50 Community Health Systems-Affiliated Hospitals Named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission

Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) announced today that 50 of its affiliated hospitals have been named Top Performers on Key Quality MeasuresTM by The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest accrediting agency for healthcare organizations.

Out of more than 3,400 eligible and accredited hospitals, The Joint Commission recognized just 620 hospitals (18 percent) for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism. The ratings are based on aggregated accountability measures data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year.

Recognized hospitals met two different 95 percent performance thresholds. First, they achieved performance of 95 percent or above on the composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which data was reported to The Joint Commission for calendar year 2011. Second, recognized hospitals met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for each and every accountability measure for which they reported data.

“The medical staffs and employees of our affiliated hospitals across the nation are putting evidence-based processes into practice – day in and day out – in an effort to continuously improve the care provided for their patients,” said Wayne T. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, Inc. “We are extremely proud of the 50 CHS-affiliated hospitals included among the Top Performers and we applaud their efforts to deliver safe, effective, quality care.”

Of the 50 CHS-affiliated hospitals recognized, 33 of those hospitals also received the Top Performer designation last year. Only 244 hospitals nationwide have achieved recognition for two straight years.

Community Health Systems, Inc. Affiliated Hospitals Named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures:

Crestwood Medical Center, Huntsville, Alabama
DeKalb Regional Medical Center, Fort Payne, Alabama*
L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital, Greenville, Alabama*
Medical Center Enterprise, Enterprise, Alabama*
South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, Foley, Alabama*
Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama
Helena Regional Medical Center, Helena, Arkansas*
Oro Valley Hospital, Oro Valley, Arizona
Payson Regional Medical Center, Payson, Arizona*
Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, Bullhead City, Arizona
Fannin Regional Hospital, Blue Ridge, Georgia
Trinity Hospital of Augusta, Augusta, Georgia
Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg, Illinois*
Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, Illinois*
Union County Hospital, Anna, Illinois*
Vista Health System, Waukegan, Illinois
Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Bluffton, Indiana*
Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru, Indiana*
Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana*
The Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network, Fort Wayne, Indiana*
Kentucky River Medical Center, Jackson, Kentucky*
Parkway Regional Hospital, Fulton, Kentucky*
Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa, Kentucky*
Byrd Regional Hospital, Leesville, Louisiana*
Northern Louisiana Medical Center, Ruston, Louisiana
Women & Children’s Hospital, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Moberly Regional Medical Center, Moberly, Missouri
Wesley Medical Center, Hattiesburg, Mississippi*
Carlsbad Medical Center, Carlsbad, New Mexico*
Ponca City Medical Center, Ponca City, Oklahoma*
Woodward Regional Hospital, Woodward, Oklahoma
McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, Oregon*
Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania*
First Hospital Wyoming Valley, Kingston, Pennsylvania
Marlboro Park Hospital, Bennettsville, South Carolina*
Springs Memorial Hospital, Lancaster, South Carolina*
Dyersburg Regional Medical Center, Dyersburg, Tennessee*
Henderson County Community Hospital, Lexington, Tennessee*
Heritage Medical Center, Shelbyville, Tennessee*
McKenzie Regional Hospital, McKenzie, Tennessee*
McNairy Regional Hospital, Selmer, Tennessee
Regional Hospital of Jackson, Jackson, Tennessee
Volunteer Community Hospital, Martin, Tennessee*
DeTar Hospital, Victoria, Texas
South Texas Regional Medical Center, Jourdanton, Texas*
Weatherford Regional Medical Center, Weatherford, Texas*
Woodland Heights Medical Center, Lufkin, Texas*
Mountain West Medical Center, Tooele, Utah
Valley Hospital, Spokane Valley, Washington*
Evanston Regional Hospital, Evanston, Wyoming

*Denotes second consecutive year as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

About Community Health Systems, Inc.

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 135 hospitals in 29 states with an aggregate of approximately 20,000 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 include 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.

Contacts:

Community Health Systems, Inc.
Investor Contact:
W. Larry Cash, 615-465-7000
Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer
or
Media Contact:
Tomi Galin, 615-628-6607
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