Community Health Systems Acquires Ruston, Louisiana Hospital

Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH) announced today that a subsidiary has acquired Lincoln General Hospital, a 157 bed acute care hospital located in Ruston, Louisiana. The hospital is the Companys third facility located in Louisiana and offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. Ruston is approximately 70 miles east of Shreveport, Louisiana, and is home to both Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University.

Lincoln General Hospital is located in a growing and dynamic market, said Wayne T. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, Inc. We look forward to making more healthcare services available to the residents of the community and to working with the dedicated employees, health care professionals and local leadership to fully develop the potential of this facility.

Located in the Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Franklin, Community Health Systems is a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities throughout the country. Through its subsidiaries, the Company currently owns, leases or operates 77 hospitals in 22 states. Its hospitals offer a broad range of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CYH."

Statements contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including particularly the ability to consummate this acquisition transaction and to integrate and improve the operations at this facility. Actual future events or results may differ materially from these statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Community Health Systems, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent filings which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including execution of our growth, acquisition, and business strategies. These and other applicable risks are summarized under the caption "risk factors" in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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