terms of the agreement, HealthSouth will continue to lease space in the existing headquarters building for at least one year at which time it will either remain in the current building or re-locate to other appropriate office space in the Birmingham area.
“We have engaged Carruthers Real Estate Company to assist us in evaluating our relocation alternatives and hope to find something in close proximity to our existing space,” said Grinney. “This community has been very good to HealthSouth. We call this home and intend to continue to support this great city in the years to come.”
HealthSouth strives to be the healthcare company of choice for its patients, employees, physicians, and shareholders. Operating across the country, HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of health care services with a focus in the inpatient rehabilitation industry. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at http://www.healthsouth.com/.
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SOURCE: HealthSouth Corporation
CONTACT: Andy Brimmer of HealthSouth, +1-205-410-2777