Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) September 13, 2010
Health Care REIT, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
4500 Dorr Street, Toledo, Ohio   43615
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (419) 247-2800
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Item 8.01   Other Events.
Effective October 23, 2000, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules related to insider trading. One of these rules, Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, provides an exemption to the insider trading rules in the form of an affirmative defense. Rule 10b5-1 recognizes the creation of formal programs under which executives and other insiders may sell the securities of publicly traded companies on a regular basis pursuant to written plans that are entered into at a time when the plan participants are not aware of material non-public information and that otherwise comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1.
On January 28, 2003, the Board of Directors of Health Care REIT, Inc. (the “Company”) adopted a resolution modifying its insider trading policy to allow insiders to sell securities of the Company pursuant to pre-arranged trading plans.
On September 13, 2010, George L. Chapman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company, entered into a new plan pursuant to which he instructed his broker to sell up to 20,039 shares of the Company’s common stock and exercise options and sell up to 27,105 shares of the Company’s common stock during the period between September 15, 2010 and January 31, 2011. The number of shares to be sold under Mr. Chapman’s plan ranges from 7,930 to 17,848 shares per month, not including any unsold shares that might be carried over from a previous month.
Reports of the details of actual sales under the plan will be filed by Mr. Chapman on Form 4 in accordance with SEC regulations.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant had duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
  By:   /s/ GEORGE L. CHAPMAN    
    George L. Chapman   
    Its: Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President   
Dated: September 15, 2010