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HCA Annual Shareholders Meeting

May 14, 2004

In conjunction with HCA's (NYSE: HCA) Annual Shareholders Meeting, you are invited to listen to a live broadcast over the Internet on Thursday, May 27, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

     What:     HCA Annual Shareholders Meeting

     When:     Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 1:30pm Central Daylight Time, 2:30pm
               Eastern Daylight Time


     How:      Live over the Internet -- Simply log on to the web at the
               address above.

     Contact:  Mark Kimbrough, 615-344-2688

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on the Web site To access the Web site replay, go to Investor Relations and click on Conference Calls.

(Minimum Requirements to listen to broadcast: The Windows Media Player software, downloadable free from and at least a 28.8Kbps connection to the Internet. If you experience problems listening to the broadcast, send an email to .)

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding HCA's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

Mark Kimbrough, HCA, +1-615-344-2688