Delivery of High-Quality In-Home Care Drives Expansion of National Franchise

BrightStar Care Sees Continued Growth with Focus on Clinical
Expertise, Accreditation; Closes Out 2015 with 300
Franchise Signing

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to statistics
generated from the recent White House Conference on Aging, over the next
50 years, the number of people aged 65 and older is expected to more
than double to 92 million, and the majority of this growing population
wants to age at home. Families with loved ones who want to age in the
safety and comfort of their own homes are increasingly seeking in-home
care providers that follow the highest healthcare standards and have
experienced registered nurses overseeing their care.

, a national private duty in-home care franchise, is uniquely
poised to meet consumer demand for providing this type of expert,
compassionate care. In 2015, BrightStar Care opened 25 new locations —
surpassing the 300-location milestone since it started franchising in
2006. In 2016, it plans to grow to 350 locations across the country and
extend the brand into international markets.

“Families have so many choices when they seek home care for their loved
ones, and we are proud to offer them ‘A Higher Standard of Care’ in
local communities across the country,” said Shelly Sun, CEO and
Co-Founder of BrightStar Care. “Our Registered Nurse Directors of
Nursing meet with every family to prepare a customized plan of care
based on the health and wellness needs of their loved one. Our
franchisees hire experienced nurses and caregivers and provide ongoing
training to deliver this higher standard to every family we serve.”

Validating their commitment to quality, BrightStar Care earned the
Enterprise Champion for Quality award for the third year in a row from
The Joint Commission, the oldest and largest nationally recognized
health care quality standards organization. This prestigious distinction
is awarded to select franchisors with a proven commitment to the highest
level of quality and safety.

Also in 2015, BrightStar Care landed on the annual Inc. 5000 List, an
exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, for
the ninth consecutive year, as well as Crain’s “Fast Fifty,” which
highlights Chicago’s 50 fastest growing companies. In addition, for the
sixth consecutive year, BrightStar Care landed in the Top 200 on Entrepreneur
Franchise 500 list, coming in at No. 177 for 2015.

BrightStar Care also made two key additions to its senior leadership
team in 2015, bringing on Steve Schildwachter as its Chief Marketing
Officer and Tom Lehr as Chief Financial Officer. With these additions,
BrightStar Care gained extensive leadership experience and expertise to
support its strategic goals while maximizing its rapid growth.

Looking ahead, by 2018, Sun plans to have three brands in total and
hopes to be operating in at least eight international markets with a
strong focus on Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and Western
Europe. Looking 10 years ahead, Sun expects BrightStar Care will be
serving around 250,000 families and expects to have grown from $335
million in revenue to $3 billion.

About BrightStar Care

Based in Chicago, BrightStar Care is a national private duty home care
and medical staffing franchise with more than 300 locations that can
provide medical and non-medical services to clients within their homes,
as well as supplemental care staff to corporate clients. BrightStar Care
professional nurses and caregivers deliver expert, compassionate, and
personal care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each BrightStar Care
location is required to pursue Joint Commission Accreditation.
BrightStar Care received The Joint Commission’s Enterprise Champion for
Quality award in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and is committed to having each
of its agencies comply with Joint Commission standards. BrightStar Care
uses the nationally known patient satisfaction survey company Press
Ganey to measure client satisfaction and is proud that nine out of 10
clients would recommend BrightStar Care to a friend or family member.
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