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Friday, January 30, 2004 7:08 am CST

Dateline:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

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NYSE:
HCA

HCA (NYSE: HCA) today announced the appointment of Phillip D. Robinson as President of HCA's Central Atlantic Division effective February 1, 2004.

In his new position, Robinson will have operational responsibility for 18 hospitals in Virginia, West Virginia and New Hampshire. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of HCA's JFK Medical Center, a 424-bed acute care hospital in Palm Beach County, Florida. Robinson will remain in Florida until March 1, when he will relocate to division headquarters in Richmond, Va.

In his new role, Robinson will report to Jay Grinney, President of HCA's Eastern Group.

"Phil is a proven leader who embodies HCA's values," said Grinney, "His blend of operational experience and dynamic interpersonal skills uniquely positions him to help the Central Atlantic Division hospitals further their tradition of excellence as caregivers and employers."

Robinson, 47, began his career with HCA in 1996 when he assumed the role of CEO at JFK Medical Center. Under his direction, JFK has undergone a $76 million expansion and has been recognized frequently for quality and innovation. JFK has been named a "Top 100 Hospital" in the nation by Solucient four times and one of the "100 Best Companies" for working mothers by Working Mother magazine six times.

Prior to joining HCA, Robinson was Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation and Hospital in New Orleans, La. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Texas A&M University and holds a master's degree in health administration from Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.

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.

Contact:

Mark Kimbrough
615-344-2688

"His blend of operational experience and dynamic interpersonal skills uniquely positions him to help the Central Atlantic Division hospitals further their tradition of excellence as caregivers and employers."