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Roto-Rooter Acquires Colorado Springs Franchise

CINCINNATI, Nov 07, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Chemed Corporation ("Chemed") (NYSE:CHE) today announced its Roto-Rooter Services Company subsidiary has acquired the Roto-Rooter franchise covering Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the surrounding counties including El Paso, Teller and a portion of Douglas County. These counties represent a population of approximately 670,000. The sale is effective November 8, 2008, and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Listed on the New York Stock Exchange and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Chemed Corporation (www.chemed.com) operates two wholly owned subsidiaries: VITAS Healthcare and Roto-Rooter. VITAS is the nation's largest provider of end-of-life hospice care and Roto-Rooter is the nation's leading provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services.

Statements in this press release or in other Chemed communications may relate to future events or Chemed's future performance. Such statements are forward-looking statements and are based on present information Chemed has related to its existing business circumstances. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risk that actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Further, investors are cautioned that Chemed does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements based on unanticipated events or changed expectations.

SOURCE: Chemed Corporation

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