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Tuesday, May 18, 2004 7:08 am CDT

Dateline:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
HCA

HCA (NYSE: HCA) today announced the appointment of Charles R. Evans as President of HCA's Eastern Group effective immediately.

Evans replaces Jay Grinney who recently left HCA to become Chief Executive Officer of HealthSouth.

As Eastern Group president, Evans will be responsible for HCA operations in the country east of the Mississippi River. The group currently includes approximately 100 hospitals in 10 states and approximately $11 billion of net revenue annually. Evans was most recently President of HCA's Southeast Division, based in Atlanta, with responsibility for 18 hospitals in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

"Charlie is a veteran healthcare leader who is well-known and respected throughout the industry. His recent election to the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives is indicative of his reputation among other healthcare leaders," said Jack O. Bovender, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HCA. "He has very broad operational experience, exemplifies HCA's core values and is visionary -- all traits that make him a natural for this position."

Evans, 57, 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 assumed his most recent position as President of the Southeast Division in 2001.

Before joining HCA, he held several positions with Community Hospitals Indianapolis, a system of three hospitals, culminating as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Evans' career started as a counselor and social worker 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.

All references to "Company" and "HCA" as used throughout this document refer to HCA Inc and its affiliates.

"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.

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Contact:

Investors,
Mark Kimbrough, +1-615-344-2688, or
Media,
Jeff Prescott, +1-615-344-5708, both of HCA

"Charlie is a veteran healthcare leader who is well-known and respected throughout the industry. His recent election to the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives is indicative of his reputation among other healthcare leaders"