Oct 12, 2006

Emeritus Announces Joint Venture Agreement to Acquire Communities

SEATTLE, WA, October 12, 2006 – Emeritus Corporation (AMEX: ESC), a national provider of assisted living and related services to senior citizens, announced today that it has agreed to enter into a Joint Venture Agreement with Blackstone Real Estate Partners to acquire a portfolio of twenty-five assisted living and Alzheimer’s/dementia care communities, along with one skilled nursing facility, for a purchase price of $190.0 million, plus transaction costs. The portfolio consists of 1,990 units.

As part of the joint venture, Emeritus will acquire a nineteen percent interest in the venture for approximately $7.0 million and will manage the properties for a fee of 5% of revenue. The Joint Venture Agreement will also provide Emeritus with certain rights to purchase the properties and also provides for performance incentives.

Financing is being provided by GE Healthcare Financial.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Blackstone on this transaction. We believe there is tremendous upside potential in this portfolio that we can realize over time and which also provides us the opportunity to leverage our existing management infrastructure,” stated Emeritus’s CEO, Dan Baty.

About the Company

Emeritus Corporation is a national provider of assisted living and Alzheimer’s and related dementia care services to seniors. Emeritus is one of the largest and most experienced operators of freestanding assisted living communities located throughout the United States. These communities provide a residential housing alternative for senior citizens who need help with the activities of daily living with an emphasis on assistance with personal care services to provide residents with an opportunity for support in the aging process. Emeritus currently operates 182 communities representing capacity for approximately 18,400 residents in 35 states. Emeritus’s common stock is traded on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol ESC, and its home page can be found on the Internet at www.emeritus.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: A number of the matters and subject areas discussed in this report that are not historical or current facts deal with potential future circumstances, operations, and prospects. The discussion of such matters and subject areas is qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally, and also may materially differ from our actual future experience as a result of such factors as: the effects of competition and economic conditions on the occupancy levels in our communities; our ability under current market conditions to maintain and increase our resident charges in accordance with our rate enhancement programs without adversely affecting occupancy levels; increases in interest costs as a result of re-financings; our ability to control community operation expenses, including insurance and utility costs, without adversely affecting the level of occupancy and the level of resident charges; our ability to generate cash flow sufficient to service our debt and other fixed payment requirements; our ability to find sources of financing and capital on satisfactory terms to meet our cash requirements to the extent that they are not met by operations, and other uncertainties related to professional liability claims. We have attempted to identify, in context, certain of the factors that we currently believe may cause actual future experience and results to differ from our current expectations regarding the relevant matter or subject area. These and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports Form 10-Q.