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Community Health Systems And Health Management Associates Receive FTC Clearance For CHS’s Proposed Acquisition Of HMA

Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) (“CHS”) and Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) (“HMA”) announced today that they have reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) which will allow CHS to complete its acquisition of HMA. Under the terms of the agreement, CHS is required to divest two acute care facilities and related outpatient businesses currently owned by subsidiaries of HMA: Riverview Regional Medical Center, a 281-bed hospital located in Gadsden, Alabama, and Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, a 116-bed hospital in Hartsville, South Carolina. CHS does not expect these divestitures to have a meaningful impact on the combined company’s financial operations or cost-savings. The completion of the HMA acquisition is not contingent on the immediate divestiture of these facilities, but the divestitures are required to be completed no later than six months after the FTC’s order is issued. Approval for CHS’s acquisition of HMA has also been received from the West Virginia Health Care Authority with respect to HMA’s facility in Williamson, West Virginia.

The HMA acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of January 2014. Under the terms of the transaction, CHS will acquire each issued and outstanding share of the common stock of HMA for $10.50 in cash, 0.06942 of a share of CHS common stock, and a Contingent Value Right, which could yield additional cash consideration of up to $1.00 per share, depending on the outcome of certain litigation matters.

About CHS

Located in the Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Franklin, Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly-traded hospital companies in the United States and a leading operator of general acute-care hospitals in non-urban and mid-size markets throughout the country. Through its subsidiaries, the Company currently owns, leases or operates 135 hospitals in 29 states with an aggregate of approximately 20,000 licensed beds. Its hospitals offer a broad range of inpatient and surgical services, outpatient treatment and skilled nursing care. In addition, through its subsidiary, Quorum Health Resources, LLC, the Company provides management and consulting services to non-affiliated general acute-care hospitals located throughout the United States. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CYH.”

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