Gentiva Health Services Schedules Third Quarter 2004 Earnings Call And Web Cast For Thursday, October 28, 2004

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gentiva Health Services, Inc. , the nation's largest provider of comprehensive home health services, today announced that it has scheduled a conference call and web cast on Thursday, October 28, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its third quarter 2004 operating results.

During the event, management will present an overview of the company's financial performance, accomplishments and strategic developments during the third fiscal quarter and nine months ended September 26, 2004, and a review of the Company's 2004 performance goals. Management will also respond to participants' questions.

The conference call is open to investment analysts and managers, Company shareholders, media and others interested in Gentiva Health Services. Instructions for participation in the conference call follow:

* Event: Gentiva Health Services' Third Quarter 2004 Conference Call * Date and Time: Thursday, October 28, 2004, 10:00 a.m. ET * Instructions: United States, Canada and international: Call (612) 326-1003 * Web cast URL: http://www.gentiva.com/investor/events.asp * Replay: A replay of the call will be available on October 28, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET, and will remain available continuously through November 4. To listen to a replay of the call, dial (800) 475-6701 and enter the following code at the prompt: 748817. To listen to a replay of the call outside the United States, dial (320) 365-3844 and enter the same code following the prompt. To access the web cast archive, log onto http://www.gentiva.com/investor/events.asp. * Transcript: A transcript of the call, including questions and answers, is expected to be available on Gentiva's web site within 24 hours after its conclusion. About Gentiva Health Services

Gentiva Health Services is the nation's largest provider of comprehensive home health services. Gentiva serves patients through more than 350 direct service delivery units within approximately 250 locations in 35 states, and through CareCentrix(R), which manages home healthcare services for many major managed care organizations throughout the United States and delivers them in all 50 states through a network of more than 2,000 third-party provider locations, as well as Gentiva locations. The Company is a single source for skilled nursing; physical, occupational, speech and neuro-rehabilitation services; social work; nutrition; disease management education and help with daily living activities, as well as other therapies and services. Gentiva's revenues are generated from commercial insurance, federal and state government programs and individual consumers. For more information, visit Gentiva's web site, http://www.gentiva.com/, and its investor relations section at http://www.gentiva.com/investor.

Forward-Looking Statement

Certain statements contained in this news release, including, without limitation, statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "expects," "assumes," "trends" and similar expressions, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current plans, expectations and projections about future events. However, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, general economic and business conditions; demographic changes; changes in, or failure to comply with, existing governmental regulations; legislative proposals for health care reform; changes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement levels; effects of competition in the markets the Company operates in; liability and other claims asserted against the Company; ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; availability and terms of capital; loss of significant contracts or reduction in revenues associated with major payer sources; ability of customers to pay for services; business disruption due to natural disasters or terrorist acts; a material shift in utilization within capitated agreements; and changes in estimates and judgments associated with critical accounting policies. For a detailed discussion of these and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in this news release, please refer to the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the "risk factors" section contained in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2003.

Contact: David Fluhrer 631-501-7102 516-857-7231 david.fluhrer@gentiva.com

Gentiva Health Services, Inc.

CONTACT: David Fluhrer of Gentiva Health Services, Inc.,+1-631-501-7102, or +1-516-857-7231, david.fluhrer@gentiva.com

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