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HCA Announces Retirement of Eastern Group President, Charles R. Evans

August 7, 2006

HCA (NYSE: HCA) today announced that Eastern Group President, Charles R. Evans will retire effective December 31, 2006. His successor will be named shortly.

As Eastern Group president, Evans was responsible for HCA operations in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, which currently includes 57 hospitals with annual net revenues of $8 billion.

"Charlie has had a great career with HCA," said Richard M. Bracken, President and Chief Operating Officer of HCA. "As president of several divisions and our Eastern Group he has guided substantial growth and improvement for the company and helped many hospitals better serve their communities. We wish him well in retirement."

Evans, 59, joined HCA in 1995 as President of HCA's First Coast Health Network, consisting of four hospitals in the Jacksonville area. Following that in 1996 he was named President of the North Carolina Division, with responsibility for all HCA hospitals in North Carolina. Evans became President of the Mid America Division in Nashville in 1998 and was named President of the Southeast Division in 2001. He became Eastern Group President in 2004.

Before joining HCA, Evans was President of Memorial Medical Center Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, Fla. Before that he held several positions with Community Hospitals Indianapolis, a system of three hospitals, culminating as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Evans's career started as a mental health counselor and community mental health center administrator and he held various positions in the mental health field before joining Community Hospitals Indianapolis in 1980.

Evans earned a master of business administration in administration and management from Indiana University in 1984, a master of arts in counseling services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1972, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1969. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of its Board of Governors. He has served on the boards of three hospital associations including Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.

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