HCA Completes Sale of Five Hospitals to Capella Healthcare

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HCA (NYSE:   HCA) today
 announced completion of the sale of five rural hospitals in Louisiana,
 Oklahoma, Tennessee and Washington to Capella Healthcare for approximately
 $260 million.
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     The facilities involved in today's transaction include Grandview Medical
 Center, Jasper, Tenn.; River Park Hospital, McMinnville, Tenn.; Southwestern
 Medical Center, Lawton, Okla. and Capital Medical Center, Olympia, Wash.  Sale
 of the fifth hospital, North Monroe Medical Center, Monroe, La. was completed
 on Oct. 31, 2005.
     These facilities are part of a previously announced divestiture of
 hospitals located primarily in rural and non urban markets.  The company's
 remaining hospitals are primarily located in larger urban and suburban areas.
 As previously announced, the company expects to record a gain of approximately
 $.05 per diluted share during the fourth quarter of 2005 on the sale of the
 five hospitals to Capella.
     HCA believes the divestitures will not have a material effect on its
 future financial position or results of operations.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements based on current
 management expectations. Those forward-looking statements include all
 statements other than those made solely with respect to historical fact,
 including those relating to the results of the divestiture of the hospitals to
 Capella, the anticipated use of proceeds from the divestitures, and the
 anticipated impact of the divestitures on the Company's financial statements
 and results of operations. Numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors may
 cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-
 looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to the ability
 of the Company to smoothly transition the divested hospitals and other risk
 factors detailed in the Company's filings with the SEC. Many of the factors
 that will determine the Company's future results are beyond the ability of the
 Company to control or predict. Readers should not place undue reliance on
 forward-looking statements, which reflect management's views only as of the
 date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any
 forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements,
 whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
     All references to "Company" and "HCA" in this press release refer to HCA
 Inc. and its affiliates.  All references to "hospitals" or "facilities" in
 this press release refer to hospitals owned by HCA or its affiliates prior to
 the completion of the divestitures.
 
 

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