Community Health Buys Moses Taylor Health Care

Publicly traded Community Health Systems Inc. has acquired substantially all of the assets of Moses Taylor Health Care System, a privately held company based in Pennsylvania. Terms of the deal, which closed January 1, were not released.

Community Health Systems, Inc. CYH +2.65% announced today that its subsidiaries have acquired substantially all of the assets of Moses Taylor Health Care System, located in northeast Pennsylvania. The acquisition was effective January 1, 2012. Moses Taylor Health Care System includes 217-bed Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton and 25-bed Mid-Valley Hospital in Peckville. This acquisition expands the Company’s portfolio of affiliated hospitals serving northeast Pennsylvania to eight and increases the total number of affiliated hospitals in Pennsylvania to sixteen.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Wayne T. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, Inc., said, “The acquisition of Moses Taylor Health Care System strengthens our network in northeast Pennsylvania and provides additional opportunities to develop a regional approach to the delivery of health services through collaboration, shared resources, and the development of best practices for operational and clinical excellence. We look forward to working with the medical staff and employees of Moses Taylor Health Care System in support of their commitment to provide high-quality care for their community.”

Located in the Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Franklin, Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly-traded hospital companies in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in non-urban and mid-size markets throughout the country. Through its subsidiaries, the Company currently owns, leases or operates 133 hospitals in 29 states with an aggregate of approximately 20,000 licensed beds. Its hospitals offer a broad range of inpatient and surgical services, outpatient treatment and skilled nursing care. In addition, through its subsidiary, Quorum Health Resources, LLC, the Company provides management and consulting services to non-affiliated general acute care hospitals located throughout the United States. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CYH.”

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