LifeCare Hospitals Hires Frank Battafarano as COO


Industry veteran served as interim COO of long term acute care company since October


PLANO, Texas (Feb. 16, 2015) ― LifeCare Holdings LLC, which operates LifeCare Hospitals, a leading long term acute care hospital (LTACH) and post acute care system specializing in the treatment and recovery of medically complex patients, has named Frank J. Battafarano as chief operating officer. Battafarano has served in the position on an interim basis since October 2014.

“Frank has made tremendous contributions to the company since joining us last year, and we are excited to welcome him as a permanent member of our leadership team,” said Phillip B. Douglas, chairman and chief executive officer of LifeCare Holdings LLC. “Frank’s energy, enthusiasm and experience will be invaluable as the company grows and diversifies, and as our industry begins to operate under new patient criteria for LTACH reimbursement over the next several years.” 

Battafarano brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in the long term and post acute sectors and is a former board member of both the American Long Term Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals.

Prior to joining LifeCare, Battafarano held several positions with Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare, Inc., including chief operating officer, executive vice president and president of the hospital division. While with Kindred, Battafarano successfully led the company through a period of significant regulatory change, guided the development of its cluster market and network development activities, oversaw advancement of the company’s marketing activities and implemented an enterprise-wide managed care strategy.

“I am consistently impressed with the care being provided throughout the LifeCare family of hospitals, and with the dedicated clinical teams who serve our patients,” said Battafarano.  “I look forward to working with our administrators, medical staffs and employees as we move forward into this dynamic time for our industry.”

About LifeCare

Based in Plano, Texas, the LifeCare Family of Hospitals treats medically complex patients who require acute care hospital services for an extended period of time. Currently, our network includes 24 hospitals in nine states. To learn more about our facilities, visit us on the Web at




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