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COLUMBIA HOSPITAL CORPORATION ANNOUNCES HURRICANE DAMAGE LIMITED TO ONE HOSPITAL

 COLUMBIA HOSPITAL CORPORATION ANNOUNCES
 HURRICANE DAMAGE LIMITED TO ONE HOSPITAL
 FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Hospital Corporation (NASDAQ: CHOS) today announced that its Deering Hospital in south Dade County, which was closed due to hurricane damage, is not expected to reopen for sixty to ninety days while repairs are being made. Columbia's other facilities in the Miami market suffered minor damage and continue to operate.
 "Because we maintain comprehensive insurance coverage on our facilities and their operations, the negative effect of the hurricane on Columbia's financial results will be minimal," said Richard L. Scott, chairman and chief executive officer.
 Based in Forth Worth, Columbia Hospital Corporation operates 21 general acute-care hospitals and two psychiatric hospitals with 4,576 licensed beds. Columbia also operates various related health care delivery businesses in its markets, including outpatient diagnostic centers, outpatient physical therapy centers, outpatient surgery centers, a cardiac rehabilitation/wellness center, lithotripsy services, medical rehabilitation services and an outpatient radiation therapy center. Additionally, Columbia operates other health care businesses.
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 /CONTACT: Stewart J. Campbell of Columbia Hospital Corporation, 817-870-5900, or Anthony J. Russo, Ph.D., or Alexander A. Fudukidis of Noonan/Russo Communications, Inc., 212-979-9180, for Columbia Hospital Corporation/
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