Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE: MPW) is sad to announce the untimely death of William G. McKenzie, 58, who served as a member of the Board of Directors since the company's formation in 2003. McKenzie, who died this morning, served as Executive Chairman of the MPT board from August to September 2003, then as Vice Chairman through January 2012. He was the current chair of the board's Ethics, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a former member of the Investment Committee. "Gil McKenzie was a trusted friend and accomplished advisor who brought significant healthcare experience to the company and helped guide our progress over the past 14 years as a board member," said Edward K. Aldag, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Properties Trust. "As the president and owner of Gilliard Health Services, an acute care hospital operating company based in Montgomery, AL, Gil developed keen insights into the hospital operating environment and shared his considerable experience with us," Aldag added, "but most of all, we will miss his warm spirit and abiding friendship as a true member of the MPT family." About Medical Properties Trust, Inc. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. is a self-advised real estate investment trust formed to capitalize on the changing trends in healthcare delivery by acquiring and developing net-leased healthcare facilities. MPT's financing model allows hospitals and other healthcare facilities to unlock the value of their underlying real estate in order to fund facility improvements, technology upgrades, staff additions and new construction. Facilities include acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, and other medical and surgical facilities. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.medicalpropertiestrust.com.