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LifePoint Hospitals Inc. Opens New Hospital in Florida; New Bartow Memorial Hospital Replaces Old Facility and Offers Community Enhanced Capacity, Services and Equipment.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 4, 2000

LifePoint Hospitals Inc. (Nasdaq:LPNT) has opened a new, $32 million Bartow Memorial Hospital as a replacement to the original, 74-year old facility. The new hospital offers patients in the community dramatically enhanced services and equipment.

The new 125,000-square-foot Bartow Memorial Hospital is more than double the size of its predecessor. Approximately 90% of its medical equipment has been updated and replaced with the latest technology. The hospital now offers 32 private beds, in addition to 24 semi-private beds. Its 40-acre location on the northern side of the city allows easier access and is designed for increased convenience within the hospital complex.

The new Bartow Memorial campus also includes plans for a new medical office complex. This has allowed the hospital to launch an aggressive physician recruitment campaign to meet the growing needs of its community. The first of four medical office buildings is currently under construction. Bartow is presently home to 150 primary and specialty care physicians.

"This new hospital is the sole provider of hospital services in the Bartow community," said Scott L. Mercy, chairman and chief executive officer of LifePoint Hospitals Inc. "Our emphasis is on our patients and their families. These new facilities represent a commitment to them, to this community, and to our physicians and employees. The expanded facilities will provide the highest quality in healthcare services and enhanced facilities for physicians. Clearly, people can receive the services they need without the inconvenience of traveling to and from urban centers."

Other expanded facilities and services at Bartow Memorial include:

Emergency Services -- Two entrances accommodate both walk-in patients and ambulances. A new rapid registration process helps speed response time in these critical situations. A fast-track area has also been developed to handle minor emergency.

Intensive Care Unit -- The new intensive care unit is adjacent to the emergency services department. This allows nurses specially trained in serving patients requiring critical care to more easily work with patients in either department, if necessary. The intensive care unit provides private rooms designed around a nursing station outfitted with a new Rauland Responder IV Nurse Responder System.

Obstetrics -- Obstetrics now offers four deluxe labor, delivery and recovery rooms. For Cesarean sections, a fully-equipped nursery and ultra-modern surgical suite are available. The unit also includes eight furnished, private postpartum rooms.

Outpatient Services -- The new outpatient services department offers a variety of medical procedures, including advanced diagnostics, such as CT, MRI and nuclear medicine scans, and surgery.

Surgery -- The new surgery department provides a broad range of services, including ophthalmic, orthopedic, general, endoscopic, vascular and cosmetic surgery. The unit houses 15 private pre-operating rooms, four surgery rooms and two endoscopy suites.

The architect for Bartow Memorial Hospital was Gresham, Smith and Partners, Nashville, Tenn. The contractor was Bovis Inc., London, UK.

Bartow Memorial Hospital was opened in 1925 and serves the South Polk County community. It was originally founded under the management of the City of Bartow. In 1954, it became a nonprofit corporation. The hospital merged with Columbia/HCA in 1996. In 1999, it became part of LifePoint Hospitals Inc.

LifePoint Hospitals Inc. owns and operates 23 acute-care hospitals in nine states located in growing non-urban areas. In most cases, the LifePoint facility is the only hospital in the community. LifePoint's non-urban operating strategy offers quality patient care, support for physicians, excellent workplaces for employees, community value and fiscal responsibility. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., LifePoint employs approximately 5,500 medical professionals and staff.
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