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HCA ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR A SECONDARY PUBLIC OFFERING

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- HCA-Hospital Corporation of America (NYSE: HCA) announced that it has received a notice from J.P. Morgan Capital Corporation ("J.P. Morgan"), the owner of 25,800,000 shares of the company's common stock, requiring the company to register for sale in a public offering 10 million shares owned by J.P. Morgan.
 As a result of such notice, the company is notifying certain of the company's principal and other stockholders who have registration rights to inquire whether they wish to sell any of their shares in this proposed secondary offering. Dr. Thomas F. Frist Jr., the company's chairman, chief executive officer and a principal stockholder, will not be participating in the proposed offering. The company expects to complete this offering in the first quarter of 1993. The company will receive no proceeds from this proposed secondary offering. The offering will be made and details provided only by means of a prospectus which will be available after a registration statement for the offering is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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 /CONTACT: Investors: Victor Campbell of HCA-Hospital Corporation of America, 615-320-2053/
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