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Chemed Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend of 6 Cents

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 17, 2006--Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE) announced today that the Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 6 cents per share on its capital stock, payable on March 10, 2006, to stockholders of record on March 1, 2006. This represents the 139th consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Chemed in its 34 years as a public company.

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.

CONTACT: Chemed Corporation
David P. Williams, 513-762-6901

SOURCE: Chemed Corporation