Daniel J. Starck Appointed to Apria Healthcare Group's Board of Directors

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Dec. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apria Healthcare Group Inc. today announced the appointment of Daniel J. Starck, Chief Executive Officer of the Company's Apria Healthcare LLC respiratory therapy/home medical equipment operating unit, to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Starck will fill a Board seat vacated by Michael Dal Bello, who recently resigned from the Company's Board following his departure from The Blackstone Group to pursue another career opportunity. The appointment is effective immediately.

Mr. Starck assumed his current role on April 2, 2012, after serving CorVel Corporation (Nasdaq:CRVL) as CEO for five years. CorVel is an Orange County, California-based, national provider of industry-leading workers' compensation solutions for employers, third party administrators, insurance companies and government agencies seeking to control costs and promote positive outcomes. Mr. Starck joined CorVel in 2006 as President and Chief Operating Officer after serving Apria Healthcare and a predecessor company for 14 years in a series of progressively more responsible roles, including branch, region and division operations management in the western United States. From 2003 to 2006 he served as Apria's Executive Vice President of Business Operations and Revenue Management, with enterprise responsibility for customer service, billing, collections and other revenue management functions, key customer support, logistics management and distribution.

In his current capacity as CEO of the $1.2 billion Apria Healthcare respiratory therapy/home medical equipment operating unit, he oversees the above functions as well as strategic planning, finance and accounting, government relations, human resources, corporate compliance, information technology, field operations, sales and marketing.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, John G. Figueroa, Chairman of the Board of Apria Healthcare Group, commented, "In a very short period of time, Dan Starck has led the steady improvement in overall operating and financial performance of our respiratory therapy/home medical equipment business during a time of unprecedented change in the industry. He has a track record of effectively executing performance improvement initiatives and strategically repositioning the business unit in our industry. Combined with his previous experience as CEO in the workers' compensation arena – another highly competitive segment of the healthcare industry -- he is the ideal new member of our Board."

A graduate of San Diego State University, Mr. Starck lives in Orange County, California with his wife and four children. He is based at Apria Healthcare's corporate office in Lake Forest, California.

Through its Apria Healthcare LLC and Coram LLC operating units, Apria Healthcare Group Inc. provides home respiratory therapy, home medical equipment, specialty home infusion therapy, enteral nutrition and negative pressure wound therapy through approximately 500 locations serving patients in all 50 states. With over $2.1 billion in annual net revenues, Apria is one of the nation's largest and leading home healthcare companies. For more information, visit www.apria.com or www.coramhc.com.

This release may contain statements regarding anticipated future developments that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Results may differ materially as a result of the risk factors included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other factors over which the Company has no control.

CONTACT: John G. Figueroa Chief Executive Officer 303.672.8646Source:Apria Healthcare Group Inc.