NHC Secures $175 Million Credit Line

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National HealthCare Corporation (NYSE MKT: NHC) (NYSE MKT: NHC.PRA), the
nation’s oldest publicly traded senior health care company, announced
today that it has secured a $175 million line of credit with Bank of
America. The $175 million credit facility replaces the $75 million line
of credit that was in place prior to this agreement.

Robert Adams, CEO, stated: “We are pleased to complete our Credit
Agreement with Bank of America. The credit facility allows us to
complete the previously announced preferred stock redemption and also
allows us the financial flexibility to continue to implement our
strategy of expanding our continuum of post-acute health care services,
which includes skilled nursing, assisted living, and homecare services.”

About NHC

NHC affiliates operate for themselves and third parties 75 long-term
health care centers with 9,423 beds. NHC affiliates also operate 36
homecare programs, five independent living centers and 19 assisted
living communities. NHC’s other services include Alzheimer’s units,
long-term care pharmacies, hospice, a rehabilitation services company,
and providing management and accounting services to third parties. Other
information about the company can be found on our web site at www.nhccare.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and
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Contacts

National HealthCare Corporation
Gerald Coggin, 615-890-2020
Sr.
V.P. Corporate Relations