Community Health Systems, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Scranton, Pennsylvania Health System

Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) announced today that its subsidiaries have acquired substantially all of the assets of Mercy Health Partners in Northeast Pennsylvania, a system of hospitals and other healthcare providers based in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The health system, acquired from Catholic Health Partners, includes 198-bed Regional Hospital of Scranton and 48-bed Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, which are both general acute care hospitals; Special Care Hospital, a 67-bed long-term acute care facility in Nanticoke; and other outpatient and ancillary services. With the successful conclusion of this transaction, there are now thirteen Community Health Systems, Inc. affiliated acute-care hospitals in Pennsylvania.

Commenting on the acquisition, Wayne T. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, "As we build upon our commitment to provide health services for Pennsylvania communities, we are excited about the opportunity to work with the medical staffs and employees of these fine hospitals. We look forward to implementing our proven operational strategies, including capital investment and physician recruitment, to support and enhance the rich tradition of quality care these hospitals have proudly provided for over a century.”

Located in the Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Franklin, Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly-traded hospital companies in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in non-urban and mid-size markets throughout the country. Through its subsidiaries, the Company currently owns, leases or operates 133 hospitals in 29 states with an aggregate of approximately 19,500 licensed beds. Its hospitals offer a broad range of inpatient and surgical services, outpatient treatment and skilled nursing care. In addition, through its subsidiary, Quorum Health Resources, LLC, the Company provides management and consulting services to non-affiliated general acute care hospitals located throughout the United States. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CYH.”

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this news release regarding expected operating results, acquisition transactions or divestitures and other events are forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. 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, including the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K, current reports on Form 8-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These filings identify important risk factors and other uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Community Health Systems, Inc.
Investor Contact:
W. Larry Cash, 615-465-7000
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Vice President, Corporate Communications
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