These days, only one for-profit hospital operator -- Community Health Systems ( CYH) -- seems immune to widespread industry pain.Continuing an impressive run, experts predict the rural hospital operator will once again please Wall Street with its latest quarterly results. By now, the company has repeatedly proven that it can hit its quarterly targets, even as competitors like HCA ( HCA) and Health Management Associates ( HMA) post disappointing numbers because of weak patient volumes and rising bad debt from the uninsured. As a result, Stifel Nicolaus analyst Robert Hawkins recommended buying Community Health alone when initiating coverage of the hospital sector earlier this week. "In our opinion, Community Health has the most disciplined operating model and has carefully cultivated a culture and standardized system to acquire underperforming non-urban hospitals and turn them into star performers after a few years under its management," explained Hawkins, whose firm has disclosed no financial ties to the company. Moreover, "Community Health has an enviable earnings track record and has met or exceeded consensus estimates in each of the 24 quarters it has been a public company. ... We expect that Community Health will extend its quarterly streak." Specifically, Hawkins has predicted that Community Health will match the second-quarter consensus profit estimate of 53 cents a share, despite a soft quarter for the group. Looking further ahead, he believes the company could then go on to beat Wall Street's $2.20 profit projection for the entire year. Thus, Hawkins views Community Health as a good investment now, and an even better one if the stock falls on weak second-quarter results from the industry as a whole. In the meantime, the company's stock slipped 5 cents to $36.24 on Thursday. It handily outperformed the group last year and currently trades near the middle of its 52-week range.