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Thursday, September 22, 2005 7:08 am CDT



Public Company Information:


HCA (NYSE: HCA) today reported that Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena, Texas (373 beds) is currently undergoing a total evacuation.

Yesterday the company announced that Bayshore Medical Center was evacuating its critically ill patients. However, since then, the city has issued a mandatory evacuation order and the hospital is now fully evacuating and will leave only a skeleton crew of plant operations and security staff.

The company expects to complete the evacuation of Bayshore Medical Center by late today. In addition the company expects evacuations announced yesterday -- at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City (226 beds), East Houston Regional medical Center in Houston (131 beds) and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster (482 beds) -- to be completed later today.

Patients and staff from the evacuated hospitals are being moved to other HCA hospitals in the Houston area and in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.

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