Wayne T. Smith

Thank you, Liz. Good morning. Our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Larry Cash is with me on the call today. The purpose of this call is to review our financial and operating results for the second quarter and 6 months ended June 30, 2012. After market closed yesterday, we issued an 8-K, including the press release with our financial statements.

For those of you listening to the live broadcast of this conference call on the web, a slide presentation accompanies our remarks. I would like to begin the call with some comments about the quarter then turn it over to Larry, who will follow with additional detail of our financial results.

Community Health Systems has delivered another quarter of solid financial and operating results. The results are in spite of the continuing weakness in inpatient volume and challenges in the economy.

Net operating revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, totaled $3.2 billion compared to $3 billion for the same period last year, an increase of 8.1%. Consolidated EBITDA increased 4.5% from $483 million to $462 million. Earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.93 versus $0.81 per share for the same period a year ago, an increase of 14.8%.

Net operating revenue for the 6 months ended June 30, 2011, was $6.5 billion, and EBITDA was $1 billion, including certain unusual items.

Earnings per shares from continuing operations for the 6 months ended June 30, 2012, was $1.79 compared to $1.62 for the same period a year ago, an increase of over 10%.

With that, I'd like to recap a few of the significant accomplishments for the quarter. The company recruited 855 new physicians for the first 6 months of the year, this compares to 658 physicians recruited in the same period a year ago. Additionally, we've added 39 mid-level practitioners during the first 6 months of this year. Physician recruiting remains a very strong [indiscernible] of our operating strategy.

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