HCA West Florida Division October 31, 2014

Citrus Memorial Hospital Joins Tampa Bay's Largest Health System

Tampa, FL - HCA West Florida will welcome Citrus Memorial Hospital to its family of hospitals today, after working with Citrus Memorial leadership since January 14, 2014, to ensure a smooth transition for the hospital employees, physicians, patients and communities served. The transaction is effective at midnight, November 1.

"We look forward to bringing the strength of a leading health care system to Citrus County residents," said Peter Marmerstein, President of HCA West Florida. "We are confident we can positively impact the quality of patient care and services, and expand access to specialized programs for these communities.

"As we reach the completion of this transaction with HCA, we wish to thank all who have been diligent in achieving this goal," said Debbie Ressler, Chairperson, Citrus County Hospital Board. "We are thrilled as we all unite to move Citrus County forward where health care will flourish for many years to come."

"On behalf of Citrus Memorial, I'm pleased to welcome HCA West Florida to Citrus County. Joining one of the nation's leading, most comprehensive networks of hospitals will allow us to meet the area's growing needs while maintaining the highest level quality of care," said Citrus Memorial CEO Ralph Aleman. "Citrus Memorial has a long history of healing. This affiliation with HCA will give our community access to the nation's leading medical services and expertise for years to come."

HCA West Florida was selected following a resounding 4-0 vote by the Citrus County Hospital Board on Thursday, October 26, 2013 and a 7-1 vote by the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation on Monday, October 30, 2013, in HCA's favor.

With this 50-year lease, HCA West Florida expands to include 17 hospitals on 19 campuses, 16 ambulatory surgery centers and approximately 18,000 employees.

About Citrus Memorial Hospital

Citrus Memorial Health System is a 198 bed, not-for-profit community hospital that provides healthcare services to residents of Citrus County and surrounding communities. More than 150 physicians and 1,000 employees provide a wide range of services at the Inverness campus and medical offices and clinics in Citrus and Sumter Counties. Citrus Memorial is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and is fully licensed by the State of Florida.

About HCA West Florida

HCA's West Florida Division provides a complete continuum of high quality programs and services to meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses throughout west Florida, caring for one million patients last year. HCA West Florida is the Tampa Bay region's largest healthcare system with 16 hospitals on 18 campuses, 12 ambulatory surgery centers, numerous diagnostic imaging and occupational health sites, physician practices, medical education and teaching programs, regional lab, and consolidated service center. All 16 hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission and 12 hospitals earned distinction as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ last year. HCA West Florida is affiliated with HCA, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, comprised of locally managed facilities that include 165 hospitals and 115 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and London.