Business Week had an article about National Healthcare Corp. (NHC).   Nursing home and assisted-living center operator National Healthcare Corp. said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter profit rose 80 percent on a boost in patient revenue.

The company earned $5 million, or 37 cents per share, compared with profit of $2.8 million, or 21 cents per share, in the same quarter a year before. Revenue rose 4 percent to $168.5 million from $161.8 million. For the full year, the company earned $31.4 million, or $2.31 per share, up from $27.7 million, or $2.11 per share, in 2008. Revenue rose to $668.2 million from $633.2 million.

National Healthcare and its affiliates operate 76 long-term health care centers, along with 33 home care programs, 7 independent living centers and 15 assisted living communities. Other services include Alzheimer’s units, long-term care pharmacies, hospice, a rehabilitation services company, and management and accounting services to third parties.

National Healthcare shares rose 19 cents to $37.64 in morning trading.  See NHC’s press release here.


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