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HEALTHTRUST SELLS DIAGNOSTIC CENTER HOSPITAL TO THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthtrust, Inc. -- The Hospital Company (NYSE: HTI) announced today the completion of the sale of the 297-bed Diagnostic Center Hospital in Houston to The Methodist Hospital System of Houston. This transaction follows the July 28, 1993, announcement of the pending sale.
 Diagnostic Center Hospital is located adjacent to the Texas Medical Center and directly across the street from the 1,527-bed Methodist Hospital. Included in the sale are Diagnostic Center Hospital, two medical office buildings and parking facilities. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
 The Methodist Hospital System will continue to operate Diagnostic Center Hospital as a separate organization with its own board of directors, management, medical staff organization, officers and service chiefs. Diagnostic will become the third hospital in The Methodist Hospital System.
 HealthTrust, through its affiliates, is one of the largest providers of health care in the United States, owning and operating health care facilities in 21 southern and western states.
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 /CONTACT: Merilyn H. Herbert of HealthTrust, 615-298-6261, or Paula Lovell of Lovell Communications, 615-297-7766/
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CO: Healthtrust, Inc. -- The Hospital Company; The Methodist Hospital
 System of Houston ST: Tennessee, Texas IN: HEA SU: RLE


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