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HCA (NYSE: HCA), which operates 171 hospitals, 119 freestanding surgery centers, and numerous other outpatient centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom, today announced agreements to acquire two Texas hospitals from subsidiaries of Community Health Systems. The two hospitals are Tomball Regional Medical Center, a 350-bed hospital in the Houston area, and South Texas Regional Medical Center, a 67-bed hospital in Jourdanton, Texas, south of San Antonio. HCA has a strong presence in both areas. South Texas Regional Medical Center will be acquired through HCA's partnership with Methodist Healthcare Ministries. "Tomball Regional and South Texas Regional will fit in nicely with our provider systems in both Houston and San Antonio," said Sam Hazen, president and chief operating officer of HCA. "The addition of these two hospitals will enhance our ability to meet the medical needs in both areas and improve patient access to our provider networks." In San Antonio, HCA co-owns Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio, Ltd., L.L.P., in a partnership with Methodist Healthcare Ministries. It includes eight hospitals and two freestanding ERs. In Houston, HCA has a comprehensive network of 10 hospitals, eight surgery centers, and two freestanding ERs. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in the summer of 2017. About HCA Nashville-based HCA is one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, operating 171 locally managed hospitals and 119 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom. With its founding in 1968, HCA created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one that demonstrated that full-term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another that identified a clinical protocol that can reduce bloodstream infections in ICU patients by 44 percent. HCA is a learning healthcare system that uses its more than 27 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives.