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Skilled Healthcare Group Announces Appointment of COO and CIO


Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. (NYSE: SKH) today announced that Paxton L. Wiffler has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer effective May 7, 2014, and David Goff has accepted the position of Chief Information Officer effective April 14, 2014.

Paxton Wiffler currently serves as Senior Vice President of Operations for Genesis Healthcare. Prior to Genesis, he spent 18 years with Sun Healthcare Group, Golden Living, and Beverly Healthcare and has held positions of increasing responsibility including Regional Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations, and Division President before joining Genesis.

David Goff comes to Skilled Healthcare from Costa Mesa-based Emulex where he served as CIO for seven years. Prior to Emulex, David spent six years as Director of IT and then VP and CIO for AppliedMicro. His previous employment background includes positions with Silicon Systems and Texas Instruments.

Robert Fish, CEO, said, "I am thrilled to have Paxton and David join our team. Between the two of them, we have added over 45 years of management experience.

"Paxton's 20-plus years of operations experience and his track record of building strong teams will only enhance our great staff in the field and at the facility level.

"David is also a welcome addition. His 25-year industry career founded in IT infrastructure, his breadth of knowledge, insight, and expertise will serve us well as we implement a number of planned IT improvements at the company," Mr. Fish continued.

"The skills and experience brought by these two individuals will perfectly complement our existing team and will allow us to continue to provide an exceptional level of care while improving our overall performance and efficiency."

About Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, California, is a holding company with subsidiary healthcare services companies, which in the aggregate had trailing twelve month revenue of approximately $842 million and approximately 15,000 employees as of December 31, 2013. Skilled Healthcare Group and its wholly-owned companies, collectively referred to as the "Company," operate long-term care facilities and provide a wide range of post-acute care services, with a strategic emphasis on sub-acute specialty health care. The Company operates long-term care facilities in California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, including 72 skilled nursing facilities that offer sub-acute care and rehabilitative and specialty health skilled nursing care, and 22 assisted living facilities that provide room and board and social services. In addition, the Company provides physical, occupational and speech therapy in Company-operated facilities and unaffiliated facilities. Furthermore, the Company provides hospice and home health care in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Nevada. The Company leases 5 skilled nursing facilities in California to an unaffiliated third party operator. More information about Skilled Healthcare is available at


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