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Community Health Systems, Inc. Announces the Divestiture of Barberton, Ohio Hospital to Joint Venture Partner.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) today announced that Barberton Citizens Hospital, Barberton, Ohio, a 311-bed acute care facility has been sold to Summa Health System, a not-for-profit health system headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Summa Health System was a minority joint venture partner in the hospital, previously owning a 3.25% interest. The transaction was effective on December 1, 2007.

Located in the Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Franklin, Community Health Systems, Inc. is the largest publicly-traded hospital company 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 approximately 126 hospitals in 28 states and one in the Republic of Ireland, with an aggregate of approximately 18,800 licensed beds. Its hospitals offer a broad range of inpatient medical and surgical services, outpatient treatment and skilled nursing care. In addition, through its QHR subsidiary, the Company provides management and consulting services to independent 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."

Statements contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual future events or results may differ materially from these statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Community Health Systems, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent filings which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including execution of our growth, acquisition, and business strategies. These and other applicable risks are summarized under the caption "risk factors" in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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