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Friday, September 23, 2005 7:08 am CDT

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HCA

HCA North Texas, a division of Nashville based HCA (NYSE: HCA), reports that its hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have received patients from Houston and other communities in the path of Hurricane Rita. The hospitals are prepared to receive additional patients from the storm and its aftermath on a transfer or emergency basis.

The total number of patients receiving medical care has fluctuated since a number of the patients admitted have been from nursing homes and, based on physical condition, they are being transferred to facilities with appropriate levels of care.

The facilities prepared to receive patients include Denton Regional, Las Colinas Medical Center, Medical Center of Arlington, Medical Center of Lewisville, Medical Center of McKinney, Medical Center of Plano, Medical City Dallas Hospital, North Hills Hospital, and Plaza Medical Center. Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital will be ready for counseling services as needed in the aftermath of the storm. If evacuees are transported as far away as El Paso, Del Sol and Las Palmas Medical Centers are on stand by if medical services are required.

Four HCA hospitals in the Houston area including Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, East Houston Regional Medical Center in Houston, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster and Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena were evacuated. Corpus Christi Medical Center in Corpus Christi evacuated critically ill babies.

Although the majority of patients evacuated from these hospitals were transferred to other HCA hospitals in Houston, some were moved to HCA hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Supplies to reinforce the Houston hospitals taking these patients have been moved from the hospitals that were closed. In addition the HCA North Texas supply chain has moved supplies to hospitals in the impacted area.

HCA hospitals in Dallas/Fort Worth have also received patients from other healthcare facilities. State and Federal agencies are involved in coordinating these medical transfers. In addition HCA North Texas is working closely with the Texas Hospital Association and all governmental and relief agencies to respond to staffing needs as well as medical treatment of evacuees.

About HCA North Texas Division

The North Texas Division of HCA includes hospitals committed to the care and improvement of human life and to providing high quality, cost-effective healthcare in the communities they serve. Among the Division's hospitals are: Denton Regional Medical Center; Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital; Las Colinas Medical Center; Medical Center of Arlington; Medical Center of Lewisville; Medical Center of McKinney; Medical Center of Plano; Medical City; Medical City Children's; North Hills Hospital; Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth; Del Sol Medical Center (El Paso); and Las Palmas (El Paso).

CO: HCA North Texas; HCA; Denton Regional; Las Colinas Medical Center; Medical Center of Arlington; Medical Center of Lewisville; Medical Center of McKinney; Medical Center of Plano; Medical City Dallas Hospital; North Hills Hospital; Plaza Medical Center; Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital; Del Sol Medical Center; Las Palmas Medical Center; Mainland Medical Center; East Houston Regional Medical Center; Clear Lake Regional Medical Center; Bayshore Medical Center; Corpus Christi Medical Center

"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:

Nancy Horvat of Denton Regional, +1-940-384-3252;
or Robin Carter of Las Colinas Medical Center, +1-972-969-2089;
or Theresa Davis of Medical Center of Arlington, +1-817-472-4762;
or Kriste Klepper of Medical Center of Lewisville, +1-972-353-1742;
or Sandee Fulce of Medical Center of McKinney, +1-972-569-8002;
or Mary Jo Dean of Medical Center of Plano, +1-972-519-1116;
or Susan McBee of Medical City Dallas Hospital, +1-972-566-7032;
or Bethe Spurlock of North Hills Hospital, +1-817-255-1893;
or Christine Fredric of Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, +1-817-347-5857;
or in El Paso, Linda East of Del Sol Medical Center, +1-915-621-6599;
or Terri Wyatt of Las Palmas Medical Center, +1-915-521-1776;
or Gary Conwell of HCA North Texas, +1-972-401-8720,
or gary.conwell@hcahealthcare.com ;
or John Floeter, +1-972-771-5484,
or john@victorymc.com , for HCA North Texas